Star Wars: Battlefront II (PS4)
Action 17 November 2017
Star Wars: Battlefront II is a sequel to the 2015 multiplayer FPS game and the fourth game in the cult series that was started eleven years earlier by Pandemic. Unlike the previous game, Battlefront II offers both a complex multiplayer mode and a single player campaign set right after the destruction of the second Death Star. Iden Versio, the game's protagonist and the leader of the Empire's special forces, is given the task of avenging the Emperor. Different studios developed different parts of the game. The single player campaign was created by studio Motive, lead by Jade Raymond. Space battles were created by Criterion, and the multiplayer mode, key element of the game, was developed by DICE. Up to forty players can take part in online battles and play one of the four available classes. Additionally, we can customize characters, vehicles, and gadgets. It is worth mentioning that the game presents more than the original trilogy (episodes IV-VI). We will meet, and play as, heroes from different eras of the Star Wars universe, like Rey and Kylo Ren from The Force Awakens or Darth Maul from The Phantom Menace.
No Man's Sky (PS4)
Action 09 August 2016
A science-fiction, sandbox action game with a focus on multiplayer mode. It was created by Hello Games, company known for the colorful arcade production Joe Danger. The game is set in the distant future in the yet uncharted parts of the cosmos, and the gameplay is presented in two forms. We explore the successive corners of the universe piloting a spacecraft, like we do in typical space-sim productions. Upon landing on a newly discovered planet, the game switches to first-person view. The authors emphasize the complete freedom given to the player during exploration. While visiting places featuring different animals, plants, or even varying composition of the planet's atmosphere, we can focus on exploration, acquisition of raw materials, or the combat against various predators. An important element of the game is the system of procedural generation of worlds, which creates their virtually every element, from the smallest features of the surface to the entire star systems and galaxies.
Action 22 May 2018
A space-themed shooter game with roguelike elements and the first production by the team at Rockfish. The members of the studio used to work for Fishlabs, the creators of the mobile series Galaxy on Fire. Everspace is set in the far future, when humanity has colonized myriads of planetary systems. The plot, which is an important element of the gameplay, was written by Falko Löffler, the writer of Jack Keane or the Ankh series. Unlike other space shooters, whose mechanics are focused on complex simulations, Everspace features an easy, user-friendly controls model and dynamic battle system. You observe the world both from the cockpit perspective and through a camera lens placed above your ship. During the game, you explore the open-world galaxy, gather resources, fight enemies, and complete quests. You also have to take care of repairing your ship when its gets damaged in battle and upgrading it. It's very easy to die in Everspace and the world around you changes as you respawn.
Elite: Dangerous (PS4)
Simulation 27 June 2017
The fourth installment in the Elite series. The game is a space simulator created again by David Braben and the Frontier studio. Elite: Dangerous is set in the far future; after humanity had colonized countless star systems, the Universe is dominated by three superpowers: the Empire, the Federation, and the Alliance. Brave pilots seek easy money working beyond the territories controlled by these entities. The open-world game structure offers the players large amounts of freedom when it comes to exploration, trading or completing military assignments. Instead of the classic division into the solo and multiplayer modes, the creators of Elite: Dangerous allow the player to join their friends or return to single-player experience at any time.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas (PS4)
Action October 2018
Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a science fiction action game developed by Ubisoft. The game takes place in a distant future in the titular Atlas planetary system, a place full of breathtaking alien worlds. This part of the galaxy is on the brink of destruction due to the invasion of the machines known as the Forgotten Legion. Our job is to stop the machines and defeat their leader, Grax. Starlink: Battle for Atlas is an action game where we control our own, self-made space ship. We use it to fight not only in space, but also in the atmosphere of many planets. The game’s world is open and dynamic, and changes under the influence of ours and our antagonists' decisions. What makes Starlink: Battle for Atlas a unique game is the fact that it is integrated with spaceship minifigures that are sold separately. Those minifigures are modular, which allows us to manually change their parts and pilots. These changes are instantly taken to the virtual world.
