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FTL: Faster Than Light [Online Game Code]
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2013
Platform for Display: PC DownloadEdition: SteamVerified Purchase
The story line is vivid and creative, I've never gotten bored reading the text. I feel invested in the choices I make, and the outcomes of conversations are often changed by how you react, what crew you bring with you, and very often what pieces of equipment you've found or purchased along the way.

Plenty of ways to play the game, too. You can fire large volleys of lasers at your enemy, burn or suffocate the enemy crew with beam weapons that cut across multiple rooms of their ship, let your automatic droids over power the enemy without you lifting a finger, or sent in your crew for hand to hand combat and pick their ship clean of resources.

Never let your guard down though, because the enemy will surprise you and do this to you too. Expect to die in deep space a few time before you make it to the end. But don't let that get you down, I had just as much fun losing as I did winning. I have played through many times and still get caught off guard occasionally, which is a good thing, it keeps the game fresh and gives it tons of replay value.

You can't rely on "finding the instant win button," because it doesn't exist. I prefer certain types of strategies, but the player is at the mercy of what he can find at the randomly placed stores he finds, and what is salvageable among the wreckage of the enemies he crushes. You are often forced to change your plan of attack between each play through and adapt to what you may not have been expecting to find in deep space.

Lots of customization among the 18 layout of the 9 ships.

Soundtrack fit perfectly with the space theme, masterfully composed.

10/10, Would (and have) recommend to all my friends.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2013
Platform for Display: PC DownloadEdition: SteamVerified Purchase
While seemingly simple and somewhat plain looking, this may be one of the best RPGs in years. Yups, I said it BEST... in years!!!

First off let me give ya a rundown of the game:
You control a spaceship. You are on the run from an advancing enemy army. You must improve and manage your ship to defeat anyone who stands in your path. You can: board enemy ships or decimate enemy ships with missiles or with lasers or with robotic drones or cloak and avoid enemy fire or etc... etc.

While the graphics are not super impressive, they are super functional. It's almost as if the creators of this game figured out the the mathematical equation of how to minimize the HUD while still showing you everything you would ever need to manage a starship. It's stunningly hard and stunningly addictive as a result. Even on easy this game is hard. But... BUT... as a result of the great gameplay, the game is almost perfect.

I, without even realizing it, have already sunk nearly thirty hours into the game. And every time I play it, I still love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2014
Platform for Display: PC DownloadEdition: SteamVerified Purchase
This is one of the best roguelikes i've ever played. It's a great space adventure that puts you in varius situation with each FTL Jump. You've got to make tough decisions and some of the restults are often random but it's extremely satisfying. Although I haven't competed the game it's still a heck of a lot of fun to play. This game isn't easy and you will die and have to restart but it's worth it for the journey. FTL is a great game and I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2014
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Despite the relatively simple mechanics of the game it is extremely fun and very in depth in it's various strategies. It is also very challenging. I played many hours and have yet to complete a full game (that final boss is a MONSTER).
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on March 19, 2015
Platform for Display: PC DownloadEdition: Steam
FTL launched a slew of immitators, but make no mistake: It is the original, and the best, game in the genre it defined. That genre is pixelated anomalies. FTL is a top-down, ship management strategy game in which you are the crew of a ship on a mission to save the Federation. Each level is a beacon, at which you can chose what to do from a few actions. Often, you will encounter an unfriendly ship, typically pirates or the rebels who seek to destroy your federation. You must manage your crew, power, and weapons system in strategic combat to overcome the enemy, or otherwise survive the encounter long enough to escape to the next beacon, all leading you to a final battle. Upgrading your ship along the way is a necessity, as the final battle will push you to the limit.

Multiple playthroughs unlock new ships like the Mantis Cruiser, a ship which relies more on boarding parties than cannons, to the Rock Cruiser which seeks to overcome enemies with brute force, to the Stealth Ship-- which has no shield system at first, but relies on a cloaking device for combat survival. If you love Star Trek style strategy, this smaller scale game will give you hours of entertainment.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2013
Platform for Display: PC DownloadEdition: Steam
FTL can be considered a game of many genre's, but I prefer to think of it as game of chance. I will get into what I mean by this later, but needless to say if you HATE games that take some of the control on winning or losing from you, don't purchase this game.

