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.
User reviews: Very Positive (145 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 29, 2012

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"Space Diablo, but with consequences."
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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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz processor
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 2 or better
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
This game doesn't seem like much at first glance, and the screenshots and video did not entice me, but I'm glad I picked this up. Other people described it as diablo in space, and not because of the isometric view. However, unlike any other action RPG or just rpg's in general, this is the first that truly made me attempt to balance my build, and I found keeping my ship balanced and functional a rewarding challenge. There are also a lot of different ways to set everything up, for myself I used a combination of rapid fire lasers, missiles, and fighters while slow boating, and unlike most ARPG's, it's very easy to get overwhelmed. The game is very well balanced and put together from what I've seen so far, and that goes a long ways.

Visually the game can be run in 1080p, which makes a difference, and it can look better than the screenshots, but it won't impress anyone. It doesn't seem to have an ongoing story, but rather takes a sandbox approach with very loose winning conditions, ranging from economic and diplomatic methods to conquering and combat oriented methods. Controls for steering the ship aren't what I would consider intuitive, but they are easy enough to pick up using a mouse and keyboard.

While the game does have a lot of depth with the political system and other functions, they don't overcomplicate the game, and as long as you make conscientious choices on your allies and enemies, the politics can be largely ignored, and the game plays very arcadish. If you pay attention to the politics and the goings on, it almost feels like the major factions are engaged in a basebuilding RTS and you are there to push whichever sides you choose (not like a MOBA though, they will conquer each other, had one faction out of the running very early in my game), and interfere or ignore as you please. As long as you don't need AAA graphics, or story driven plots, this game will give you a lot of enjoyment.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Giant Bomb PC Gaming Hub explained it best; "Space Diablo, but with consequences."

===Space Diablo===

The game is an action RPG, that takes place within a 4x RTS Strategy game played by the AI. You are a mercenary in this galaxy, and your mission is to achieve victory in one of the following ways...

By achieveing a Military Victory, by being allied with the last surviving race and destroying all your enemies.
By achieveing a Diplomatic Victory, by uniting all surviving races in a single alliance.
By achieveing an Economic Victory, by accumulating wealth for the Drox Operatives.
By achieveing a Fear victory, by destroying all who stand in your way without mercy.
By achieveing a Legend Victory, by completing assignments and missions given to you by the various races and exploring the galaxy.
And finally by completing any and all assignments offered to you by your commanding officers in the Drox Operative's Guild.

To succeed in these goals, you must travel the cosmos and upgrade your ship as you gain experience and randomly generated loot.

===Consequences===

Here's where the game get's interesting... As stated, there is a 4x RTS Strategy game being played by the AI all around you. You, as a Drox Operative, are able to influence the empires in the Galaxy. You can instigate wars and end wars, you can aid ships and colonies in distress, you can even fight in wars alongside an empire. Everything you do in the game influences the galaxy around you in some way.

===Verdict===

The game is excellent, and highly enjoyable in my opinion. I highly reccomend it if you're looking for a good Sci-Fi RPG. The game is also multi-player, allowing players to work together or against one another, so that's another plus in my book. The game is $19.99 normally, and I've seen the winter sale drop it 50% for it and the expansion.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
133.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
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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141 of 150 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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85 of 85 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
58.2 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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