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  • Summary: Equipped with cutting-edge salvaging tech, carve & slice spaceships to recover valuable materials. Upgrade your gear to take on more lucrative contracts and pay your billion credits debt to LYNX Corp!
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. May 24, 2022
    100
    A great game with loads of playtime that I’m going to keep returning to for a long time to come. If only to work off my debt.
  2. May 28, 2022
    91
    A satisfying disassembly sim wrapped in cutting workplace commentary, Hardspace: Shipbreaker is a gig well worth taking up.
  3. May 25, 2022
    90
    An enjoyable blend of story, puzzle-solving, and the ever-looming threat of spectacular, expensive failure keeps you coming back for more in Hardspace: Shipbreaker.
  4. May 24, 2022
    80
    Quotation forthcoming.
  5. Jun 24, 2022
    80
    Hardspace Shipbreaker is not just a game, it is a call to action to put an end to the tyranny of mega-corporations and every gamer who is interested in such an idea will enjoy it.
  6. May 30, 2022
    80
    The finest work-sim out there, Hardspace: Shipbreaker sets a high bar for anyone hoping to challenge it for the throne. This sci-fi salvage game is essential for anyone looking for a new puzzle game, but also players that just want to pull apart giant ships with little more than a laser cutter and a dream.
  7. Jun 3, 2022
    60
    Hardspace: Shipbreaker makes disassembling giant spacecraft piece by piece fun for a bit, but due to a lack of variety in its puzzle-like objectives it soon devolves into hard labor.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. May 26, 2022
    10
    Kind of indie experience at some point but really cool if you re hooked in this 4d gameplay. I really enjoyed the characters, music, thematicKind of indie experience at some point but really cool if you re hooked in this 4d gameplay. I really enjoyed the characters, music, thematic around Union and of course gameplay. This is not for everybody and there is a strong vision/message behind this one. You don’t often see this kind of game, very hard to classify. Expand
  2. Jun 10, 2022
    10
    You'll see a number of people objecting to the story in Hardspace: Shipbreaker. This is because the story, from the very beginning, satirizesYou'll see a number of people objecting to the story in Hardspace: Shipbreaker. This is because the story, from the very beginning, satirizes and mocks the abuses, excesses, greed, and doublespeak of corporations. People who believe that corporations are righteous entities that are more important than people *hate* this. The story is heartfelt and human and relevant to today's situation, and the voice acting (with perhaps the exception of Hal) is some of the best I have ever heard in a game.

    That said, there isn't any choice the player can make with regards to the story; the story progresses as you achieve the certification ranks. Each time you level up, you are presented with upgrades to your shipbreaking kit and snippets of the story the next morning (though sometimes the story pieces come at the end of the work shift rather than at the beginning).

    Early on there isn't any time pressure to help you learn, so sessions can last 20-40 minutes or so. After you get the hang of things, though, each "work day" is limited to 15 minutes, so you can play this game in bite-size pieces.

    The core gameplay loop is super fun. See to your gear, choose a ship, get to work taking it apart, and if you don't finish then you can go back to it the next day. Finishing a ship with as little waste as possible is the key to earning the highest amount of rewards in the smallest time.

    The sound design in this game is amazing. There is an upgrade for your suit that simulates sounds happening around you. Not only does this help give you auditory context clues to your surroundings, but it also leads to satisfying feedback for the work that you do. The soundtrack is fantastic! It's down-home Americana without lyrics, and there is a dynamic music system to add high-tech drama when you're doing something dangerous.

    There were a couple weird things that happened, such as things behind me or to my side that exploded when I was using the cutting laser on things in front of me, or getting killed when shutting down the fuel supply in a ship's thruster and the frame of the engine splits apart while you're inside it. But all in all, the physics work great and in a realistic way.

    I highly recommend this game to everyone- especially if you're an AnCap.
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  3. Jun 19, 2022
    10
    Thanks to Xbox Game Pass I had the absolute pleasure to experience this gem! Gameplay is amazing and the game runs with no issue. Of, it's aThanks to Xbox Game Pass I had the absolute pleasure to experience this gem! Gameplay is amazing and the game runs with no issue. Of, it's a simulator game so it becomes repetitive after a while but even that isn't really that bad because you have a great and fun narrative throughout the entire game and tons of secrets like data discs in ships that will reveal the lore of this amazing world. What I really wish is to get another game or two connected to this Universum where you can use those ships to do some runs or work in other industries related to them! It has such a potential with what they set up there that I really hope to see something more in the future and I will do the campaign again at some point to get to final level and collect all the stickers (furnace god awaits) Expand
  4. May 27, 2022
    10
    A fantastic and original game. It's so much fun to take these spaceships apart meticulously and manage to get a perfect salvage score. TheA fantastic and original game. It's so much fun to take these spaceships apart meticulously and manage to get a perfect salvage score. The graphics are great, the gameplay has enough variety to keep it interesting, and it even has a decent story. Another hit from the amazing Blackbird Interactive! Expand
  5. Jun 21, 2022
    9
    positive: setting / story / characters / music (though repetitive) / polished game-play
    negative: too short (I played through the career in
    positive: setting / story / characters / music (though repetitive) / polished game-play
    negative: too short (I played through the career in about 30 hours) / not many ships
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  6. Jun 13, 2022
    8
    This game is very unusual: a specialist game that aims to do one thing, and do it extremely well in the form of spaceship salvaging. As a StarThis game is very unusual: a specialist game that aims to do one thing, and do it extremely well in the form of spaceship salvaging. As a Star Citizen player awaiting the salvage mechanics in that much larger game, I was therefore extremely interested in a game that would specialise in this - and it really does not disappoint. The team at Blackbird have done a fantastic job of making a space job feel like hard labor, but at the same time it requires thought, planning, and is very rewarding (and relaxing if you turn off the pointless timer and oxygen drain, neither of which is realistic for a job like this).

    Overall, I love this game for its purity. The plot of a dystopian megacorp and worker attempts to form a union, and collecting components for your own side build ship are all adding to the fun, as to collectibles, stickers and upgrades. It’s a game that knows what it is, and does it really well. It’s a game I will undoubtedly come back to regularly for years even once I’ve completed. It’s a solid 8/10 from me, it shouldn’t be judged as more or less than it is.

    Only requests would be to add in a co-player for dual cutting, VR support, and enabling free movement around your hab rather than it being fixed views. Other than that, it’s excellent - oh, and shoutout to the musicians as the music with this game is fantastic and really adds to the enjoyment and immersion with the country theme. Space cowboy ship breaking is my new favourite pass time.
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  7. May 25, 2022
    4
    Good core gameplay undermined by a dull, terribly-implemented story with bad, unskippable dialog and other shoddy features like the Hab thatGood core gameplay undermined by a dull, terribly-implemented story with bad, unskippable dialog and other shoddy features like the Hab that detract from the game rather than adding anything.

    If the last year of updates are any indication, this game will continue to get worse rather than better.

    A good game ruined
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