Space Pirates and Zombies 2 - PC Review

Space is indeed free and amazing

Game Info: (Box Display)

  • System: PC
  • Publisher: MinMax Games Ltd.
  • Developer: MinMax Games Ltd.
  • Release Date: May 17, 2016

Who it Caters to

Pirates, your journey awaits in space in Space Pirates and Zombies 2. For those who love space exploration and combat in equal does, Space Pirates and Zombies 2 will be your game to play. Control a slew of ships as you dive into various space systems to plunder various areas for resources and make friends and enemies as you do so. Build your own ship as you find various parts from space and or trade to ultimately create a vessel you feel is your own. Those who think they could be the ultimate space pirates will want to set sail as they enter the world of Space Pirates and Zombies 2.

What to Expect

Space Pirates and Zombies 2 acts a new story for the characters from the first game and sets them within a totally new world. Create your ship and explore the galaxy in search of new discoveries to fill your wallets and keep your ship fueled. Go into battle with various other forces and control the battle with smart thinking and planning or let the AI take control for you. With a large galaxy to explore each area offers players new challenges, treasures and even lore to find. Will you become the ultimate pirate and eventually have your own territory and armada to command or will you constantly explore new areas to just become an unstoppable force that is known throughout the world? The choice is yours in Space Pirates and Zombies 2.

Story

Humanity has always wanted a means of exploring the vast and infinite space above them. That’s why it almost seems like a wish come true when humanity finds a resource called Rez that allows them to create various constructs and even fuel to further their technological development. However, Rez comes with a high price when various issues come about its use such as humanity who have begun to augment themselves with technology become infected with a strange virus that turns them into zombies. Fortunately, humanity survives this outbreak but soon becomes entirely dependent on Rez and the mineral becomes almost dried up. Thus, many men and women enter the darkest levels of space via warp gates to discover not only new deposits of Rez but also a means of surviving.

Gameplay

Here at Honey’s Anime, we love space, pirates and zombies in equal measures. That’s why when we were asked to review an oddly titled game called Space Pirates and Zombies 2, we could say our interest were piqued. Created and published by MinMax Games Ltd, Space Pirates and Zombies 2 looked like an interesting game with some very creative and unique concepts. However, looks can be deceiving and we’ve played our fair share of games with overly ambitious goals. Though is Space Pirates and Zombies 2 a game that fails to deliver or is it a treasure that was just waiting to be found? Let us find out as we review Space Pirates and Zombies 2 for the PC.

Now first let us explain if you’re worried you’re missing out because there’s a 2 at the end of Space Pirates and Zombies 2 don’t be. While various characters reappear, the story itself is a new one with no ties to the original title. That means you can enjoy Space Pirates and Zombies 2 to your hearts content. With that being said we can now move on to the main crux of our review. First let’s talk about the gameplay.

Space Pirates and Zombies 2 plays out like a RTS and an action game fused together. After a very funny opening situation—which we won’t spoil-- Space Pirates and Zombies 2 begins truly. Players take a space ship and fly around a large galaxy map as the explore various areas and interact with resources and other AI controlled ships. When you’re on the galaxy map Space Pirates and Zombies 2 plays out like a strategy game and the game moves only when you do. However, if you decide to engage in battle with other ships Space Pirates and Zombies 2 becomes an entirely new game.

When you enter a battle, Space Pirates and Zombies 2 plays out as a space ship shooter. Players must take their ships and shoot at various threats all while picking up objects to use as fuel, health and even projectiles. As you progress in Space Pirates and Zombies 2, you will gain new ships that can join you in battle and even have other allies—in the form of AI—help assist you. Battles are usually quick affairs but during some of the larger raids where multiple ships and groups participate, the battles can get pretty long but all too exciting. There’s also an AI of sorts that will take control of the guns leaving you to do the steering but we only used this feature when things got extremely hectic.

Now the crux of Space Pirates and Zombies 2 comes in the form of what you can do in terms of gameplay. Space Pirates and Zombies 2 plays out similarly to other RTS games where your time out of battle will be focused on gaining resources, building your fleet of ships, finding new parts for your own ships, trading with allies, finding new allies and or taking down enemies. While the game does have a story based theme to it, players can ultimately do whatever they want and will never be punished for it, unless you count going into a fight unprepared or under leveled. Though, that’s the beauty of Space Pirates and Zombies 2, you are truly free to do what you want and how you want to do it.

Graphically, Space Pirates and Zombies 2 looks great. Your ship can be customized in a numerous amount of ways from color schemes to even designs but regardless all look colorful and vivid when you enter a battle and see lasers and missiles flying about. Space itself looks great as various environments have a ton of detail depending on your location and what is going on in that area. We were blown away during the raid battles as we saw tons of ships flying about. The music isn’t too bad too offering up a nice ambiance but we usually found ourselves using our own music after a while.

Now Space Pirates and Zombies 2 sounds almost flawless, right? Well unfortunately, there are a few issues that need to be discussed. The first issue is the long—and we mean long folks—time it will take to learn all there is in Space Pirates and Zombies 2. Be prepared for a slew of tutorials as everything from trading with other pirates to how to build your ship onslaught you as you play. While these tutorials aren’t completely necessary to enjoy Space Pirates and Zombies 2 you will find that not listening to some of them might make playing the game a tad harder, especially when you being to face tougher enemies or need to level your own ship. Also, what’s a bit weak about Space Pirates and Zombies 2 is the voice acting which to be honest is good sometimes and laughable at others.

Honey's Gameplay Consensus:

Space Pirates and Zombies 2 is indeed an excellent game folks. The vast number of things to do and ways of playing leaves a lot of room to explore the world of Space Pirates and Zombies 2 in whatever way you feel is best. Create an unstoppable armada or become a true space pirate, these are just a few of the choices you can do in Space Pirates and Zombies 2. Though at times, Space Pirates and Zombies 2 suffers from maybe a bit too much you can do leaving the various systems in play sometimes overly confusing. Though if you keep an open mind and are willing to learn all that is available in Space Pirates and Zombies 2 you can an absolutely fun adventure. We here at Honey’s Anime absolutely recommend Space Pirates and Zombies 2 if you love action, space and adventuring all in one package.

Honey's Pros:

  • Excellent gameplay
  • Hours upon hours of content
  • Funny dialogue and story
  • Visually very good
  • Wide berth of gameplay choices
  • Spaceship battles are extremely fun

Honey's Cons:

  • Can take some time to master all the control
  • Might not be for those who like more goal orientated games
  • Voice acting is a bit lackluster at times

Honey's Final Verdict:

In the gaming landscape, there are a ton of space ship based games that offer a treasure trove of gameplay styles. Though very few offer up as much variety as we found in Space Pirates and Zombies 2. The world within Space Pirates and Zombies 2 feels alive and no two adventures feel alike as you explore various landscapes and find different things to do. While it may be a tad hard to master for those who like simple games once you do fully master and understand how Space Pirates and Zombies 2 works, you’ll come to find an addicting game that will offer a lot of bang for its buck. What are your thoughts on Space Pirates and Zombies 2? Comment down below and let us know and for more gaming reviews and new keep coming back to our hive here at Honey’s Anime.

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