The combat system
Combat on Mars takes place in real time, but remember: it is extremely tactical, so diving headlong into a fight with no clear strategy is the surest way of biting the dust. Your tactical skill and reflexes will be tested to the max.
The timing of your actions is very important: protect yourself from enemy assaults, dodge attacks that could penetrate your defenses, break down those of your enemy when they are protecting themselves and launch unstoppable attacks or parry their blows at precisely the right moment to destabilize them, and then mount a devastating assault! Always monitor your enemies closely: it may be very dangerous to allow them to take up a position behind you; it could mean your death warrant! You can rely on help from your buddies during the battles, each contributing their special skill: melee combat, ranged combat, back-up... choose which one is best suited to your style and tell them what you want them to do during combat.

Each time you progress a level you will earn skill points to spend in the three skill trees available: Combatant, Technomant Powers and Renegade. These will allow you to specialize and develop special strikes and powers, upgrade those you already have and enhance your passive skills.

Warrior
A warrior who is specialized in the Science of Combat has total control over his body and senses. He is faster, stronger, more resilient... a formidable combatant in a melee attack. Those who have undergone intense physical and mental training also seem to be able to temporarily, but substantially, enhance their perception of time and their reflexes.
Technomant
'Guardians of the knowledge', Technomancers are formidable warriors whose strength lies in the supernatural powers they draw from pre-Turmoil Earth artifacts. The Technomancer may not be as lethal in melee combat as the warrior who specializes in the Science of Combat, but their ability to use their powers to inflict heavy damage at long range more than compensates for this lack.
'Guardians of the knowledge', Technomancers are formidable warriors whose strength lies in the supernatural powers they draw from pre-Turmoil Earth artifacts. The Technomancer may not be as lethal in melee combat as the warrior who specializes in the Science of Combat, but their ability to use their powers to inflict heavy damage at long range more than compensates for this lack.
Renegade
The Renegade uses many techniques of guerrilla warfare. Surprise attacks, stealth maneuvers, the use of explosives or stimulants that temporarily enhance your combat skill… the combatant who follows this path knows how to surprise his enemies, eliminating many of them before choosing the right moment to attack and leading the survivors into a trap.
Your combat style will therefore be very different depending on your chosen specialization: a direct and sudden approach, a well-planned stealth attack or a spectacular onslaught using the powers of the Technomancers? Select the combat style you prefer!