Deep Sky Derelicts [WORK]
One of the more intriguing elements when it comes to the juggling of numbers and stats as you play is health. You have health and shield points for each character, the latter automatically refilling after fight, the former never getting any better even if you return to base. Instead you have to spend your very hard-earned coins at the medic. The real advantage of this is it forces you to play far more cautiously when you can't afford to improve matters - rather than just knowing you can always go back and get better, you instead have to venture out onto derelicts in the desperate hope of finding something valuable, then scarpering home, just to pay for a smidgen more health points for one of your character. During Early Access this all fell apart due to the woeful lack of cash available, but in the final version that appeared last night, this is seeming much improved.
Deep Sky Derelicts
Deep Sky Derelicts combines tactical card-based combat with free form procedural exploration, challenging difficulty and RPG elements. You create a team of three scavengers from several classes and use them to explore old space ship derelicts in search of scrap and data.
The combat encounters themselves are highly strategic. Every class except the inventor uses shielding. Shields regenerate after every combat. But if a crew members shields are down when they get hit, that damage sticks until you have them healed at an infirmary. Healthcare is bloody expensive and if a crew member goes down, you better have deep pockets for the revival.
There is a great deal of inventory management in Deep Sky Derelicts and the interface itself is a little messy and un-intuitive. That goes for a lot of the game. While it is deep, I had to read a good portion of the in-game codex more than once and then had to frequently refer to it when a status effect popped up.
The bulk of the gameplay in Deep Sky Derelicts involves exploring abandoned spaceships, the titular derelicts. The primary objective within each ship is to acquire the data that will help lead you to a mythical mothership full of treasure, but there are also secondary missions of varying difficulties that can net you extra money or gear that will help you along the way. The ships are presented as an overhead grid, which switches to a comic book art style when you enter a specific room.
Tons and tons of equipment will come into your possession as you comb derelicts for riches and information. Each item modifies your combat deck, adding its own set of cards to the pile. Your whole deck is the combined sum of all the cards each of your items gives you. Generally, your items come in a few categories.
Unfortunately, where Deep Sky Derelicts struggles is with its environmental design and derelict layouts toward the end of the game. Aesthetics are maintained but not really elaborated upon, and the derelicts, which are the games dungeons, feel like they just get bigger without really adding too many new conceits that keep players on their toes. They still look beautiful, but they want for something just a little bit more.
Developed by Snowhound games and Published by 1C Entertainment Deep Sky Derelicts is a dystopian space-themed tactical turn-based RPG. You must take your team of 3 scavengers and search through derelict ships and space stations in search of scraps, information and better tools. With a promise to become citizens if you deliver the mothership to the sub-governor, you must set out on your scavenger hunt in increasingly difficult derelicts to find information about the mothership.
Thenavigation section also has a lot of the tactical challenges of thegame. You scan the map to search the area around you to look out forenemies, loot, mission points, blockages and room conditions. Theseroom conditions can have an impact on your health, energy or incombat so you must be wary about where you fight with the enemieswithin the derelicts.
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While this package is the most complete way to dive into the deep space scavenging adventure, there are still a number of shortcomings that make it feel less than "definitive." For starters, it's nearly impossible not to fall into a rut of repetition. There's not much to distinguish one contract from another. There are occasional environmental variables that can tweak certain elements of gameplay, but you still can't help but feel like you're just going through the motions. Also, since each derelict is randomly generated, the difficulty curve has more rises and dips than a theme park roller coaster. And due to the fact that each playthrough is its own entity, there's no carry over of any experience if players have to start over, adding to that feeling of deep space déjà vu. The result is that Deep Sky Derelicts: Definitive Edition will appeal to a certain kind of strategy RPG fan, but many other gamers will prefer a different kind of adventure in space.
You playing as the commander of a player-generated crew of stateless scavengers that specialize in exploring and looting the titular derelicts - spaceships where something has Gone Horribly Wrong, often hundreds or even thousands years ago, and they have been abandoned ever since. Their skills get them noticed by the Deep Sky region Sub-Governor, who offers them a full galactic citizenship and the ability to retire on a prestigious mirror world in return for locating the fabled mothership, rumoured to be filled with all manner of Lost Technology. Of course, the Sub-Governor has also hedged his bets, and you have rival scavengers looking for the same prize as well.