A quick description of the game would be: You are a ship trying to go from one end of the galaxy to the other to deliever a report on a Genocidal enemy fleet. Exploring planets and bases in each Solar system as you move forward can lead to fights or random encounters, which can be a blessing or a curse, pending your supplies and health. You can only explore each solar system for so long, as a massive enemy fleet that will destroy you in moments arrives in each solar system you jump to, to kill you. As you travel, you can gain new crew members, from different species that can drastically change your ships survivability. As you progress, the threat of death at your heels, and unknown doom every planet you explore, makes for one of the most exciting games you could ever play.

FTL has to be one of the most enjoyable games I have played in years. Even when dying, you learn so much in each game, that you are happy to hit new game and start again. Rarely did I get frustrated with the game, even when it seemed stacked against me, because there are so many incentives the game gives you to replay. You don't have to beat the game to unlock new ships, or races to play as; you only have to obtain achievements for new content. Simply, you don't have to reach the end to have a new experience with the game. While nothing else carries over (money and such) the games system allows you to never feel like it was all for naught, and is a driving point for me to keep playing.
The battle system is fun, with multiple tactics to employe, you can either bludgeon the ships health to death with superior firepower, fight conservatively knowing where to hit, keeping them in a constant state of panic as their crew dies from a variety of ways, or board the enemy ship and slaughter the crew one on one. Even the most unfair seeming fights can be won when interchanging your tactics, making the reward so much sweeter as you beat a vastly superior ship.
The open space, the random encounters, can be overwhelming, or haunting at times. It always seems like you discover one more thing, or face an encounter in a brand new way because of one miniscule variable that changes the game drastically. The general ambiance is just amazing, with mystery, fear, and uncertainty gripping your attention.

What I opened with about FTL being a gambling game more than anything else, is that the games random generation of events can make the game feel like it personally hates you. To begin, you can get stuck fighting battle after battle, with nothing to heal you until you hit the end of a solar system. While you might find this frustrating your first few games (if you are getting unlucky) it always makes me want to play one more game. Its like playing slots or blackjack, you know you are just a game away from a giant payout. The involvement that FTL makes you take with each new game, makes the excitement restart every time, one that I can't get from any other game when replaying it. Suffice to say, purchase FTL, unless the idea of getting screwed by the hand dealt to you is unbearable, you won't regret it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2013
Platform for Display: PC DownloadEdition: SteamVerified Purchase
It's tough at first, but oh, so rewarding once you get the feel and start battling your way through space like a true starship commander!

The game goes far beyond my expectations and makes you really feel connected to the fandom and lore. I'd like to see FTL legos and trading cards!

It's a rogue-like in a sense, meaning you have 1 life per game/round, but it feels like the perfect gameplay point for this title. It makes your high scores brag-worthier, your medals shinier, and your achievements prouder.

For those who like to mod their games... this game is PERFECT. There are tons of mods out there, even specific ones for other fandoms like Star Trek, Star Wars, and even Mass Effect!

I recommend this to anyone who likes strategy with PLENTY of action. It gets very fast-paced as you move on, and this game is far more fluid than traditional strategy games. Think of it as a Space Opera Strategy Shooter.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2013
Platform for Display: PC DownloadEdition: Steam
A simple, but challenging game about managing your own startship through multiple crises. You'll never have so much fun putting out fires. If you hate micromanagement in video games FTL will make you rethink this.

A lot of fun when found at a good price. Wait for a good sale.
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on March 6, 2015
Platform for Display: PC DownloadEdition: SteamVerified Purchase
Easy Mode is NOT easy! I can only imagine what normal and hard mode are like. The game is quite fun, but very frustrating that I can't beat the Flagship on easy. I'm not asking to be able to win on the first couple runs through, but after a few dozen games, getting to the Flagship maybe 20% of the time and losing every time you get there is pretty frustrating. Def not easy.
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on June 30, 2014
Platform for Display: PC DownloadEdition: Steam
Hey why buy the game when you can win it free in this contest! [...]
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