Click To Unmute

Want us to remember this setting for all your devices?

Sign up or Sign in now!

Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
00:00:00
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to Giant Bomb's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Start
End

Unfinished: They Are Billions 12/22/2017

The only thing better than zombies are steam-punk zombies.

Sometimes we look at a game before it's done. When that's the case? Well... it must be Unfinished.

Dec. 22 2017

Cast: Vinny, Alex, Abby

Posted by: Abby

In This Episode:

They Are Billions

54 Comments

Avatar image for matthewgm
matthewgm

419

Forum Posts

8

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Edited By matthewgm

The trailer for this was great, let's see how it plays...

This seems to hit the spot that I wanted Factorio to hit. Factorio always seemed a little too micro-manager to me, or at least too slow to get to the more automated parts.

Avatar image for sgtexo
SgtExo

74

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

@matthewgm: I have played it a bit and it is quite fun, if slow paced and really hard. I will wait for some more patches to come out before playing more as something they changed has turned the mouse controls unresponsive and a bit annoying.

Avatar image for jaypethian
jaypethian

62

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Abby is a zombie sympathizer?

Avatar image for hiono
hiono

74

Forum Posts

406

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

abby was steering vinny in the wrong direction, truly a zombie sympathizer haha

Avatar image for andrewf87462
andrewf87462

1033

Forum Posts

45

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Think I'll wait until this one is out of early access before picking it up. Looks cool though.

Avatar image for dasakamov
dasakamov

1333

Forum Posts

44

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

The art is neat, and I like the music so far. The writing though...eek. "Rangers can shoot their silent bows without making any noise." Can they more quietly-shoot-their-silent-bows-without-making-any-noise if you upgrade them?

Steampunk is a tired setting, and zombies are a tired video-game enemy, but this game seems like it is perfectly good at doing what it sets out to do.

Avatar image for curiosus
curiosus

227

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

I've not even finished a game on accessible yet although I'm ready to. I've enjoyed it but worried at the moment the survival mode is just a build order challenge. Which is fine but better RTS players than me might burn through it quickly, and I'm getting close to knowing what I should be doing. I hope they can design some more game modes and a great campaign.

Avatar image for curiosus
curiosus

227

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

To unlock the next maps you don't need 100% score. I think its about 30% for the first, and about 60% at the most.

Avatar image for blister
Blister

109

Forum Posts

10

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

I LOVE GOGGLES AND WALLS IS THIS THE GAME FOR ME?

Avatar image for quantical
Quantical

793

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

I really like the look of this. Decided to buy it now for something to work on over the holiday. I hope it evolves in a good way and not stagnate like some early access games.

Avatar image for nevergameover
NeverGameOver

972

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 15

Edited By NeverGameOver

Abby seems a bit too quick to yell "build the wall" for my tastes

Avatar image for ybbaaabby
ybbaaabby

1736

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 1

@nevergameover: Don't do that. I was talking about it in the context of the game. I think Trump's immigration policies are abhorrent.

Avatar image for nevergameover
NeverGameOver

972

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 15

Edited By NeverGameOver

@ybbaaabby: Just joshing since you were joking about them being sentient.

Avatar image for lanechanger
Lanechanger

1779

Forum Posts

2289

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

Glad they took a look at this. This is right up my alley as someone who has always enjoyed RTS's like C&C and blizzard's -craft series but at the same time never cared to engage in competitive multi-player. The procedurally single-player zerg comp stomp nature of this is awesome.

They didn't show off the "chase" command which is very useful. It tells your units to just go after the nearest zombies and start clearing them out. It serves as a nice way to auto-explore with your starting rangers and also to start thinning out the herd for expansion.

Avatar image for loktarogar
LoktarOgar

698

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

The "Please stop" award of 2017 should go to usage of the words "spice" and spicy."

Avatar image for dr_insane
Dr_Insane

777

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Looks pretty cool but I'll probably give it a year or two more of development before considering it.

Avatar image for dray2k
Dray2k

884

Forum Posts

133

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 1

@dasakamov: You know what they say. Double the silent, half the noise!

Well they're actually not saying that but perhaps the Zombies would do if anyone would at least talk to them?

Avatar image for paulunga
paulunga

3517

Forum Posts

176

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 5

I don't think the post-zombie hipster crowd (that I'm a part of myself) is quite as large as Alex and possibly the rest of GB assume to be. Zombie [things] still sell well and are a major part of pop culture.