Deep Sky Derelicts contains examples of the following tropes: A God Am I: One of the derelict computers you can encounter has become convinced of its own divinity.
A.I. Is a Crapshoot: There are hostile robots on some of the abandoned spaceships you explore. Some may accuse "insolent meatbags" like you of "spoling the purity of the vessel" before the fight. One encounter has insane robot janitors accuse your group of being "biological stains". Some of the computers you interact with to get astrospheres are even worse.
Apocalyptic Log: You can discover datapads while exploring the derelicts that often amount to this. They can also be sold for 50cc.
Arbitrary Headcount Limit: You are limited to fighting with three characters at any one time, unless the tech-oriented characters deploy drones during combat. Luckily, the enemies are also limited to four at the most.
Attack Drone: Tech-heavy characters get cards allowing them to deploy these, with names like "Obliterator", which then become the fourth character fighting on your side.
Beware My Stinger Tail: Drudger insects fight in this manner. They will typically deal more damage with those than your own characters do with low level weapons, too, to compensate for their obvious lack of shields.
Brain in a Jar: The guy in charge of the Research Workshop keeps a literal example on his desk. It's unclear if that brain is still alive, or simply a creepy souvenir.
Breast Plate: Some female antagonists like Cobras wear fully enclosed spacesuits that nevertheless have minor "boobplates".
Brutish Character, Brutish Weapon: Heavy ranged and heavy melee weapons are restricted to Miners and Bruisers respectively.
Casual Interplanetary Travel: Played with: space travel is certainly pretty easy for you, as working for the Sub-Governor gives free travel on the Deep Sky Express as one of the perks. However, the motto of that same Deep Sky Express is "We'll get you there alive or your money back!", clearly hinting that it's far from being all that safe.
Chainsaw Good: Some of the killer robots you'll fight are equipped with these.
Close-Range Combatant: Inventors and Bruisers have no long-range weapons, with the Inventor using a combination of power glove and energy sword, while the Bruiser just has a very large club.
Critical Hit: There are critical chances for many of the attacks, but also for many of the support abilities, which gain stronger effects in such instances.
Critical Hit Class: You can get some pretty feral critical hit damage on a Tracker at higher levels.
Cyber Cyclops: Most of the hostile robots, like Purifiers, have only one eye. You can also get in on the look with some aesthetic options.
Damage Over Time: Some effects like bleeding or burning will deal damage over time.
Deflector Shields: Your characters have these by default, and so will most of the enemies you fight. Attacks on the shielded characters will show the attack stopped by the splashy blue of the shield.
Dem Bones: Here, you have undead spacemen, who are still encased in their suits, and so their combat capabilities are more justified then in most examples.
Dialogue Tree: These are present during the quest conversations, allowing you to accept and reject quests, ask minor questions and to make choices within the quests: i.e. about which quest-giver you want to support.
Disproportionate Retribution: The Parson-T robot used by the Office of Parsimony and Toil to enforce compliance with its regulations is authorized to open fire if it detects "inflammatory language", like being called a "dumpster".
Drop the Hammer: Banger undead wield these.
EMP: Here, EMP grenades a way of quickly eliminating the enemies' shields, at the expense of not actually doing any physical damage. However, there are also Pulse Grenades, which deal limited physical damage, but also disrupt target's tech and medical skills.
Dungeon Shop: You may well discover fellow explorers willing to trade on the very same derelicts.
Encyclopedia Exposita: There's an in-game codex.
Enemy Summoner: Deathmorphs will "warp in" weaker allies.
Field Power Effect: These appear on some tiles of the derelicts you explore. One example is Energy Surge, which gives an extra card every turn and a 25% chance of the ENERGIZE status effect. You can also create some of these through deploying objects like power generators, which make all actions on the nearby tiles cost no energy.
Flunky Boss: The Final Boss, Neurone, is flanked by a Blue and Red Disciple. He also lets them do most of the fighting, and specializes in powerful debuffs and support skills instead.
