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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Universe Sandbox Review 8/10

It's true what they say: video games are violent. But there's nothing wrong with that. But sometimes, violence becomes overbearing. In the end, nothing really matters. After that last guy I killed, more and more will simply spawn up. I know! Why don't I destroy their planet? Ya!

If you haven't guessed by the sentences above, I'm kind of joking. Universe Sandbox is a game on Steam for a very little amount of money. In it you can have a bunch of galaxies and test out a couple your hypothetical theories on the universe, say if the sun was either lighter or denser, how would gravity react to the planets around it?

The Good:
Pretty decent graphics I must say. Nothing too amazing but I personally could just look at the empty sky in this game for a while and be a bit satisfied. The planets all look nice but there's nothing to write home about.
What most people who play this game will notice is how much of a learning curve this has. You can spawn random planets but after that, its more of a game of "Let's see what these random sliders do!" I was glad to see that other people can load their content to a little bar on the side of the screen. Such things as when our galaxy will collide with another galaxy in a few thousand years, our own personal galaxy in all it's plainness and even our solar system with some planets we know are out there.
There is a vast amount of content for people who know what they're doing. I've never found out how to make a black hole but what I can do is make the gravity of other bodies go completely out of whack and make for some fun and interesting mishaps.

The Bad:
Well not necessarily bad, the game does get kind of boring after a while. It's basically a tool box: some people will try to find everything it in, others will use everything and others will become bored because of how straight forward the game is. No unlockables (aside from a few achievements), nothing to upgrade or explore. It's very lonely as well.

The Meh:
I wish the user content was a bit more fleshed out. I would just randomly scroll and then pick something at random. Not much to do after you've done a good hour's worth of messing around.

You could go worse with other games but just having this in my Steam library isn't bad at all. It's one of those games I pop in every now and again just to get away from the monotony of slash, stab, shoot, repeat gaming and I guess it's worth the ten bucks.

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