Back in December we had a look at the 5 games we are looking forward to this year – and one of them is out today!

Surviving Mars will add to the ever-growing number of city-sims on Xbox One, but this time round, much like the recent Aven Colony, you will be dealing with the issues of space. As the name suggests, surviving on the red planet will be your main aim when attempting to colonise Mars. Scratch that… thriving will be what you want to do in order to make the most of the game.

Mars is many light years away from Earth, so you will be having to rely on the local resources of the planet to build, manage and customise your buildings, and of course you will need to construct areas for your citizens to breathe in. Yeah, breathing should be up there as a priority!

As with every great civilisation, leisure areas should be plentiful as well as scientific research areas. Everybody you have under your control has individual personalities, strengths and weaknesses which can influence other members, so it is up to you to optimise these for the benefit of the colony. After all, having a scientist working on a key aspect of science turn up to work drunk may not pan out so well.

As well as this, and choosing to let a ‘Mystery’ plot play out, which makes the most out of the secrets of Mars, could make or break your colony. This occurrence could give your civilisation a massive boost, or go the other way and devastate your hard work. At the end of the day, Mars is an alien planet with many mysteries: Surviving Mars will let you explore it!

We are definitely hyped for Surviving Mars, so it’s worth checking out, especially if you are a fan of city-sims like Aven Colony and Tropico. You can find the standard edition of Surviving Mars on the Microsoft Store for £31.99, the Digital Deluxe Edition with more content for £39.99 or the First Colony Edition for £52.99 – if you want the Season Pass then that is your best bet. Alternatively you can grab the Season Pass as a standalone £27.99 purchase, or the Deluxe Upgrade for £7.99. Surviving Mars is also available for PS4 and PC.

…and you can find our full review live later today.

Edit: and that review is live!

Game Description:

Colonize Mars and discover her secrets, with minimal casualties. Welcome Home! The time has come to stake your claim on the Red Planet and build the first functioning human colonies on Mars! All you need are supplies, oxygen, decades of training, experience with sandstorms, and a can-do attitude to discover the purpose of those weird black cubes that appeared out of nowhere. With a bit of sprucing up, this place is going to be awesome! Surviving Mars is a sci-fi city builder all about colonizing Mars and surviving the process. Choose a space agency for resources and financial support before determining a location for your colony. Build domes and infrastructure, research new possibilities and utilize drones to unlock more elaborate ways to shape and expand your settlement. Cultivate your own food, mine minerals or just relax by the bar after a hard day’s work. Most important of all, though, is keeping your colonists alive. Not an easy task on a strange new planet. There will be challenges to overcome. Execute your strategy and improve your colony’s chances of survival while unlocking the mysteries of this alien world. Are you ready? Mars is waiting for you. Main Features: · Building a sustainable colony in space: Building on a planet not fit for human life challenges you to build a smart, functional colony. Bad planning isn’t about traffic jams, it’s about survival of your colonists. You really don’t want rolling blackouts in a city constructed in a place without oxygen. · Individually simulated colonists: Each colonist is a unique individual with problems and strengths that influence the needs and behavior of the other colonists. Things can get really interesting if your chief scientists develops alcoholism after one too many long nights in the lab. · Futuristic Space Dome construction: Retro-futuristic super structures housing colonists, factories and commercial buildings with their own “neighborhood personality.” Create colonies that value science over everything else, while tired workers drink their pay away at a local bar, or attempt a utopia among the stars. · Exploration of Mars’ secrets: Inspired by the classic sci-fi of Asimov and Clarke, Surviving Mars holds many secrets. During each playthrough players may encounter one of Mars’ individually crafted mysteries. Uncovering these secrets might bring your colony great fortune, or terrible ruin. · Randomized research tree: Combine static and random research through exploration, which allows for a different experience for each journey through the game. Attain new scientific breakthroughs by exploring the uncharted terrain of Mars’s surface. · Unique retro-futuristic aesthetic: A sleek, modern take on the bright futurism of the 1960s. A time of exploration and adventure.

Digital Deluxe Edition:

The Digital Deluxe Edition of Surviving Mars provides ambitious colonists with a variety of new ways to customize their new homes and domes. New content, exclusive to the Deluxe Edition, includes: • The “Metropolis” Building Set: Add some chrome to your dome with a shiny new visual upgrade to your infrastructure, providing you with chromatic skins for Oxygen Tanks, Water Towers, Fuel Refineries, and more. • Radio Station: An additional in-game radio station, with new music and chatter, comes exclusively with the Deluxe Edition. • New Housing Styles: Three alternative skins for residential housing structures allow you to add different flair and design to your colonies.

Season Pass Edition:

The Season Pass, will add two full expansions and two content packs to Surviving Mars in the months following launch.

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