Everspace analysis. Roguelike action in the stars

Written by Kamran Haider

Action, yes, but at times also terror, much terror at the idea of ​​losing everything; to die and miss the opportunity to complete the trip through the stars proposed by Everspace, a spectacular and challenging roguelike adventure that puts us at the controls of a combat ship. Do you see yourself able to survive the dangers of this video game? We have already done it and now we come to tell you the experience in the analysis of Everspace.

Just over ten minutes. It is the time it took to die the first time I got to the controls of Everspace. And the next … almost the same. Fallen in combat and start over. And again. Dejected by an enemy fighter, killed in an explosion caused by a minefield, lost in space due to lack of fuel or suffocated by a mechanical problem of the ship. There are so many ways to die in this challenging roguelike action video game that it would be normal to get depressed and leave the game, but no, you never give up, you never stop trying. Each time you get to go further, better resist the enemy’s rush, and you feel more prepared to survive a space adventure that is a pure spectacle. For the epic of some of his battles but, above all, for his fantastic staging, for his ability to make you feel within a vast science fiction universe.

The rage of suffering a bloody defeat is quickly forgotten in a video game that keeps tempting you to “try your luck one more time”. You need to reach the end of the tour, whatever it is, and until you do not get it, do not stop! Even though this is not precisely a simple task. Like any roguelike adventure worth its salt, death on Everspace has a high cost: losing all the objects and resources you would have found so far. You start from scratch !, or almost because with the money accumulated in your trip you can unlock various technical improvements for the three ships available in your hangar that are permanent; Whatever happens, will remain there. Greater armor, attack power, ability to accumulate more weapons or special modules … there are a handful of options to choose from, and several levels of progression for most of these, so failure after failure, you will feel more prepared to face the harsh space odyssey proposed by this Rockfish Games game, an independent studio formed by some of the creators of Galaxy on Fire.

And greed broke the sack

If I like something about Everspace is that, in one way or another, it always makes you feel guilty about your failures. You have died of overconfidence, for believing that you could only against an enemy corvette, or for not paying attention to details; for not looking at all those explosive mines that in bad faith are scattered throughout the cold outer space. It’s cruel, relentless, but you don’t feel it is an unfair game. The options are there. The possibility of jumping into hyperspace and escaping from one problematic sector to another rarely disappears; Another thing is that you want to do it by leaving behind you a big booty , which is important!, because on your trip you must collect credits and raw materials essential to repair the ship in case of serious damage, trade with the various civil ships that swarm through the space, or improve the quality of your weapons and modules during the course of the game.

In the end, everything is based on decisions. Which weapon do you choose, why do you choose modules, if you keep a missile defense system or bet on plasma mines. And all this leaving your destiny in the hands of randomness, because in each new game you face different challenges. Change the configuration of the galaxy, the type of enemies that cross your path, the resources you find during the trip. And it is great ! because in this way that point of terror that generates not knowing what is to come never disappears. I’m not exaggerating. When you enter a new sector, crowded with enemies, and you have no option of jumping into hyperspace … well, you can get an idea. You will face the action with extreme care, ensuring the safety of a ship that takes little to jump through the air in a game that has no compassion for mistakes. At the minimum you are dead and there is no going back. That is why it was important to create a good combat system and the truth is that Everspace does not disappoint … although it does not surprise in excess.greed

It makes you feel within a vast science fiction universe.

The handling of the ship conveys good sensations and depending on the weapons and improvements you will fight in one way or another. From a distance, using stealth, overwhelming rivals with bombs, plasma, and shrapnel from all those turrets that you have installed in the vehicle; everything goes in a video game capable of leaving you speechless with the spectacularity of some of their battles. I miss the odd option, such as dodging and stunts to surprise rivals, as well as better artificial intelligence on the part of the enemies, who are not always especially ingenious when approaching you. They attack the beast as if they don’t care much about their life, and that can sometimes be frustrating when you find yourself cornered without too many escape options.

Thanks to special objects such as mines, shield generators or computer viruses with which to hack enemy drones you can opt for several combat strategies, but sometimes the action feels somewhat limited. Also, in the medium term, the game can become somewhat tedious in its initial stages. I explain. When you have taken the trick to Everspace overcome the first sectors almost that it becomes a walk, so the real fun can be done begging for more than expected when you already face more powerful enemies or problems as radical as eruptions solar or nebulae that interfere with your systems. I do not say that it is boring, nothing is further from reality! But in a title that depends so much on repetition, it would have been great if it offered more variety in its action.

It really is a show, its staging is so incredible, that it costs not to marvel at some of its locations, which are also quite varied. The explosions, the lighting effects, the modeling of spacecraft and space stations … Everspace takes advantage of the Unreal Engine 4 and achieves, with an outstanding graphics section, that you want to explore every corner of its universe. It is meritorious because it has also been endowed with a good plot background that encourages you to investigate more and more in the weavings of that warlike conflict in which you have been immersed. It does not offer an original story, but it is interesting and ingenious at some points, such as the justification of why, again and again, your pilot comes to life.

Somehow, the decisions you make also affect the world around you, and it is something that I value very much. Is it worth attacking civilians for a little fuel? Will you be able to attack a merchant’s ship to enrich you? The option is there, no one prevents you, but you have to stick to the consequences, and although gasoline is essential to survive, and sometimes its shortage can be dramatic, putting colossal warships against it does not usually end well. And this is why I liked Everspace so much. It is a special game, to which you can dedicate tens of hours and not get tired, either because of its great graphics section – I’m dying to try it with virtual reality-, or by its challenging action. It still has things to improve, game mechanics to refine, but it offers a roguelike space combat experience that is worth trying. Hopefully, in the future, the catalog of available ships will be expanded, as the current three know little, and it is another way to try new and fun combat strategies.

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Challenging and very addictive. Everspace is one of those games that is worth trying. Visually spectacular, its intense roguelike action will take you to enjoy exciting space battles in which the minimum mistake will end your aspirations for success. No matter! You will try again and again, improving the performance of your ship, until you reach the desired outcome in a space adventure worthy of praise.

  • Extensive customization options. Each ship can be unique
  • Exciting space fighting. They are also a visual show
  • Your ability to tempt you to try your luck again and again
  • The artificial intelligence of the enemies, which do not usually surprise in their attacks
  • Some more option is missing in the fighting

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