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.
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Release Date: Nov 29, 2012

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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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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

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: XP or newer
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Pentium 4
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 2 or better
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • 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
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz processor
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 2 or better
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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Very Positive (180 reviews)
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( 35.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
There's some fun to be had with this game, the design is interesting. However, the gameplay becomes really, really repetative. So you're going to hit a point where the game just ceases to be interesting. Also, bounty hunters are way OP.

Overall: 2/5
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( 32.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
Great Game
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( 153.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 7
This game is decent. It does require some reading to understand how it works, but it is fun once it gets going. Legend wins are a bit too easy. Most sectors go pretty similarly: Kill some bosses, go hunt a few ancients, and you have a legend win. Gets a little repetetive. Still fun.
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Nerney9 S>Keys 1.9TF/2.1CS
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Product received for free
Short Version: Diablo and Heroes of Might and Magic had a baby and stuck it in a rocket and sent it off to space where it was raised by FTL to appreciate the finer points of spaceship building and random events and run-on sentences. Action-RPG and 4x-Strategy gameplay mesh well in Drox Operative, which is slightly dated but extremely enjoyable as a replayable grind-to-gear fest.
Also: 'Drox Operative' is actually space lingo for 'Super Space Mercenary', in case anyone is as confused as I was when first hearing the title.

Did you ever play a strategy game like HoMM and wonder why those 'heroes' were always hanging around in taverns waiting for someone to hire them before they'd lift a finger to help? Well, obviously they were part of a secret guild of super-mercenaries looking to profit off the endless conflict... or at least that's the answer in Drox Operative, where you get to play as the side that always wins in a universe at war - the side getting PAID, by anyone and everyone!

Drox Operative is an action-RPG that lets you control a mercenary ship plopped into the middle of a randomized intergalactic battlefield between a bunch of 4x-strategy AIs, where your actions will help decide the ultimate victor(s) - for a hefty fee, of course. Instead of a traditional campaign, each mission in Drox Operative consists of a cluster of inhabited planets with the various races (humans, robots, bugs, lightbulbs, pet rocks, space orcs, etc - the usual suspects) all competing for dominance. Your goal is to convince each and every race in the sector that they should be paying you and the Drox Guild to do all their dirty work, by any means necessary - and those means are completely up to you.

As a mercenary operative, you choose which quests to undertake, which planets to trade or share information with, and which alien races would be better off as allies or nuked into space goo. You can impress, bribe, dominate, suck-up-to, subvert, or destroy any faction you choose, so long as once the dust clears, any survivors see the benefit - and necessity - of paying you for your services. The Drox Guild will give you bonuses for fulfilling certain objectives in any given scenario (such as allying with one faction and destroying another), but you are always free to ignore these token incentives if you so choose - so if you reeeeally want to blow up those smelly space orcs in every map even when your bosses ask you nicely not to, there's nothing stopping you.

The gameplay is a bit overwhelming when you first start, but once you get the hang of things, it can grow extremely absorbing. Drox Operative plays much like other randomized action-RPGs, where the 'end-game' is to continue beating mission scenarios to get bigger and better ships and weapon loadouts, and take on even tougher missions with your newer deadlier toys. You can customize your ship in various ways, going fast and full of lasery doom, slow and indestructible with more missiles than you can shake a space stick at, or anything in between. You also get additional bonuses in certain stats depending on which alien race your ship originates from. With many, many missions to undertake before you max level on a given ship, and 10 different races you can try (along with a shared stash to encourage building up an extra operative or three), there is an enormous amount of replayability in this game.

Of course, while Drox Operative has a lot of ticks in the positive column, the game does have its flaws. It should be noted that there is very little story to speak of; You are a super space mercenary repeatedly sent to randomized star systems to show off your guild's badassitude - and that's about it. Also, as of this review, the game is definitely starting to feel dated. The graphics, audio, and even the menus/tutorials all seem rather antiquated, reminiscent of games released a decade ago. The gameplay itself still holds up just fine, but you should not purchase this game expecting anything close to current-gen game engines in the visual/audio department.

