We’re straight up, here at P&L and tell it how it is. My second baby came a little earlier than planned and has stopped my PS4 gaming in its tracks. I had only touched the surface of Everspace before he popped. So thank you to Plan of Attack and their gracious understanding. Here’s what I have.
Everspace is a single player roguelike space shooter and the latest release from Rockfish Games. Along with some fine action, Everspace is one hell of a looker with some gorgeous environments.
You play as a space pilot and have been forcibly injected with some sort of strange alien toxin. You’re now on a search to find out more about what happened to you and why. This story is presented via a dark comic strip style which brings an added eerie atmosphere to an already desolate sci-fi experience.
From a first and third person perspective your craft zooms and swoops against a dark space backdrop. Distant moons and bright stars shimmer in the ether as your first tentative steps to control your craft make the opening to Everspace a measured one. Your first task is to sail through the tutorial and learn what’s what. Controls feel right and the DS4 analogue sticks are put to good use. A little push on the sticks launch the craft fast to the next waypoint and firing weapons comes with a good feeling of satisfaction. The goal of Everspace is a simple one; you need to reach your destination. You can jump from the system you’re in to the next system via jump gates. The thing holding you back is having the fuel to do this. You’ll need to collect fuel to perform the jumps. As well as scavenging wrecked freighters, looting downed enemies and exploring the space around you, you’ll also need to deal with situations that come with dark and dangerous space exploration.
Everspace comes with a decent amount of dogfights and engaging with such enemy craft is the main bulk of the game. Different weapons help defeat different enemies. It’s a tactical fight and it feels very arcady as you’re blasting away, which for me is a good thing. There is a deeper side to Everspace though and that’s in the in-depth crafting, trading and damage system. Mining resources and searching space debris is where you find added extras. Credits can be picked up and spent on all manner of things like upgrading your craft, perks and buying new ships. Any credits you have when you die you’ll keep, as it’s a new game every time you fail.
There’s an incredible attention to detail that makes playing Everspace a jaw dropping sight. There’s so much to take in and somehow the space around you never seems samey. Backgrounds colours, shading and firepower ripping though the dark asteroid-laden skies make your journey a special one. And this is an indie game. Incredible.
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Everspace really keeps its fascination and delivers a fine back-drop of action and challenge. Even though it’s a space sim, getting to grips with the game’s mechanics make it an easy jump in and play experience. Deep, thrilling and absolutely beautiful, Everspace is a special sci-fi adventure waiting to be experienced.
Lizard Rating 8/10