It is always interesting to see regular games get VR support. Owners of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift will be pleased with how Everspace got a nice VR upgrade this year. It is an excellent game in our opinion, as it goes to show space games can effectively work with VR. Having a six-degrees of freedom space shooter in VR is quite an interesting experience, Even though we liked it doesn’t mean everyone else will, though.
Everspace is a Great Game but not for Everyone
Having a space shooter with a background story that is compelling is not something we see all that often. Players of Everspace will learn more about their character as the game progresses. While the main focus of the game is on the shooting aspect, it is good to see the developers also pay attention to the narrative aspect. Additionally the game has a thorough crafting system to upgrade your ship and weapons, which is more than welcome.
One thing the game does quite well in punishing players for dying. More specifically, if you die in the game, you go back to the beginning, yet get to keep all of the upgrades you purchased. This also makes it rather punishing in the beginning, although the excellent controls should prevent most gamers from dying too quickly. Performing a proper barrel roll while cruising through space and shooting at enemies is incredibly fun, to say the least.
In the graphics department, Everspace has no competition whatsoever, This is by far the most gorgeous looking game we have come across. Perhaps it is the aspect of space itself which makes you think it looks more beautiful, yet rendering a planet and space debris is not as easy as you would think. It is also nice to glance outside of your ship’s cockpit during some of the more repetitive aspect of the gameplay. Waves of enemies only remain interesting for so long, unfortunately. It doesn’t get boring, though, but it seems none of the enemies has any unique traits whatsoever.
We had tons of fun playing Everspace, and the upgrades make the game rather interesting. There are many different combinations to try out, which is good to see. Everspace also has a hardcore mode for an even bigger challenge, although that may be too punishing for casual gamers. We never felt nauseous while playing the game and moving around in space, but your mileage may vary. All things considered, an excellent game, even with the US$30 price tag.
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