Battlestar Galactica Deadlock (PS4)
Strategy 08 December 2017
A space strategy set in a popular universe created in a 1978 TV series. Developed by Black Lab Games, Battlestar Galactica Deadlock gives us an opportunity to assume control of the Colonial Fleet and to take part in a war against the Cylons - a race of man-made cybernetic machines that have rebelled against their creators. The game features both completely new characters and figures the fans of the universe are surely familiar with - however, the story was executed in a way that will not confuse those new to the universe. The player takes part in tactical battles set in a three-dimensional environment. Furthermore, the player recruits officers, conducts political actions within the Cyrannus planetary system, but also expands their fleet alongside progression, based on the unlocked spaceship designs. Apart from the single-player component, the game offers a complex multiplayer mode which allows the player to fight 1v1 duels against commanders from all over the world. All of this is complemented by decent-quality visuals.
Elite: Dangerous - Legendary Edition (PS4)
Simulation 27 June 2017
A special edition of Elite: Dangerous - a game which casts the player in the role of a pilot aboard a spaceship, who traverses distant regions of the galaxy, completing different assignments, fighting the enemies encountered or getting rich through trading. The game came out in the form of a blu-ray disc. Apart from the base version of the game - created by Frontier Developments, a team led by the legendary Chris Sawyer, who had produced all the previous installments - this Legendary Edition includes all the gameplay improvements introduced since the original release, and an expansion pack Horizons. The latter introduced an opportunity to land on the planets without their atmospheres, in order to explore the surfaces using an on-board rover. Moreover, Horizons enriches the game with a character creation system and gives an opportunity to invite others to explore space together, aboard one starship.
Star Control: Origins (PS4)
Star Control Origins is a space sandbox developed by Stardock Entertainment. The player assumes the role of a captain of a space ship and he or she explores a dynamically changing galaxy. During the game the player discovers new planets, gathers resources, trades, participates in battles and performs diplomacy.
Kerbal Space Program (PS4)
Simulation 12 July 2016
This is the debut from the independent developer Squad. The game is an unusual simulator requiring the player to develop their own space program from scratch. Kerbal Space Program combines features of many genres, but the most important part here is an extensive ship editor, which allows the player to design and build their own, unique spacecraft. The ship is then supposed to fly and land safely on a moon of the Kerbin planet. The spaceship is built from various elements - each of them affects it in flight and serves a specific purpose. Thanks to a realistic flight model, the player is capable of observing the effects of their work and monitoring a set of parameters describing the ship. Apart from the basic, sandbox mode, the game offers a set of story missions requiring the player to recruit a team, conduct research, build bases and visit dozens of planets.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew (PS4)
Simulation 30 May 2017
A spaceflight simulator game developed mainly for virtual reality headsets by Ubisoft Red Storm, best known for many action games based on Tom Clancy's works. Star Trek: Bridge Crew is set in the cinematic universe based on the popular science-fiction TV series. During the game, you explore a previously unknown region of the galaxy, known as the Trench, in search for a new home for the Vulcan race. The gameplay was designed with a co-op mode for four players in mind, and each player becomes a different crew member of the ship. The positions to choose from are: Captain, Helmsman, Engineer, and Tactical Officer. Each of them has unique duties, which you perform by using the ship's equipment in the virtual world. Star Trek: Bridge Crew features attractive 3D visuals, stylized to resemble the game's movie predecessor.
Dead Star (PS4)
Action 05 April 2016
A multiplayer shooter set in space, created by Armature studio. The action of Dead Star takes place near a dying star that will soon transform into a supernova. Each ship owner tries to scavenge the remaining resources in the area in order to escape, even if it means taking away lives. There are two teams composed of up to 10 players. They are in control of various spaceships that can be customized and upgraded. The game mechanics in Dead Star resembles old-school arcade shooters. You move in two-dimensional environment with a top-down view of the vehicle and aiming independent from the ship’s movement. Dead Star includes several modern design solutions, and procedural map generation is the most important one among them. Levels are randomly filled with obstacles and structures that provide various bonuses.
