Kinetic Void is a 3D space adventure with a focus on customization and enjoyable space simulation. The shipyard allows players to construct their ship piece by piece. Ships can be as simplistic as a cockpit, a hull, a engine and a gun, or as complex as a player wants.
User reviews: Mixed (594 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 21, 2014

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December 18

v1.0.5 Patch

Fixed

  • Micro Warp Jump between sectors no longer uses capacitor energy.
  • Placing hardpoints in mirror mode when exceeding controller slots.
  • Adjustments to economy handling to fix price issues. If there are still problems please let us know
  • Screen flash when NPCs use MWD.
  • Cargo capacity not being updated when resources are destroyed.

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December 8

v1.0.4 Patch

v1.0.4


New Galaxy Required

Added
  • New “Enhanced Capacitor Recharger “ - has twice the standard recharge rate
  • New Starter Ship “Junk Hound” was made using random set of parts.
Changed
  • Doubled the size of planets
  • Doubled the average sector space
  • Increased all thrust outputs for all engines, boosters, and maneuvering thrusters.
  • Adjusted the base price of all resources to reflect value of goods and rarity.
  • Increased range of sensors.
  • Increased max possible number of satellite objects around planets
  • Increased mining yield chance for all mining lasers to 75, 80, 85, and 90% from lowest to highest.
  • Significantly increased weapon damages across the board
  • Reduced missile launch fire rate. there will be a longer delay between fire sets.
  • Doubled the health of Kinetic Field Generators.
  • Doubled Reactor output
  • Doubled Capacitor Recharge rate
  • Tweaked galaxy generation so that system links are a little closer together.

Fixed
  • Fixed name reversal for Drone Launch Platforms
  • Fixed name reversal for Drone Enhancers
  • Fixed a huge miscalculation with the way modules stats were scaling. As a result they have less capacity, so subsystems should fit their corresponding modules better, and overall mass will be much less resulting in making it easier to make ships faster.

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About This Game

About Kinetic Void

Kinetic Void is a 3D space adventure with a focus on customization and exploration. The shipyard allows players to construct their ship piece by piece. Ships can be as simplistic as a cockpit, a hull, a engine and a gun, or as complex as a player wants. Each module has available subsystems which can be applied to strengthen specific attributes of the ship, and when damaged, those subsystems may be destroyed. While in space flight, interactions between objects are governed by the physics engine. Running into an asteroid at high speed will damage your ship, potentially with catastrophic effects. Using the Kinetic Field Generator (KFG) in game will allow your ship to create an artificial gravity around the ship, both protecting the ship as well as allowing your ship to fly freely through space. This field will also enable the Micro Warp Drive, catapulting your ship far into space in a matter of seconds. Kinetic Void is a procedurally generated adventure, there is no main story line. The decisions and direction is left up to the player. Ally with factions, go to war, build your ship and amass wealth, the choices are yours.

A New Galaxy Every Time.

Procedural galaxy creation allows as many new experiences as you'd like. When a new game is started, the galaxy map, contents of each sector, and the factions involved will be generated from scratch. You may continue to play this galaxy, or if you'd like to try something different, create a brand new galaxy. Don't worry, your old galaxy will be saved in its current state if you ever wish to return. Choose how many sectors you'd like in your galaxy, as well as how many factions (NPCs) and whether your ships will be Creative or Career mode.

Know Your Neighbors.

In Kinetic Void the galaxy is a living, breathing thing. Not all factions get along, not all of them hate each other. As factions interact, agreements and treaties will be made and broken. Trade, combat and piracy will affect how the factions see each other based on their own internal standings.

Fully Detailed and customizable Space Ships.

Tailor your ship for any role. Make a sleek fighter, a bulky freighter, or a mighty carrier. Your ship’s capabilities and appearance are completely up to you. Using Kinetic Void’s ship builder you can make exactly the ship you want. Customize every part of your ship from cockpits, hulls, engines, weapons, and aesthetic modules. Each module has its own statistics that affect the total performance of your ship. Every module can be further customized by adding subsystems (right click on a module to add subsystems). You can even color your ship exactly how you want. Each module has seven color fields allowing you to make amazing ships quickly, and easily. Once your ship is created, save it to your computer, or share it to the Steam Workshop for the world to see. Subscribed ships from the workshop have a random chance of making it into any new galaxy as a faction vessel.

