Preview: The Other 99

The Other 99 follows players into the unforgiving landscape of a desolate island with no more direction other than a note that reads, “The only way off this island is through The Other 99”. The game’s Early Access release on Steam garnered mixed reviews, many of which were reverted to much better reviews after their author’s concerns were fixed in the initial game. These constant updates, according to many of the reviewers below the Steam page, have overhauled the game in a positive way that impacts the combat and balancing.

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Many of the previous complaints focused heavily on the survival skills necessary to traverse the game while having some kind of a possibility of survival. This has been redone as now players have new ways to revitalize themselves in the form of being able to drink from rivers, which was something you couldn’t do before, (and something that I can’t even imagine not being able to do). This will heavily impact physical encounters as players will no longer have to constantly stress about both their physical survival against man as well as nature.

Combat was very much polished, proving to be much more challenging and engaging than before, especially since you’re trying to defend yourself against ‘potentially 99 psychologically damaged murderous people’. So, even if you aren’t all that great at utilizing the Survival Guide, at least you could use brute force to pass through.

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Despite many mixed emotions regarding the game from the moment of release to a few days ago, it’s clear that The Other 99 has a clear future ahead of itself in the Violent Action/Indie department. Burning Arrow definitely has their sights set on making sure than their loyal fanbase both continues to grow and stays happy.

Check out an example of this in this review posted to the game’s Steam page by user hotmatrixx on February 5:

“Had to swap this review to a Positive Status.

Basically, I wrote this review, posted these concerns on the forum and 2 weeks later, the Devs had implemented (fixed) everything that I said I didn’t like. I have to swap this review to a positive one now.

OLD REVIEW BELOW (Negative review)

1. Brilliant idea
The premise of this game is amazing. No cheap back story, no “Lost My Memory” BS… it’s a similar concept to movies such as “The Cube”, Hunger Games, etc.

Right now, hunger/stamina etc drain too quickly for my liking; it forces you to be moving, hunting – but I think it needs to be tweaked to about 75% of its’ current drain rate.

Combat, I don’t enjoy it TBH. I understand why it is like it is.. and it would be MUCH better if I could use my own keybinds.

Please let me disable the tutorial after the 4th run. it LITERALLY gets in the way of combat.

Best I’ve got to so far is 84. I’m a scrub, I know… Time to go and die again. We need a Neutral Review option, STEAM!”

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Of course, the game is still in Early Access; so, more updates are still on the way. For a full list of all the updates and patches done since the game’s initial release, you can check out the patch notes for V0.5.1.

You can also check out the most recent trailer outlining a bit about how you got to the island depicted in the game to begin with:

Developed by Burning Arrow

Published by Deck13 Interactive

Previewed on PC

A code for The Other 99 was provided to us by HomeRun PR for the purposes of this preview.

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