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FTL: Faster Than Light

FTL: Advanced Edition is an essential purchase at just £1.49

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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FTL: Advanced Edition, FTL: Faster Than Light, Humble Store, Subset Games

FTL: Advanced Edition is an essential purchase at just £1.49

The Humble Store are continuing their End of Summer Sale at the moment, but this is a highlight from the current crop that needs mentioning. If you have yet to buy this game, I suggest you go rectify that hideous fault right now. Seriously. I really doubt you'll find better value for money anywhere else, as FTL is a brilliant rogue-like that is as fun and rewarding as it is punishing. Just remember one bit of advice - leave the space spiders alone. Always. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!

Be sure to check out our FTL: Faster Than Light review for more details.

FTL: Faster Than Light - Advanced Edition now only £1.79 on Steam for the next two days

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Deals
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FTL: Faster Than Light, PC games, Strategy games

 

FTL: Faster Than Light - Advanced Edition now only £1.79 on Steam for the next two days

FTL: Faster Than Light - Advanced Edition now only £1.79 on Steam for the next two days. Click here to buy >>

FTL is brilliant, and the Advanced Edition makes it even more so, throwing in new alien races, events, weapons, playable ships, and drones. Moreover, there are also additional musical tracks by Ben Prunty, and events by Tom Jubert and guest writer Chris Avellone.

If you're still unconvinced, check out our glowing FTL: Faster Than Light Review. Cheers FantasyDeals!

FTL (Advanced Edition) £1.99 on The Humble Store

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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FTL: Faster Than Light, PC games, Strategy games

FTL (Advanced Edition) £1.99 on The Humble Store

FTL: Advanced EditionThe Humble Store | £1.99
FTL: Faster Than Light Review

It's only up for the next few hours at this price, but if you're yet to play the sublime FTL, now's your chance. The Humble Store has the Advanced Edition for under two quid currently, boasting new alien races, events, weapons, playable ships, and drones. Moreover, there are also additional musical tracks by Ben Prunty, and events by Tom Jubert and guest writer Chris Avellone.

There are a host of other discounted games still to be nabbed in the current flash deal too, including Dead Island GOTY and Trials Fusion. GO GO GO!!

Cancel Next-Gen, FTL Is Getting A Massive Free Expansion

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Expansion, FTL: Faster Than Light, iPad games, PC games, Subset Games

Penned By Chris Avellone (The Planescape Guy!)

We were all pretty excited about these new-fangled consoles, but it looks like we're going to be busy next year. Sorry.

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Trine 2: Complete Story, Mark of the Ninja, Eets Munchies, Brütal Legend, FTL: Faster Than Light, FEZ | Beat The Average | Humble Bundle | PC

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Brutal Legend, Eets Munchies, Fez, FTL: Faster Than Light, Humble Bundle, Indie Games, Mark of the Ninja, PC games, Trine 2: Complete Story

Trine 2: Complete Story, Mark of the Ninja, Eets Munchies, Brütal Legend, FTL: Faster Than Light, FEZ
Beat The Average | Humble Bundle
Trine 2 Review | Mark of the Ninja ReviewFTL Review | Fez Review

The folks at Humble Bundle are back doing what they do best once more: showcasing awesome indie games and giving us the chance to pay what we want for them.

For the Humble Indie Bundle 9, the games on offer are Trine 2: Complete Story, Mark of the Ninja, Eets Munchies, and Brütal Legend. However, beat the average and you'll nab yourselves the superlative FTL: Faster Than Light, and Fez.

What the hell are you waiting for? It's worth it for FTL alone. Or Mark of the Ninja. Or Trine 2. Or...actually, they're all pretty damn magnificent.

FTL: Faster Than Light | £3.20 | GOG | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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FTL: Faster Than Light, Indie Games, PC games, Subset Games

FTL: Faster Than Light | £3.20 | GOG | PC

FTL: Faster Than Light | GOG.com | £3.20 (Save Over £1.50)
FTL: Faster Than Light Review

GOG ran a cheaper price during their summer sale. You snooze, you lose, I suppose.