Also, I'm coming back around to them. Zombies were overplayed years ago, I'd be alright with a fresh take on them right about now.

Avatar image for nameredacted
NameRedacted

505

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Damn! <3 This looks dope! It's really scratching a pseudo-WarCraft II itch for me; I'm all about base building and survival modes.

Fingers crossed this game turns out good, because I want to play this.

Avatar image for boatorious
boatorious

205

Forum Posts

27

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Haha just alt-tabbed from They Are Billions, my undisputed GOTY 2017 (three days after I bought it), to see this QL. Can't wait to watch it.

Avatar image for freedomtown
FreedomTown

300

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 1

Build more walls!!!

Avatar image for fenrisulfr
Fenrisulfr

158

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 1

Wall Builder Simulator 2017: Keep 'Em Out Edition

Avatar image for mvhvtmv
MVHVTMV

467

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

I saw this in my Steam suggestions, and immediately clicked "Not Interested" as soon as I saw zombies/steampunk together.

This actually looks pretty interesting though.

Avatar image for joshakazam
Joshakazam

1280

Forum Posts

177

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

That's really neat, zombies are pretty boring, but the defence parts are my favourite bits of an RTS. Might be looking to check this one out when it gets out of Early Access.

Avatar image for lumbermancer
Lumbermancer

336

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

It's like Creeper World but more rtsy.

Avatar image for bbalpert
BBAlpert

2972

Forum Posts

34

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 16

It's like Creeper World but more rtsy.

Somebody else played Creeper World?!? :O

Hell yeah!

Avatar image for mikemcn
mikemcn

8642

Forum Posts

4863

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 8

Edited By mikemcn

@bbalpert said:
@lumbermancer said:

It's like Creeper World but more rtsy.

Somebody else played Creeper World?!? :O

Hell yeah!

I played it too, good game!

Avatar image for yellownumber5
yellownumber5

801

Forum Posts

29

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 12

User Lists: 5

Edited By yellownumber5

I hate zombie games, but I might actually play this. The zombies seem just a good device for an antagonist. Could have been alien slugs or whatever, but this seems fitting and gives a good mood. I wonder how advanced they are going to make the zombie units?

Avatar image for merxworx01
MerxWorx01

1190

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Edited By MerxWorx01

Been putting several hours in this game and I'm enjoying the base Concepts of this game. The survival mode asked just one thing. Make a town that can last against waves of enemies. Somehow this is one of the few games I can just sit down and zone out lately. I finally got to the point where I can regularly get to the last wave before dying. So far so good.

No Caption Provided

This is pretty much easy mode. Survival is all about efficiency and trying to make the best build choices moment to moment.

Avatar image for opusofthemagnum
OpusOfTheMagnum

647

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Seems like Alex is okay with Trump getting his wall.

This game looks like my jam. Cant wait to have a PC and dive in. Sort of reminds me of a game I played at PAX and had a ton of fun with this year where you were building up a little city on a radial grid, similar bleak tone and high level of difficulty with a fair amount of management without it getting too micro.

@loktarogar: How very un-spicey of you.

Avatar image for notallama
NotAllama

30

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

This game is superb.

The boiling pools are actually a late game resource.

Needs a lot of polish still, the writing is horrible and there is some atrocious dialogue from the rangers that screams 15 year old escapist fantasy. The camera is worse than they say in the quicklook, because single lanes of land, obscured by trees and cliffs can lead into your base and you won't know until the zombies are all up in there. The AI needs work. Pathing works by assessing the entire map, instead of just the areas inside the FOW which leads to ridiculous scenarios where your units will run around three quarters of the map to get to the other side of a crowded base. Causing blockages by building is not adequately highlighted, and is a very tricky problem with the system they have created. One late game enemy seems to have been designed to push players in a specific direction in terms of gameplay development, and while many other games of this type have these kinds of units to counter the specific problem of this genre, it is antithetical to what is essentially the entire premise up until that point.

That aside, the way the game scales from wood limited, to stone limited, to space limited with the constant threat from the outside is a brilliant example of how RTS can be done right. The balance is off, but is a few slider adjustments away from being excellent and the overall experience is very good, even at this early stage.

Sixteen Bakalars out of a pineapple.

Avatar image for fisk0
fisk0

7296

Forum Posts

73171

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 75

fisk0  Moderator

I really do wish it went for anything but the zombie and steampunk themes. I hope there is or will be mod support so that someone could maybe just replace all the buildings with space habitat domes and the zombies with something like the protomolecule things from The Expanse, and I'd probably enjoy it.

