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Jimbobslimbob
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12 Dec 2013 at 08:56
Over 6 years ago


#1

After hearing about this one from Greg and doing some talking to others and searching myself, I decided to head to Steam and see how much it was. It is currently in Alpha (like how KSP started out). Buying it now nets you future updates for free. Seeing this one up for grabs at a low-low price of £10, I could not resist. Using my "xmas money", I bought it.

From what I had seen and heard before purchase, it looked like a Kerbal Space Program/Evochron Mercenary/Garry's Mod/Minecraft-type thing - meaning pretty much all the games I love crammed into one.

So, what's the game actually like? I have played about 3 hours so far and absolutely love it! The graphics are really good and the physics are top-notch. Crashes and the like are really cool - metal gets twisted and broken with great effect. It is actually quite simple to get the hang of too. It's far simpler than KSP - you will be up and running in your first ship in no time.

As it stands, there is not much else to do at the moment (as it is only Alpha), but future updates promise multiplayer and various modes that make you scavenge for the raw materials required before you can build stuff. This holds much promise!

It's early days yet, but given what I have seen it's shaping up to be really good. Even now, it's a blast and I recommend it to anyone interested in this type of thing.

It comes with Steam Workshop integration - meaning you can download and share your contraptions with others (just like Garry's Mod). Multiplayer is already in the works, with dedicated, persistent servers. You can guarantee that when it's released, my server will be hosting one :-)!

Check out my gallery here to see some screenshots of my time with Space Engineers so far - including the Aliens Dropship I made :-)

It's also truly amazing what some people have built already with it. Searching youtube for related videos will explain. People have made the Enterprise, Star Destroyers, the Sulaco and loads loads more.

I will leave you with some truly amazing stuff that people have done:

A mining ship that attaches itself to an asteroid, mines and collects via a massive funnel
 
The Enterprise 
The Millennium Falcon
 
Sulaco 
Red Dwarf 

You can check out even more wonderful stuff on the workshop.

Maximus Avatar 
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12 Dec 2013 at 11:57
Over 6 years ago


#2

Looks really good might have to get it :-)

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13 Dec 2013 at 10:48
Over 6 years ago


#3

I highly recommend it... but it's very "Garrys Mod", so don't know if it's your cup o tea Maximus.

Last edited 13 Dec 2013 at 10:50.

Maximus Avatar 
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13 Dec 2013 at 14:29
Over 6 years ago


#4

Is it more Garys mod than KSP?



Jimbobslimbob Avatar 
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13 Dec 2013 at 17:01
Over 6 years ago


#5

It is probably 50/50 I reckon. 

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17 Dec 2013 at 09:56
Over 6 years ago


#6

Answering your question in this thread, to keep the other one clean, Maximus:
Originally posted by Maximus:
Got it not played it yet though that will be over Xmas

Though i would get it while it is cheap :-)

Cool - I will be interested to see what you think of it - and what wondrous creations you make :-)

Maximus Avatar 
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17 Dec 2013 at 10:46
Over 6 years ago


#7

Yes i will get on this over the holidays :-)

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19 Dec 2013 at 13:00
Over 6 years ago


#8

I never even really asked, Maximus: what did you think of your initial play? Did you like the physics and crashing? :-)

Maximus Avatar 
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19 Dec 2013 at 13:41
Over 6 years ago


#9

Didn't really crash but i liked the physics and the game will plug it a bit more over the weekend if i can

Jimbobslimbob Avatar 
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19 Dec 2013 at 14:30
Over 6 years ago


#10

Ah you gotta :-) Crashing two capital ships into each other is beautiful :-)

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3 Feb 2014 at 11:40
Over 6 years ago


#11

Had a crack at this with Greg on Friday and thoroughly enjoyed it. I intend to have a go at it at some point to become more familiar with the construction techniques used especially with the larger ships.

I do like the sandbox idea but currently it is just a little to directionless for long-term play. I think that it will be great fun when a few of us can go on the game with a common purpose.

All of this I am sure will be implemented with future updates at which point I look forward to getting stuck into it.

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4 Feb 2014 at 08:16
Over 6 years ago


#12

Yeah, this will be good I know it. Once the "survival mode" and stuff exists, it will be cool to start building up a space empire.

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