FTL: Faster Than Light | £2.67 | Subset Games | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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FTL: Faster Than Light, Indie Games, PC games, Subset Games
FTL: Faster Than Light | £2.67 | Subset Games | PC

FTL: Faster Than Light is a true space odyssey, a trek into the wild black yonder in search of adventure. You'll die a thousand deaths and fail a thousand times, but the randomised universe and deep, addictive gameplay made Subset Games' Kickstarted project a proper modern classic.

Subset Games are so keen for you to love and enjoy their wares that they've slashed the price down to £2.67, one of the cheapest deals we've yet seen. You'll get a DRM-free copy that's also redeemable on Steam (and all your money goes straight to the devs without Valve taking their cut), so basically get on this fast and hard. UPDATE: Credit to gamestraderjames at HotUKDeals, who found this before I did.

FTL: Faster Than Light | £3.49 | Steam | PC

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Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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FTL: Faster Than Light, Indie Games, PC games

FTL: Faster Than Light | £3.49 | Steam | PC

Become the Space Captain you've always wanted to be in this superb indie title. Explore the randomly generated areas while battling enemies and balancing your resources to make it through tough challenges. It can be hard as nails at times, but you won't be able to resist coming back for more. Don't forget to check out Matt's review for more details.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Indie Game

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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A Valley Without Wind, Best Indie Game 2012, Dear Esther, Defender's Quest, FTL: Faster Than Light, Game of the Year 2012, GOTY 2012, Hotline Miami, Lone Survivor, Thomas Was Alone, Torchlight II, Vessel

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Indie Game

Selecting the best indie game of 2012 is no easy task, and not just because there are so many fantastic titles to choose from. As independent and boutique gaming continues its meteoric rise, it's getting harder and harder to define what the word 'indie' really means. Is it one man in his bedroom or garage? A relatively large team with a multi-game deal from a major publisher? What was once an ostracised segment of games development has become a massive part of the mainstream market, and a force to be reckoned with over the coming years.

We've taken the decision to include Fez and Journey in 'Best Download/Marketplace Game', which went live earlier today, simply because the competition is more relevant in that category.

So, down to business... and Merry Christmas!
NB. Click on the thumbnails for price comparisons and the game's title for the relevant review where available.

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Description

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Indie Game

A Valley Without Wind

A Valley Without Wind is enormous, life-affirming and brilliant. Enormous randomised worlds, tight platforming gameplay and infinite scope for exploration made for an addictive indie classic.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Indie Game

Dear Esther

Though only a 'game' in the most tenuous of senses, this interactive oddity still gives us pause for thought and introspection. Dear Esther may be maddeningly surreal and abstract, but we'd urge you to give it a go.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Indie Game

Defender's Quest

One of the very first indie games of 2012 proved to be one of the very best. Defender's Quest managed to perfectly fuse RPG and tower defence mechanics into a gloriously compelling experience, which we're still dipping into eleven months after launch.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Indie Game

FTL: Faster Than Light

If you love roguelikes, space operas and always dreamt of being the one in the big chair saying "Make it so!" then this is the game for you. FTL is massively replayable, hugely rewarding and genuinely thrilling at times. Engage!

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Indie Game

Hotline Miami

Hotline Miami is a sleazy, shocking, often unpleasant and thoroughly worthwhile use of a few hours. Dennaton Games' "f*ck 'em up' is as compelling and exhilarating as it is brutally raw.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Indie Game

Lone Survivor

A one-man masterclass in effective survival horror design. Utterly tense, disturbing and unforgettable despite its two-dimensional trappings.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Indie Game

Thomas Was Alone

Thomas Was Alone is a bona fide indie masterpiece that reminds us that you don't need glitzy graphics to create relateable characters with meaningful depth. A minimalist triumph.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Indie Game

Torchlight II

Runic Games may have less than 40 developers on staff, but they delivered what is perhaps the best loot grinder since Diablo II. Practically perfect in every way.

Game Of The Year Awards 2012 | Best Indie Game

Vessel

A truly superior puzzler and one of 2012's most cruelly under-rated games. Massive quantity and exceptional quality made for a truly wonderful purchase, brought home with exquisite art direction and liquid modelling.

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Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Best Strategy Game 2012, Crusader Kings II, Defender's Quest, Endless Space, FTL: Faster Than Light, Game of the Year 2012, GOTY 2012, Orc Must Die 2, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

Whether you were a hardcore fighting fan, or a more casual gamer who simply liked the genre, 2012 was a good year for flying fists. Namco and Capcom were on fine form, with their supreme mashup serving up a union that fans had been hungering after for years, with Tecmo Koei and Reverge Labs also providing cracking tournament support. PSASBR and Anarchy Reigns gave us some high-octane brawler action this year. It's just a shame that Persona Arena didn't reach us in time, really.

