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Drox Operative is a starship action RPG with warring alien races, fierce space battles, a dynamic, evolving galaxy, and co-op multiplayer for Windows and Mac. Eons ago the Drox ruled the galaxy through their mighty Operatives. These elite starship captains were trained to accomplish the impossible at whatever cost necessary.
Release Date: Nov 29, 2012
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Drox Operative patch 1.041

April 21st, 2014

1.041 change list:

  • text input now handles left arrow, right arrow, delete, home, end, and adding characters to the middle of the string
  • added paste button to key input menus on Linux
  • now convert 0s and Os to Qs automatically for keys
  • now automatically convert key to uppercase (just makes some things easier)

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Linux Drox Operative

April 16th, 2014

The Linux version of Drox Operative is now available on Steam!

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“While it doesn’t have the flashy, immediate appeal of a conventional Pinata-popper like Diablo, Drox Operative provides the greater gift of a world in which the action part of ARPG has consequences, as does inaction. It’s the advancement of the genre that so many people have given up on searching for and Soldak have been providing it for years.”
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About the Game

Drox Operative is a starship action RPG with warring alien races, fierce space battles, a dynamic, evolving galaxy, and co-op multiplayer for Windows and Mac.

Eons ago the Drox ruled the galaxy through their mighty Operatives. These elite starship captains were trained to accomplish the impossible at whatever cost necessary. Whether employing stealth or brute force, they were always deadly. Using these Operatives, the Drox built a starlane system for quick travel amongst the stars, colonized and conquered millions of planets, and ruled the galaxy with an iron grip for over 100,000 years. Eventually realizing their Operatives were a threat, they attempted to assassinate all of them. They failed. The following Galactic Civil War was devastating.

Thousands of years later, the Drox are extinct, but the secretive Drox Operative guild lives on. They have learned their lesson though: loyalty to any one race is foolish. They now work for whoever can pay. And pay they do! Empires might span hundreds of planets and thousands of ships, but when a critical task arises, they still turn to an Operative.

In the new space race, the major races are scouting, colonizing, and expanding, trying to take over the galaxy by diplomacy, technology, war, or any other means their scheming minds can contemplate.

As a Drox Operative it's NOT your job to manage all of those annoying people, build thousands of buildings, play nice with your enemies, or balance the budget. It IS your job to pick the winning side and maybe even help them conquer the galaxy if you're being nice, more importantly though is to rake in as many credits as possible, well that and build the coolest, deadliest ship in the known universe. Not many screw with an Operative captaining a Dreadnaught!

  • Explore a dynamic and evolving galaxy
  • Explore a unique sector of the galaxy in every game, with different "monsters", ship components, quests, and even races
  • Fight in the galactic war between the various alien races
  • Battle hundreds of different enemy starships
  • Build the coolest and deadliest starship in the galaxy
  • Outfit your ship with thousands of components and crew
  • Adventure with your friends with co-op multiplayer

PC System Requirements

    • OS: XP or newer
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 2 or better
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space

Mac System Requirements

    • OS: OS X 10.4 or newer
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz processor
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 2 or better
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space

Linux System Requirements

    • Processor: 1.5 GHz processor
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 2 or better
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
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81 of 81 people (100%) found this review helpful
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6 reviews
58.2 hrs on record
Ever wondered what would it be like to play a typical 4X Space Strategy, but not as one of racial leaders, but as an independent mercenary? Drox Operative lets you do just that!

Drox Operative is an action RPG with a good dose of space exploration. But where other space exploration games take place in static or semi-static universe, a notable feature of Drox Operative is that NPC factions expand and develop like races in 4X Space Strategy would: they establish new colonies, build ships and space stations, research new technologies and of course fight both neutral enemies and each other. This creates unparalleled feeling that you are adventuring in a living world, which constantly moves on regardless of your actions!

In regard of RPG stats, Drox Operative does a good job of simulating that your “character” is a spaceship: character’s attributes are replaced by your crew’s expertise in various fields. Though the result is fairly similar in regard of distributing “crew points”, immersion-wise the system accomplishes its job.

