Elite: Dangerous (PS4)
Simulation tomorrow, 27 June 2017
The fourth installment in the Elite series. The game is a space simulator created again by David Braben and the Frontier studio. Elite: Dangerous is set in the far future; after humanity had colonized countless star systems, the Universe is dominated by three superpowers: the Empire, the Federation, and the Alliance. Brave pilots seek easy money working beyond the territories controlled by these entities. The open-world game structure offers the players large amounts of freedom when it comes to exploration, trading or completing military assignments. Instead of the classic division into the solo and multiplayer modes, the creators of Elite: Dangerous allow the player to join their friends or return to single-player experience at any time.
No Man's Sky (PS4)
Action 09 August 2016
A science-fiction, sandbox action game with a focus on multiplayer mode. It was created by Hello Games, company known for the colorful arcade production Joe Danger. The game is set in the distant future in the yet uncharted parts of the cosmos, and the gameplay is presented in two forms. We explore the successive corners of the universe piloting a spacecraft, like we do in typical space-sim productions. Upon landing on a newly discovered planet, the game switches to first-person view. The authors emphasize the complete freedom given to the player during exploration. While visiting places featuring different animals, plants, or even varying composition of the planet's atmosphere, we can focus on exploration, acquisition of raw materials, or the combat against various predators. An important element of the game is the system of procedural generation of worlds, which creates their virtually every element, from the smallest features of the surface to the entire star systems and galaxies.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew (PS4)
Simulation 30 May 2017
A spaceflight simulator game developed mainly for virtual reality headsets by Ubisoft Red Storm, best known for many action games based on Tom Clancy's works. Star Trek: Bridge Crew is set in the cinematic universe based on the popular science-fiction TV series. During the game, you explore a previously unknown region of the galaxy, known as the Trench, in search for a new home for the Vulcan race. The gameplay was designed with a co-op mode for four players in mind, and each player becomes a different crew member of the ship. The positions to choose from are: Captain, Helmsman, Engineer, and Tactical Officer. Each of them has unique duties, which you perform by using the ship's equipment in the virtual world. Star Trek: Bridge Crew features attractive 3D visuals, stylized to resemble the game's movie predecessor.
Action November 2017
A competitive free-to-play multiplayer game that combines the characteristics of a space simulation, action game, and strategy. It was created by Yager Development, a team known for the FPS Spec Ops: The Line. The game takes you into the future, putting you amid a heated rivalry between powerful factions that aim to colonize space. As a mercenary you pick up various jobs from whoever pays the most. Gameplay focuses on battles fought between the players both in space and in the atmosphere of nearby planets. One of the title’s characteristic features, is the fact that instead of a fast and agile fighter you command a massive space dreadnought and are given the control of every element of your vessel: starting from individual mechanical parts through weapons to her crew. You can also assembly squads of smaller ships and command them in battles. Dreadnought boasts excellent graphics that translate into great visual experience.
The Long Journey Home (PS4)
A science-fiction sandbox action game with roguelike and strategy game elements, and the debut production from one of Daedalic Entertainment's subsidiaries. The Long Journey Home tells the story of a prototype spaceship, the first one in history to be equipped with an FTL drive. During its maiden flight, an accident happens which results in the ship being thrown into an uncharted region of the galaxy; the player’s task, as the ship’s captain, is to find a way home. The game allows us to freely explore a vast, randomly generated chunk of the cosmos — we are the ones to plan the route and to choose tasks as well as the means to perform them. While playing, we will have to gather resources, fight alien races, search for artifacts of long-dead civilizations, and cope with various random events. The title also features an extensive conversation module and a separate character development system for every crew member.
Rebel Galaxy (PS4)
RPG 26 January 2016
A science-fiction space sandbox that combines elements of RPG, action, and strategy. The game was developed by Double Damage Games, a studio that hires co-creators of such titles as Torchlight, FATE, and the first two Diablo games. Gameplay is focuses around galactic exploration. Depending on your preferences, you can pick up a career of a merchant, mercenary, smuggler, soldier, or even combine these professions to increase your income. As you play, you visit various planets and space stations, meet ingenious alien races and characters with whom you can interact with. You also spend a lot of time on combat, which is characterized by far-reaching realism. Individual systems and subsystems of your ship can be damaged during battles, forcing you to change your tactics. It is also possible to take direct control over the cannons for a precision attack.
