Yesterday, while listening to podcasts, Giant Bomb I think, I heard that Heat Signature was being released this week. It’s made by Tom Francis of Crate and Crowbar podcast, and of the game Gunpoint. And it’s amazing.
It’s got elements of FTL and Hotline Miami, it’s a rogue-like-ish-kinda, where your progress in the galaxy remains after your death, but individual characters lose their inventory.
The failure system is such that death usually isn’t immediate, but something that happens to your character as they get worn down. Each time you fail, your time to recover is shorter, until you just can’t and the character passes on.
The reputation system is interesting, as you get better known, you get offered only harder jobs, and a meter builds up that unlocks systems, freeing them from Tyrannical Oppressive Gov’t, maybe. Unlocking systems also opens up mechanical systems, things like Bloodless Missions, where you need to complete it without killing anyone, to get the full price for the job.
I’ve only played it for a few hours, but I’m really enjoying it.