The equipment system differs from that of most RPG in that most of equipment slots (all except for 3 specialized slots based on your ship’s design, that is) freely allow to install any equipment of appropriate tonnage. Want to add an extra engine instead of your heavy laser turret? No problem! Have a medium ballistic weapon instead of aforementioned laser turret, which unlike the later you can install in place of your radar? Ditto! This makes your ship very customizable and allows you to adjust it according to your playing style (and re-outfit it whenever you feel like it).

And the final unique feature of Drox Operative is crewmates. They technically function as equipment (occupying either the special crew slot, or the light slots), but unique in that they level up as well, improving the bonuses they provide over time.

To sum it up, Drox Operative is a great game, and I fully recommend it to anyone who likes action RPGs, space exploration, or both!
Posted: March 17th, 2014
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
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20 reviews
11.5 hrs on record
Don't let my play time fool you. I spent a couple hundred hours playing Drox Operative prior to it coming to Steam. The game is great for any action rpg fan. As always Soldak took the genre and added it's own twist. I have to say that this is the best SciFi ARPG to date. It is a MUST BUY for any ARPG fan. I belong to a popular Steam group that focuses on Action RPGs and out of 300 or so members Drox continues to be a very popular game, it certainly keeps in the top 3 or 4 of the games in our list.
Posted: March 4th, 2014
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
176 products in account
2 reviews
16.6 hrs on record
I saw some footage of this game in January 2013 which was enough to tempt me into trying the free demo. My curiosity was piqued but I wasn't expecting much - just a bit of a time killer to tap away at and fill up a bit of the afternoon. I came away several hours later with the music stuck in my head, feeling as if very little time had passed, then went on to have a dream about Drox Operative that same night. I bought the game from Soldak's site the next day and have been playing Drox on and off since then without ever having cause to regret the puchase.

It's a hugely addictive little loot-focused ARPG with a beguiling amount of depth. As most reviews have mentioned, the most compelling feature is the sense of a living galaxy going about its business in the background while you perform the basic functions of clicking, killing, looting, equipping and selling. Essentially the alien AI races play a 4X style strategy game against eachother (albeit in real-time) while you fly about attempting to affect the outcome, with the goal of satisfying the win conditions set by the Drox guild (such as uniting the AI races, or allying with the winner of an all-out war, or victory via exploration and volume of quests completed, etc.). After triumph in one sector, you move onto the next one - presumably a harder one, although the player can set the parameters for each randomly generated sector, including difficulty. Coop online play is possible, as well as 'Hardcore' (permadeath) mode which unlocks once you get a ship to level 25.

Everything the player does affects the game universe in some way. Destroy a named boss monster and the planets in that system will become more prosperous for the alien races who hold them, giving those races more resources to build ships and advance their technology faster. Leave that monster to its own devices and he may form a fleet with other tough mobs, create malicious devices in space or perform acts of sabotage against the AI and their planets - which in turn leaves them crying for help from you, the Drox Operative, to solve all their newfound problems in the form of new quests.

Performing a fetch quest to prevent a planetary famine may solve that planet's problem - or it might produce another fetch quest from that planet, as they ask you to help destroy their rampant 'super weed' created by the fertiliser you delivered. Failing to solve fetch quests involving riots and civil war may even result in the creation of new races, who splinter off from their parent race and colonise planets of their own, becoming a new force in the sector. Alternatively you might intentionally foment discord and quest for rebel ships in order to fulfil precisely that goal. Much of this sense of life and variety comes only through the flavour text of the quests, but it is all very cleverly conceived and the quests do all have real consequences for the calculations under the hood, for the prosperity and the military fortunes of the AI. If you get tired of questing and manipulating, then you can simply explore and leave the AI to tear eachother to shreds (albeit hopefully without triggering any of the Drox guild's failure conditions).

My current ship, which I've been running a long time, is level 92, it's in a sector with 10 AI races all with their own grudges and friendships and problems, half of whom are at war with me and half of whom love me (and some of those that like me are at war with me anyway). The sector is so busy with catastrophes and weird developments that the events windows scrolls too fast for me to digest. I know I could fire this game up right now and easily lose several hours enjoyably.

To be honest, I don't know enough about the ARPG genre itself to make a judgement on the game loot balance, the min-maxing potential, or the diversity of builds available in Drox compared to other games. It feels very deep in this regard - you have stats, racial specialisations, plus a great variety of shield modules, armour modules, instant hit weapons, aimed weapons, minions (drones), buffs, debuffs, hulls and miscellanous doodads (installed in modular fashion). However I don't play enough of this type of game to know whether Drox is really deep or my understanding of ARPG systems is really shallow. I'll leave that aspect for other commenters to examine. All I know is I'm still having a great time with the unpredictable outcomes and three- or four-way battles that Drox Operative sometimes throws up, over a full year since purchase.