Star Wars: Battlefront - Rogue One: X-Wing VR Mission (PS4)
Action 06 December 2016
A free expansion for Star Wars: Battlefront, available only on PS4 with PlayStation VR. In contrast to the basic version of the game, X-Wing VR Mission is not a shooter in which the player controls various characters. Instead, the DLC the player takes control of the titular starfighter and participates in a large-scale space battle. A space destroyer, among other spacecrafts, also participates in the battle. The player must not only control the vehicle, but shoot various opponents as well. Thanks to the VR technology, the player can feel like a real X-Wing pilot. The action is shown from a first-person perspective and during the game the player can freely look around the cockpit that was recreated with details and precision.
The Long Journey Home (PS4)
A science-fiction sandbox action game with roguelike and strategy game elements, and the debut production from one of Daedalic Entertainment's subsidiaries. The Long Journey Home tells the story of a prototype spaceship, the first one in history to be equipped with an FTL drive. During its maiden flight, an accident happens which results in the ship being thrown into an uncharted region of the galaxy; the player’s task, as the ship’s captain, is to find a way home. The game allows us to freely explore a vast, randomly generated chunk of the cosmos — we are the ones to plan the route and to choose tasks as well as the means to perform them. While playing, we will have to gather resources, fight alien races, search for artifacts of long-dead civilizations, and cope with various random events. The title also features an extensive conversation module and a separate character development system for every crew member.
Elite: Dangerous - Horizons (PS4)
Simulation 27 June 2017
A set of official expansions to the space simulator released back in 2014 by the Frontier Developments studio. The package has been collectively named Elite: Dangerous – Horizons, and comprises of several consecutively developed add-ons, which will enhance the game by adding additional content. The first expansion is called Planetary Landings and allows the players to land on the surfaces of specific planets, which have been designed in an extremely credible manner and scale. Before we choose the area of our landing, we can conduct a scan of the surface, revealing any crashed machines, resources or enemies. Additionally, the developers have supplied the players with a special vehicle – the Scarab, which preforms extraordinarily in a variety of environments and can be used both for exploration and combat. When it comes to technical matters, the Frontier Developments studio has made sure that we can transition fluently between the surface area of a planet and vastness of space, without any in-game loading screens.
Rebel Galaxy (PS4)
RPG 26 January 2016
A science-fiction space sandbox that combines elements of RPG, action, and strategy. The game was developed by Double Damage Games, a studio that hires co-creators of such titles as Torchlight, FATE, and the first two Diablo games. Gameplay is focuses around galactic exploration. Depending on your preferences, you can pick up a career of a merchant, mercenary, smuggler, soldier, or even combine these professions to increase your income. As you play, you visit various planets and space stations, meet ingenious alien races and characters with whom you can interact with. You also spend a lot of time on combat, which is characterized by far-reaching realism. Individual systems and subsystems of your ship can be damaged during battles, forcing you to change your tactics. It is also possible to take direct control over the cannons for a precision attack.
Adventure 15 July 2016
An action adventure game set in a science-fiction world created by Three One Zero - a studio led by former Microsoft employee, Adam Orth. The hero of the game is an astronaut trying to survive in space after a disaster destroyed his mother station. Core of the gameplay is exploring and solving logical puzzles, which mainly consist of repairing various equipment which allows us to keep ourselves alive in space. As Adr1ft takes place in environment with no gravity, we can move freely in all directions, with the only limitation being the need to replenish our supply of oxygen and the length of the rope ensuring that we won’t float away into open space. We discover the game’s plot mainly through audio diaries, which describe the stories of people who worked on the station and answer the question concerning the cause behind this disaster.
