Operate an advanced mining ship in a fully destructible and open-world environment!
User reviews: Mixed (116 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 28, 2012

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About This Game

Miner Wars 2081 is a 6DOF action-survival space-shooter simulation-game set in the year 2081, 10 years after the destruction of all planetary objects in the Solar System.


You operate an advanced mining ship in a fully destructible and open-world environment, which remains persistent as you complete missions or play online with others. Realism and survival are key aspects of gameplay. Inventory and the way you use resources such as fuel, ammunition, oxygen, ore, and weapons are important when surrounded by dozens of warring factions.


The gameplay is driven by an epic story and offers a choice of single player, co-op, and death-match multi-player.


The story will introduce you to many types of missions: rescue, exploration, revenge, base defense, theft, transportation, stealth, search and destroy, pure harvesting, racing, or just flying around and destroying everything you see.

Open-world Environment

  • Fully destructible and persistent (dig through asteroids, destroy space stations ...)
  • Seamless transition between outdoor and indoor environments
  • Full Solar System traveling (billions of sectors)

Intuitive Controls

  • 6DOF - six degrees of freedom
  • Skill-based game
  • Fast adrenaline-pumping action
  • Joystick Support

Rich Gameplay

  • Story campaign - 31 epic missions
  • Mining and Exploration – Players are encouraged to explore and harvest
  • Trading & Looting
  • 50 weapons, armors, medicines, tools...
  • 22 player ships
  • RPG-like / Survival game-play

Multi-player

  • Co-op up to 16 players
  • Death-match up to 16 players

Survival & sandbox

  • Factions (Fourth Reich, Euro-American Confederation, China …)
  • Devoted community which crowd-funded the development
  • In-game editor and two free add-ons: Cheats and 2.5D Experiment
NOTE: Full source code of engine (VRAGE) and game released for easy modding: https://github.com/KeenSoftwareHouse/Miner-Wars-2081

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Microsoft Windows XP
    • Processor:CPU: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVidia GeForce 6 series or better, ATI Radeon R520 (X1300-X1950) or better, Intel GMA X3000 or better. Requires at least Pixel-Shader 3.0.
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c Compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended:
    • OS:Microsoft Windows 7
    • Processor:CPU: 2.5 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVidia GeForce GTX 460 or better
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c Compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
32 of 39 people (82%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
This game has the privilege of being one of only a handful from my Steam library that I've actually asked to have permanently removed from my account by Steam support.

Cashing in on the nostalgia for classics like the Descent series (all of which are vastly superior to this dreadful "game"), Miner Wars 2081 is a broken mess.

Everything about the game is just "off" somehow. The scale is really weird and difficult to describe. Rather than feeling like you're flying around in a spaceship inside an enormous space station, it feels like you're driving a Micro Machine around someone's living room; nothing's got a sense of proportion or frame of reference and the design of the space station interiors seems designed to confuse, with little in the way of landmarks or anything that might actually make it look like it could be inhabited by actual people.

The combat mechanics are basic and the menu/inventory system is a nightmare to navigate, let alone understand.

The voice acting is pretty poor and what little I could glean of the story from the opening mission made no sense, being totally without context. After the first mission ends you're dumped into a world/solar-system map with no idea where to go next or why. Pretty much wherever you do decide to go, some people will autoamtically attack you, but it's not made clear why that's happening either, or if any of the ships are meant to be friendly.

Finally, the setting is so utterly absurd that it does nothing to help this sorry excuse for a game. The idea that anything on/around Earth could survive its destruction by the Sun exploding is total nonsense. That functioning societies could spring up from the debris and even start building new structures in a scant few years after an apocalyptic event is the metaphorical icing on this turd of a cake.

I cannot urge you strongly enough - do not buy this game under any circumstances.
Posted: June 27
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
The only way I can describe this game is predatory. It's grossely misleading - class action lawsuit misleading. And I don't use that term lightly. They compare it to Descent with a fully destructable enviornment, but it's more like an amateur Unity project.

First off, you need fuel. Remember those old Nintendo games where you had to constantly pick up fuel to keep moving? The ones where taking just a second longer to get the fuel meant losing the game? Well, imagine that in a 3d enviornment while you're being shot at and you have no clue where the fuel tanks are. Do you get into cover (yes, you have to take cover in your space fighter)? Then you just used fuel and probably can't reach the next tank. Do you rush to the next tank and fight from there? Then you'll get your oxygen system taken out and die.

The AI always knows where you are and has pixel perfect aiming, even when you're trying to shoot back at a target no bigger than a pixel. There are hardened turrets stationed everywhere.

So some stuff is destructable. Tunnel through it and flank them? Nope. That uses your fuel. You HAVE to take the shortest route possible or you run out of gas.

Even better, if you're fighting outside, there is a solar flare every 10 seconds or so. And yes, it will kill you. So you have to spend more fuel trying to hide in a meteor cave (how does this protect you from a SOLAR FLARE again?) or try to dash through a cluster of enemies which while tear you to pieces.

On the odd chance you do collect some resources, they're just used for a really basic crafting system.

Bottom line - stay away from this garbage and the developer. They also made Space Engineers, and I refuse to give them another dime until they fix this game.
Posted: May 17
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Of all my early access regrets, this is by far the most regrettable. It's the early access game your friends warned you about, where the developer just up and disappears. Especially disappointing because this game would have promise with some polish.
Posted: September 21
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6 of 13 people (46%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
dont buy this pile of shii no updates no patches no refunds and all promises broken wish i could poke there lying eyes out
Posted: May 30
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6 of 13 people (46%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
sucks ♥♥♥♥
Posted: April 22
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89 of 102 people (87%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
First off, "Fully Destructible" is a complete falsehood. This fact is important in highlighting the biggest problem with this software: the group that made it just doesn't care about their audience.

As quickly as possible, they try to force-feed you everything about the character you're playing and the situation your in. There's so much information that nothing stands out, so it isn't clear what the atmosphere is. Suddenly, you are driving a vehicle capable of movement in any direction and the controls aren't explained. Your character is inside a maze where nothing about the environment pops out to clue you in as to where you should go, and half the time the waypoint system lies to you (what did I expect, though, right?).

On top of all that, you are under attack, and to make a very difficult situation even worse, if your vehicle takes damage you might have a breach, which leaks out your oxygen unless you find a repair powerup (read: rare health kit), turning your screen dark as it slowly kills you.

The game is mercilessly convoluted and brutally unforgiving to it's player. At one point while trying to find the "exit", I found an opening and headed that direction to escape, only to realize as I was blasted to bits that the ship I saw outside was THE ENEMY, and after reloading realizing that I was supposed to come out of the doorway, then turn AWAY from the opening to see the doorway which was the intended direction.

I played with a friend and found one of the audio parts hilarious:
Evilsupervisor: "Did you exterminate them all?"
Evilsurbordinate : "Most of them. One or two miners escaped, but they have no idea what's going on".

How right they were, how right they were.

Save yourself the disappointment.
Posted: November 27, 2013
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