Freedom to Choose Your Fate.

Be the scourge of the galaxy, or its savior. A life of combat and struggle not your thing? Become an intergalactic trader and influence the galaxy one deal at a time. Not interested in being a ‘good guy’? Take on a life of piracy and plunder your way through sectors, creating havoc wherever you go, then docking at pirate stations for supplies as needed.

Intense Active Combat.

Target enemy ships and maneuver in real time to align devastating broad-sides or crippling strafing runs. Deploy drones to do your dirty work or simply confuse the enemy into targeting them instead of you while you deal with the enemy vessel. In Kinetic Void, your skills as a pilot are just as important as the components that make up your ship.

Take Direct Control Of Your Ship.

Kinetic Void offers three control modes. In cursor-mode, the player can control the ship through keyboard commands, and pan the camera with the mouse in any direction for quick tactical overview; or Mouse Flight-mode, allowing direct control of the ship through mouse movements. Control your battleship’s turrets from a sweeping orbital camera or slip between asteroids in a dogfight while piloting your heavy-fighter using mouse flight mode. Switch between modes at any time to best suit the situation.

Key Features

  • Fully detailed and customizable space ships
  • Hundreds of weapons and modules of multiple sizes
  • Huge procedurally generated galaxy, limited only by your computer's capabilities
  • Randomized factions and political standings
  • Open world sandbox, you are in control of your fate
  • Detailed economy simulation with resources, trade routes
  • Epic space combat

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:Dual Core 2 Ghz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia 400 or equivilant
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:2.5 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • Processor:Quad Core 2.3 Ghz
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia GTX 400 or equivilant
    • DirectX®:11
    • Hard Drive:2.5 GB HD space
    Minimum:
    • Processor:Dual Core 2 Ghz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia 400 or equivilant
    • Hard Drive:2.5 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • Processor:Quad Core 2 Ghz
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia GTX 400 or equivilant
    • Hard Drive:2.5 GB HD space
    Kinetic Void only officially support Ubuntu
    Minimum:
    • Processor:Dual Core 2 Ghz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia 400 or equivilant
    • Hard Drive:2.5 GB HD space
    Kinetic Voind only officially support Ubuntu
    Recommended:
    • Processor:Quad Core 2 Ghz
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia GTX 400 or equivilant
    • Hard Drive:2.5 GB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
35 of 38 people (92%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 13
I bought this game a while back looking for a fun space sandbox and was highly dissapointed. Given that it was early access I decided I'd wait a bit, see if they managed to turn it into something actually worth playing. Well it's been a while since then, and guess what? Not at all what they promised... The only improvements they've made were incrimental or pointless. Moreover, the devs have attempted to silence negative reviews on numerous occasions. This is poor development and shady buisness and it's dispicable. Seriously, I want a refund but I know I won't ever get one... these devs plain lied to their customers. Don't buy this game!
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 13
This game is an absolute piece of ♥♥♥♥. Believe me, I tried to build a ship, but couldn't figure out how to ♥♥♥♥ing change the controls. There are some you can and some you can. I can't express how disapointed I am. Glad the developer of this game spent more time making graphics then basic video game mechanics. Those fancy graphics lag the living ♥♥♥♥ out of my computer anyway, even if you can turn them down. There is a special place in a pile of ♥♥♥♥ for this game. Iv'e had more fun getting kicked in the balls than playing this game. It's not a game if you can't ♥♥♥♥ing play it. 0.3/10
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
35.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 19
backed this gme over 2 years ago because the concept was amazing but sadly over the years it did not really deliver what i expected

the ship builder is amazing the ammound of thing you can do with is are nearly infinite but the gameplay does not really go farther than this sadly

i will update this review if the game get betters but so far this is sadly a no
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 16
I truly wish there was a "star" system for steam instead of this "NO" or "YES" thumbs up black and white system steam has in place.

