Explore, trade, blow stuff up
At first play, FTL seems brutally hard. And it is. But as you delve into its joys, you're going to a stunningly addictive little game that just sucks you in and won't let go. It's a sort of sci-fi take on the rogue-like genre, taking elements of the original Rogue
and blending it with Star Trek
, Star Wars
and Firefly. The game is effectively a spaceship simulator, that allows you to command and control your very own ship and pilot it throughout the galaxy. You have to worry about pretty much everything on the ship, from giving crew orders, to routing power, targeting weapons, and everything in between. You'll embark on a wide range of missions, encounter strange alien life forms, and blast them into dust. The game is randomly generated every time you play, while there are plenty of customization options which allow you to tweak your ship and crew the way you want them. There's a range of alien species to encounter, each with their own technology to plunder, while this advanced edition contains new sectors to explore, new ships, races, weapons and more, so even if you've played the original, there's much to enjoy here. FTL really is a superb game. It can seem quite intimidating when you start and you will probably die a lot, but once you start figuring things out, it all becomes a lot more enjoyable. The visuals are simple enough but do their job well enough, while the range of options is extensive enough to allow to play how you want to. The missions are varied and fun, with a lot of strategic depth, so overall, if you want to explore the galaxy, this is a great way to do it.