Avatar image for crashtanuki
crashtanuki

923

Forum Posts

2056

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 7

Remember seeing this on Rorie's Extra Life stream, but didn't have time to watch much of it. Is it archived somewhere?

Avatar image for doki333
doki333

19

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

This game definitely needs some polish and tuning (and please god let them redo the dialogue), but the core is great. Once they breach your defenses you're toast.

Avatar image for snick
Snick

23

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Aww man, i Just bought Assassins Creed, and now you show me this. I really like the look of this game, the trailer seemed cool, but now i know it plays well enough, I may need to buy this now. Thanks Vinny for doing some of the tutorial work for me!

Avatar image for lanechanger
Lanechanger

1779

Forum Posts

2289

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

@notallama:"I'm so tired, last night was amazing" might be the worst, most cringey RTS unit line I have ever heard.

Avatar image for onemanarmyy
Onemanarmyy

5901

Forum Posts

431

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 2

User Lists: 0

This could become a really neat game. It was funny how Vinny was explaining the patrol command in an RTS :)

Avatar image for darksagus
darksagus

61

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Maybe it's because I haven't played a ton of them, but I'm still a fan of zombie games. I specifically like the searching for supplies and survival aspects, not so much the combat.

Avatar image for ice9
ice9

23

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Thank you giantbomb for once again showing me a great game that was completely off my radar. I'v really been enjoying it the last two days. perfect for the holiday downtime

Avatar image for notallama
NotAllama

30

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

@lanechanger: I'm hoping the devs don't take this criticism as an attack because they might dig themselves deeper into this horrible tween fantasy to 'fight the SJW's,' or whatever, but how did anyone think that line was good enough to go in? Is it supposed to be funny?

At some point they'll hire a writer and we'll forget about the writing. Hopefully.

Still a brilliant game that I'm playing right now.

Avatar image for backstabuuu
Backstabuuu

101

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Edited By Backstabuuu
@lanechanger said:

@notallama:"I'm so tired, last night was amazing" might be the worst, most cringey RTS unit line I have ever heard.

Wait until you hear pretty much every single thing the Snipers say. The unit quotes in this game definitely straddle the line between endearingly lame and just lame, and more often than not, it dips into latter.

Avatar image for noli
Noli

142

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 1

Ah... I have to say it. This Quick Look was one of the worst I have watched in many years. Boring, unfunny, with Vinny trying his best to look good here, but in the end playing like a child. I had many moments during QL when I just couldn't watch anymore and had to go do something else, it was bad.

Avatar image for lanechanger
Lanechanger

1779

Forum Posts

2289

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

@lanechanger said:

@notallama:"I'm so tired, last night was amazing" might be the worst, most cringey RTS unit line I have ever heard.

Wait until you hear pretty much every single thing the Snipers say. The unit quotes in this game definitely straddle the line between endearingly lame and just lame, and more often than not, it dips into latter.

I use a lot of snipers actually. I usually jump from archers straight to snipers, skipping the soldiers. I guess I just haven't been paying attention to their lines. I can't imagine them being worse than that ranger one though.

Avatar image for memu
Memu

454

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 0

This game plays a lot like of Age of Empires. The difference is that your defenses must be impeccable because if just one zombie sneaks in unnoticed you are toast. My first two games were lost that way. Only on the third one I lost to the horde bombardment.

It is fun. With some polish and UI tweaks it could be really good. I am enjoying messing around with it in this early state already. Wait, is that a zombie or a villager?

Avatar image for bob_omb
Bob_Omb

89

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Build walls and have the zombies pay for them...

Avatar image for pargatsingh
pargatsingh

7

Forum Posts

0

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 0

User Lists: 0

Just jumping in here to say that anyone on the fence about picking up the game should definitely go ahead and buy it. I bought it after watching the video and played 16 hours over the long weekend. It's tough and I'm not especially good at this style of games but I'm still having an absolute blast.

Avatar image for sessh
Sessh

3482

Forum Posts

12278

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 8

I like what I'm seeing here. I just wonder if this has any logevity, since the only thing changing is the map, the whole thing could get monotonous real fast.

Hopefully they'll include scenarios or a campaign when this goes gold, would probably get it then.

Avatar image for borealum
borealum

193

Forum Posts

2973

Wiki Points

0

Followers

Reviews: 1

User Lists: 3

Edited By borealum

"Never doubt the double wall."

- Ser Navarro of Steampunk Canada