NB. Click on the thumbnails for price comparisons and the game's title for the relevant review where available.

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Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

Crusader Kings 2

Crusader Kings II ws an utter delight. Criticised in some quarters for a lack of accessibility in their traditionally highly-beardy strategy titles, Paradox delivered a game with a lower entry point for no compromise o depth in CK2. Machiavellian dynasty-building was the order of the day, with a much greater emphasis placed on diplomacy, espionage, tactical wedlock and political intrigue. Kickstarting a family in the Middle Ages had never been so much fun, nor so deeply engrossing.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

Defender's Quest

Defender's Quest was magnificent. Like Puzzle Quest and Runespell: Overture before it, Level Up Labs' creation took an already-popular genre to glittering new heights while refusing to compromise on the core gameplay. An unexpected indie gem, DQ provided near-perfect tower-defence mechanics alongside a deep and compelling set of RPG features too.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

Endless Space

A sensational 4X title, Endless Space was absolutely epic in scope, but packed with dense, enjoyable features and boasted an intuitive, palatable GUI. Its infinitely customisable sandbox gave us plenty of toys and things to occupy your time, providing profound choice and variety at every gameplay level. As Douglas Adams said: "you just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is."

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

FTL: Faster Than Light

A bona fide Kickstarter success, FTL allowed us to take control of our own ship and live out our fantasies of become Captain Kirk/Picard/Reynolds/Hunt. In fact, the mod tools meant you could pilot the Enterprise, or Serenity if you really wanted. A little repetitive, and frequently punishing, FTL was nonetheless a genuinely thrilling, hugely rewarding, and deeply satisfying management sim. The bridge is yours, Captain.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

Orcs Must Die! 2

Orcs Must Die! 2 is the game Robot Entertainment wanted the original to be. More importantly, it's the game we all wanted it to be. Despite only nine months in development, this effortlessly superior sequel delivered addictive depth, massive content and sensational co-op multiplayer. Basically, Orcs Must Die! 2 was a must-buy if you had even the vaguest shred of interest in cooperative action, tower defence or RPGs.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best Strategy Game

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

XCOM: Enemy Unknown was a sensational game and a truly exquisite reboot. We fell in love with the series all over again, even as Firaxis blew the classic turn-based formula wide open for new players to consume and enjoy. Sid Meier and co. gave us the freedom to make many terrible choices over the course of countless non-linear campaigns, but the first one was simple: buy the damn thing!

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Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best New IP

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
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Best New IP 2012, Binary Domain, Dishonored, Dragon's Dogma, Endless Space, FTL: Faster Than Light, Game of the Year 2012, GOTY 2012, Journey, Sleeping Dogs, The Secret World, Vessel

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best New IP

We saw a number of franchises return this year, some older than others, with many taking risks to refresh and revitalise their good names. With the middle ground dissipating, and the current console cycle slowly entering its twilight years, it might have perhaps been understandable to worry a little over new IPs. Thankfully, once again, an indie sector blessed with even more ways of getting games in front of an audience delivered wholeheartedly.

And they weren't the only ones.

NB. Click on the thumbnails for price comparisons and the game's title for the relevant review where available.

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Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best New IP

Binary Domain

Like the very best mad scientists, Binary Domain proved incredibly entertaining, stuffed with smart ideas, and occasionally got things wrong. But the very fact that it tried to innovate in such a relatively lazy genre was worthy of applause. Boasting some incredible boss battles, slick gunplay, and a cracking story, Binary Domain threw off any Gears-clone tag it might have attracted and became a barnstorming title that married the best East and West had to offer.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best New IP

Dishonored

Dishonored did better than simply revive the stealth genre, it made us wonder why the hell it went away in the first place. Arkane delivered a blank canvas in Corvo Attano, with a commendably mature approach to player freedom that asked much of you, and delivered ultimate gameplay satisfaction in return. In Dunwall, we had one of the finest video game worlds of this generation. Nothing short of astonishing.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best New IP

