Ask any gamer and they will tell you that the MOBA scene is getting crowded these days. With so many DOTA clones being released every month, it’s easy to forget all these titles before moving on to the next forgettable MOBA.
Edge Case Games Ltd. wanted to bring something new to the genre in the form of Fractured Space, a free-to-play MOBA set in the outer reaches of space. While it’s easy to dismiss this as DOTA, but in space, the game offers a different world of experience for players, and even veteran players might find themselves grasping at straws at the first few matches. Oh, and did we mention it is free-to-play?
The tactical space MOBA offers a lot of gaming experiences for different types of players. Not a big fan of PvP? There’s a solo player PvE aspect to it that’s more suited for casual gamers. If you want to play with friends, they have co-op modes and you can party together for PvP matches. Then there’s the good, old 5 versus 5 PvP that’s a hit with all MOBAs out there. The developers used the Unreal Engine 4 for the game to bring out the best visuals, which is important for any space game.
With space as your background for epic battles, you have to man your warship of choice to victory. Of course, warships come in different forms, and have their own sets of strengths, skills and weaknesses. The ultimate goal during each match is to destroy the opponent’s base. Each battle you fight gives you experience for yourself in general, and in the warship you used. Your mastery in a certain warship climbs up the more battles you fight with it.
The game requires a lot of strategy and quick thinking. As you have no control over your team and your opponent’s skills, you have to adapt your strategies and change them to fit each game. You have to master your warship’s skills and know which skill to use at what time. Teamwork is also valuable, especially if you are queued with complete strangers who you’ve never worked with before. In this game, you can get queued up with random strangers for a nice casual game. There are also tournaments for the skilled players who want to secure their place in the rankings.
Fratured Space underwent its Alpha stage back in April 2015, but was only fully released in September 22, 2016. As the game underwent a few changes from its early pre-launch stages to its full release, a lot of old players have given it a lot of negative reviews. You see, back in those days, everything was easy.
Building your crew members was easy. Gaining experience in battle was easy. Attaining new and better warships was easy. This of course, is because the developers wanted more people to try the game during the alpha stage. The purpose of this stage was for bug testing, so they made the game intentionally easier.
Now that they’ve released the game, the publishers made everything more difficult. You needed more experience to level up, and certain loot is now rarer than before. For people who’ve been used to the easy life, the game has now become “grindy”, which is something that exists in all games. The grind is part of the person’s road to getting stronger and improving their skills. However, if you’ve been here since the beginning, it’s like seeing an entirely different game.
The game is far from perfect. The graphics are great, delivering the complexities and visual beauty of space battle in great fruition. The sound comes up short sometimes, with super huge explosions not really getting the dramatic effect they deserve, and just sound underwhelming. The graphics come with a price though, the frames per second on not-so-powerful machines might not be so great. A lot of players complained of frame lag, especially as new patches start rolling out. The developers are still working to make the settings more optimized to fit even older computers.
It’s still far from perfect, but remember it’s a new release (alpha stages not included) and it seems like the developers are at least active in rolling out new content regularly. While it’s too early to give a definitive look at this game right now, we hope it will shape up to be another frontier in the MOBA scene.