All in all, Drox Operative is a fun, highly replayable game, which I would certainly recommend to gamers who enjoy freeplay scenarios in strategy games along with the endless cycle of gearing and grinding in action-RPGs. At the base price of $20, Drox Operative isn't as cheap as I'd anticipate for a storyless action-oriented game that is starting to show its age, but there is still plenty of content to enjoy in this game, especially if you can pick it up in a sale.

Received a free copy for testing/reviewing purposes. This review is part of the Steamified Community Review program. For similar reviews and fantastic giveaways please visit http://www.steamified.com/.
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( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
I've played a few hours on a demo I downloaded years ago but uninstalled at the end when it demanded $20 for the full version.

Buy this on sale for $5 as that's what it's worth.

A decent, if old, space-themed management-economy-diplomacy sim.

Oh, and you can upgrade your weapons to blow bigger chunks out of those who don't agree with your ideas. P2W Simulator? Haha 6.5/10
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glub ♥Linux
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
✓ Diablo II in space
✓ Many neat features
✓ Intricate game mechanics
✓ Vast and dynamic playground, randomly generated
✓ GNU/Linux support!

✘ No DRM-free build?
✘ Sound effects and soundtracks are below average.
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( 20.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
This is a fun and addicting single player action rpg with progression, diplomacy, and exploration.

A way to explain it is Masters of Orion in real time and instead of managing an empire you're a free operative with no allegiance to any empire and your actions decide the winner.

Activities include: killing monsters, fighting in empire wars, destroying planets, and delivering items from one planet to another.
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( 13.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
Great Game, Coop is where it real shines!
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( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
A great Coop game for players sick of grindy rouge-likes.
I like how each player can go off and do their own thing (quests, combat, etc.) while still contributing to the overall mission.
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Dr. JustinSane
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
This review is a part of the Steamified's Community Reviews program and the credit goes to both Steamified and Soldak Entertainment for providing the key for review purposes.

Let me start this of by saying that I'm not exactly a fan of space-based games. I play it occasionally but never really sink in a significant amount of time into any given titles of the genre but after giving Drox Operative a try, I find it to be very accessible and, more importantly, highly enjoyable! Originally a 2012 title developed by Soldak Entertainment, came on to Desura and later on to Steam in February 2014. For an almost 4 years old title, Drox Operative still holds well against today's standard.

You play as one of the ten races, each with their very own perks and bonuses, available to choose from and act as the guild representative in the galaxy. Your job is to conquer and sway the other races in favor to what the higher commands of the guild demands. Think of it as a hand that works in the shadows, controlling everyone in silence. Illuminati, anyone? At the start of each generation of Sectors, you'll be given specific goals from the higher command (for example, Destroy the Dryads, Keep the Cortex alive, etc.) and accomplishing this will net you rewards that you can use in your subsequent playthrough. So, kill, destroy, declare wars, persuade, spread propaganda, rally your allies, disrupt the economy or basically anything to get the job done! This is what intrigued me the most about this game, so much freedom in actions!

Drox Operative can be a little bit overwhelming at the start, especially to the newcomers, but they really did a great job on the tutorial explaining the bits and bobs on how the game works and rolls out the game in a comfortable pace so that you'll be familiarized and settled before the game dishes out the advanced stuff. For the veteran gamers of this genre looking for a little challenge, they provide an optional advance settings at the start of each game (Hardcore, Semi Hardcore, Unlucky, etc.)

The gameplay revolves around two main parts, one is exploration and the other diplomatic relations. Exploration is self-explanatory, as each of the generated Sectors are randomized, you have to venture out into the open space searching for new races, analyze planets, discovering jump gates, acquire better equipment for your ship and the more you explore, the more choices and options will be available for your conquest. Diplomatic relations, in the other hand, involves either making good terms with specific factions(doing quests, protect from hostile units, colonize planets, trading) or just do your best in abolishing your opposition, be it by rallying with your ally or just straight out declare war on them! Decisions, decisions, decisions.


