Review: Void Bastards (Steam)

Void Bastards

Inspired by BioShock and System Shock 2, Void Bastards is a revolutionary new strategy-shooter that will test your wits as well as exercise your aim. Can you lead the misfit prisoners of the Void Ark through the derelict spaceships and myriad dangers of the Sargasso Nebula?

Pros:

  • Awesome comic book graphics.
  • 5073mb download size.
  • Full controller support.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Controller settings-sensitivity sliders, toggle run, invert axis and acceleration.
  • Roguelike fps gameplay.
  • Can rebind keyboard mouse and controller.
  • Five difficulties-easy peasy, easy, normal, hard and hard bastard.
  • Comic book presentation from the comic book front cover splash screen to cutscenes done via comic strips.
  • Excellent voice work.
  • Mini map shows collectibles/interactions.
  • Star map-randomize every run, you choose where to go with each stop using fuel and food. On each stop, you can choose what to do and you get a look at enemy types on this location.
  • Game-you fly in your ship and Dock other ships for loot and supplies.
  • Ships can have random effects on them like no map or no lights or maybe poisonous gas.
  • Many enemy types.
  • Clean hud.
  • Oxygen-when entering a ship you have a timer for how much oxygen you have which dictates how long you can stay on board.
  • Tons of Replayability.
  • Addictive.
  • Death-you keep some items like crafting materials but lose everything else and come back as a random character who may have good and bad attributes/buffs/ailments.
  • Crafting-find plans and materials to unlock and upgrade the many weapons in the crafting tree. You can salvage trash and parts for different materials.
  • Locate mode-highlights specific parts for a build making it somewhat easier.
  • Satisfying gunplay.
  • Gadgets as well as guns like bombs.
  • Play how you want.
  • Help section after a brief tutorial.
  • Horror aspect that ks to the quiet ships, not knowing what’s around the corner, noises from a monster and seeing/hearing footsteps.
  • Can leave a ship whenever you want as long as you have power to the transporter.

Void Bastards

Cons:

  • Can’t rebind the controller.
  • A lot to take in.
  • No proper tutorial just basic.
  • Doesn’t explain a lot very well.
  • Difficult.
  • RNG is the enemy and dictates everything.
  • Can feel aimless outside of general wanting better stuff. The overall arc is not that enticing.

Void Bastards

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

Summary

Void Bastards, what a game. The comic book visuals instantly drag you in, the promise of the first-person shooter compels you to try it. But the loot. The loot keeps you coming back again and again. Not only the loot but the ships that contain all the treasure for these randomly change every run, you have a broad idea of what to expect but to be honest you are always going in blind. I swear sometimes it’s the ship that’s trying to kill me more than the inhabitants. You may not hear this often when talking Void Bastards ht it does ha e a horror aspect to it. I mean you are transporting onto an unknown ship, it is silent with o ly mechanical noises and the odd monster murmur. You know you have the o e life bar, health pickups are in short supply and you are up against your limited air supply. It’s just such an engrossing experience only heightened by solid controls and due to the random nature, you never get the same layout twice. It’s a game that is so easy to pick up and play, Sure learning all the back end stuff like crafting is a bit misguided but not impenetrable. I love Void Bastards and for me, it has bought a fresh outlook on the roguelike genre.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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