If it did: 2.5 of 5

That being said I went with a no due to the simple fact this game was taken out of early release and sent into full

This review is going to be written on five points’ gameplay, graphics, sound, story, replay ability.

Gameplay: So you build a ship with a wide array of parts, from tiny to massive in scale. To accommodate nearly anything you can think of, within reason, there are limitations. The shipyard tutorial is annoying and persists every time you go into a new game, divided into chunks of whatever aspect you are using the shipyard. Instead of leading you step by step to build a ship, which would have been better as it is easy to miss some things. Leaving you to fumble around on your own, which has its uses of course. I personally feel that is the better way to learn is through trial and error, but can see when this would be annoying. On the whole however the shipyard is pretty good and the only real issue is the tutorial. Once you leave the shipyard however is the real issue, missions are bland and boring. Collect this, kill that, I was hoping for planetary sieges or space convoys. The faction system is pointless at this stage, I saw a rival faction that owned more systems give money to the only other faction that was clearly there rival as they were engaged in a open conflict. Clearly some issues need resolution here.

Gameplay: 2 of 5.

Graphics: Not terrible when the frame rate doesn’t stutter I’ll admit my system can’t run on ultra its true. But when it moves a high-medium for a while then slows to a crawl when more the five objects appear at once, not counting asteroids, ships and stations. Then Huston when have a problem. While textures look decent on some objects such as the lens flare from suns and ships. On planets they look half baked, while passable they could be better. And I’ve yet to find a nebula, so if they are even in here or not I don’t know but I’d hope they look better. In total the ships, asteroids and stations look good, fix the rest.

Graphics: 2.5 of 5

Sound: The music is catchy and epic but there’s only about three tracks so you’ll quickly grow board of them. Thrusters and gun fire is about the same sounds good on some weapons but again there’s only about a handful of sounds some that don’t match. Warp drive is nice though, loud boom followed by an annoying repetitive whir sound, that I swear sounds like one of mass effects loading screens. On the whole they need to fix the ones they have and to add more sounds.

Sound: 2 of 5

Story: There isn’t one, I don’t know why I’m here, what I’m doing here or much of what’s going on…
I suppose this might be on purpose, I e Mine craft in space or other such build your own story. But I’d like some content please.

Story: 1 of 5

Replay ability: Ok so this is the only real thing holding Kinetic voids head above water. IF, and I strongly stress if, you can look pass the whole issues in the game sound, story gameplay. Then you can kill a lot of time here building ships and sailing amongst the stars, tweaking ships, etc.
Replay ability: 4 of 5
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 17
Kinetic void is plainly one of those games that you should avoid. The graphics are sub-standard. They come out to be cartoony. Also the game is terribly optimized. When i got this 1 year ago, i could run it fine. With all the changes they made to the engine, I can't even run it at the lowest settings. These issues are just the smallest tip of this mountain of crap. First there are no mechanics in this game. Build a ship, get blown up, blow up other ships. There is no universe, there are no missions. There is no story. There is absolutely nothing to do, but build ships. However, the ship maker has gotten more and more complex to the point that a new palyer will rather just give up than play for 3 hours to find the correct modules to put on their ship. After those 3 hours, you can just wander around. The devs really disappointed me by releasing this hald-baked product. It is half-baked, all those nice promises on their EA page, lies....just lies. Even worse some of thsoe promises are being turned into DLC. Really? Really? Are EA and Ubisoft your inspirations? DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 15
I was looking at this game for awhile, and it looked interesting. Oh boy was I wrong. After I got out of the hanger, which is a feat in itself, the game literally lagged itself to death. I even turned down every single possible setting. Not only that, but the ships would only go backwards, fun.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 17
Devs effectively lied to their consumers, then - and this is what bothers me - went and silenced anyone who gave the game negative reviews or even productive criticism. And sadly, the game shows this. Just for the record, I utilize a mac (and thus a wine version of steam originally for this game) and have about 10 hours in it.

