Fort Solis Is A Slow-Burn Horror Story In A Classic Sci-Fi Setting

It doesn’t seem to matter how many times I’ve seen it; an abandoned, often eerily sterile space station set as the backdrop to a mystery always pulls me in with ease. Fort Solis, a sci-fi horror adventure game featuring an impressive voice cast, is the latest in a long lineage of stories set in such environments, and after playing the game’s first chapter, I’m eager to unravel the mystery set on its titular martian base.

Despite being billed as an indie game from studio Fallen Leaf, Fort Solis feels much bigger. This is owed to its reveal at Summer Games Fest 2022, beautiful visuals set in Unreal Engine 5, and a star-studded cast which includes Roger Clark and Troy Baker–who portrayed the main characters in Red Dead Redemption 2 and The Last of Us, respectively–as well as The Last Kingdom actress Julia Brown.

That audiovisual experience is important for a game like this, which is billed as Dead Space meets Duncan Jones’ Moon. Atmosphere is key on an unnervingly tranquil fort many lightyears away from earth, and Fort Solis looks to seriously deliver in that regard. Combining its audiovisual feats with its over-the-shoulder presentation, it would be easy to mistake it for the next big PlayStation exclusive.

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