Unless you make fine use of his secondary abilities that is. He’s able to funnel energy points from one party member to use them for his own skills, which include a group heal or experience boosts. With numerous abilities available to each of the Citizens of Earth, forming the perfect party is both rewarding and oddly infectious. Citizens are also able to utilize talents which make your life as Vice President much easier. Using the School Mascot as an example once again, his talent is to offer the ability to change Citizens of Earth’s difficulty on the fly.
The talents of every character make the idea of recruiting every single one of the Citizens of Earth a tempting prospect. Most of them have talents which can be leveled up too, adding to their desirability. There’s 40 of these collectible Citizen’s to find too. Whether this is a simple way to provide the player with plenty to do, or a scathing satirical commentary on western political process as nothing more than a supporter-measuring contest between two sides who actually do nothing to help the world, it’s an awesome aspect that gives Citizens of Earth tonnes of longevity.
Not that it needed this boost. Citizens of Earth is already a game with the arresting power of a small police force. It invades your dreams and infects your daily life like an illness – a good one that makes everything shiny and more fun. As far as content goes, you can easily pump over 24 hours solid into Citizens of Earth‘s main storyline and still not see the end of the tunnel. If you want to delve into every recruitment session, challenge, sight-seeing venture, and minigame, Citizens of Earth can in theory provide somewhere in the 40 hour range of content. At $14.99, that’s pretty good in itself.
Why would you buy it, though? So it’s got an interesting combat system and loads to do. Other games have offered more and still not been recommended purchases. The writing and presentation are enough to give you that satisfying surge when you’ve dipped into a game you just bought. That feeling of reverse buyer’s remorse. Buyer’s joy? Nah, that sounds more like a bad economics joke. Either way, they’re fantastic.
The aesthetic of Citizens of Earth is almost unnervingly colorful. When put alongside the many fathoms in the game, it can seem to be at odds with the political undertones and thought-provoking battle system. It’s a refreshing change, though. Most games in the recent world of development feel an almost unnecessary need to give everything a gritty, realistic feel. Eden Industries, developer of Citizens of Earth, thankfully seem to have decided this wasn’t fitting of the story they wanted to tell, preferring to create an inviting, cartoonish world in which to have players explore.
To put it into other words, playing Citizens of Earth is like watching a Teletubbies special on the finer points of Quantum Mechanics, only to come out actually understanding what the heck it’s all about.
This visual style helps to make Citizens of Earth‘s already stellar writing and voice acting deal an even greater impact than alone. When grouped up with the fact you’ll be battling against coffee beans given life, motorized snails, and gigantic bears full of honey (call him Winnie, we dare you), the often laugh-out-loud delivery of some lines just endears you to Citizens of Earth even more.
It’s all a powerful case study in synergy. The wacky characters or satirical humor of Citizens of Earth alone are clever in their own right, but not enough upon which to hinge the success or failure of a game. By combining all of these aspects, Eden Industries have achieved something remarkable in creating a game which can appeal to everyone while also providing just enough focused content to keep those looking for certain things happy. If anything, the only problem Citizens of Earth presents is one of a rare time where you aren’t entirely clear of where to go or what to do.
This year so far, having only just started, has been a little dry. No small hits have really dragged their way out of the pit that is January. Citizens of Earth bucks this trend, making it a must buy for any fan of RPGs, games to make you smile, or just a downright fun experience at a fraction of the cost most AAA titles are sold at.
Citizens of Earth is available on PC, PS4, PS Vita, WiiU, and 3DS. There’s even a discount if you buy it during the first week of release on any platform.