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  1. Apr 25, 2014
    96
    FTL: Advanced Edition is an incredibly replayable game, and each run gives me something memorable and rewarding – even the ones that end with my entire crew dead.
  2. Apr 9, 2014
    90
    There was a hell of a lot of game in the normal edition, and the Advanced Edition only adds more of the good stuff - and for free too! There’s never been a better time to get into FTL.
  3. May 8, 2014
    90
    FTL: Advanced Edition is an excellent expansion that makes a brilliant game even more enjoyable. And if you don’t like the new content, you can just switch it off and enjoy the spectacular vanilla version.
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  1. Apr 5, 2014
    10
    When the original game was released, I played it continuously until I reached the end, and the I continued to play because it was so addictive, this has now happened again, the update adds a lot of new content that is very welcome, the update has significantly changed the gameplay, before, I would lock onto the shields with my ion weapons and barrage the weapons systems with lasers but now I have to jump between the new hacking drone system and my usual strategy, great game, recommended, also with the option to turn it off, there is nothing not to like, to new players I suggest that you first defeat the boss with it off and then with it on, this is for FTL what Wrath of the Lamb was for Binding of Isaac. Expand
  2. Apr 13, 2014
    9
    The advanced edition is a free expansion to the base FTL game and it can be disabled if you don't like it, so the worst case scenario is that it makes no difference to the game.

    The advanced edition adds new content to every aspect of the game (briefly):
    a new playable and enemy race, 10 new playable ships, 4 new ship system types, a new sector type, new enemy ship types, new difficulty setting, new weapons, new augments, new drones and a range of tweaks.
    It is a massive addition that adds a great deal of replay value to a game already high in replay value.

    The only criticism of the advanced edition content that I think no one would argue with is that it makes the game more complex and therefore more difficult. This added complexity is a positive and welcome addition to someone like me, who has played the game a lot, but might stop new players from enjoying it. My recommendation is to begin playing with the advanced edition content disabled, then enable it once you have gotten used to the game.

    One of the major criticisms of the advanced content is that it unbalances the game. Personally, I think it re-balances it rather than unbalances it. A good example of this is with the new ship systems. Whereas before you could have every system installed at once, now there are enough systems that you will have to leave some out. This means you cannot have a ship that is powerful at everything. However, to compensate, you can now become much better in the areas you specialise, which is very satisfying and offers more choice and replay value.
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  3. Apr 4, 2014
    9
    I like the original game a lot and gave it a nine. The new version seems to be a modest improvement; it certainly makes the relatively simple game more complicated. Overall, I'm not convinced that the new version is better than the old version, but one can choose to play by the old rules, so if the old version deserved a nine, so does the new version. Expand
  4. Jun 9, 2014
    8
    Outfit your ship with new systems, encounter new enemies, travel to FTL beacons with new environmental hazards and die even more horribly than in the original game. This expansion pack feels quite solid, and if you don't like it, you can always select to start a new game with all Advanced Edition content disabled.

    Personally, I think it makes some of the game harder, some of the game easier and most of the game even more fun than before.
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  5. Apr 8, 2014
    6
    There is no way a game that appears as simple as FTL should have so many layers of complexity, but it really is an example of great game design. In its original form it was beautifully balanced and compelling, and with the new Advanced Edition (free to existing users) it opens out the formula even further.

    Sadly, not all is well. Balancing issues have crept into the game. Never an easy game (though certainly completeable), there was always the feeling that unfairness was just around the corner. A bad roll of the dice, an unlucky event, and your game was almost impossible to recover. In the original version this was a constant source of frustration, but it has got a lot worse with the Advanced Edition. Winning is no longer a skill so much as a lottery - and frankly it feels a lot harder to win than the real lottery.

    At the same time, anything that freshens up the formula is to be welcomed, and I expect balance issues will be addressed as time goes on. You can still switch it off after all, so although its early days I have high hopes for it.
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  6. Apr 6, 2014
    4
    FTL: Faster Than Light is one of my games of the Decade, it's truly fantastic, however, advanced edition has overcomplicated, and broken, a fantastic gaming experience. The new systems feel broken (Mind control makes teleporter obsolete, hacking is OP) and have risen the game's difficulty hugely. You now earn more scrap which is annoying, as it isn't spread out. You just earn lump amounts of scrap in certain places. Luckily for all of us, the developers know their stuff, and gave us a choice to play with or without it. I'd recommend having that permanently turned to off. Expand
  7. Apr 13, 2014
    0
    Wow. What a disappointment. Having played the original FTL for almost 100 hours, I recommended it highly. Sadly the Advanced Edition is a broken patch, even for free. First understand that this is not a sequel to FTL. It is a patch which adds a few more graphics, systems, and one new ship. On the outside this may appear like a deal. Unfortunately, the devs increased the complexity of the game without accounting for its RNG issues. This completely ruined the original formula, creating an unbalanced game that is near impossible even easy mode. While the original FTL was difficult, the Advanced Edition is narcissistic. Be prepared to watch your ship blow up on almost every play-through. The only good part of the Advanced Edition is the fact you can turn it off in game. Expand

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