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Everspace Review

Have you ever been to space? Well, say no more.

Everspace is an action-packed single-player space shooter with roguelike elements and a non-linear storyline. It is set in a vast space and well-crafted universe with stunning visuals. But don’t let the scenery fool you. Though as jaw-dropping as it may seem, it also contains a lot of surprises and danger to make your journey even more challenging. Space exploration is also part of the game and lets you craft and scrap for weapons, armors, and ship upgrades that will further boost your survival as you explore and progress.

The goal of the game is for you to literally die (it has a permadeath feature), use the credits you scavenge for upgrades or purchase new ships to help you die less when you traverse stages or sectors of the game. Each run may take 1 to 2 hours depending on how you explore the space. Be it clearing each sector, going full sprint to the next sector, or just exploring the vast space.

Each sector runs differently. Even if you fail the last trial things will not be the same. The enemies and allies you encounter will also be different, making each run feel like a new start. A lot of optional challenges are also available if you want to earn more credits for upgrades.

Graphics

The stunning visuals are very mesmerizing, making them one of the strengths of Everspace. If you’re not in the mood for dogfights, you can also wander around in space before you jump on to the next sector. Just make sure not to mess with other space fighters.

With so many details on the screen, the game is GPU heavy and can make your system run hot. So better make sure your cooling system is sufficient enough not to overheat it.

Even in low settings, the game still looks fantastic. Everyone can enjoy the beauty of space in Everspace, whether they have a beefy rig or are just meeting the minimum requirements.

Minimum Requirements to run the game:

CPU:  Intel CPU Core i3 or AMD equivalent

RAM:  4 GB RAM

GPU:  Nvidia GTX 480 / AMD Radeon HD 5870

STORAGE: 8 GB available space

Recommended requirements to run the game:

CPU: Intel CPU Core i5 or AMD equivalent

RAM: 8 GB RAM

GPU: Nvidia GTX 770 / AMD Radeon R9 280x

STORAGE: 8 GB available space

Controls

Everspace is best played using mouse and keyboard as described in the game. But for those who are just starting to learn how to fly a spaceship, this might be a daunting task. Thankfully, the button mappings are noob-friendly and easy to memorize. Dodging those space bandits may be easy after all!

For those who are not fond of the keyboard and mouse combo, you can also use controllers such as Xbox 360/One Controller or even your PS4 controller. The HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are also supported in this game.

Conclusion

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Everspace is built on Unreal Engine 4, which is why it looks so stunning and amazing. There are moments where you just want to pause the game and click the ‘action shot’ option for that wallpaper worthy shot. But, if you are looking for a game with a linear storyline, Everspace may not provide it to you. Shoot, Kill, Craft and Build. Just don’t die early so you can collect thousands of credits for upgrades. The game is fun and just reaching the next sector can take away a couple of hours. But it can be repetitive at times since you’ll basically be doing the same thing every round. Although, with its good balance of graphics, sound design, and controls, Everspace offers you with an immersive gaming experience that lets you experience and enjoy flying through space.