You know you’re in for a rough time when a game tells you upfront that you’re going to lose a lot. One of the first things you see in Othercide – the latest release from Lightbulb Crew – is one such message, which plainly says, “your Daughters will die, and you will lose, only to rise stronger again.” Indeed, Othercide lives up to the hype, too; this is not a game for the faint of heart. That being said, those of you who put in the effort to overcome Othercide’s punishment will find that this is a richly rewarding and thoroughly enjoyable SRPG adventure that stands tall among its peers.
Right from the off, it’s clear that Othercide borrows heavily from the weighty, hopeless atmosphere of Lovecraftian literature, as you fight a losing battle against… something. The story roughly follows a mysterious extradimensional being named the Red Mother, who’s locked in an endless battle against a sinister force called Suffering. Suffering is a creature from beyond the Veil that evidently wants to destroy all life, and it very frequently manages to have its way with the world. However, the Red Mother has the ability to reset the world to a time decades before Suffering’s victory, and she does this over and over, each time picking new warriors called Daughters who utilize the memories she gains from the infinite lost battles to better combat their opponent the next time around.