Right of the bat I would like to point out that even though I´m not a huge fan “Minecraft” (it´s not my kind of game really). I still found a lot of gameplay value and joy in Cubical Drift´s open world block-based sci-fi RPG “Stellar Overload”. With that said, let me tell you why I enjoyed “Stellar Overload” so much. I´ll start with the graphical department first, as it plays a rather big role this game. Anyhow, as I was saying. The block based Unreal Engine 4 graphics look freaking awesome (I played and recorded the game on the highest settings possible). In fact, I´m quite sure that you could make some really beautiful paintings or 3D print models based on pictures from the world of “Stellar Overload” if you wanted to. Other than that, I think the graphics and designs are very nice and pleasant, because it truly feels like your inside of a block/voxel universe. And that has its own distinct charm for sure.
Other than that, I couldn´t help to think about “Minecraft” (build, create, explore and tons of adventure) “Animal Crossing” (the cuteness and the wildlife) and “Star Trek” (the sci-fi part) while playing “Stellar Overload”. And those vibes just got stronger the longer I played”Stellar Overload”. And even though I have only played an alpha version of the final product. I still understand what Cubical Drift is trying to achieve with their game (I have played the alpha build for about 10 hours now), as for here and now though. You can do tons of stuff in the latest alpha edition of “Stellar Overload”.
And that includes everything from building houses, flying around with jetpacks to blowing stuff up with rocket launchers. And if that´s not your kind of thing, then you can join quests instead. You are also free to explore the world around you as you please. A fair warning though, there are plenty of hostile environments and creatures waiting for you in “Stellar Overload”. So don´t get too cocky, as death lures around every stone and corner.
Luckily enough for me (and you) though, there are tons of weapons, items (you can pick up and use pretty much everything there is in the game) and helpful creatures (most NPC´s offers dialog options) to be found in “Stellar Overload” as well. And good thing that, since your going to need all the help, advice and tips you can get in order to stay alive. I would also like to mention that you have the ability to combine items and craft some really neat stuff too (an armor, for example). And if you ever wanted to become a miner, then you´re free to dig up and harvest whatever metals or minerals you might find. As there are tools that allows you to do that. Fun fact, I actually found a huge mineral cave within the planet which the alpha took place at. And that was a really cool experience, since I like minerals in real life.
I also realized that I could, in fact, create my own “Dungeon Keeper” realm in “Stellar Overload”. Well, at least if Cubical Drift plans to add minions and traps to the full version of their game. As no DK realm would be complete without those ingredients. Other than that, I managed to fall of the edge of the world (as seen in my gameplay video further down the page). And that little “incident” actually made me think about three things at once. “Discworld” (when Rincewind and Twoflower fall of the edge of their world), Ronnie James Dio (Black Sabbath´s song “Falling off the edge of the world”) and Iron Maiden (“Man on the edge”). So, yeah. You could say that I had a blast while I saw my digital life fly me by. I didn´t die though, because the world will only flip over when you stand on the edge of the world in “Stellar Overload”.
And that part alone is a really cool feature, in my opinion. So I´m quite excited over the fact that Cubical Drift intends to add vehicles, space travel and tons of other neat features to the full version of “Stellar Overload”. Sure, it´s hard to tell whether or not “Stellar Overload” will rock our socks off on release. As the alpha might be quite different from the final production (or the other way around, for good or bad). However, if Cubical Drift manages to create a complete product, that´s fun and full of adventure, exploration, quests, creativity and fantasy. Then they “might” have a “Minecraft” killer on their hands for sure.
+ Top notch graphics
+ Very fun to play (either alone, or with friends via internet/Lan)
+ You got tons of gameplay and replay value ahead of you
+ The building part is a game of it´s own with no doubt
+ It´s quite enjoyable to just explore the world of “Stellar Overload”
– More in-game content would be nice
– You will either hate or love the graphics
– Bugs and glitches
Robin “V-Act” Ek
The Gaming Ground
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