A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Standard space opera storytelling focused on fairly clear good-vs-evil scenarios. Running themes include survival, loyalty, and friendship.
Positive Role Models
The player's character, Adam, is essentially a mercenary pilot-for-hire who answers himself. That said, he shows interest in helping his friends and folks in need, as well as taking the initiative to battle bad guys just because it's the right thing to do.
The main character is a white man, with important secondary characters including men and women with varying skin tones that suggest Black, European, Asian, and South Asian heritage.
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Ease of Play
In-game tutorials lead players through the basics of navigation, combat, inventory, and crafting, but players will need to experiment and practice to become proficient pilots and fully understand and exploit available systems. Space battles can be challenging, but players can choose whether to use a keyboard and mouse or traditional gamepad.
Violence & Scariness
Play revolves around space combat, with ships exploding in balls of flame that leave wreckage behind. Battles involve no blood or gore, but players will see still images of characters who have been wounded, with blood seeping through their bandages.
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Dialogue contains occasional mild profanity, including the words "damn," "hell," and "ass."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Everspace 2 is a space-based action role-playing game for Windows PCs, Xbox Series S/X, and PlayStation 5. It focuses on a clone named Adam who gets by as a pilot-for-hire. Working with a gradually expanding group of allies that includes men and women with varying skin tones, he takes on missions that see him flying across the galaxy fighting gangs, helping folks in need, and collecting loot used to improve his ship. Combat is frequent and pilots die as their ships explode and burst into flames, but no bodies or gore are shown -- though players will see a bit of blood on wounded characters in non-interactive story sequences. Parents should also note that dialogue contains some mild profanity, including words like "damn" and "hell."
Is It Any Good?
If you've ever wanted to play a retro space shooter that uses a Diablo-like loot and inventory system with glossy graphics, then this is the game for you. Everspace 2 throws players into pulpy space combat from the word go, providing intuitive and forgiving piloting and firing controls that let you feel like an ace dogfighter within minutes. You'll tear through foes with lasers, missiles, and other sci-fi guns, gradually learning to switch between weapons that are more effective against different types of enemies and armors while keeping an eye peeled for resources and salvage that you can pull in and capture with your mini tractor beam. This is where the classic action-RPG (role-playing game) elements come in, as you hungrily search for rarer items and begin to create custom modules to slot into your ship, slowly building a craft of your own design that handles and fights just how you want.
The cherry on top is how pretty it all looks. As you slowly modify your fighter, applying custom paints and a variety of aesthetic alterations, you're bound to fall in love with your shiny little ship. You'll marvel not only at your iron eagle but also the stunning galaxy in which it operates. Star systems are filled with colorful, hulking planets and detailed space debris, with distant stars and nebulae providing a jaw-dropping background. It's a shame the narrative scenes, composed largely of underwhelming painted stills, can't quite match the action sequences, but one supposes the folks at Rockfish Games had to leave something to improve upon for the next game. In the meantime, Everspace 2 delivers a rollicking sci-fi adventure that's hard to resist.
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