I won't bore you with all of the details of why, but I was reviewing the list of games scheduled to come out in 2015 (Game Informer has a great list of them here) when I stumbled upon a game that caught my attention. It didn't catch my eye because of the graphics, although they do look spectacular. And I didn't notice it because it seems to have a unique storyline, although it kind of does. Nope...it interested me because the website classified it as an FPX.

My first thought was, "Is that a typo? Do they mean it's an FPS?"

Nope. Sure enough...it says FPX...and it meant FPX.

A First Person Experience (FPX).

The game is called ADR1FT, and it describes itself as an FPX.

ADR1FT is an immersive First Person Experience (FPX) that tells the story of an astronaut in peril. Floating silently amongst the wreckage of a destroyed space station with no memory and a severely damaged EVA suit slowly leaking oxygen, the only survivor struggles to determine the cause of the catastrophic event that took the lives of everyone on board. The player fights to stay alive by exploring the wreckage for precious resources, and overcomes the challenges of an unforgiving environment to repair the damaged EEV and safely return home.

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If you ask me, it sounds kind of like that Sandra Bullock movie, Gravity...only this time, you get to control the experience instead of just watching the experience.

Have I been too busy playing Titanfall to hear about a new genre? I've done a few searches for it and there are a few mentions of it (and usually they refer to this game) but it's a term that doesn't seem like it's caught on...yet. But I kind of hope it does. Maybe the Three One Zero team (the developers of ADR1FT) are the ones that coined the term...and if they did, I applaud them. I think there are other games out there that might fall into this genre. And no doubt there are other games being developed that might fit into this genre. Off the top of my head, there are a few games that come to mind I think might be First Person Experiences (FPX)...

Portal

Portal has been around for a while now and I've always felt weird calling or hearing it called a First Person Shooter. You don't really shoot anything...but portals. But given the game uses a "first person" perspective akin to traditional First Person Shooters, it often gets roped into the genre. Some people simply call it a first person puzzle platformer. Honestly though, I think First Person Experience (FPX) is a much better description of Portal. I like it.

Outlast

Here's my total experience with Outlast. My wife and I played it for about 30 minutes late one night with all the lights turned off. And after we both screamed and jumped and nearly gave ourselves a heart attack, I seriously doubt I will ever play the game again.

Outlast is a first-person survival horror video game developed and published by Red Barrels, a company founded by designers previously involved with video game franchises such as Prince of Persia, Assassin's Creed, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell and Uncharted.

Outlast centers around a story driven survival campaign told in first-person narrative and set in a dilapidated psychiatric hospital overrun by homicidal patients. Its presentation is similar to the found footage genre popularized in horror films. The protagonist, reporter Miles Upshur, is incapable of combat, except for scripted sequences allowing him to shove enemies out of his way. Without any traditional weapons, players are expected to navigate the facility's ransacked environment with parkour: vaulting over low obstacles, crawling, and sliding through narrow gaps. In addition, Miles may survive encounters with assailants by hiding inside staff lockers or under beds; more intelligent opponents may search the room for an allocated period before moving on.


If you're not familiar with the game, all you really need to know is it's described as first-person survival horror video game. You're armed with a camcorder and don't get any weapons. So, once again...is it a First Person Shooter (FPS)? No, not really. But I do think it could be classified as First Person Experience (FPX).

It'll be interesting to see whether this new genre is widely adopted or just used locally to describe a handful of games like ADR1FT. With so many different variations of the First Person type game, I think a new genre or sub-genre is warranted.

What do you think about classifying some games as an FPX and do you have any games that would fit into this category?

Cheers.