An action adventure game set in a science-fiction world created by Three One Zero - a studio led by former Microsoft employee, Adam Orth. The hero of the game is an astronaut trying to survive in space after a disaster destroyed his mother station. Core of the gameplay is exploring and solving logical puzzles, which mainly consist of repairing various equipment which allows us to keep ourselves alive in space. As Adr1ft takes place in environment with no gravity, we can move freely in all directions, with the only limitation being the need to replenish our supply of oxygen and the length of the rope ensuring that we won’t float away into open space. We discover the game’s plot mainly through audio diaries, which describe the stories of people who worked on the station and answer the question concerning the cause behind this disaster.
Kerbal Space Program (PS4)
Simulation 12 July 2016
This is the debut from the independent developer Squad. The game is an unusual simulator requiring the player to develop their own space program from scratch. Kerbal Space Program combines features of many genres, but the most important part here is an extensive ship editor, which allows the player to design and build their own, unique spacecraft. The ship is then supposed to fly and land safely on a moon of the Kerbin planet. The spaceship is built from various elements - each of them affects it in flight and serves a specific purpose. Thanks to a realistic flight model, the player is capable of observing the effects of their work and monitoring a set of parameters describing the ship. Apart from the basic, sandbox mode, the game offers a set of story missions requiring the player to recruit a team, conduct research, build bases and visit dozens of planets.
Star Wars: Battlefront - Rogue One: X-Wing VR Mission (PS4)
Action 06 December 2016
A free expansion for Star Wars: Battlefront, available only on PS4 with PlayStation VR. In contrast to the basic version of the game, X-Wing VR Mission is not a shooter in which the player controls various characters. Instead, the DLC the player takes control of the titular starfighter and participates in a large-scale space battle. A space destroyer, among other spacecrafts, also participates in the battle. The player must not only control the vehicle, but shoot various opponents as well. Thanks to the VR technology, the player can feel like a real X-Wing pilot. The action is shown from a first-person perspective and during the game the player can freely look around the cockpit that was recreated with details and precision.
Apollo 11 VR (PS4)
Simulation 01 March 2017
A game that recreates the first human spaceflight to the Moon using virtual reality. Apollo 11 VR shows the events preceding the historic journey, such as: launch of the Apollo 11 spaceship using a Saturn V rocket, the flight to the Earth’s natural satellite, or the landing and the first walk on its surface. The title is described as a new kind of documentary film, featuring only uncomplicated mechanics that fit more to virtual reality than a fully-fledged video game. The events are seen from a first-person perspective, and the players have the full freedom to look around their surroundings. The camera switches to TPP mode only during combat. During the takeoff and landing, we can operate on-board equipment (however, the procedures has been simplified). While on the Moon, we can take a walk, and conduct simple research. Apollo 11 VR takes place in a detailed 3D environment, with a climatic soundtrack and authentic conversations accompanying the gameplay.
Arcade November 2017
A simplified space simulation game created by the independent studio Celsius Games. The action of this production takes place in a distant future, where humanity has developed enough to colonize other planetary systems. The player assumes the role of a spaceship captain, and decides what path will the protagonist take. We can deal in trade and mining or even choose the career of a bounty hunter, an interplanetary convoy guard, or a pirate. There is an entire galaxy that spans over 10 thousand light years and over 10 thousand planetary systems. Compared to other games in the genre, Drifter distinguishes itself with the presence of a plot. While playing, we can perform missions that are joined together by a coherent story that lets us learn the history of the universe. The title features decent three-dimensional graphics.
Super Stardust Ultra VR (PS4)
Action 13 October 2016
A special installment in the series of space action shooters. Super Stardust Ultra VR was created for PlayStation VR sets. In the game the player assumes the role of a pilot of a small space ship and is tasked with exterminating hordes of Aliens and destroying meteorites. Player can choose from many levels and the game supports online scoreboards where users can compare their achievements. Since the title uses VR technology, the game modes known from previous installments were refreshed. There is also a new game mode called Invasion Zone in which action is shown from first-person perspective and the player aims by moving their head.