Its not good. Its not even close to good, although the potential is there. Don't buy this game. Further, I would avoid these particular developers in the future.

There are pros to this game -
+ Encellent ship builder
+ Flight system is somewhat fun (if a bit rudimentary)

The negatives however are fairly noticable -
- The game is called Kinetic Void: Build, Battle, Explore.
- There is no battle.
- There is no explore.

Its 1/3 of a game, that they said is "completed." Its rubbish.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
I bought this game two years ago. It was bad then but I hoped it would get better.

It hasn't.

This game is complete garbage. Do not buy this game like I did, as you soon will realize that you wasted your money.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 19
I got this while it was in Early Access and played for less than a few hours. I really enjoyed building my own ship in that short time, but not so much the stiff gameplay. I saw that the game had a lot of potential in the making so I excused the gameplay thinking to myself that it'd improve in time since it was still in early access. Now that I see it was pushed to full release in such a short amount of time, I am severely disappointed. This was far from being completed.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 19
I payed £4 for this game hoping for a fun space Sandbox...
I want my money back but I know i'll never get it back because, judging by the development, the developers are going to earn a bit of money then abandon the game.
DO NOT BUY THIS
DON'T FALL INTO THE TRAP
Nothing like the trailer
3/10
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
Far too complex for me to be able to jump in and out of like I do with most games...
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134 of 149 people (90%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Backed this game for 50 bucks on Kickstarter. Almost 3 years later its still a horrible game. The shipbuilder was pretty nice. But thats pretty much the only enjoyable part of the game. Also runs pretty choppy on high end PC's. Cant believe they actually released this as a finished product, but I guess they just gave up and got tired of working on it. Also massively overpriced. You can get X3: Albion Prelude, a very superior game for 10 bucks. Had a lot of hope for this game, just another Kickstarter let down. (Nov. 22, 2014)
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85 of 99 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Yet another Early Access game pushed into full release far too soon. KV is still missing many of the features we were promised way back when it first showed up in the EA program, and by the sounds of it those are now planned as DLC...which may or may not have a sticker price.

Kinetic Void looks literally nothing like it did way back when, and now runs like utter crap on my (admittedly kinda clunky) system. Sure, the oft-celebrated shipyard is still there...now with a side order of half-baked space game. Starpoint Gemini 2's lowest graphical settings give you a game LIGHTYEARS prettier than this thing does (all of my SG2 shots are on lowest settings for reference), and the ships in that don't have flickering textures...nor do the planets look like Minecraft castoffs.

The developer's also been caught even now flagging negative reviews as against Steam TOS (case in point: http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198035632014/recommended/227160 ), etc, to hide them and the truth they contain...so that's just another reason to avoid this heap. Of course rabid fanboys are allowed to run amok, but hey, they gotta get their free BJs somehow, right? 'Cuz everybody knows they sure ain't gettin' their rocks off from playing the game...
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78 of 95 people (82%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Kinetic void had shown promise when first announced. I have experimented with it's features at all stages of development, and was happy to see progress being made each time.

However, as of this writing (Nov 22/2014) I would not recommend this game in it's current state. Many of it's systems still need some time in the oven, features are missing, and there is a lack of purpose or motivation in continued play. Shipbuilding is entertaining if you have a creative side, but not enough to keep me engaged.

An excellent concept hindered by pushing this game out before it is ready. I'd hold off on buying this unless it's under a deep discount or after significant updates and patches.
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63 of 79 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
These days, I'm not surprised to see a game like this on the release list. This is not a finished game. This cannot and will not compete with any past or future space sims, and should be avoided at all costs.
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62 of 78 people (79%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Just went and played it after many months of giving it a miss due to lack of content. First starting up the game I get a 'tutorial' box saying "We should never see this message!". I click to continue to find out the button is inactive. After seeing that, as far as I'm concerned, this is not a 1.0 worthy product, and it is certainly not a 'game'. Can I have my money back, please? You guys are almost as deluded as the guys who made Starforge.