Apollo 11 VR (PS4)
Simulation 01 March 2017
A game that recreates the first human spaceflight to the Moon using virtual reality. Apollo 11 VR shows the events preceding the historic journey, such as: launch of the Apollo 11 spaceship using a Saturn V rocket, the flight to the Earth’s natural satellite, or the landing and the first walk on its surface. The title is described as a new kind of documentary film, featuring only uncomplicated mechanics that fit more to virtual reality than a fully-fledged video game. The events are seen from a first-person perspective, and the players have the full freedom to look around their surroundings. The camera switches to TPP mode only during combat. During the takeoff and landing, we can operate on-board equipment (however, the procedures has been simplified). While on the Moon, we can take a walk, and conduct simple research. Apollo 11 VR takes place in a detailed 3D environment, with a climatic soundtrack and authentic conversations accompanying the gameplay.
Simulation September 2018
A space sandbox game by Payload Studios, set in the future, in which Earth's natural resources have been completely depleted. You play as a space adventurer, whose task is to look for resources on an alien planet. The main aspects of TerraTech are threefold. The first aspect is exploring varied environments and gathering minerals, which can be transported to Earth or processed. Another aspect is building sophisticated vehicles from the resources you find or parts from other machines. They can be further modified as you see fit, which means you can turn them from transport vehicles to tanks or even planes. The latter two turn out to be very necessary, as the third aspect of the game is fighting enemies and capturing their bases.
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (PS4)
Arcade 09 February 2016
A 2D arcade game with platformer elements, and the debut of the Canadian indie developer Astro Base. During the gameplay we step into the shoes of one of the two operators of a small space station, and it is our task to defend it against consecutive waves of enemy attacks. The missions are played out in randomly generated locations, and the players need to navigate the corridors of the station in order to reach the various control consoles that are located inside them. These consoles will allow us to, e.g. activate the station’s engines, defensive systems and gun emplacements. The production has been designed with a co-op mode for two players in mind, and strict cooperation and coordination between both operators is required in order to achieve success. In cases where a second player is unavailable, they will be replaced by an AI player. One of the most distinguishable qualities of the Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime are the colorful, highly abstract 2D visuals and an old-school, electronic soundtrack.
Arcade 04 August 2015
A two-dimensional shoot ‘em up arcade game developed by the 17-bit studio. In GALAK-Z, we assume the role of a space fighter pilot who has to face enemies armed to the teeth and hostile environmental conditions. Although the general gameplay premise isn’t really different from the genre’s standards, the developers introduced several innovations. The first is the control model based on two analog sticks that we use to move and shoot, while special attacks are assigned to gamepad buttons. Moreover, the game world is a one huge open level with smaller or bigger asteroids, each having its own network of caves where we can hide from enemy fire. When designing levels, ships, and the available characters, the developers took inspiration from the classics of anime and the science fiction TV series from the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Starfighter Origins (PS4)
A combat simulator which places the player in control of a starfighter. Developed by an independent British team - Mad About Games Studios Ltd., the game was inspired by space simulators from the 90s. Starfighter Origins is set in a futuristic world, where humans explore space and pirates are waiting among asteroids for unarmed transport ships and other easy loot. The player assumes the role of a pilot working for the Colonial Defense Force - a law enforcement group that use various kinds of combat ships in order to maintain order in space. The player has six unique ships to fly in the game, including fast, reconnaissance units with powerful radars, classic fighters - they handle well and are well-armed, and heavily-armored support craft. Eliminating the enemies involves use of both rapid-fire cannons and auto-targeting missiles. When fighting, the player must pay attention to how much resources they have left - both fuel and ammunition, as not every mission gives an opportunity to re-fuel the ship and refill ammunition. The game delivers exclusively a single-player experience. The four modes available include the story campaign, the Simulation and the Challenge modes (a series of independent scenarios), and the Instant Action mode. The last of these requires the player to choose a difficulty level at the beginning; both the battlefield and type of enemies are assigned randomly.