Review: Deep Sky Derelicts: Definitive Edition (PlayStation 4)

Deep Sky Derelicts is an original combination of turn-based strategy and RPG, enriched with tactical card combat and popular roguelike elements. Explore derelict alien ships, fight, loot, and upgrade your gear, all in distinctive retro-futuristic comic book aesthetic style.


  • Decent graphics.
  • 2.12gb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Cursor sensitivity slider.
  • Tutorial tips and optional playable tutorial.
  • Two modes-Campaign and arena.
  • Two difficulties-normal or hardcore.
  • 25 teams to choose from. (just names)
  • Pick a team of 3 players, 8 classes-Miner/Inventor/Tracker/Bruiser/Technician/Medic/Leader/Scrapper. A handful of character models for each, choose 1 of 5 characteristics-Aggressive/Charismatic/Crafty/Neurotic and Skittish.
  • Cutscenes play out like pages from a comic.
  • Save whenever you want.
  • Each player has their own upgrade tree for passive and permanent buffs.
  • Hangar-hub to team manage/save/use star map, navigate to places like Medical (add implants/revive), Lair (hire new crew), Research (craft/upgrades), pawnshop (buy/sell).
  • Exploration-top down map-use energy points to move around the map as it uncovers around you.
  • Card-based combat-animations are done via postcard style pop-ups.
  • Random events/fights.
  • Map navigation-Stealth/Normal/Rush/Rest and scan the area.
  • Main missions-find optional side quests.
  • Combat is very clear, simple, and easy to use.
  • Codex-fills in as you play.
  • Crew-change cards/loud outs.
  • Loot drops.
  • Star map-shows missions and difficulty.
  • Fast loading times.
  • No speech but excellent writing.
  • Arena mode-wave based gauntlet.


  • The tutorial is really basic.
  • Slow-paced.
  • No speech just text.
  • Music doesn’t do anything to add to the atmosphere.
  • A lot to take in.
  • RNG heavy.
  • A lot of menu clicking.
  • Relies on you way too much to look into menus and tips to find things out.
  • A lot of fetch quests.
  • Little notifications on level ups.

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10

Jim Smale

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