  • Highly enjoyable and deep space action RPG that provides non-linear courses for you to ensure victory!
  • Combats are fast and satisfying unlike a few others that I've played.
  • Ships are fully customizable whether you opt for more firepower and defense while sacrificing speed and maneuverability or be a speed demon that you know you are and drop the heavy Armor Plating and equip the various weapons of war you'll find!
  • Your ship will leveled up as you play and points are given for you to distribute in the many stats available, just like in traditional RPG, so customization is possible.
  • The graphics, while nothing outstanding, are visually pleasing to the eyes (especially when ships blew up!) although the UI can arguably be better.
  • From a technical point of view, Drox Operative runs great with a stable FPS all around, even during big battles, and I've not experienced any crashes or hiccups of any kind so far. Steam basic functionalities are also present and functional with the exception of Cloud saving.
  • Replay value is extremely high as each new Sector is different when generated, with 10 races to choose from, different ways of achieving victory and the availability of online co-op can provide a significant game changer to the already great game.
  • There's also a challenge mode where specific rules and modification to the Sectors are applied.


  • The first time you clicked the Play button you'll be greeted with a text box requiring you to input a CD key, as per usual as any Ubisoft, EA or Stardocks games. Good thing you don't have to install anything though.
  • A 100% achievement completion rate is possible but it requires a significant amount of time investment.
  • The multiplayer scene is pretty much dead. I would love to try out the co-op mode but since not many of my close friends have it, I'm gonna have to miss out and joining a public game isn't an option since there's basically no one to play with.
  • Quests sometimes are time-sensitive but the game fails to mention this. I've failed countless of missions because of this and failure means poorer relation with the said race.

As a final verdict, Drox Operative deserves a solid 4/5. A satisfying space RPG worthy enough to be played for years to come!

At a $20 price tag, it does feel a bit steep for a 4 years old game but if you have friends with similar interest, then it's definitely worth it! Likewise, when the title goes on sale. It's a no-brainer for space junkies to pick this up for a price less than $10.

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168 of 178 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
63.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 18, 2014
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.
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113 of 113 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
161.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 17, 2014
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!
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47 of 52 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
63.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2014
If Star Control, Civilization, and Diablo had a baby, it would be named Drox Operative. It's a surprisingly fun yet incredibly deep game. You can lose and win the game a number of different ways and play it accordingly. Want to play by making everyone fear you? You can do that. Want to win the hearts and minds of the alien species? You can do that. Want to explore and blast bad guys? You can do that. There's a ton of gameply customizability options to make the game easier or harder or slower or faster. The graphics are a bit dated, but there's nothing that pulls me out of being immersed in the soap opera like politics that I was neck deep in. Tons of races and ships to get started and star systems to explore with random encounters and loot all over the place. While I was waiting for a Skyrim mod to download, I saw this on sale and I'm glad I picked it up because I had forgotten about my mod about 7 hours later when it was time to go to bed.
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49 of 58 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 18, 2014
This game is the perfect example of the fact that you don't need over-the-top graphics and flashy swords to make a good action rpg. Easy to pick up, loads of fun, and quite the steal.
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37 of 41 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
30.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 20, 2014
Basically, the game is Din's Curse..IN SPACE! with some heavy focus on diplomacy and politics. The idea is that you are part of a group called the Drox Guild, with the goal of maintaining the presence of the Guild in the sector (the game world). There are several ways one can win or lose, giving YOU the player the ability to choose how to win/fail. Like the other Soldak games, this features the living world around you aproach to the hack and slash. Quests have time limits. Success or failure will cause changes to the game world. That radiation leak on the planet won't fix itself, and if you leave it for long enough the planet can suffer more woes that you can solve. But should you buy this game?

Yes. Yes you should. Here is why:

+You are a space mobster. Really the game should be called Drox Moberative.
+Technically infinite gameplay, just because you beat the sector doesn't mean you can't keep playing in particular in HOW you won the sector. I got a "fear" victory while at war with two races and battled them for a good two hours to make little head way.
+Decent gameplay. Its a hack and slash, but it is tuned to make sense and it plays pretty well. The battles are engaging and enjoyable, if not overwhelming at points.
+VERY diverse worlds. It is improbable that you will get the same sector twice. In addition to simply having a random lay out, each system and sector have different moddifiers (more enemies, more agressive behavior, more traps) so you never know what you are going to get with your new sector. On top of that, Mods Mods Mods. Add more mayhame with mods
+Easy to lose track of time with. Not sure why that is a plus but what ever.