Dragon's Dogma

It was broken in places, and Gransys was one of the more forgettable worlds we've seen from an RPG, but Dragon's Dogma was one hell of an endearing game. Breathtaking combat, an innovative Pawn mechanic, and deep customisation options made it a firm favourite in spite of its flaws. Plus, the opportunity to take down a hole bunch of mythical beasts made it all the sweeter. Refreshingly mature.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best New IP

Endless Space

A sensational 4X title, Endless Space was absolutely epic in scope, but packed with dense, enjoyable features and boasted an intuitive, palatable GUI. Its infinitely customisable sandbox gave us plenty of toys and things to occupy your time, providing profound choice and variety at every gameplay level. As Douglas Adams said: "you just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is."

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best New IP

FTL: Faster Than Light

A bona fide Kickstarter success, FTL allowed us to take control of our own ship and live out our fantasies of become Captain Kirk/Picard/Reynolds/Hunt. In fact, the mod tools meant you could pilot the Enterprise, or Serenity if you really wanted. A little repetitive, and frequently punishing, FTL was nonetheless genuinely thrilling, hugely rewarding, and deeply satisfying.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best New IP

Journey

Gloriously life-affirming, utterly transcendental, Journey was one of those few games that not only provided a thoroughly unique experience, but also deeply personal one too. It didn't matter whether or not you considered it art, or even if you defined it as a "game", one thing was for sure: it was absolutely unmissable.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best New IP

Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs was this year's little-big game that could. Dropped by Activision whilst it was still True Crime: Hong Kong, Square Enix snapped it up after a year in the wilderness and dropped it over the summer. Wei Shen's adventures provided the perfect antidote to the traditional sunny lull. Perfectly sized, utterly OTT, United Front Games refused to take themselves too seriously, instead providing an immaculately balanced open world game, stuffed with things to do, and supported with a near endless stream of cracking DLC.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best New IP

The Secret World

Funcom's loyalty to an archaic subscription model might have proven unwise, but that shouldn't take away from the fact that The Secret World was an outstanding game. Smart scripting, hugely imaginative world-building, cracking combat, and compelling content made TSW an attractive prospect...until you factored in the system requirements and the monthly payments, and a little game called Guild Wars 2.

Game of the Year Awards 2012 | Best New IP

Vessel

Vessel was a truly superior puzzler and one of 2012's biggest indie hitters. Boasting quality, quantity, innovation, and impressive competence abound, as StrangeLoop provided one of the finest puzzlers we've seen since the original Portal emerged from Valve's vaults.

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Game Of The Year 2012 | Staff Highlights - Carl Phillips

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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FTL: Faster Than Light, Game of the Year 2012, GOTY 2012, Guild Wars 2, Planetside 2, Resistance: Burning Skies, Staff Picks 2012, Star Citizen, WildStar

Game Of The Year 2012 | Staff Highlights - Carl Phillips

Despite there being a number of games I enjoyed last year, and the fact it ended on a personal high with Skyrim (catching fish with your hands, yo) overall 2011 didn't excite me in the way I had hoped. So with 2012 on the horizon I was a little worried that after the initial releases in the spring I was going to be left with a similar feeling of apathy overall. Thankfully, I was so very, very wrong. Phenomenal games of a Triple-A nature all the way to the boutique titles have been some of the best I have played in several years, and 2012 also saw the emergence of a new wave of MMO titles that, while faring differently on the scales of success, tried to mix up the conventions we had become used to with the genre.

So as such I must admit that this has been the hardest personal Game Of The Year article I have had to write for Dealspwn. Shooters, RPGs, MMOs, Adventure and Strategy titles have all vied for my attention over the last twelve months, and even with this article submitted, and now posted, I am having second thoughts on my final picks as there were many that were in contention. Seriously, it feels like I've betrayed a love one.

No matter. The deed is done and my decisions are set in virtual stone, so let's get this show on the road.

Game Of The Year | Guild Wars 2

Game Of The Year 2012 | Staff Highlights - Carl Phillips

I'm so sorry Borderlands 2. Despite the fact Handsome Jack was quite clearly the best character of the year you just fell short. And to you XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Your re-imagining of one of the toughest stategy titles ever made was nothing short of brilliant, but you just missed out on my top spot. The Walking Dead was there as well, a master class in interactive entertainment as we fought to protect dear Clementine, nipping at my indecisive heels but ultimately didn't make the cut. This is because in the end, I realised that one game has had me enthralled throughout most of 2012 (and some of '11) and continues to do so now - that game is Guild Wars 2.

