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  • Summary: Genesis Alpha One is a revolutionary mix of roguelike shooter, base building and survival that puts you in the role of an interstellar pioneer.

    In a near future ravaged by wars, corrupt regimes and global capitalism left unchecked have resulted in natural resource over-exploitation and
    Genesis Alpha One is a revolutionary mix of roguelike shooter, base building and survival that puts you in the role of an interstellar pioneer.

    In a near future ravaged by wars, corrupt regimes and global capitalism left unchecked have resulted in natural resource over-exploitation and pollution; devastating the planet. Supported by Earth's remaining governments, four influential corporations initiate the Genesis program. As the Captain of a Genesis starship, you journey into uncharted space on the ultimate mission. Build and manage a space vessel, farm resources, deal with terrifying alien infestations, clone creatures and explore a vast, randomly generated universe.

    Your goal: Find new homes for humanity's DNA and save the species from extinction.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. 90
    Genesis Alpha One is an extremely rare beast. A confident marriage of FPS, space sim, roguelike and strategy elements, it is quite simply the first essential indie title of 2019.
  2. Jan 29, 2019
    80
    Genesis Alpha One mixes the spirits of FTL and No Man’s Sky into a solid space simulator cocktail. Your success is dependent on your approach, with playing it safe all but guaranteeing you reach a Genesis, but a little recklessness can lead to ship invasions and desperate measure. Its unpredictable nature means you’re always on the lookout for danger and celebrate every little victory. Genesis Alpha One is recommended if you’re looking for a new challenge among the stars.
  3. 80
    It’s a satisfying mix. This is the rare (only???) game offering something for fans of Doom, No Man’s Sky, Harvest Moon, and Fortnite. It’s not the perfect simulation of life in outer space, but, in some ways, it gets closer than anything else has.
  4. 70
    Genesis Alpha One is an ambitious triple-I game that, even though it relies too much on continuously repetitive and similar-looking activities, provides a deep, engaging and challenging experience thanks to its great visuals, some surprises along the way and gameplay mechanics that quickly become natural and intuitive.
  5. Feb 3, 2019
    60
    Not always fascinating.
  6. Mar 4, 2019
    55
    Monotone missions and uninventive enemies, combined with bad AI, makes this game more of a chore than enjoyment.
  7. Feb 1, 2019
    45
    Gathering the necessary resources to fulfill a Genesis mission can take a lot of time, especially if you end up getting pushed back by hostile invasions. There is a base sense of joy to be had from making the numbers go up, but I never completed a Genesis mission and I doubt whatever feeling or reward it gives was worth the effort to reach it. I think it is more than enough to say I have no interest in playing more of it just to confirm what I already know: it’s not great.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Jan 31, 2019
    10
    I found Genesis alpha one extremely addictive, it took me several attempts to beat it, but it was well worth it and you can continue to playI found Genesis alpha one extremely addictive, it took me several attempts to beat it, but it was well worth it and you can continue to play even after you found your genesis planet. If your a fan of FTL then you'll love Genesis, it doesn't have the ship combat, but it has so much more with building your own ship, defending it and planet resource gathering all in glorious 1st person and the end boss fight is so cool and intense...I love it :) Expand
  2. Feb 2, 2019
    10
    Very addictive indie game, reminds me a lot of the aliens movies and has great replay value, takes a while to understand everything but isVery addictive indie game, reminds me a lot of the aliens movies and has great replay value, takes a while to understand everything but is worth it in the end Expand
  3. Feb 5, 2019
    8
    This is what happens when you release a game these days with no money to pay the mainstream review sites for ad space.

    The game is great.
    This is what happens when you release a game these days with no money to pay the mainstream review sites for ad space.

    The game is great. Some of the most fun I've had with a roguelike in a long time. There are also a few bugs, especially with the AI, and some cool features/improvements that would make it even greater seem to be missing (like a tool/droid to scan vents automatically for alien eggs so you don't have to manually do it every 30 minutes like a red-shirt scrub), but hopefully most of these will be fixed/added in the future patches.
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  4. Sep 9, 2019
    8
    I have it on Xbox on the game so far that's said I don't know if it's just me but all the videos in the game and even some of the npc'sI have it on Xbox on the game so far that's said I don't know if it's just me but all the videos in the game and even some of the npc's talking they're very low I can barely hear any of them I hope somehow they increase the volume of that at least and how to get the other touch style robots play the game yet I doubt I'm even halfway there but I would like more power to the power grid ORS ability to make more reactors than just seven or eight Expand
  5. Feb 1, 2019
    7
    I would say this game is a solid 7/10, mostly because they created a fun game loop with a creative concept that may have been a bit tooI would say this game is a solid 7/10, mostly because they created a fun game loop with a creative concept that may have been a bit too complex for them to fully realize, while this game has many great points (detailed ship building, fun research system, great art design, and high replayability) it also has a few short areas that dampen the experience. Most of the negatives are around some bland combat, lack luster ai, and occasional repetitiveness. There are also some balancing issues involving invasion fleets, if you EVER get boarded by one of the roaming enemy ships, you're done, restart the playthrough. If boarded your ship will be flooded by endless waves of enemies that will kill all your crew members and eventually you. I've done a large number of playthroughs of this game and besides one that ended due to bugs infesting my ship and chewing apart the hallways, all have ended due to encountering a boarding party, These ship boardings are so overwhelming to the point where i wonder if its a glitch.

    Just to restate the positives... This game really is a gem, i mean so much crazy sh*t happens, that bug death I brought up was due to my tractor beam pulling in cargo that was infested with bugs, I thought my crew killed them all but it turned out one had escaped into the vents and made it to the ships left wing where it began laying eggs everywhere.

    Cut to five minutes later and I'm crawling in the maintenance tunnel desperately trying to destroy eggs and keep them from separating the entire wing from the ship and destroying our biotanks, denying the ship a steady flow of clones, but as I desperatly tried to clear the eggs, the spiders had metastasized through the entire ship and destroyed everything. And that was just one play through.

    This game has some awesome moments, but a few things hold it back too much for me to recommend at full price. I would wait a while for it to be cleaned up a bit and maybe on sale for like ten bucks off
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  6. Feb 5, 2019
    4
    Disappointment. Seriously guys. You hyped it up and thought you'd get away with it!
    You can't write phrases like "Rogue like on an Epic
    Disappointment. Seriously guys. You hyped it up and thought you'd get away with it!
    You can't write phrases like "Rogue like on an Epic Scale", "huge *cough* randomised galaxy", "deal with terrifying *cough* alien infestations" (btw *coughs* are added by me). NO, it's not on an Epic Scale. Epic is something that is important, lasting and complex. This is not. NO it is not a HUGE galaxy (see above) and NO the alien encounters are not terrifying if you have played alien shooters before (e.g. Prey, Alien. THAT was scary.) Graphics are basic. Reminded me on Halflife 20 years back and the game play is awfully repetitive.
    Please give it a go with some extra content, put some more details into the tutorial (explain the symbols, how to influence the air with plants, why are mushrooms growing on my ship?!!?, etc.). You have some time now for the Steam Store Release. Get going! I will have a look again then - maybe...
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  7. Feb 6, 2019
    2
    This game is a slog. So boring. It basically expects you to manage multiple systems within the game with no direction. It is much worseThis game is a slog. So boring. It basically expects you to manage multiple systems within the game with no direction. It is much worse than No Man's Sky was at launch. Here is your ship, here are the planets, here are some generic aliens, have fun everyone! The game is not fun....AT ALL. It gets a 2 from me because it runs at 60 FPS. I traded it in after 3 hours. Save your money. Expand