Edge of Space is an upcoming (currently in Early Access) Terraria-esque sandbox game, but not without some interesting changes!
What immediately set Edge of Space apart from other similar games for me is its increased RPG elements: your character has impressive list of stats, from expected health and energy to such stats as dodging or resistance to various damage types. What is more, your stats don’t depend on equipment alone: scattered across the world are technology caches, which not only give you access to more advanced gear or devices, but also have chance to improve your innate stats.
Another of game’s innovations is its crafting system: where in other similar games each recipe calls for specific resources, Edge of Space often lets you substitute one similar resource for another. And the full list of craftable items looks impressive indeed – in 10 odd hours I’ve played so far I feel I touched only the tip of the iceberg.
And finally, Edge of Space has certainly an unique approach to world design – rather then the world being a one mass, it is made of countless floating island. Don’t feel like digging down? Walking to the islands’ edge and jumping down to the island bellow is always an alternative. (And having a jetpack from the start helps you not to fall to your death this way. Usually.)
Still being in early access, Edge of Space kind of doesn’t feel as ‘polished’ as Terraria, though as of latest patch, single-player doesn’t have any real issues I can point out. As far as multiplayer is concerned, a rather annoying issue is that you can’t use your single-player characters in multi-player. Multiplayer literally came out in last patch, though, so issues are expected, and to my knowledge developers are working them.
To sum it up: Edge of Space is already a fun game to play, despite being in Early Access. If you played and enjoyed Terraria, and look for a similar, yet different experience, Edge of Space may be just what you need! If you are new to sandbox exploration/building games, however, you may want to start with Terraria, which is a finished product.
Posted: February 14th, 2014