Hello folks. I recently got me a new indie game and I'd like to recommend it to you.
"In the year 2299, an interstellar war rages on. In a bid to save Earth from destruction, you must take control of the Strike Suit – a revolutionary fighter craft with the ability to transform into a lethal suit of space armor."
That's quote from Steam.
Now, what this game is - it's a space combat simulator. In the future mankind went out to space and established colonies on other planets, but now these colonies wage war on their home planet. You play as a fighter pilot in Earth space forces and your efforts will change the global space war.
Well, there are more to the story, but what would be the fun of telling you that? Let's talk about the aspects of the game and why you should pick it up. This is an indie game... I believe they finished it by getting help from Kickstarter... and it is a mix of fast-paced action and hardcore space-sim. And the mix is quite literal, cause of the ship you get for most missions.
While you will have the chance to pilot both simple fighter and bomber spacecrafts, this is the main ship of the game: Strike Suit Zero is the latest prototype that is given to you and only you. The thing about this ship is the transformation ability. In pursuit mode it looks and feels like a normal space fighter ship. But while in that form it gathers up energy which is used to transform to and maintain the strike mode where it looks like giant robot and gains improved targeting and damage. While in pursuit mode you cannot stop - only slow down, in strike mode you loose forward thrust, but gain the ability to strafe. Both modes feel very differently and you have to master them both to win.
And winning here is hard. Space-sims tend to be really easy or really hard and this one is kinda in-between while leaning in the hard side. Most of the time, if you know what you are doing, you won't have too much problems, but at some point of the game... you will cry in frustration of having to reload from the same checkpoint for the 20th time. You may add to that optional tasks which you have to complete in each mission to get more armor/shields/energy/etc which can also be very hard. So, I can't really recommend this game for casual gamers - it may be too much for them. But those who like a challenge - they will appreciate the difficulty. I mean, we are in a war here!
And it does feel like a war which is fought with great many ships. Whatever you do - it is impossible to survive if you separate from your group for that mission. Interceptors fighting alongside you do almost as much damage to enemy as you and without protecting bomber squadron you will have no chance of destroying enemy capital ships. And when capital ships from both sides warp in and start shooting ion beams at each other... well, you have to see and feel it.
The game is solid and has good graphics and sounds. Controls are okay too - they will take some time to get used to, but they are not too hard to master. But, interestingly enough, for me what made me get this game... was it resembling Homeworld. If none of you remembers Homeworld... well, that sucks. When it came out it was revolutionary space real-time strategy and it is still a very good game. And, while having totally different genre and even settings, these games feel kinda similar.
First of all - traces left after fighter ships. This is seriously what made me take a second look at the screens and to actually look for info about the game. Second - in this game they have AI similar to what we had in Homeworld mothership. Third - ion cannons, giant lasers ripping through space. Fourth - some music in this game has the same feel as Homeworld music. And fifth - backgrounds are as breathtaking and epic as there, which you can see on the screen above. So I am pretty sure, while the creators of the game had many sources of inspiration, Homeworld was also a major one.
Well, no mater if you knew that other game or not. Strike Suit Zero is a very good game - exceptionally so for indie game - and I would honestly recommend it. Maybe even as one of the best space-sim of last few years.