Posted: March 1
If you play this game, you likely enjoy Roguelikes. You'll have suffered at the hands of Risk of Rain, but eventually felt the sweet taste of coming out on top. You'll have been bruised and battered by ToME, but in the end, you showed that game who was boss. Probably you've gritted your teeth in the final boss battle of FTL at least a dozen times, swearing at it, but coming back for more, and eventually succeeded.
So when you play Sword of the Stars: The Pit, it's going to kick your ♥♥♥, and your first reaction will be: "Well, it's like those other games, I just have to learn how to play it." It'll happen again and again, defeat after defeat, spurning your best attempts to master the game, and slowly, but surely, you'll start to wonder: "Am I just bad at this game? Is it just THAT tough? That complex? Something beyond my skills?"
And the answer is: No, it's not. It's just a ♥♥♥♥ game. Unfortunately, SotS: The Pit, suffers from having too many resources to manage(durability, Psi, food, health AND ammo), and aside from Psi, which can eventually alleviate two of them(health and food), there's no way to trade between your resources, and getting the right things to recover said resources is entirely random. You'll also have no idea which of the dozen or so crafting-and-foraging skills will be relevant on a given run, as the containers provided are entirely random, not to mention that you may simply get none of the necessary crafting stations even if you have all the ingredients, and since there's also about a dozen different kinds of ammo, and some armor and food don't work for all the characters... I think you get the idea. It requires such absurd luck to actually get what you need, and at basically no point is your own skill involved. You rarely get the choice of whether to engage or not, either, since anything you spot will likely move to engage you, sneaking isn't a skill and almost any hostile can outrun you.
The game also suffers from the fact that some of the playable classes have non-functional features, like the Lich. It's roughly a 50-50 chance whether his minions will ignore enemies or just wander in circles while said enemies liberate your femur for a chewtoy.
Really, there's so much random chance involved that you may as well not even play the game, just roll a die to determine whether you succeed or not, keep doing it until you get a success, and then go play a more fun game.