17 people found this review helpful
Recommended
0.0 hrs last two weeks / 4.0 hrs on record
Posted: Sep 9, 2019 @ 3:22pm
Product received for free

Early Access Review
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Starpoint Gemini 3 takes you on a short journey currently in Early Access with about 2 hours (at most) of content, and more to come. It's perhaps a little too early for release, and while I had a good time running through the game and then looking at the sandbox version of the game that's available, though also rather lacking in content. This is definitely a game to watch and hopefully development will be swift and content will be fun.

What is available right now is more of a demo, and charging $19.99 for the Early Access build is a bit much. But expectedly the price will rise to and possibly beyond SG2 and Warlords that are both at $34.99, so you just have place your trust in Little Green Men Games and hope that they deliver. They are very responsive and listen to the players' problems. In the 4 days since release, there has already been 2 fairly major updates, so I do think that they will ultimately deliver something that's worthwhile.

The campaign content right now that is available is definitely not something that everyone will enjoy, however, as the protagonist is a mindless twit and while the humor therein caused through poor decisions can be funny, it really is in a style that will cause a lot of teeth gnashing as well. I am personally not a fan of Jonathan Bold, but I can see why the decision was made to take in this direction. I am a little undecided what I would do if I have sit with his antics for a lengthier campaign. There are some YouTube videos showing you gameplay, so take a look at the people running through the campaign to decide for yourself.

The main selling action feature of the game are the space-themed dogfights, they are fairly entertaining. I played fine on the gamepad although I felt the mouse to be more responsive. You can lock onto enemy targets, so it's not too different of an experience. The ship is modular, so you will be able to make piecemeal upgrades and make the ship how you like it.

To keep things short overall, this is a promising-looking game, but I just feel like what is there is more like a big demo, and at the current price, I would recommend that you wait for a sale or at least wait for some more updates to be able to look at the game more objectively and make some inferences as to where it's going. Considering the current state of things, very limited content, fairly high price, and only shells of promises of future updates to come, I can give this a 6/10 at best. (September 9, 2019)

I received the product for free. I did not receive any compensation to write this review. The opinions represented here are entirely my own and were not influenced in any way.
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3 Comments
IntoP13c3s May 12 @ 2:50pm 
I suppose i can agree to that. To me personally that didn't really strike me (my review was 'not recommended'), but i suppose i can get how it pushes the right buttons for others. Also i appreciate how you call it 'alpha state', since i feel like that's what it is; a version that shouldn't really be open to the general public yet. It has lots of potential (i'm not one of those refund-guys, i wanna see what they do next), but i honestly do hope they're hard at work to get a semi-finished product ready. (i imagine the road NMS took, here: basic at launch, but major updates changed everything until it got to what they wanted)

I might update my review if they do tweak some important things, but i try to see the product as it is now, rather than its potential (which i'll admit is grand). I think that difference in views is what confused me.
YQMaoski May 11 @ 6:33am 
Recommended on a sale, if people are supporting it for development purposes, knowing its alpha state at the time and the cost. I had fun with the primary focus on the dogfights, which is the main draw and what makes it stand out.
IntoP13c3s May 11 @ 5:06am 
How does this review conclude to "Recommended"? Reading it seems more like you don't recommend it at all, you just recommend to watch its development and judge later.