The Man will tell you the universe is vast but, from what I’ve seen, a jet can fly across it all in twelve hours. Now that Space Pirates And Zombies 2 [official site] has launched on Steam Early Access you can even have a whole galaxy of 200 autonomous captains squeezed down inside your very own computer. Heck, you can even use technology to interact with these miniature spacemen, building your own mothership to jaunt around space, scavenging for supplies, forming and breaking alliances, and zapping the heck out of other captains. The first game was far more interesting than its awful name might suggest, so this is likely worth forgiving for that too.
So there you are, with the spacezombie epidemic mostly defeated at the cost of civilisation as you know it, just trying to get by. You get to build and redesign your mothershop in a Captain Forever-y snap-together way, then set out into the stars, trying to get by in the way that folks tend to in space games. Oh, and all 200 of the unique AI captains have the same capabilities as you, building bases and forming factions and duffing each other up, so who knows what’ll be going on outside your sphere of influence? Not me. I don’t even know how developers MinMax Games fit 200 people into my PC. Or why it started wonking out after I poured a can of juice in for them.
SPAZ 2 (yeah, I know) is £13.49 on Steam Early Access, including a small launch discount right now. MinMax have already been working on SPAZ 2 for over three years, and plan to have it in Early Access for another 6-12 months while they tweak and optimise things, as well as add multiplayer, voice acting, and maybe Mac and Linux versions. Here’s the launch trailer:
Or, if you’re really interested, this here recent video shows 50 minutes of gameplay: