Posted: April 18
Do you like space battles? Do you like dogfights? Do like explosions and lasers? Do you like nonstop PVP action? Then you should definitely check this game out!
This is one of my favorite Free-to-Play games available on steam. The number of hours I have on record should be an indication of how much I love this game. There are over 100 ships to fly and obtain, a pretty good community, and lots of battles to participate in. There's an open space exploration, PVE co-op missions, and the new update includes a new mechanic; DREADNAUGHTS. If you're part of a corporation (clan) your corp can get a dreadnaught to participate in sector conquest.
Basic Stats Rating:
Notes on Gameplay/Mechanics:
-There are 3 main classes of ship (Interceptor, Fighter, and Frigate), and 3 roles for each class
-There are 15 ranks and 5 tiers of ships.
-Ships are customizable in durability, handling, abilities, and weapons. Color is customizable for gold standards (real money)
-There are 6 PVP game modes and a nice variety of PVE co-op missions. There is also the open space available as well where you can explore the different sectors of the system.
-There is a ship-crafting/module crafting system, but that's really only available to higher-tier players. Each faction has 1 ship that can be crafted, and it can take a long time to get all the resources and parts to craft them.
Community- Pretty good
Pay-to-win? Not really, spending money will get you better ships faster, but in the end it all comes down to skill and teamwork
Plot: Not the reason you're playing, but there is a kind of lore/backstory
Should you play? YES!
"Major" Con (what many people consider to be a con):
This game will get REALLY GRINDY if you don't want to spend a LOT of money on it (I, personally, haven't spent a single penny yet). In order to unlock new ships, you have to earn "synergy" (exp) on the ships you own. Once you reach a certain synergy level, the next rank of ship(s) in that class will be unlocked for purchase. This will take time.
However, when you are finally able to get a new ship, you will feel like you've earned it. But if you enjoy the gameplay and don't really care about corporation politics and whatnot, then I wouldn't consider this too much of a con.