Speaking frankly, this was the first space sim-like game I played in my life back into 2007, when my previous experience was limited to only watching of Descent Freespace as a kid and one failure of getting along with X series. And that was hilarious for the first try! Years apart, after clashing Galaxy on Fire, I suddenly remembered about that title, and here I conquered it again, now on Steam. Still, the years away the game was released did not hinder my player experience, and this is why:
- Plot. It's easygoing - you've got a girl, some friends, and some business to do, which eventually brings you to saving the galaxy;
- Easy UI. Everything you have hidden in the settings layout is present on the main screen and can be accessed via "Space+Mouse", which makes the game as easy as your tablet app. Way to go, X;
- Good graphics. I am not saying the CG is excellent or anything, but giving that I am running it on a retina screen and the eight years this title is away from released hot, I cannot afford myself speaking something against: this is why it goes for pros;
- Freespaced. I trust this is not a spoiler, and having accomplished your road-trip to hell and back, you are free to gladly rest at any beloved system and to watch clouds running on some blue planet sphere;
- Descent difficulty. That's as highlighted, not too easy, not to harsh, except for some AA turret missions, where you have to play a very lucky sitting duck;
- Funny names of space systems. There is an entire sector devoted to Russian names. No balalaika cruisers though;
- A cutie! Cubisctic though.
However the feedback would not be true if I don't mention what I didn't like:
- One -your- ship. I know it is the best, but still;
- Fairly limited assortment of side missions;
- Unskippable animations. I mean those you meet while striking a mission, teleporting, or simply embarking a station. I do know how they are beautiful, but trust me, once will suffice;
- No mining fun. As it is said: you need to... fire asteroids to mine them. I wonder if I ever be old enough to be busy with it. And even so, the outcome costs nothing;
- Limited musicbox. That's a space game, not a CofD!
- Some achievements and/or cards would be welcome;
- The cutie left me alone in the end.
Anyway, if you are new to the space flying genre, you are saving the Galaxy on Fire for over-Atlantic flights, and still willing to grow to something much difficult and multisided as X, this is where you have to start from. And don't delay it until MS Spaceflight Simulator!