No Man's Sky (XONE)
Action tomorrow, 24 July 2018
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.
Star Wars: Battlefront II (XONE)
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.
Elite: Dangerous (XONE)
Simulation 06 October 2015
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.
Space Engineers (XONE)
A sandbox simulation game developed by the independent studio Keen Software House. The action of Space Engineers takes place in space, and the players assume the role of engineers whose task is to build bases, gather resources, and ensure the colony’s survival. The title was created based on the NASA forecasts concerning the conditions of space colonization in the coming years. There are two game modes to choose from: creative mode and survival mode. The players are given a lot of freedom of action in both cases, including the ability to construct their own spaceships and machines as well as to transform the environment. Space Engineers is powered by the in-house VRAGE 2.0 engine, featuring an advanced physics simulation module.
Starlink: Battle for Atlas (XONE)
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.
Action 26 May 2017
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.
Star Control: Origins (XONE)
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 (XONE)
Simulation 15 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.
Battlestar Galactica Deadlock (XONE)
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 (XONE)
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 various assignments, fighting enemies 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 the Horizons expansion pack. The latter introduced an opportunity to land on the planets without atmosphere, 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.
The Long Journey Home (XONE)
Action December 2018
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.
Last Encounter (XONE)
Action September 2018
A Twin-stick shooter in which players assume the role of spaceship pilots. The gameplay is presented from the top-down perspective. The core of the gameplay is destroying encountered foes. However, to spice things up, the game features permadeath, and the visited locations are procedurally generated, thus, the players face different obstacles every time they play.
Blacksea Odyssey (XONE)
Action 23 August 2017
An unusual independent game. It is a hybrid of a space twin-stick shooter, a role-playing game and a roguelike game. Blacksea Odyssey tells a story about a tournament held every ten years. Only the bravest warriors from the whole universe participate in it. They are tasked with hunting for various creatures that live in the space. When joining the tournament, player is selecting his character. The participants vary in look, combat potential and special abilities. The action is shown from a top-down perspective and it concentrates on traveling through the space and fighting enemies, including giant bosses. The game features a large variety of weapons and the possibility to improve equipment with special runic modifiers. Since the game is a roguelike, dying is permanent and the levels are procedurally generated.
Elite: Dangerous - Horizons (XONE)
Simulation 03 June 2016
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.
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.
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.
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (XONE)
Arcade 09 September 2015
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.
Fringe Wars (XONE)
Fringe Wars is an online game focusing on space battles. The game mixes arcade combat mechanics inspired by space shooters with MOBA-like gameplay in which the battles take place between two five-man teams attempting to destroy the enemy base, with every ship being an unique unit with statistics and special functions and an individual development tree.
Rebel Galaxy (XONE)
RPG 13 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.