UPDATE: The pricks have even disabled comments on their update announcements because of all the (understandable) hate they're recieving. This is censorship. Give me my ♥♥♥♥ing money back you scamming ♥♥♥♥♥.
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54 of 68 people (79%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Dreadful. It is really hard to say anything else to be honest. It is also equally hard to find the motivation to spend time writing a proper review for something that certainly is not a proper finished game. It is not a matter of it simply being in an unpolished beta or alpha state, it is the matter of it being, well, not a game yet. There is barely any gameplay to be had, core ui functionality is completely absent, and the gameplay on offer barely qualifies as more than a tech test.
This would be fine, if said tech test was something new, something revolutionary, such as the Swarm tech test or if it had dynamic visual damage on the ships. If there was anything beyond the most barebones physics and graphics engine tech that has already been outdone 10 years ago or more, by games such as X2: The Threat (yes, i said X2, not X3).
That is how antiquated this game already is, it is released in 2014 with features, gameplay and tech that has been outdone by games released 10 years ago.

Then, on what basis could i possibly recommend this game? On the basis of it being an indie kickstarter project? No, it isnt good enough. If one starts to recommend and promote any indie project just for the sole reason of "supporting the little guy", we only betray ourselves as gamers and customers with basic consumer rights.
There is nothing on offer in Kinetic Void that is better, or even equal, to games already on the market, indie or AAA.
Many of the competitors even have a lower pricepoint, or have been in the bargain bin for years!

This is not just about making games. Its about basic supply and demand.
If other games have existed for 10 years that do everything this game wants to do, better, then there simply is no demand for this game. If there is no demand for this game, what was the point?
The development time would have been better spent pursuing something else, because as of right now i cant possibly claim that Kinetic Void has anything of value to bring to the gaming scene what so ever.
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58 of 78 people (74%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Sorry guys... The general idea about this game was great. But putting it on "released" is a joke.

It's still far from being a playable game on Nov 22 2014..
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41 of 52 people (79%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
This is a truly horrible game.

I bought into this early access version a couple of years ago because I believed the developers were committed to delivering a high quality space-sim experience. I found the ship building workshop a cool introduction to the game too. All was looking promising and I cooled my interest while the developers worked away.

Well two years on (three for the kickstarter backers) and Badland Studio have churned out an ugly, half-baked, poorly optimised, insubstantial product with almost nothing to recommend it.

To those who have yet to put money in the pockets of Badland Studio, seriously don't bother.
To those who have already paid for/backed the game, you have my condolences. If Steam routinely processed refunds, I would be asking for my money back right about now.
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36 of 44 people (82%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
You want an exemple of early access done well ? Don't go here.

I bought this game very early in its early access stage (alpha I think, don't know I only played 5 hours in two years). At first I thought that the game was boring because it was an alpha, I was ready to let the time pass and try later when the game would be more polished and interesting.

I gave it a try every few month, with every time the hope that it would be a nice game, every time I was not happy.

The game pretend to be a mix of Eve, KSP and so on. Procedurally generated universe YEAH, ship costumization YEAH, an adventure of your own YEAH

None of that is good. First : ship building is not good. Far from it : the pieces are ugly, the interface is a nightmare, and it's overly complicated for a thing that offer very fews possibilites.

Procedurally generated universe and adventures : the faction exists, the planets too, the mission too. But nowhere the game tells you how to accept a mission, how to dock on a space station, what the next thing you could do. I've got nothing about being free on a vast world (not even that vast the world) but what would be nice is some advices about how to get started. In fact the game throw you in it's universe, with a obnoxious and boring text tutorial and expect you to do stuff. Never it tells you what stuff you can do, never it explain youi how to accept missions. All you can do is touch every button with the hope you would find a useful thing (last playtrough I opened fire on a station because I wanted to dock, every patrol in the system warped to me an blew me to pieces)

The game takethe worst of every of its inspiration and sublimate them. Well if you want a good space exploration game wait for Elite or Star Citizen, you can't make your own ship but at least it's interesting.
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