Dark Future: Blood Red States

"All of the stuff that I feel makes a great car combat sequence that Mad Max does so well ... this is that, in a strategy game. I heartily recommend" - Tom Chick, Quarter to Three
"If Speed Racer (the cartoon) had a baby with Death Race (the Roger Corman versions) and it ended up in a Mad Max future, I think you’d end up with this game... Personally, I think this game has earned a permanent spot on my hard drive" - Adam Harrison, Bell of Lost Souls
"Like Qvadriga, a title that DF sometimes brings to mind, this is a game that fills a five-minute play window as efficiently and agreeably as it fills a thirty-minute one. Exhilarating, easy on the eye and ear, and very moreish" - Tim Stone, Rock Paper Shotgun
"Turns white line fever into something thinky" - Jody Macgregor, PC Gamer
America. 2025.
The government is non-existent and society, struggling against pollution, stagnation, catastrophic climate change and gang warfare, is at the point of collapse. You are a highway warrior for hire, taking on contracts to keep the few laws that exist, in check. You battle against roving gangs to control the dangerous roads and earn a living in these dangerous times.
Tool up your vehicle with a range of weapons and upgrades and head out into The Big Empty. Explore this darkly absurd land, with danger and destruction at every turn.

Customise your vehicle with a variety of weapons - from powerful ballistic artillery, to searing high-tech lasers and makeshift deployable explosives - all designed to cause maximum havoc and destruction on the roads.
Fight against a range of dangerous gangcults in dramatic locations, with jaw-dropping physics and visual effects, all powered by Unreal Engine 4.

Take full control of the chaotic carnage with Command Mode. Slow time down and issue orders to your vehicles in a real time strategy game unlike any other. Choose the right combination of weapons and car upgrades to put the enemy down for good.

Customise your car with special upgrades to suit your playstyle. Want to go totally offensive? Upgrade your Combat Lasers and Multi-Missile Launchers to cause maximum damage. Use your character's special abilities to outwit and outmaneuver the opposition. Put the brakes on your enemies with Road Spikes and Concussion Mines to stop them dead in their tracks. Invest in your Ramming Boost to chase down enemies and smash them off the road. Use these to maximise your payday and keep the dollars rolling in.

Eight stories introduce you to the dystopian society of Games Workshop’s car combat universe of Dark Future. Take on missions and attempt to survive in the scorched wastes of America in brutal, endlessly replayable run-based campaigns.
Minimum Requirements
OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
Processor: 2 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit CPU
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: DirectX 11 Compatible GPU with 1GB Video RAM
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 6 GB available space
Additional Notes: Unsupported video chipsets: Intel HD Graphics 3000, Intel GMA X3100, Intel GMA 950
Recommended Specifications
OS: Windows 10
Processor: Quad Core 3.5GHz Intel i5 / i7 Processor
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: DirectX 11 / OpenGL Compatible GPU (GTX 980 or greater)
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 10 GB available space
Additional Notes: Unsupported video chipsets: Intel HD Graphics 3000, Intel GMA X3100, Intel GMA 950
  • The bottom line… there’s not a lot of intellectualising here… grab a car, pick a job, go out and execute the job (or target… well both really). It’s simple fun with a bit of a flair for strategy if you want it. Works great as a pick up and play game too so if you can only spare 10 mins or so (the missions are timed) you can get in a quick task and be off again. Worth your time if you like a bit of road based combat.

  • Dark Future: Blood Red States is a great game for a niche audience interested in a post-apocalyptic single player mix of car combat and rail shooter. The combat is engaging and fun with elements that allow players to make strategic choices.

  • The game is loads of fun, but I did occasionally have a tough time with the UI. I get the style they’re going for here with the faint green retro feel, but it just ends up looking clunky and makes it hard to navigate. However, it’s a small price to pay for such a fun game. This one screams badass, and if that’s your style, definitely check out Dark Future.

  • Dark Future: Blood Red States is a quirky video game adaptation of this niche Games Workshop board game, and Auroch Digital have done a great job of preserving that feel in a real time form. Its bitesized campaigns keep the dystopian road warrior gameplay going, and there's a real charm that manages to shine through, even if there's probably a few too many rough edges and limits to the design.

Dark Future: Blood Red States
$24.99 $11.87
Title: Dark Future: Blood Red States
Genre: Indie, Strategy
Released: 16 May 2019
Developer: Auroch Digital
Publisher: Auroch Digital
  • Single-player
  • Steam Achievements
  • Steam Cloud
  • Steam Trading Cards
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