Astroneer is a game I’ve been watching for some time. It’s a very colourful game with an uncommon unique art style, and is very far in development considering it’s still in Early Access. It’s developed and published by System Era Softworks, and at the time of writing has an 86% very positive rating on Steam with over 21 thousand reviews. Astroneer is also available on XBOX as well, and players on both platforms can play in the same game. As it’s not a twitch-shooter it’s a game that can be successfully played this way.
One of the first things that impressed me about this open world sandbox release was how huge the world is; especially considering it is an indie game. Additionally, despite being very appealing to the eye, it doesn’t require an overly powerful GPU, so a lot of systems can enjoy its full beauty. The processor and RAM requirements are also quite low, so it’s a game that manages to cram a lot into a small set of requirements.
The story is not very complex, it is just a simple gold rush idea, but implemented on planets instead. These planets are automatically generated, and on every planet you can find elements needed to create your own vehicles that can take you to new planets. Once you land in these gold mines, you can reshape the terrain itself. The developers are pretty excited about this feature, and they point it out as one of the most exciting parts of the game.
After watching a few gameplay videos, it’s becomes pretty clear pretty fast that the devs have lavished a lot of love on this game. The game has a day/night cycle – there is a flashlight to help you, which makes for some nice visuals when playing. In your adventure, you will encounter many different surroundings, as this game consists of many planets (and, apparently, moons) that are all there for you to explore. In third person perspective, your goal is to guide your little spaceman to ensure his survival. Your friends can join too, as this game offers a multiplayer option. Up to 4 players can play together at once, which is pretty cool.
On the other hand, if you were not a fan of physics and chemistry in school, you might dislike the exploration part a little bit, as there are many terms that will be familiar to you exactly from these classes. Copper, aluminium, hydrazine and many more, all have their use in this atmospheric crafting game. Still, a little extra knowledge never hurt anyone, so it’s not really a reason not to play the game.
Astroneer has had some big updates recently, and according to their store page more are in the works. It’s also just concluded a 20% discount sale (likely to be the lowest price the game will be at during Early Access according to the devs). I like a dev team that knows the value of their game.
There is a special version of the game that includes the original soundtrack. If anyone buys Astroneer with the soundtrack addition, make sure to let me know if it was worth it 😉
Astroneer is on Steam here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/361420/ASTRONEER/