Grey Skies: A War of the Worlds Story Invades The Stealth Genre
H.G. Wells’ original 1898 science fiction novel The War of the Worlds is among the most iconic alien invasion stories ever told, having been adapted into just about every medium several times over. Until recently, however there has been a dry spell in the realm of video games. Recently, developer Steel Arts Software debuted their take on H.G Wells’ classic tale, entitled Grey Skies: A War of the Worlds Story.
Grey Skies is a singleplayer stealth-action game, that follows a woman named Harper caught in the midst of a Martian invasion. During the quest for survival, players will find themselves crafting items and utilizing the environment to evade or takedown possessed humans that roam the streets. Grey Skies also promises to utilizes various concepts from H.G Well’s original novel, such as Red Weed; a fictional plant that spread from Mars to Earth during the invasion, and the Black Smoke; a toxic gas the Martians used to clear populations of humans. Of course, the iconic tripod Fighting Machines return as well.
Grey Skies: A War of the Worlds Story is the first game in almost a decade to be based on H.G Well’s book, with the last video game adaptation being a side-scrolling action game for the Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The stealth-action genre strikes me as a much better fit for the subject matter, and we can never have enough singleplayer games with a heavy emphasis on narrative. However, Grey Skies seems to have a fair amount of technical issues at the moment, ranging from buggy AI to hard crashes. If that seems too problematic to you, it may be worth keeping an eye out for any updates in the game’s near future.
Grey Skies: A War of the Worlds Story is available for PS4, Xbox One, and Steam for $14.99.