Rebel Galaxy ReviewDustin Hill
From the minds of Travis Baldree and Erich Schaefer - who have collectively worked on Diablo, Diablo II, the Torchlight series and Hellgate: London - comes something, completely different. An action space-adventure in a massive galaxy based on naval ship-to-ship combat called Rebel Galaxy.
The story starts as you take the role of a genderless, voiceless protagonist who has received a distressed note from your long-lost aunt who wishes to meet with you about something serious. After taking your weak ship to meet with a contact, rather than your aunt, you're granted an incredibly old AI that needs her memory restored in exchange for excellent upgrades to your ship. It sounds random and while Rebel Galaxy does use its share of tropes, they come together in an unobtrusive manner than enhances the gameplay. Even your characters lack of voice and gender isnt so bad when contrasted against the fine voice actors and character models.
From the very beginning of the game, you have access to an entire galaxy. There are trading posts with their own economy, all the missions you could possibly want and a slew of beautifully rendered ice-fields, brightly colored suns and wonderful nebulae. This is a fully realized world but, you are not the powerful hero until much later. The galaxy is a dangerous place that will not hesitate to remind you that you are a small fish in the beginning, via many deaths if you bite off more than you can chew.
Rebel Galaxy features several factions across several solar systems. Events are generated as you travel through each solar system and a working economy that adjusts availability and cost of goods based on generated events at each star port. Some, or any goods, may not be available while a space-station is under siege by a pirate faction. You can take advantage of this to sell high, then free the station and have regular access to goods again.
You can also be a pirate, a mercenary or a smuggler and raise your reputation with separate guilds that may come into conflict with each other. Trick out your ship to be a merchant's dream or a tower of guns and missiles.
Featuring a hybrid of blues and rock on the soundtrack, Rebel Galaxy has a science fiction, old-western feel that adds a lot to the immersion. Youre able to change or add tracks if you don't care for a blues / country / old west using a music manager built in the launcher for the game. In fact, you can replace every music track with whatever style is on your computer.
Rebel Galaxy is, at its core, an action space-adventure that wants to deliver a fresh rush of excitement for every mission you take. With this in mind, you can take the same mission type (cargo delivery, escort, elimination etc.) several times in a row and get a significantly different experience from anything you've found previously. Thirty hours in and I've done many more generated missions than story missions in an effort to buy larger, and more powerful ships in what should feel like a grind, but instead feels exciting.
While perhaps not a AAA space-sim, everything in this game is above average reaching towards greatness. After playing for just an hour or two, its easy to see the passion, time and excellence that its creators have put into this title. For just twenty dollars youll get more than you normally would with a sixty-dollar title.
So pick up Rebel Galaxy and enjoy your own sandbox space-adventure with elements of procedural generation to a killer soundtrack.
Rebel Galaxy Home Site - http://rebel-galaxy.com/
Steam Link - http://store.steampowered.com/app/290300/
Soundtrack list - http://rebel-galaxy.com/the-rebel-galaxy-soundtrack/
Spotify playlist - https://play.spotify.com/user/1211204907/playlist/3pNqrKSsoZyQ9u5BhLkBNc
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