Posted: November 12, 2014
Early Access Review
If you plan on spending many hours building up a base/nation and becoming a dominate player, I advise you not to purchase/download this game. I have been playing this game for about a month now on one of its official servers and have been severely let down. Don't get me wrong, it is a fun game, but when you put in tons of hours developing your base and taking down other nations, only to be targeted by the developers/server people because you took out a nation of one of their friends.
I am usually a quiet player who won't chat much while building for hours on end. Our nation started with about 3 members and now has about 8, with only 3 of us who play on a daily basis. The others log on occasionally every few days or so. The main nation on the server was named Endless Souls who was the server powerhouse. It was obvious from the global chat that the developer and server admins were very friendly with the members of Endless Souls. We spent many hours building up our defenses so our nation could not be overrun.
The only way for a nation to be lost is to have your nation beacon taken out. In order to prevent this, you build around it to either straight up protect it or to disguise it into the surrounding terrain to make it difficult it find.
Not long after our nations defenses were built up, we got attacked for about 3 days straight by the Endless Souls. They were never able to get through our defenses. With our nation beacon built into the terrain, the few ships that were able to get past our initial defenses were unsure of where to go to take out our nation beacon. The day after their last massive attempted invasion, I witnessed the games official server admin, "siroro", tell members of the Endless Souls nation where our nation beacon was located. He did this in global chat.
During that attempted massive invasion, I witnessed one member of the Endless Souls jump into our area with a ship made to look like a ♥♥♥♥♥. That member then proceeding to state in global chat, something to the extent, "i just rammed Aracdia in the a**."
Trash talk has been present in this game since the very first day I played it. I have witnessed many players trash talk on the global chat on a daily basis. Never once did I see anyone be punished for it, until we started to become the server's powerhouse nation. This is when I started to become more vocal in the global chats, questioning why some people were being punished for things that other players had been doing since the first day I started playing. The problem was, that those people who were still trash talking and not being punished for it were friends of the developer and server admins. I remind you that this was all taking place on one of the games official servers.
Another feature in this game, is the ability to leave signs. From the very first day, I have seen profanity laced signs on various maps throughout the server. I, again, never heard one peep from anyone about these signs until members of our nation started leaving them. One thing I should mention is that at the time, the developer and server admin publically stated that profanity was OK to use in global chat. Again, certain members of our nation began to be punished for using profanity when we became the server's powerhouse nation, overtaking the nations of the developers and server admins friends.
When we were finally able to topple the Endless Souls nation and become the main nation on one of the games' official servers, the admin on the games official community server made a former member of the Endless Souls, a chat moderator. Since Sslazz (sp?) has become moderator, he has threatened and even actually muted members of our nation for no reason at all. I will admit, I was muted earlier today by Sslazz for trying to get an answer as to why the leader our nation was banned from the game (I will address this later). At no point in time did I harrass or use profanity towards any of the admins. All I was doing was asking questions, some of which were not being answered and others were being answered with so called violations that never existed before for their buddies.
The reason that being muted is important, is that you are unable to communicate with other players who you may be working with. Sometimes while trying to take out another nation, you will work with other players who are not members of your nation. The only way to do this is through global chat.
Now for the part about our leader being banned. To start I will go back a few days when we took out a certain someone's nation. I won't deny it, our leader was always present in the global chat. Yes, I felt that he took it too far on occasions, but I have seen other players (favorites of the developer/server admins) go just as far, and even further without being punished. That was one reason stated as to why he got banned.
The second reason, was that he created a ship that resembled a ♥♥♥♥♥. Yes, he did do this, but the idea was present in this game since I first saw one used when the Endless Souls attacked us. Nothing was said then, when they used it. When I presented that counter claim to the server admin, he then changed his story to "well he brought it to spawn". I asked him where it stated you couldn't bring certain ships to spawn and he said it was on one of the signs. I proceeded to go to spawn after he said this and could not find a sign stating that. After I brought this to his attention, he then said that he told him in a whisper chat (message can only be seen by receiving party). So certain players have certain rules while others do not? I have seen other ♥♥♥♥♥ shaped ships at spawn before and nothings happened.
I believe the third reason the server admin gave for the ban was the signs he was leaving after we toppled a nation. I have seen profanity used in global chat before, to which the server admin/developer said was fine. I have also seen signs with profanity used before by other players (buddies of the admin/developers), and nothing has happened to them.
The reason that banning people hurts your nation, especially in a nation of a few people, is that your nations defenses are the copper missile pods. The copper missle pods are run by dispersion generators which produce a waste (waste that can in turn be used for fuel in mass generators). The collection tanks for the dispersion generators can only be a max of 512 spaces. Once they fill up (it takes a while to clean the waste out), the dispersion generator stops working and the missile pods also stop working. This makes your nation defenseless and open for the taking.
I honestly don't know if this ban is the developer/admin's idea of how to take down our nation. We have spent hundreds of hours building up our nation, only for the developer/advmin to make us vulnerable because we toppled his buddies nations.
Lastly, after our leader got banned today, the developer, the official server admin, and the chat moderator were all laughing about the ban in global chat. If you want to put tons of time into the game only for your nation to be taken down by the developer and his official server admin, buy it. If not, please look elsewhere for a game.