Everspace at the core seems like every other basic space shooter, fly in space shoot enemy ships. Not until you actually delve into the game do you realize there is much more to the game than first perception. Everspace does a lot of things well but has a few flaws that in no way hinder the game. Unique story aspects, options to upgrade the ship, beautiful visuals and easy game play Make Everspace a game to check out. During the review I was intrigued at how vast the expanses of the Everspace world became, much of the game is secretive until you take time to play deeper into the overall experience.
Now I see a lot of you right now with hands on your head thinking oh God another game where we are dumped in space. Why would I want to play another indie game that will just leave me with a bad taste in my mouth? Well that is where Everspace by Rockfish games shows it is much different, it shows how a space exploration shooter can be much better. Everspace takes rogue like/dungeon crawlers to a new atmosphere, what it does well is integrate the game play into an easy grinding system. Players won’t feel as if they are grinding/leveling for nothing the end goal is to better the ship so you can better control space. During longer gameplay it was evident some of the game got repetitive much like other games you need to grind on. It was not a hindrance to the overall game and the feeling was quickly fleeting. Graphically the game is stunning, not because of one element but many combinations.
Everspace story though basic in explanation follows a path we have seen played in many other games. Amnesia, sure it has been done a few times to further a story and advance the game, Everspace does something unique in drawing up this story though. Story does not drive the game, it is not something that you will play just to extract though it is there. Now if you want to actually take time to read between the lines the hidden story does have some heft to it. Uniquely the story is not straightforward you have to listen and dig a bit to find it hidden behind the gameplay.
Gameplay, like I stated before is based on a rouge like dungeon crawler. As you spend time in new levels exploration for resources is key. Upgrading your ship helps you travel to new exciting worlds where in time you will start to encounter new enemy types. Everspace will kill you but not in a literal sense, be ready to die many deaths especially if you like to explore. Resources become so important as you explore, you will need to keep an eye on fuel, you will need to watch credits to make sure you can buy the right upgrades. Everspace does great in taking the rouge like dungeon crawling game to space, it is a different feel each play-through as you start to explore the world.
In conclusion Everspace fills a void in the space rougelike adventure type games that we didn’t know needed filling. New comers can pick up the game for something to play in between major releases or more advance players may enjoy it for the unique space setting rouge like dungeon crawler. Minor issues never hinder the overall game so all in all it was an enjoyable title. Replay value is pretty high if you enjoy the grinding and skill building type titles. If that is nor your cup of tea Everspace may just be a one and done type title for you.