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  • Summary: Take on the role of a Drifter in deep space, when you are led to a powerful ship of the old I.E.R. Technology. Allowing you to finally search the galaxy for more artefacts and make a name for yourself out in the stars.

    Features: - Choose your Gender - Choose your appearence - Choose
    Take on the role of a Drifter in deep space, when you are led to a powerful ship of the old I.E.R. Technology. Allowing you to finally search the galaxy for more artefacts and make a name for yourself out in the stars.

    Features:

    - Choose your Gender
    - Choose your appearence
    - Choose your background
    - Choose your own name
    - Amazing Artwork throughout
    - Explore the galaxy as you wish
    - Build a crew to give you more abilities
    - Various Crew Romances & Flings to explore
    - Several Dozen events to explore
    - Your decisions determine your story.
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  1. May 8, 2020
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    I liked the idea of Starlight Drifter. Assemble your own crew and fly through space taking missions and getting to know your crew. Seemed likeI liked the idea of Starlight Drifter. Assemble your own crew and fly through space taking missions and getting to know your crew. Seemed like a visual novel version of Mass Effect and I love Mass Effect. It largely fell short on many fronts though. The game seems very fragmented. There isn’t much of a story holding it together. You get to know the back stories of various crew members which are usually interesting but not much overall story tying the missions together. You get hints of one but nothing really builds from them. There are interesting mechanics involved such as arming your ship with missiles; charging other weapons; and repairing the hull but I can count on one hand how many times I had to do any of that. When you start the game the character class you pick determines your difficulty which I don’t see why that should matter. Difficulty should be determined by strategy; AI; health; etc but it doesn’t list why a merchant is easier than a soldier. If anything having the skills of a soldier would make some sections harder and some easier. Nowhere in my play through did I see anything where it made use of my class anyway. You can romance various crew members but once you do that is it. Every time you visit them after that it just goes to the same sex scene you saw before with no new dialogue opportunities. You can also only talk to one crew member after each mission which seems like an artificial way to make the game longer. The ending of the game can come suddenly and be really anticlimactic. There is one mission that is “the last mission” but you aren’t told that so if you pick that then you are then done the game after. Most games will give you a warning telling you to tie up lose business before completing the following mission. The art is decent; the setting is well done; the characters are interesting but overall it is just mediocre.

    I played Starlight Drifter on Linux. This was a poor experience due to the developer. So right off the bat the game wouldn’t launch through Steam. It would launch manually if I browsed to the game’s folder and double clicked the executable. I was happy to report his bug on the Steam forums to the developer. It wasn’t game breaking but a bug is a bug. 2 months go by and the developer hasn’t responded at all but they did remove Linux support entirely. It is no longer listed on the storefront and will want to launch the Windows version through Proton. That is pretty poor communication and work ethic on the developer. Luckily the Linux version still runs if I browse to the folder and run the executable. and launch it from there as it still exists. The game never crashed on me that way and I didn’t notice any spelling errors. I played version 1.1 of the game. It does launch on the wrong monitor but that’s a bug with the Ren’Py engine which the game uses.

    Disk Space Used: 778MB
    VRAM Used: 435-696 MB
    CPU Usage: 1-9 %
    RAM Usage: 1.9-2.4 GB

    Overall there are worse visual novels to play but there are better ones as well. I can’t point to any one part and say it is bad but I also can’t say it was great either. It is simply decent. I finished my first play through in 4 hours and 13 minutes. I paid $10.25 CAD for Starlight Drifter but I would put the value closer to the $5 mark at best and even then I can list visual novels that cost that or less which are better.

    My Score: 6/10

    My System:

    AMD Ryzen 5 2600X | 16GB DDR4-3000 CL15 | MSI RX 5700 XT 8GB Gaming X | Mesa 20.0.6 | Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500GB | Manjaro 20.0 | Mate 1.24 | Kernel 5.6.8-1-MANJARO
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