Avorion: 2017 – A Space Opera
What would happen if X2 had a love triangle with Space Engineers and Starmade? Avorion, that’s what!
Ok, so that first metaphor isn’t an image that everyone will appreciate, but hang in there. Avorion is an ambitious project that uses procedural generation to great effect. Developed by Boxelware, currently a team of 3 people, a significant amount of work has already gone into Avorion. There is even a modding community that the devs are actively working to encourage and expand!
The reason I mentioned X2 when describing Avorion is because the game already features an extensive and complex economy, reminiscent of the X series of games. Building stations, and even your own fleet of ships, is an integral part of the game, you don’t have to, but it can help. When I say building, I mean building; resizable blocks of varying shapes provide a powerful platform to get started. You can make some pretty amazing designs, as in any building game, your imagination (and patience) is the limit!
I would be lying if I said that Avorion has not eaten a good portion of my life lately, that’s not to say it’s perfect, nothing is, it is very addictive however. There are a fair amount of annoyances and issues, but that’s par of the course for early access titles. Some of the missions feel like they’re used simply to keep you playing longer (*cough* Operation Exodus *cough*). There’s a few bugs but I’m yet to find anything game-breaking. Overall though, they are nothing but minor irritations.
As you might expect, there is resource collection. The resources vary in strength and weight but generally you’re constantly upgrading. Weapons and system upgrades are a big thing and both scale from petty all the way to legendary and cover a huge array of possibilities. While you can play singleplayer, multiplayer is also an option. Building a fleet with your friends? That’s something special. Diplomacy with factions is mostly leveraged using the old adage of “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”, unless you’re a pirate, then everyone is likely to hate you.
For £13.59 on Steam ($16.89 approximately) it’s quite a bargain, whether you plan to play it on your own or with friends, it’s a great game with huge potential and an ambitious scale. There’s even a rough story, imagine that! I would recommend Avorion for fans of 4x and space sandbox alike. Have you tried it? What do you think of it?