There Came an Echo

An independent strategy game developed by Iridium Studios. There Came an Echo offers a unique control scheme that enables us to control the heroes through voice or motion. The plot takes place in the near future, and tells a story of a group of characters that attempt to discover the truth behind a state-of-the-art data encryption algorithm and survive the encounter with a sinister conspiracy group. Aside from predefined orders, we are given the ability to record our own voice commands that serve as alternative variants of already existing orders. Interestingly enough, the heroes provide their own input on the situation at hand and ask various questions in response to the in-game developments. The game is characteristic for its voice acting recorded by a renowned cast featuring Will Wheaton, Ashley Burch, or Laura Bailey.

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PC / Windows
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There Came an Echo

There Came an Echo | PC

There Came an Echo release date for PC:

game language:
English

24 February 2015 | Worldwide

24 February 2015 | Europe

24 February 2015 | USA

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 9.0 / 10 calculated out of 3 players' votes.  

Sony PlayStation 4
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There Came an Echo

There Came an Echo | PS4

There Came an Echo release date for PS4:

game language:
English

01 June 2016 | Worldwide

01 June 2016 | Europe PAL

01 June 2016 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player

Microsoft XBOX ONE
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There Came an Echo

There Came an Echo | XBOX ONE

There Came an Echo release date for XBOX ONE:

game language:
English

canceled | Worldwide

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 5.0 / 10 calculated out of 2 players' votes.  

There Came an Echo for PC / Windows is the second title from Iridium Studios (the authors of Sequence) and a strategy game that offers an unusual voice and motion based control scheme. The game is distributed in digital form through Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live) only. Moreover, it should be mentioned that the dialogue was recorded by professional voice actors (Will Wheaton, Ashley Burch, Laura Bailey, Yuri Lowenthal, Karen Strassman, or Rachel and Cindy Robinson) that are recognizable from delivering voiceovers to various video games and animated series.

Plot

The story of There Came an Echo takes place in near future and tells the story of Corrine, a 31 year old cryptologist that has deciphered a special data encryption algorithm used by shadowy conspiracy group. As a result, the man becomes a target of the group which sends a deadly team of mercenaries on his trail. Right before an unexpected attack on his house, the hero is contacted by a woman named Val who helps him escape and guides him to safety. Joined by an unusual group of heroes, Corrine decides to solve the mystery and discover the truth behind Radial Lock, the newest data algorithm that safeguards data that if released can topple the current state of affairs. However, the mission won’t be easy, as the group, made up of ordinary citizens, will be facing ruthless opponents that will do anything to stop Corrine from unearthing the secret.

Mechanics

There Came an Echo sees us take control of a small unit, leading it with voice commands. The authors have prepared a set of predefined orders, such as “open fire” or “..., head to Bravo 3”, but we are free to record our own order that is saved as an alternative variant of an already existing one. As a result, instead of “Grace, hold position”, we can say “yo girl, hold up”, etc. Moreover, the team members often observe the area on their own and ask questions e.g. whether they should use a shortcut or join another hero.

We are free to use various items, such as remote controlled mines that are detonated by saying their number and a right order, for example “Mines 1, 3, 11, detonate”. Aside from explosives, a similar system is used when making use of automatic turrets.

Aside from the features above, the game offers a traditional control scheme that utilizes a gamepad or a keyboard.

Technical Aspects

The game offers three-dimensional graphics seen from an isometric view. This approach increases our field of vision, facilitating our efforts in progress. Moreover, the camera offers a dynamic zoom.

Age Rating

age requirements: everyone

System requirements

Recommended: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz/AMD Athlon X2 2.7 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB GeForce 9800/Radeon HD 3870 or better, 5 GB, Windows 7
Minimum: Dual Core 2 GHz, 2 GB RAM, graphic card 256 MB GeForce 8600 GT/Radeon HD 2600 XT or better, 5 GB, Windows Vista

There Came an Echo launch trailer

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