You can always depend on a man called John. It’s such a solid, honest name isn’t it? Remember Rambo, that nutcase who tears through the jungle stitching himself up and generally being hard as nails? His first name was John. I rest my case.
It’s a principle that Recoil Games seem to have realised when naming their eponymous hero for their upcoming PSN title. Fortunately, they also seem to have realised that calling a game “John” wouldn’t be the most glamourous of beginnings. They’ve chosen our hero’s last name for the title: Rochard.
So who is John Rochard and what can he do? Well, he’s a simple astro miner who finds himself in a sticky situation and endeavours to use all of his wit and intelligence to puzzle his way out of that situation while climbing and leaping around platforms. John has a G-Lifter, presumably a piece of mining equipment, tha enables him to control gravity like some sort of space-based physics wizard. The tool will be upgradable as you play through and will eventually give you a range of abilities.
It looks a little bit like the wonderful Shadow Complex and it sounds like a cross between Alien Breed and Dead Space, with a little bit of Half-Life 2’s gravity gun thrown in for good measure. We think that sounds like a combination that could be on to a winner and we’ll look forward to having a closer look at the game before its release this Spring.
Here, look at some screens:
Source: Press Release