Jonas Kyratzes has brought us many enjoyable, thoughtful games in bizarre, surreal settings. Well, he's decided to grace us with another one of his creations, only it's not what you might be expecting from his previous work. Stepping outside of the box of strangeness you may have thought you could fit him in, Kyratzes has developed a top-down space shooter, Traitor. Don't get scared, he's still able to cast his powers of storytelling, it's just in a different yummy, gooey, science fiction package.
Traitor puts you in the shoes of a space pilot in the distant future. You've trained hard to earn the honor of fighting for the Augustan Hegemony and all it stands for. Until, one day you find that you don't quite agree with your superiors orders. This eats at you until you decide to become a rebel, a dissenter, a traitor. But it's not enough that you've left the empire behind, you need to earn the trust of The People's Council and those who support them before you can help them strike back.
Most of your time will be spent in the battle screen where you move yourself with the [arrow] keys and shoot with [X]. This is how you carry out the missions given to you by the various habitats in each section. You travel to the sections in the (universe? galaxy?) world map though not all of them are available right away. Within each section lie the habitats where you can accept missions or trade your hard earned credits for improvements on your ship. Not everyone is eager to deal with a brand new turncoat though, some missions require a certain level of reputation, which you can earn through other missions.
Analysis: This game is huge. After playing around for an hour, you'll feel as though you've barely scratched the surface. There are so many missions available and so many upgrades to purchase! Through the open world style of gameplay, Kyratzes is still able to tell a story that compels you to chug along, even if you're not a die-hard fan of shooters.
The genre alone may deter some Jonas Kyratzes followers from hitting that play button. It's understandable to feel uncertainty when trying something completely different from a familiar developer, but considering Traitor on its own merits, it does not disappoint! From graphics to gameplay to some great music by Chris Davis, this is a well made shooter. If the intriguing pixel-meets-vector style graphics don't get you, then let the space opera storyline suck you in. There's no better feeling than causing the fall of a large, heartless empire. Haven't you always wanted to be that rebel gearing up to shoot torpedoes down an exhaust vent?