First of I really don't get it why so many people give this game a negative rating. What do you expect for €3,99? The next block buster Space Combat Shooter? Anyway, here's my, positive, review:
Beyond Space is one of those few games that actually suprised me in a very pleasant way. After seeing it on Steam and buying it during a promotion, I booted it up and expected, well, just one of those casual space games.
But, oh boy, Beyond Space had me there.
First, the art style (Graphics and the way things are presented on the screen) is just warm and nice to the eye. You instantly get the feeling that this game has been designed by people who have their own idea of a Space Combat Game. Which is kind of refreshing.
The ship models and basically all the other 3D thingies.., they're very rich and beautiful. This is also one of the few games with ships in the hangar that make me wonder: "Hmm, which one do I like more? They all look so cool!"
The sound and speech in this game are well done and really add to the story. For instance; the music in this game and the intro itself. Oh my, wow, just wonderful to listen to and to watch.
The controls are not that many, but respond just the way you would expect. fast and precise. I play this game with a game pad (Not the so much proclaimed X-Box Controller, But a genuine Windows PC Gamepad of a leading brand. X-Box Controllers where never meant to be used with Windows PC's. Do some historical research if you want to learn more about this topic), because I didn't like to play it with the keyboard/mouse and the X-52 Pro is a bit overkill for this game. (That's what I'm thinking anyway)
So far the only thing I didn't really understand, or kind of dislike, is the way missions are presented. At this moment, I've flown about 20 missions, all are just presented as a single, stand alone, map/level/mission. There's for some reason not really a feeling of "connection" between the seperate missions. As is with the games of "Eterium"/"Free Space" for instance. Maybe that's because you never really return to a flight deck or something similar. The mission just ends/fades out.
But, beside of that, Beyond Space is a very well made and welcome addition to any would be space fighter jockey.
You like Space Combat? You like setting up your ship and load out? Buy "Beyond Space"; you can't go wrong.