Had a run with some sci-if RPGs.
Mars: War Logs:
The story is set on Mars where water companies are constantly at war with each other. You play as Roy Temperance, a soldier for Aurora. Over the course of the first act, Roy breaks out of a POW camp run by a rival corporation known as Abundance, and eventually reveals himself to be a Technomancer. Technomancers form a secretive sect of people who can focus excess
electrical energy in their body into a powerful weapon. After a truce is called between the two companies, Roy has to choose whether to join a group of resistance fighters looking to loosen the grip the corps have on Mars or stay loyal to Aurora and work from within to take down its corrupt leader.
There are three skill trees you can choose to invest in, focusing on combat, tactics, and technomancy. The systems aren’t perfect, but the game is fun enough that I can recommend it, especially since it leads into…
A sequel to Mars: War Logs that noticeably improves on the first game. The story actually takes place concurrently with the events of the first game, but the player character is Zachariah, a Technomancer for Abundance. You don’t have to have played War Logs to follow what’s going on, but there are a few references and characters that show up that are rewarding to those in the know.
The progression system, combat system, and skills are all much better than the first game, and the NPCs and the world overall are more fleshed out and detailed. The only real complaint I have is that I failed a charisma roll on the last part of a mission I was doing for the character I was trying to romance, and by random chance based on a stat there was no way to see coming I failed the romance I’d been working towards all game.
Both games keep coming up extremely cheap in Xbox sales so I highly recommend picking them up if you see them and like sci-fi RPGs and stories. They’re made by Spiders, a small developer I hadn’t heard of, and were good enough that I want to check out their newest game, Greedfall, despite the setting not being to my usual taste.