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FTL: Faster Than Light | £3.72 | Subset Games | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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FTL: Faster Than Light, Indie Games, PC games, Subset Games
FTL: Faster Than Light | £3.72 | Subset Games | PC

FTL: Faster Than Light is a true space odyssey, a trek into the wild black yonder in search of adventure. You'll die a thousand deaths and fail a thousand times, but the randomised universe and deep, addictive gameplay made Subset Games' Kickstarted project a proper modern classic.

Subset Games are so keen for you to love and enjoy their wares that they've slashed the price down to £3.72. You'll get a DRM-free copy that's also redeemable on Steam, so basically, get on this fast and hard.

PWNCAST | Season 2: Episode 1 – Borderlight & Torchlands

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Borderlands 2, FTL: Faster Than Light, Guild Wars 2, Mark of the Ninja, PES 2013, Podcast, PWNCAST, Torchlight 2

PWNCAST | Season 2: Episode 1 – Borderlight & Torchlands

The PWNCAST returns! All hail to the PWNCAST! As you may or may not have released yesterday this season is going to be a little bit different. We'll still be running a regular podcast every Sunday where we discuss what we've been playing, wider gaming topics, loves, hates, pet peeves and joyous delights, but our critical shredding of the weekly news will now take place on Saturdays in the freshly relaunched Game Buzz.

Silly season is upon us, where blockbuster games start flying onto shelves left, right, and centre. This week we've been playing a lot of gorgeous-looking, multiplayer-friendly, loot-hoarding timesinks. Everyone was a little worried just a few months ago at how many titles had been pushed back into 2013. But fret not, dear listeners, we're in for a cracking Autumn.

PWNCAST | Season 2: Episode 1, Recorded: September 22nd, 2012

Some of the things that get covered this week:

  • Carl delivers the most comprehensive final verdict on Guild Wars 2
  • We discuss how Runic have done what Blizzard could not
  • Why Diablo III is now completely redundant
  • Which platform is best for Borderlands 2
  • Which class is best for Borderlands 2
  • Why you need FTL in your life
  • PES is back!

...and much, much more.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be quite a few instances of strong language.

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FTL: Faster Than Light Review | Star Trekking

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
FTL: Faster Than Light, Indie Games, Kickstarter, PC games, Roguelike, Space sims, Strategy games, Subset Games

Platforms: PC

Developers: Subset Games

Publishers: Subset Games

It's not long after the Dealspwn Buzzard sets off on her maiden voyage, manned with a crew of three, that she encounters some difficulties. The final frontier is a dangerous place and, with a rebel horde on her tail, the Buzzard comes across a number of hostile scouting ships. One of them causes a hull breach and a savage fire in the medi bay even as the Buzzard's defence systems are taken offline. As I'm desperately trying to get more juice out off the engine to make ready for a jump to lightspeed, and Jon is feverishly trying to fix the shield generator, we are forced to flush Carl out of an airlock to save the ship from being consumed by fire. It's a tough decision that leaves us woefully under-staffed...but alive and still on course.

In FTL, though, no matter how many times you've played through the game, you never know what's around the next corner. The map indicates a distress signal coming from a nearby star system; we don't have the men to help out, but maybe, just maybe, there'll be something worth salvaging, or at least another hand on deck that we might add. Of course, in the words of Admiral Ackbar, it's a trap. The Mantis ship overruns our shields even as I dispatch Jon to the engine room to boost our chances of making a run for it. A missile attack damages the O2 systems, and I'm forced to abandon the helm to fix it before we both die. With salvation in sight, and the O2 fixed all that is required is to get back to the bridge and punch it.

FTL: Faster Than Light Review | Star Trekking

Then the ring of a teleporter sounds, two soldiers beam onboard and finish me off swiftly. It's up to Jon to get the Buzzard out of here. Moments before a final blow, he makes the jump to the safety of a neighbouring system. Sadly, having proceeded to wreck the weapons systems and sensor array, the soldiers ambush him on the way to the medi bay, and his only reward for escape is a swift demise. The Buzzard is finished. Click here to read more...