With winter in full swing and plenty of snow within the final week, I haven’t had the will or must be exterior a lot besides to shovel a number of instances. It was a superb alternative for me to settle in entrance of my pc and take a stab at IXION, a galactic city-building sport from Bulwark Studios. Honestly, I don’t have a lot expertise with area video games. I’m an enormous Star Wars fan however exterior of that franchise, I can’t say I’ve ever gravitated towards area stations and constructing an ecosystem among the many planets. The final builder sport I performed was LEGO® Bricktales and I actually loved the sandbox-style challenges. However IXION … now that could be a complete new stage of constructing.
Taking up the place of Administrator of the Tiqqun, a prototype area station, I used to be given the accountability of efficiently engineering a fancy infrastructure that’s practical and sustainable, particularly in terms of sources and staff. Whereas making an attempt to create a brand new area for people and determining a long-term answer is essential, this may solely be accomplished via analysis and administration; which I quickly discovered to be time-consuming duties. Moreover, there wasn’t a lot steering offered when duties have been thrown at me and I needed to begin determining the complexity of my work. There are a lot of working components that every one gel harmoniously, however the studying curve in the beginning of the sport was a bit irritating.
As is the case with any new factor, it takes time to adapt and totally perceive how issues operate. This being mentioned, even as soon as I began to develop an understanding of IXION‘s mechanics with respect to mining sources, growing buildings, and making certain my inhabitants was completely satisfied, engaging in these duties nonetheless felt tedious. I discovered that my sources would decline quicker than I anticipated, one thing that shortly began to impression the well-being of my area colony. My staff quickly turned overworked and that resulted in declining morale and happiness. As this occurred, it turned unimaginable to regain any momentum that I had in the beginning. That is partly on account of there being restricted time to finish missions and both I don’t have the smarts to grasp correctly handle an ecosystem like this or IXION wants a greater administration system. Maybe completely different gameplay modes corresponding to a sandbox mode the place gamers can have limitless sources and develop expertise with out feeling pressured and overwhelmed can be a delicate approach of giving newbies a preventing probability.
IXION’s gameplay truthfully isn’t troublesome to select up, it’s simply infuriating. Buildings consistently must be fastened and this doesn’t really feel practical in any respect. For those who’re going to construct a construction it ought to have, effectively, construction and sturdiness. On high of that, the area station itself is continually getting broken, which in flip impacts its buildings and sectors, to not point out the folks, and the sources aboard. When one factor goes fallacious, every little thing goes fallacious. This creates a irritating chain of occasions, which in my view, shouldn’t be occurring. I feel there’s quite a lot of clunky gameplay that must be addressed by the builders to enhance the expertise for gamers.
My expertise with IXION wasn’t all doom and gloom. I’ll say that the story is intriguing, the soundtrack is gorgeous, and the voice actors are glorious. Great execution in all these areas is one thing that originally gave me hope. Whereas all these options helped to redeem the sport considerably, general this was not my cup of tea. Once I play a sport I wish to escape into one other world and benefit from the ambiance, (or a minimum of really feel immersed in it,) however IXION left me feeling overwhelmed and burdened. Whereas I wouldn’t personally suggest this sport, possibly you’re somebody who desires a problem and thrives in circumstances the place it’s important to carry out tedious duties so as to protect the human race. If that’s you, then try the sport on Steam. I’ll be busy laboring once I’m truly on responsibility for work hours, not whereas I’m busy taking part in a videogame.
- Gameplay – 4/10
- Plot / Writing – 7/10
- Design / Visuals – 7/10
Professionals + Beautiful narrative and voice actors that assist set the tone of the sport + Lovely soundtrack with spacey vibes
Cons – Tedious duties which are unimaginable to finish – Clunky gameplay that solely makes the expertise irritating