Story - 70%
Graphics - 75%
Audio - 74%
Gameplay - 65%
Replayability - 75%
“Come to Gaiya!
You play as an AI Overseer sent from Earth entrusted with the future of humankind, and tasked with establishing a habitat that can sustain human life on a mysterious alien world.Command an army of AI drones to build your colony, manage resources, fight other players and indigenous life, and prepare the world for arrival.“
As you start you crash onto the planet Gaiya with your pod. The spot is completely random so you never know where you will end up and what you will encounter. You are a robot and are tasked to create a new world for the human colonialists.
The Game has a beautiful open world where almost everything tries to kill you. You have to put in some serious grinding to get supplies to start building, it is super important to get yourself a shelter as soon as possible as nature in this game has a will of its own and waits for no one. The game also makes use of a drone system that does relieve the farming a bit. You can create drones to help you with your farming, Exploring and combat. Every so often a “Natural Disaster” happens in one of the area’s on the map be it a sand storm, electrical storm etc. The building system is fairly simple and like most other open world builders makes use of a snapping point system. This has its pros and cons. Yes you can’t build your wall as skew as you like but you always know that your structure will be solid.
Every now and then as you are merely farming along a pirate spaceship will fly over and drop some invaders. Early game this is rather annoying as they have guns and you only have your axe but with a bit of dodging you can still take them out. All creatures in the game has a level display as you get close to them so you know which ones to avoid. The creeps follow set paths so they are easily avoidable. Combat overall is done really well where precision aiming is required or dancing around your opponent when melee fighting.
Be prepared to walk allot. The map is huge and unfortunately there are no vehicles at this point in the game. Hopefully this will change in the future as walking for miles is really mundane. The movement of the robot is smooth and you can easily overcome most obstacles (there are some points where you cant jump over an object but if you move a feet to the other side you can which is expected for an early access game)
The game has a sandbox mode and multiplayer so you can choose to either do your own thing in sandbox or join your friends in multiplayer and create your desired world together. Multiplayer has PVP and PVE for the non competitive guys. Currently the community is non toxic and very helpful even in PVP mode. Although the servers are not very full (roughly 20 players per map) its still great to play
Overall Outpost Zero is a great game. Yes it has bugs (worst is randomly sliding down a mountain and crashing to your death because you couldn’t stop even though you were on a footpath) but nothing that stops you from playing. The game has amazing potential and can grow into something great. The weapon mechanics and crafting works well. Grinding for parts is part of the game style. If you do not like grinding then this game ain’t for you. Go ahead give it a try its cheap as chips at the moment and build your own virtual Steel Fortress and maybe even make some new friends in this new community.
Reviewed on: PC
Available on: PC
Genre: FPS Survival
Publisher/Developer: tinyBuild/Symmetric Games
Estimated RRP: R130
Release Date: 12 July 2018
- Huge open world map
- Great selection of buildings and weapons
- No transport
- Servers can do with more players