Early Access Review: Starsector
Written by Maiyannah Bishop and published on May 23, 2022.
Recommended: Starsector is deep and expansive sandbox which offers both a variety of things to do, and a great amount of customisation in how you do it. Moreover, it offers enough engaging depth and story beats to those whom want them that it doesn't want for a feeling of direction, which is a classic problem endemic of such sandbox games. Whether you want the woosh-bang-kapow funtimes of vaporizing enemies in space, a Masters of Orion-ish colonization sim, or just playing space trucker, it's all here - if you can plod past a poorly-constructed tutorial.
Review: NEO Scavenger
Written by Maiyannah Bishop and published on Mar 11, 2022.
Neutral: Much like the Glow, the ideas and dreams that NEO Scavenger might engender aren't going to be granted by the reality of the situation. It's a game that struggles against technical and design limitations, but, if you can find it on a sale and have a tolerance for clunky UIs, then underneath that façade there is a game with interesting writing and compelling enough survival mechanics that I can definitely see it being worth your while if you picked it up on a sale. Just don't expect it to set the world on fire.