Shadow Warriors’ new project could be interesting to lovers of cooperative looters and those who enjoy extreme shooters. We’ve thoroughly played the game and are eager to share our initial impressions of Space Punks.
- Producer:Flying Wild Hog
- Publisher: Jagex
- Date of publication: July 14 (Early Access on PC)
- Publishing date:Jagex
It’s a matter of whether Flying Wild Hog is still working on story ideas or if it’s already what the developers wanted; however, Space Punks doesn’t burden players with a coherent story while limiting them to briefings and plots often laced with sarcastic, Borderlands-style humor.
The resemblance of Space Punks, as well as Gearbox Software, is not ended at this point – starting with the concept of visuals and the stylization of the characters and concluding with the set of abandoned, colonized planets at the edge of the galaxy, where mad trackers are scouting for loot. These games have lots in common. However, they are very different in their core aspect – the Space Punks projection is isometric with no open world within it, and when loot mountain is present in the game, they are less imposing.
Within Devil’s Gambit, there are four mercenaries that players control. When starting the career, we pick one, and the remaining we can purchase for high-end money, Character Shards. It’s unclear at the moment what happens to it if it is awarded to players with free-to-play in the event of achievements or remains paid, but it will be delivered to early access program players are likely to be able to use it to cover all of the current events gamers in-game tracking.
Each hero can use three abilities. They also have a strong attack that employs weapons that can be melee. This could be an enhanced area strike, with damage if the pathfinder is armed with a hammer or teleportation of opponents using blades that have been paired.
Skills are available only after the hero has reached an appropriate level. The first skill is functional very quickly; the second one is available only at the fourth level. The heavy attack begins at the seventh level, and at the twenty-fifth and thirty-fifth levels, the first skill is upgraded (reduced time to recover and increased damage). The highest level for the hero is sixty.
The characters include the failed pilot, The charismatic, handsome adventurer Duke, the Mercenary Eris, an insect-like engineer Bob and the boar-like anthropomorphic Finn, who is a type like a midget Bebop with the purple crest and humorous tattoo on his shoulders.
Contrary to the other players, Finn doesn’t jump. However, he can speed up his satchel and is excellent as a tank. Eris is an expert in mass damage; Bob has a turret and mines for controlling the area as well as Duke is versatile, with the grenade launcher, double decoys, and team improvement.
Some abilities have synergy when an appropriate allied hero is near. For instance, Bob’s autocannon is enhanced with unity when Eris is fighting nearby. The heroes have distinctive health levels, damage resistance, and speed of running.
When fighting, the Pathfinders employ two small arms and a melee weapon. They also wear a pendant with bonuses to certain statistics, a vitality booster device, and a gadget that provides extra energy to the shield.
The more expensive your equipment is, the better options for modifications are offered. The most sophisticated models include as many as twelve changes, four simultaneously active. By using them, the player can adjust the equipment according to his preference or to suit a specific job. For instance, you can select mods that deal more damage to bosses when he plans to go after a dangerous adversary.
Like Destiny, All equipment items are scored that determine the character’s overall level of strength. The strength of each item is defined by its rarity about the typical RPG color scheme, which includes blue, green, gray, and others.
Tree of development allows players to control the wards of pathfinders survivors or soldiers. Its branches offer the possibility of slots into which the ability items of a character can be placed along with specific and unique traits. The tree isn’t yet complete, but it seems like there are construction places.
In parallel, developers are currently working on a system for awards (read accomplishments) that will provide players with Space Dust – another special currency to buy cosmetics and consumables at the store that is premium. The store needs to be improved and filled also.
Alongside credits, minerals, samples, and equipment, missions are rewarded with glory points. Flying Wild Hog has created something similar to a scale of a combat pass that, when filled with glory, allows reward chests that are not just for rewards and an opportunity to gain access to new missions as well as establishments located at Devil’s Gambit headquarters. Season pass, will also be available in the game, however,, during the winter.
As the account advances towards glory, new quest makers will pop up in the hub, and a black market will be opened, which isn’t often filled with reasonable offers and a workshop for crafting that will require blueprints and parts to create. In addition, the players can find uses for credits or minerals and samples, the primary currency in Space Punks, in just two locations.
The planets of two are open to being landed on so far. The desert Stepan is where some red crystals are developing and the tropical Bannik in which all things are trying to eat you. Robots inhabit the first one, and aggressive insects inhabit the second, and both are covered with contracts, ranging from story assignments to missions where you can select the difficulty level.
For gameplay it’s both enjoyable as well as frustrating. On the one hand, the game’s creators did an excellent job designing the interfaces. They created a stunning animated scene and comic book-style sound effects for explosives and critical hits and made the world indestructible, and the combat is fast and bright with flawlessly readable collisions and hazardous areas.
However, it is boring and confusing. There are fewer enemies than in space. After a few attempts to discover locations, they become boring, and in between, you the two, you’ll need to include this as the majority of the loot can be found in chests scattered throughout the maps.
I’ve had serious issues regarding the amount and quality of loot available, especially for a shooter-type game. Most of the time, the rewards of the missions are not worth the time and effort spent on them. And even the most difficult missions that the game recommends forming a team for are impossible to pass on your own.
The most gruesome thing is multiplayer, which is the foundation for Space Punks. Even though every player interacts with each other through an open hub, they are left with no method of interaction. There’s no system for signaling or chat feature, and there is no way to connect with friends in the game.
There are two co-operative activities that are available in Space Punks – Shooting Stars and The Heist trials, which you are only able to participate in only if you already have four Pathfinders. It’s okay if randomly picking participants won’t work, but maybe it’s better to follow a few rules and stick to a strict schedule. However, why they can’t meet directly in the hub is a significant problem.
A moderator on Discord’s officially-owned Space Punks channel on Discord suggested I join in alongside my EGS friends. How do I connect directly with players that I am seeing in the hub currently? They’re equally interested in co-op as I am. If I’m unable to connect with them, Why should I have an entire group hub?
Other shortcomings include the equipment part. It is only available on Devil’s Gambit. It is possible to equip all your players with similar gear; however, to switch the pathfinder, you need to go to the specific room each time. It’s not a bad idea to add the option of the ability to customize and experience since these cosmetics are currently available just in the Premium Shop, and it’s difficult to determine when you’re in the middle.
The game is severely lacking an interface that shows the complete list of currently active tasks and also does not is a problem with a vast map area, and there is nothing when”tabloids “tabloids” to add this. It is orientated by the mini-map of the locations of objects in places-labyrinths are incredibly uncomfortable, making it even more challenging to locate them without marking quests.
Space Punks has an impressive number of advantages that, if appropriately implemented, can make the concept from Flying Wild Hog a fantastic success, but the game’s creators still need to do plenty of work. The game isn’t accessible to players who wish to participate in a game with a community and is not allowing them to join any chat or community, and searching for players who are not registered is going very poorly.
While Space Punks looks excellent, it is even more fun to listen to, and with the dynamic of battles, it will help to set the stage for the many Shoot ’em-up games of today. We only hope that the game that has such enormous potential and the quantity of labor invested will continue to develop rapidly thanks to the efforts of undoubtedly talented players of Flying Wild Hog. Flying Wild Hog.