A special mention should be made of Soldak's excellent post-release support. The game has been patched regularly throughout this last year or so, while Soldak (creator of Din's Curse and Depths of Peril) has also responded promptly and effectively to community feedback and bug reports. Drox was a fully formed game long before its recent emergence from Greenlight onto Steam. Now it has the benefit of this wider exposure it deserves to be played by as many people as possible, because it's an unsung gem. Clever, addictive and great fun.
Posted: March 1st, 2014
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
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4.5 hrs on record
If you enjoyed SotS, GalCiv, MOO, Ascendancy, Endless Space, etc you'll LOVE this.

Ever been playing a planetary scale 4x game and longed for a life of adventure, without having to look after your population?
Ever been plagued by interstellar pirates and envied them their carefree ways, not being tied down to to colonial management?
Ever been struck by a random event dooming your colony and wished you could just fly out there and find the parts yourself?
Ever been watching a war between 2 galactic civilizations and just wanted to Han Solo in and kill just enough ships on one side or the other to turn the tide of battle, earning the respect you deserve?

You may not realise it, but you've been yearning for the life of a Drox Operative. Now you have the opportunity to live that dream.
Drox Operative lets you fly round a sector of the galaxy choosing which way to play. Galactic fetcher? Monster slayer? Battle turner? Information broker? All these options and more are available.
Posted: March 11th, 2014
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
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26 reviews
211.9 hrs on record
Some call this Diablo in space, some call it a sci-fi ARPG with a 4x game running in the background -- I call it a lot of fun. It is both of those prior descriptions, and a lot more. I have even more hours in this game than Steam reports, going back to the beta, and find myself coming back to it over and over again.

It's got the crazy clickfest, inventory and item management and satisfying loot grinding of good ARPGs. It has a deep 4x system running in the background which you can directly affect, but you're still just one ship against fleets. It's got mod-ability, and even those tasty achievements.

The Invasion of the Ancients expansion is highly recommended, as it adds a lot to the game, including "chips" for customizing your equipment, special racial services (adding slots for chips, lowering power consumption, etc.), additional playable races and sub-races, and more.

Soldak has a great stable of games, and this is the best looking of them yet. Din's Curse and Depths of Peril are also a lot of fun, check them out as well!
Posted: March 5th, 2014
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136 of 143 people (95%) found this review helpful
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2 reviews
62.9 hrs on record
I've been playing this game for a few years now, but it has only just become available on Steam.

Don't let the rather unattractive visuals fool you (admittedly the screenshots look just terrible): this is the best action RPG out there. Period.

Drox Operative is actually and ARPG set inside a 4X game being played out by AI's. You can influence events in a myriad of ways. You create a ship, generate a galaxy which will have some number of races playing in it, and you can win by allying yourself with the victors, or if you are particularly bloodthirsty you can just ♥♥♥♥ everything in sight until you accumulate the points for a "Fear" victory. Afterwards you can retain your ship in a newly generated galaxy. It is so satisfying to play an RPG in a "living" universe rather than mindlessly grinding through the same old dungeon with randomly spawning enemies until you reach some boss.

One of the great innovations is that the modules with which you fit your ship do not go into specific slots, but instead there are "hi, mid, low" slots (much like in EVE). So, if you want 4 lasers, you can do it. If you want 5 reactors to give you very rapid cap recharge, you can do it. You want 5 engines so your ship zips around the map? You can do it. Are you a Romulan who fantasizes about redundant cloaking devices? Well, you get the idea.

There certainly seem to be no other RPG's out there like Drox, so if you like space and you like RPG's it's a must-buy, but there is some room for improvement: In my opinion the visual appeal of the game is non-existant, and staring at it for hours gets rather drab, but rest assured the great gameplay will keep you doing just that. Though there is large array of loot you will find, I certainly feel that they could add many more modules which do a much wider variety of different things.

Anyway, for $10 or $20, you certainly shouldn't regret this buy.
Posted: February 18th, 2014
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