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  • Summary: Inspired by BioShock and System Shock 2, Void Bastards is a new strategy-shooter that will test your wits as well as exercise your aim. Can you lead the misfit prisoners of the Void Ark through the derelict spaceships and myriad dangers of the Sargasso Nebula?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 90
    Void Bastards is a hyper-polished work of art. If the only complaint I have is that there should be more of it, they’re clearly doing something right. I’m very excited to see where this developer goes next.
  2. May 28, 2019
    90
    Void Bastards is a terrific game that balances the joy of exploration with the fear of failure in a wonderful way. It could use some more incentives to keep playing, but it's a blast while it lasts.
  3. Jun 24, 2019
    85
    The mix of comic-book aesthetics, exhilarating soundtrack, and solid shooter gameplay make Void Bastards an absolute delight. Sprinkle that with a bucketload of dark humor and bizarrely mutated enemies and you get an incredibly addictive game, which forces you to go through the same gameplay loop over and over again.
  4. May 28, 2019
    80
    Despite its faults, Void Bastards is still deeply enjoyable. The humor and the art style alone are enough to make this a must-have, but the combat and vast array of weapons and upgrades makes Void Bastards an experience you should not skip.
  5. Jun 7, 2019
    80
    Although it would benefit from being either a bit shorter and/or having a bit more variety, Void Bastards is easy to recommend. It looks unique and has enough fun baked in that failure rarely feels frustrating or punishing. Fans of action games as diverse as Bioshock or FTL will enjoy it and anyone who chuckles at games like The Stanley Parable will feel at home with Void Bastards’ sense of absurd humor.
  6. May 29, 2019
    80
    This game is an idiosyncratic joy – a brash, clever, juvenile head-trip, messy at the edges but all the more likable for it. It is loaded with brilliant pop-culture references, channeling not just Adams, 2000AD and Tank Girl, but also anime and 90s industrial dance music. Void Bastards is Cowboy Bebop meets Trainspotting, on a night out, in a galaxy of death.
  7. Jun 7, 2019
    65
    Void Bastards draws easily the attention thanks to its charming comic aesthetic and to the cel shaded visuals. Moreover, its frenetic pace means that you could spend less than an hour at a time and yet feel like you have a fulfilling experience. Alas, the different enemy types and spaceship designs start to get repetitive a little too soon, changing the sense of excitement to tedium far before the rescue of our ragtag group.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. May 31, 2019
    10
    Void Bastards is a great game and highly recommend it for anyone. First of all the visuals are absolutely stunning and gorgeous. TheVoid Bastards is a great game and highly recommend it for anyone. First of all the visuals are absolutely stunning and gorgeous. The game-play is smooth, fun and satisfying, while you go through each ship looking for loot to help rebuild your own ship. It will have you on the edge of your seat while you're either running from an enemy about to kill you, or on your last seconds of oxygen. Can you get what you need and make it out alive. Well why don't you go see and try it out yourself. I for one can say its one of the best I have ever played. Expand
  2. Jun 3, 2019
    8
    Its as though Faster Than Light, System shock and Trainspotting had a baby. And they called that baby Void Bastards. Its a good game,Its as though Faster Than Light, System shock and Trainspotting had a baby. And they called that baby Void Bastards. Its a good game, honestly priced and honestly fun. Which is refreshing in a marketplace so saturated by the greed of the big publishers and their excessive monetisation schemes. Expand
  3. Jun 6, 2019
    7
    I'm giving this game a 7. I love system shock. I love Bioshock. I love Prey, Stalker, Deus Ex, and Fallout (New Vegas) lol. This game has someI'm giving this game a 7. I love system shock. I love Bioshock. I love Prey, Stalker, Deus Ex, and Fallout (New Vegas) lol. This game has some of that , its pretty, and it does have fun moments. There is a but, and it's one that I don't think has been talked about enough because i believe most people write reviews with under an hour play time. The loop gets boring quickly. I said it, and believe me I WANTED TO PLAY THIS GAME FOR MONTHS. But after about 10 hours I really just don't see the point. The missed the mark with lack of story, they could have made a rouge lite with audio logs to push you forward like all the games its trying to be like. The game is good, but don't go in thinking its going to stay fresh for long. Expand
  4. Aug 5, 2019
    2
    most obnoxious first mission ever in any videogame, so much so that they had to explain that the game expects you to die in the screen tipmost obnoxious first mission ever in any videogame, so much so that they had to explain that the game expects you to die in the screen tip immediately after, goes a long way to show how much they missed the mark
    repetitive crap
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