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Old September 15 2012, 10:01 PM   #1
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FTL: Faster Than Light

I thought you guys would appreciate a Starship-based Rogue-like... which is really a genre I don't think I've ever heard of before.

Faster Than Light.

Trailer: http://vimeo.com/47066972

You basically control a Starship and you are trying to make it through the galaxy in order to defeat the the rebels. But rather than be a space simulator, you micromanage your crew and your ship's systems via an overhead interface.

There's something about it that is highly addictive. I mean, it's not like this is an entirely new concept - even ST:O has Starship management after all - but it's just presented in such a simple manner that you can just focus all your attention on the micromanaging instead of being distracted by everything else.

The fact that it's a rogue-like - meaning you can't save and that everything is randomized every time you play - just makes it infinitely replayable as well.

And hey, it's only 9 bucks!
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Old September 16 2012, 05:53 PM   #2
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Re: FTL: Faster Than Light

I almost bought it yesterday but wasn't sure about it.
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Old September 16 2012, 11:09 PM   #3
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Re: FTL: Faster Than Light

It's amazing. If you're any kind of SF fan, you'll think it's the greatest game ever.
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Old September 17 2012, 01:30 AM   #4
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Re: FTL: Faster Than Light

You can't save? Even games like NetHack allow you to make soft saves.
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Old September 17 2012, 03:07 AM   #5
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You can save the game when you quit, so you can actually take a break or leave the game if you want. But that's all they give you.
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Old September 17 2012, 05:25 AM   #6
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Got the game based on TB's review of it.

Hardly the "greatest game ever" but it's not a bad little distraction.
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Old September 17 2012, 09:42 PM   #7
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Re: FTL: Faster Than Light

Been watching a couple of playthroughs on Youtube, and it looks pretty good. Although a graphics upgrade might not be amiss.

Looking at the ship layouts reminds me so much of the shipboard maps from the old Traveller RPG.
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Old September 19 2012, 01:29 AM   #8
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Re: FTL: Faster Than Light

Quite an entertaining distraction, but oh boy you will die, or restart often if you don't get the right goodies within a reasonable amount of time.
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Old September 19 2012, 06:43 AM   #9
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Re: FTL: Faster Than Light

Yeah, that's the "joy" of a rogue-like.

You eventually get to the point when you basically resign the game early on because you know you can't win.
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Old September 19 2012, 08:24 PM   #10
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Re: FTL: Faster Than Light

Giant Bomb has a quick look up.

If I'm not careful, this game could take over my life. So much customization...
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Old September 19 2012, 09:16 PM   #11
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It's on sale on Steam right now.
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Old September 20 2012, 05:29 AM   #12
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First success of the crowd funding kick starting model
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Old September 20 2012, 08:37 AM   #13
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The best way to describe this game is Oregon Trail with a space ship. Highly recommended!
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Old September 24 2012, 04:27 AM   #14
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Re: FTL: Faster Than Light

I'm a console gamer and I've heard a lot of good things about this one. Thinking about learning to play on PC to give it a shot!
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Old September 24 2012, 11:51 PM   #15
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Silly question but I can't remember the last time I got a PC game (though I've been tempted a few times lately). GOG is DRM free, right? If you buy it on Steam are you tied to the client?
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