Fog of War: One is present across the ship, but is dispelled with your scanner. However, scanned rooms will go dark after a few turns again.
Good Old Fisticuffs: There are skills oriented around this, like "Dirty Punch". Then again, all the "punching" is done with a Power Fist. However, Gutser undead just straight-up pummel targets with their hands.
Hollywood Acid: Skink lizards spit acid and attack with acid claws.
Laser Sword: Leaders and Trackers start with a beam sword as their default weapon. Inventors combine it with a Power Fist. Purifier robots also have these as an arm attachment.
Long Range Combatant: Miners and Medics have no melee weapons; the Medic can use any class of ranged weapon, while the Miner has a heavy ranged weapon that's unique to them.
Mecha-Mooks: A frequent opponent. There are more variations of various rogue machines than of any other enemy type.
More Dakka: A level 1 weapon mod is a secondary barrel, which simply makes the modified gun shoot two projectiles at once, although the second shot only has a percentage of the original's damage. Assault ranged weapons also tend to have Burst Fire and/or Suppressive Fire cards associated with them.
Non-Lethal K.O.: Downplayed. The characters killed in action stay dead after the battle...unless you are willing to pay often enormous sums to get them revived at the Deep Sky Medical station.
Oddly Overtrained Security: You can get encounters with hostile robot janitors that nevertheless all have Deflector Shields and gun + chainsaw arm attachments. Odd to say the least, unless they somehow managed to upgrade themselves in this manner.
Permadeath: The main difference between the Normal and Hardcore modes.
Playing with Fire: Pyronic robots are equipped with dual flamethrowers. Incendiary grenades and burning attacks are also available to the scavengers; because Damage Over Time is not reduced by armour it can be a useful way around durable opponents.
Overpopulation Crisis: Once you finally reach the core of the mothership, you get to talk to Neurone, the last member of the race that created the ship, who tells you that his race overpopulated to such an extent they consumed everything in their wake, and left what he described as "an ecosphere of death". His solution, however, turned into a plague of suicides that wiped out way too many members of the species, and forced the rest to turn into machines.
Power Fist: The default Scrapper loadout features a Power Glove. The Inventor pairs it with a beam sword.
Psychic Powers: Present, and Psykers specialise in these.
Reasonable Authority Figure: The Sub-Governor is pretty decent, as he acknowledges in his opening dialogue the hardships you have likely gone through as stateless people, and which he can't even imagine as an aristocrat. Once you finish the game, he fulfils his end of the bargain and lets you retire in peace.
Shield-Bearing Mook: Banger undead wield hammers and shields. They can also do a "Plague Bash" attack with that shield.
Shock and Awe: There's an Electric Discharge power that calls down a whole lot of lightning.
Shop Fodder: You can loot plenty of stuff that's useless to you, but valuable for the traders. Various raiders, for instance, may drop dilithium power sources. Damaged rooms may contain burnt superconductor arrays, etc. In the shops, there's a helpful "Sell all junk" button just for such cases. You can also flag equipment that's underlevelled or unusable
Shout-Out: Spaceship engines use dilithium power sources.
Super Spit: Skink lizards can spit acid.
Sword and Gun: Leaders and Trackers use an Energy Blade in one hand and a ranged weapon in the other, while Scrappers favour a "Power Fist and Gun" loadout instead.
This Is a Drill: Blue Disciple robots have this as an arm attachment.
Used Future: Very much the case. Going long enough with the intro conversation reveals that many of the derelicts you are looting have been drifting around space for millennia.
Vast Bureaucracy: One of the first missions asks you to locate a woman named Salome and get her to deal with PST's office documents, when she fled to a derelict precisely so that she would no longer deal with it, and would rather you kill her instead. However, you can also resolve the quest in her favor by destroying the office's Parson-T robot on the same ship and deliver its remains to her.
Whip It Good: Cobra enemies fight with poisoned whips.
Zombie Puke Attack: Played with for the undead Gutser enemies: they simply have "Gutsplosion" that slightly damages your entire group and stack plague vulnerability on them.