That said there are some things to be desired such as stat point distribution, but most if not all can be fixed with mods. Give the demo a try if you are still not sure. It is much more engaging than one would think.
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38 of 43 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2014
Ok, Soldak we get it, you've got my attention. You've shown me how unique an ASRPG can be. And it's better with friends I might add!

Being apart of a space illuminati wasn't in my expectations of exploring space, but man, this -- this is better. Control the fate and destiny of entire races? Or destroy them even?

Choices. That's the keyword for Drox Operative. And damn guys.. Soldak executes this really well.

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31 of 33 people (94%) found this review helpful
195.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2015
Ever played a space strategy game where you have to colonize planets, trade and maintain a diplomatic relationship with other races and take care of your own people while doing so? Ever wondered what it would be like to be that random event that caused citizens to rebel, technology to be sold to your enemy, a race that you would like to be a friend but just won't listen because some element in the game says 'Hell no!'?

Well in this game you can; This is a top-down space shooter, but around the player several computer players are playing out a space strategy game. You can befriend them, you can fight them, you can trade with them, you can support them in their war or colonization efforts, you are a Drox Operative. And the other races know that to have a Drox Operative on your side is the path to victory.

The graphics are great and the player is allowed a reasonable range of customization to make it his/her own. Musical score and sounds a pretty good, as is the general feel of the game. I did have some problems with the keys though, and understanding what the game was about in the first place, but after 15 mins of just diving in head first I found it surprisingly easy to understand. As for the keys, would like a weapon group to be used for weapons; The only weapon that fires when pressing the mouse is weapon no. 1, although in all fairness I haven't been looking for it very hard, its probably in there somewhere.

You can only have 1 ship (per Operative / Save slot ) and it is a persistant ship (and crew), meaning it carries over from one game into the other. A bit confusing is a game being called a 'Sector', which from what I understand is a galaxy, which happens to consist of...sectors...ya... Anywho, you can fully customize your ship to be a fighter, bomber, trader, colony vessel, or any combination you may think of. It grows in class as you grow in experience (and award points to a particular skill) opening more slots in your ship to install equipment in.

All in all an original idea realised; A gem in any original gamers collection.
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31 of 37 people (84%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2015
Played this game for far longer than my Steam hours would indicate-one of the most engaging and fascinating games I've ever played. I spend hours and hours reading about and trying various space games and I keep on coming back to Drox Operative.

It's like I'm playing Diablo but Diablo is happening inside Starcraft.

Maybe it's not like that at all.

God, I don't know.

No other game is as good at making me feel very very strong and influential while simultaneously making me feel vulnerable, manipulated, insignificant and weak.

Absolutely worth buying, absolutely worth playing.

A masterpiece.
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33 of 42 people (79%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
29.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Only 121 reviews at the time I write this; this is rather sad because this game is a gem!

It's got loot, upgradable spaceships, random quests, loot, you can win by being a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, loot, and well, I suck at reviews but this is FUN !
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
53.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 3, 2014
I highly recommend this game. It may not be much to look at but it's one of those games where every galaxy you play has a different little story to go along with it. I love being able to observe (and meddle in) the wider politics of the game world while slaughtering bad guys ARPG style. It makes the game into more than just an excercise in loot gathering.The other thing I find important that this game has is an insane amount of character customization and different ship parts which unlock all kinds of cool abilities. There arwe an almost infinite amount of possibilities for different builds you could do.

One thing that's either a strength or a weakness of the game depending on how you look at it is the game is pretty unforgiving especially when you haven't designed your character and ship very well. It is the sort of game where everything can be going along fine and then suddenly you are swarmed by more than you can handle. Since this game saves pretty much everything and never lets you go back and reload a save older than the last thing you did death has some nasty consequences even on softcore difficulty, it makes it very satisfying when you find a build that finally is able to survive most encounters but it get get frustrating as well.

Bottom line: If the concept of this game looks appealing to you at all - get it. It's the best ARPG I've ever played.
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