SpaceEngine (Early Access) Review – A Phenomenally-crafted, Spacey Masterpiece

SpaceEngine Vladimir Romanyuk I feel small. Very, very small. Not only that but my jaw has been on the floor for over an hour. That’s because I have just been flying through the universe in Vladimir Romanyuk’s space “game,” SpaceEngine. I use quotes because SpaceEngine isn’t really a game, its more than that. It’s more…

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Stellaris: Lithoids Species Pack Review – Stony Cold Killers

Stellaris: Lithoids Species Pack Paradox Interactive Being a fan of science fiction as well as an author of the genre, Stellaris has been a source of constant joy for me. Not only is this game ripe with a multitude of geeky role-playing opportunities, but it also feeds another addiction that I’ve developed over the course…

Osiris: New Dawn (Early Access) Review – A Diamond in the Very Rough

Osiris: New Dawn Fenix Fire Entertainment/Reverb Triple XP Back in September of 2016, indie game developer Fenix Fire Entertainment released their new open-world, space survival game titled Osiris: New Dawn. When I first saw the game’s trailer—which involved a band of interstellar colonists being ambushed by some creepy looking aliens in a sandstorm—I was instantly…

Stellaris: Distant Stars Story Pack Review – A Fine Addition to a Modern Strategy Classic

Stellaris: Distant Stars Story Pack Paradox Interactive I’ll just say right off the bat that Stellaris has been my favorite space strategy game for some time now. With all of the post-launch content that its developers, Paradox Interactive, has released it has totally eclipsed (pun intended) Endless Space 2 and most assuredly Galactic Civilizations 3.…

Galactic Civilizations III: Intrigue Review – A Much-Needed DLC for a Fun Space Opera Game

Galactic Civilizations III: Intrigue Stardock With Stardock’s latest DLC, titled Galactic Civilizations III: Intrigue, the base game of GalCiv III really opens up to many new possibilities. Although the science fiction, turn-based 4X game has received numerous DLCs and substantive updates in the past, Intrigue is a huge leap forward in terms of content and…

Everspace: Encounters DLC Review – A Breath of Fresh Air for an Excellent Space Shooter Game

Everspace: Encounters Rockfish Games When I’d first caught wind of Everspace via word-of-a-babbling gaming buddy of mine, I thought that he was smoking something. He described it as a space fight and space flight game mashed up with the fragility of a rogue-like experience. Since rogue-likes are normally restricted to high fantasy, RPG-dungeon raiders where…

Elite Dangerous 2.4 Update Review – They’re Baaaack!

Elite Dangerous Frontier Developments Elite Dangerous is probably the most unnecessarily complicated, insufferably grindy, and non-hand holdy game on the market right now. Now you may think that by starting my review with such a seemingly sneery statement, I’m going to give this game a horrible review. To the contrary, for space nerds such as…

Stellaris: Synthetic Dawn Story Pack Review – Resistance is Futile!

Stellaris: Synthetic Dawn Story Pack Paradox Interactive The good folks over at Paradox Interactive are hardly resting on their laurels. Fresh off of the astonishingly grand Utopia DLC, comes the release of their new Synthetic Dawn Story Pack for Stellaris. Synthetic Dawn allows you to take control of your own race of artificial beings, and…

Starpoint Gemini Warlords Review – A Worthy Spiritual Successor to Freelancer

Starpoint Gemini Warlords Little Green Men Games/Iceberg Interactive Okay, I’ll admit it from the get-go: I had no idea what Starpoint Gemini Warlords was all about. Well, actually I didn’t want to know much about it on purpose so that I could have a raw and untainted view of it as I experienced the game…