Galaxy On Fire 2 Full HD Review.
Galaxy On Fire 2 Full HD sees itself as a simple 3D space sim, however with all the simplicity that comes, the game lacks quite a lot.
The game itself is the exact opposite of fun, you are forced to grind and do identical repetitive quests with no depth. The tutorial is very bland and lacks information about the game. It doesn’t explain anything besides ship controls and fast traveling. The game attempts to teach you as you go along but that takes away from its simplicity and turns it into complexity and frustration which can very commonly be associated with the X series, because you find yourself pondering around trying to figure something only to realise the game doesn’t want you to know till later. After completing the tutorial I struggled to understand what the game wanted me to do, the HUD is absolutely horrible. You have your spaceship and around the spaceship there is a visible ring that represents all the possible locations and markers in the current area, however it absolutely fails when you are in a high speed chase attempting to combat enemies, it moves around and fails to indicate which direction you are supposed to head in for example during a quest. The idea itself is good but was poorly executed and lacked any sort of polishing. The combat system is a simple dodge and attack or simply run and gun. There is no innovation to it. The game is also filled with bugs, over the course of 1 hour that I played this game and decided I do not wish to invest any more time into this insipid game I have encountered quite a few game breaking bugs. After accepting a quest the marker did not appear at all forcing me to restart the game multiple times. Sometimes a quest tells you to go and kill X amount of enemies which do not even spawn prompting a reset, all these bugs are infuriating and will most likely never be patched as the developer seemingly went out of business apparently. Another problem with the game is that it forces you to grind from the very start. After you complete the first few quests assuming you don’t turn off the game by then, you are told to kill time by doing quests or just venturing from station to station. It seems the game wants to introduce you to how missions work in the GOF2 universe but there is nothing to introduce the player to as all you get are the same 3 quests over and over again. I completed about 4 of those quests in my hour of playtime and the game still didn’t prompt me to continue. That very point is when I stopped playing and simply decided it’s a game that should have stayed on a tablet. There is a major issue with the controls on the controller. The prompts are not even visible and the tutorial doesn’t state what buttons to use to perform certain actions, it might as well have a block of text that says “Press the glide button to glide.” There are many achievements but they are mere mirrors of each other, it’s the same achievements for most of the time that is rewarded for an action such as mining 50T of ores, the next achievement is granted for mining 150T and so on for the majority.
The game runs really well being a tablet port I would assume it has to run well, however it delivers very beautiful visuals at times and for someone like me with a bad computer its quiet a nice thing to have your game run constantly at above 60FPS. The game also has a vast world to explore as well as many weapons and ship upgrades that the player can attain, if they are willing to get past the grinding stage. The controls are decent on keyboard and mouse that is.
The game is not that great it has many flaws however there are certain small positives that might improve one’s experience. Don’t buy it wait for a sale and then buy it, unless you really want to.