Everspace 2 is the second installment in a series of space shooters originating from 2017. Unlike the original, which was heavily inspired by roguelikes, the sequel takes place in a world fully designed by hand. It was developed by the independent Rockfish Games, the same studio responsible for its predecessor, its funding provided via Kickstarter.
Everspace 2 is set after the events of the first installment. The main protagonist is one of the space pilots who managed to defeat the sinister Admiral Gorc. As a clone wanted by the authorities, he was forced to assume a false identity and work as a miner for a living. Soon, however, he ends up entangled in a complex intrigue, forcing him to sit in the pilot seat once again.
Everspace 2 makes use of two different perspectives: from the cockpit (FPP) and from behind our ship (TPP). The game features a vast open world. Throughout the game we traverse the depths of space, visit planetary systems, space stations and bases, as well as planet surfaces. The game's driving force are main quests, alongside numerous side missions and optional activities. The player will get to discover various sentient species, make friends (some can even join us as wingmen), find traces of conspiracies, take part in wars between feuding clans and acquire numerous treasures. Exploring space is a dangerous pastime, with some areas being especially deadly. It's worth the risk, however, as experienced pilots can find priceless rewards.
The dangers in question are primarily various enemies. These include drones and enemy spacecraft, such as agile fighters, heavy bombers and giant cruisers. Combat is dynamic, requiring agility and reflexes (instant evasions and quick counter-attacks), perception (as opponents can attack us from all directions) and knowledge of the enemies' strengths and weaknesses (in order to choose the right weaponry).
RPG elements play an important role in the game. Though our initial ship isn't too impressive, over time we can start filling up our hangar with new models, differing in size, appearance and class, which determines their stats and compatible weaponry. Ships can be upgraded and personalized by installing better gear. We must also remember to synergize our ship's subsystems; not every weapon, module or accessory fits the remaining gear or the ship class well. We can also increase our combat potential through perks, unlocked and upgraded by making progress. Unneeded equipment can be sold off at space stations, though the prices fluctuate depending on supply and demand.
Everspace 2 only supports singleplayer.
Everspace 2 runs on the Unreal Engine 4. The game's visuals are of a high quality. The space vistas, detailed ship models and in-combat effects are all especially appealing.
Everspace 2 first debuted on Steam, in early access, on January 18, 2021. It quickly became a bestseller and was met with a very warm reception. Players mostly praised the game's intuitive handling, audiovisuals, the sheer amount of content and good optimization. A sentiment common across many of the positive reviews was that Rockfish Games ironed out all of the first game's flaws, comparing the sequel to the genre's most iconic titles - Freelancer and Freespace.
Last updated on 19 August 2023
Game mode: single player
User score: 6.8 / 10 based on 35 votes.
Pre-release expectations: 6.8 / 10 based on 58 votes.
Age restrictions Everspace 2: 12+
Everspace 2 System requirements
PC / Windows
- Intel Core i5-2500K 2.9 GHz / AMD FX-6300 2.9 GHz
- 8 GB RAM
- graphic card 4 GB GeForce GTX 970 / Radeon RX 6400 or better
- 35 GB HDD
- Windows 10 64-bit
- Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5 GHz / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5 GHz
- 16 GB RAM
- graphic card 8 GB GeForce RTX 2070 / Radeon RX 5700 XT or better
- 35 GB SSD
- Windows 10 64-bit