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (PS4)
Arcade 09 February 2016
A 2D arcade game with platformer elements, and the debut of the Canadian indie developer Astro Base. During the gameplay we step into the shoes of one of the two operators of a small space station, and it is our task to defend it against consecutive waves of enemy attacks. The missions are played out in randomly generated locations, and the players need to navigate the corridors of the station in order to reach the various control consoles that are located inside them. These consoles will allow us to, e.g. activate the station’s engines, defensive systems and gun emplacements. The production has been designed with a co-op mode for two players in mind, and strict cooperation and coordination between both operators is required in order to achieve success. In cases where a second player is unavailable, they will be replaced by an AI player. One of the most distinguishable qualities of the Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime are the colorful, highly abstract 2D visuals and an old-school, electronic soundtrack.
Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy (PS4)
Strategy 01 September 2016
A science-fiction strategy game and a continuation to Star Hammer Tactics. The Vanguard Prophecy is set in the 22nd century, when humanity ultimately left the dying Earth in search of a new home in space. However, after reaching the planet Novus, it turns out that fighting will be necessary to settle in this new home. The game offers an extensive campaign comprised of 60 story missions. Apart from the campaign, a single player skirmish mode was included. Mechanics-wise, Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy is a 3D tactical space strategy, but compared to its strictly turn-based predecessor, the game is played in the WeGo system - the player gives orders to their units and observes the effects afterwards in real time, still being able to modify the orders in the active pause mode. Several classes of spaceships are at the player's disposal, offering different weaponry and roles to be fulfilled in combat. Different factors influence the course of the battle, such as reconnaissance, selection of units and tactics, or caring for the soldiers' morale.
RiftStar Raiders (PS4)
A top-down space shooter game designed specifically to deliver a co-op experience. The creators of the game, Climax Studios, were inspired mainly by titles popular long ago in arcades. The player takes on the role of an adventurer-pilot, who lives in the criminal center of the galaxy. The protagonist earns their living by selling valuable pieces of hardware salvaged from destroyed spaceships, oftentimes neutralized by themselves. Everything changes when an AI-controlled alien fleet declares a war on the civilized part of the galaxy. Smelling a great fortune to be made, the protagonist quickly sets out to save the world. The player's goal is to defeat the aliens, but definitely not for free. One flies here in a squad of up to four players. Moving across 2D maps, the player will face countless enemy ships belonging to the aliens, law enforcement, or rivaling pirate gangs. Everyone who stands between the player and valuable loot is the target in the game. Using the hardware collected, the player can create new weapons, shields, and engines, in order to make the ship's capabilities suit one's play-style.
Strategy 12 January 2016
A turn-based science fiction strategy game developed by Choice Provisions studio. The game tells a story of the first manned mission to Mars, where humanity hopes to find the key to saving their civilization from extinction. A few days after the launch, the spaceship gets damaged and the crew’s moods begin to darken. To make things worse, the crew receives a signal indicating that they might not be the first people sent to this planet. We are presented with a ship comprising of many modules built for different purposes. Your crew of four needs to face randomly generated problems, such as technical defects, micrometeoroid storms etc. The fact that you have to skilfully manage your resources makes the game more difficult. Furthermore, you have to keep in mind that each event happening aboard the ship affects the astronauts’ psyche and behavior.
Dead Star (PS4)
Action 05 April 2016
A multiplayer shooter set in space, created by Armature studio. The action of Dead Star takes place near a dying star that will soon transform into a supernova. Each ship owner tries to scavenge the remaining resources in the area in order to escape, even if it means taking away lives. There are two teams composed of up to 10 players. They are in control of various spaceships that can be customized and upgraded. The game mechanics in Dead Star resembles old-school arcade shooters. You move in two-dimensional environment with a top-down view of the vehicle and aiming independent from the ship’s movement. Dead Star includes several modern design solutions, and procedural map generation is the most important one among them. Levels are randomly filled with obstacles and structures that provide various bonuses.