It felt like Blackpowder Games' eye-catching first-person shooter Betrayer appeared out of nowhere earlier this month, when its early-access beta went up on Steam. The developers behind it have previously worked on titles like FEAR, No One Lives Forever, and Gotham City Impostors, so the game isn't without a pedigree either.
Even though it practically emerged from the mists, Betrayer's stark visual style has turned a lot of heads (mine included). When you come across it in a lineup like Steam's new releases it's nearly impossible not to stop and take a closer look -- it's utterly gorgeous. You could practically print out a screenshot and hang it on your wall without anyone suspecting your new conversation piece game from an independent first-person shooter. At the same time, that first OMG impression sets the bar quite high, and not all games could live up to that. What good is a gorgeous game if it falls flat everywhere else?
It's still too early to say if Betrayer will manage to pull it off, but here's why playing the early access version of the game has given me high hopes: