Posted: May 2
To start: I loved playing this game. To a point. The controls seemed awkward at first, but once I got the hang of them, it turned into sheer awesome. That is, for a while. I've played through every single level of this game. Twice, actually. First complaint: I have never received a single achievement. There are 12 achievements. They are all based on story progression. I have none of them. I beat the game twice. There is an issue there.
Next, the... sheer incompleteness of it. There are a huge number of extra missions and things, and... Well, you see, by the end of the game you have three allies. Before a certain point, you only have one. Then, I think, you go up to three. Then back down to two, then up to three again. No matter what time during the game you venture to the optional side-missions, you WILL have all three allies. Even if you have no idea who the hell they are, or if you currently believe that ally to have DIED HEROICALLY. He's just hanging around with you in a sidemission.
But that's not even the worst of it. Some of the sidemissions are just plain crap. You have, basically, a bunch of random crap that's really not useful at all and maybe a few mineable things just... there. Around you. Blow 'em up if you like. Maybe a few enemies will wordlessly appear. There's no mission. It's just... There. Pardon for the lack of specifics, but it's been a while since I last played, but... One of the 'sidemissions' is New Moscow, or something like that. The Russian's big main city... Er... Sorry, did I say city? I meant a few defense turrets mounted on buildings that you can blow up if you shoot a hell of a lot. There's not even a shop.
Which reminds me, if you expect all the shops to be actually functional, you'll be sorely disappointed. There's quite a few that are just completely and totally nonfunctional. Heck, the 'shop here' button shows up. Mash it 'til your keyboard breaks. Have fun. No point to it.
And then there's the mining. I could have enjoyed that so much. I love mining in games. I LOVE open world sandboxes. But you know what? I hated it here. I'd prefer to just waste a missile on a uranium deposit instead of take the time to actually mine it. And I tried. Oh, I tried SO hard. But the default mining equipment is the ONLY mining equipment. There's no way to enhance it. So the 3 or 4 seconds it takes to mine ANYTHING will ALWAYS be that way. And it's just plain not worth it. Not in the slightest. MAYBE if you're mining one of the really, really valuable resources, but still. You can find more money by just looking around and looting things. And don't bother with the secret rooms. They have nice loot, but not nice enough.
And beyond that, sometimes the game just stacks crap against you to a stupid extent. One level, the offensive turrets are literally indestructible. Literally. You actually HAVE TO disable them through the control console for them, or you won't even be able to progress in the mission. I blew up the generator that powers the console for those turrets... And wound up trapped in the level, basically. I couldn't do anything at all because I had disabled the console which I literally could not progress without accessing. And the game just... kept going. Didn't really care.
And one of the secret rooms I mentioned before? I found it. I could see inside it. I then spent ALL MY AMMO and EVERYTHING I could think of on trying to get into the damned thing. There was nothing. At all. Not in the slightest.
This game is a brilliant, beautiful START. ... But it's only a START. It needs to be refined. It needs to be FINISHED. It needs to be added to.
And the worst part? The very end of it is just an enormous cliffhanger. And I haven't heard of Miner Wars 2082. They got their money and they're done.
You see this on sale? Maybe you get it. Just don't expect things to be perfect. It won't be perfect. It'll disappoint you in a dozen different ways. But if you can get used to the controls, like I did, you might just find you enjoy it enough to bother paying... say... five bucks.
I don't recommend it at-price. If you get a sale, MAYBE. But don't expect it to be complete. You've gotta take it into your own hands a little. And don't be afraid to change the keybindings. I definitely had to.