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Starbound

2 months ago

Feature: Live, die, repeat

The 20 best survival games on PC

We’ve been battered by wave after wave of survival romps since Minecraft popularised the genre, with its deadly nights and groaning zombies, almost a decade ago. In its wake, we've been introduced to a cavalcade of punishing, persistent environments intent on putting us in an early grave. The masochistic impulse to put ourselves through the wringer for entertainment has spread to RPGs, management games, cosmic…

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10 months ago

Feature: Update Night

Has Starbound been improved by its updates?

Update Night is a fortnightly column in which Rich McCormick revisits games to find out whether they've been changed for better or worse. I’ve got a robot chicken in the shed that parps out batteries. Do you want to have a look? No, seriously, she’s next to the electrical sheep, and she’s a proper money maker. Every day I teleport down to my little farm, collect…

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1 year ago

Digital deals so far this week

Once more, we've made it to the very middle section of the week - right there in between a weekend and another weekend. What better time to indulge in some digital video game niceness? Incidentally, this also happens to be the week before the international commerce festival that is Black Friday 2017. We've already got a guide to the best PC gaming Black Friday stuff…

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Spellbound’s witch school invokes teen awkwardness

Stardew Valley is a common point of comparison for the witch school daily life RPG that Chucklefish are making -- and not just because Chucklefish also published Stardew -- but its relationships will certainly be more challenging. Chucklefish still haven't formally announced the game tentatively named Spellbound but they are gabbing about it again, this time about how NPCs will have a little more independence…

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2 years ago

Starbound is adding player-built space stations

Crafty space sandbox Starbound [official site] will add the ability to build your own space station in its next update. Living on planets is for lahoo-oo-oo-serrrs so Starbounders and starcads will get to build their own space base out of snap-together modules, shaping and decorating stations as they please. Me, I'd want my station to be a space bar in a space garden but I…

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Starbound to go proper interplanetary in spacey update

I spend most of my weekend spacing out, so its appropriate that news should reach me that Starbound [official site], a game which has been out since 2013, is seeing quite a big update in the form of some new space-focused features. As well as bringing some new interstellar vehicles to the planet-hopping craft-em-up, the upcoming patch will also be reworking its system of interplanetary…

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Starbound adds terraforming and new dungeons

Sci-fi sandbox Starbound [official site] may have left early access and officially launched in July (it's "sincere, incredibly ambitious sandbox that's as full of charm, and space-faring pirate penguins, as it is stuff to build and places to explore" is Wot Fraser Brown Thinks) but content updates keep on rolling. The latest has added ancient vaults full of nasty enemies and lost technology, terraforming so…

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Feature: Gardening, giant mechs, guest appearances & more.

Best Starbound Mods

Venturing onto an unexplored foreign planet is a bit like emigrating, but instead of immediately setting up a bank account, renting a flat, and/or hiring a car your primary is concern is, well, staying alive. In interstellar sandbox adventure Starbound [official site] there are plenty of moon-bound monsters out to get you from the off - be that of the biome, procedurally-generated or unique variety -…

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Cast Your Lines For Starbound’s First Content Update

Starbound's [official site] been out for almost two months now, so surely you've had your fair share of space exploration, house-remodeling, colony-building, and base-invading. Don't think you can rest easy just yet. Chucklefish is out to stir things up for you intrepid explorers with Starbound's first content update. The patch is adding a bunch of new features like fishing and Novakid villages, along with your…

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Steam Game Charts: Cause For Celebration

Change! Actual change! Other than, y'know, the three games that are here every single week, every single week I have to include them, every single week, they're there, undying, changing, every single week, every single week. Yeah! It's the top ten best-selling games on Steam last week.

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Steam Game Charts: Space, Survival, Sieges

We're well past the halfway point of 2016 now, and there are several games which have been in the Steam top ten for almost every week of the year so far. I feel a bit ill thinking about all the money involved. This week's - or rather last week's, this chart reflecting sales up until Sunday just gone - is a bit of a remix…

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Feature: Something for everyone

Starbound review

I’m a space cowboy made of stellar gas and I’ve spent the day farming. Starbound [official site] is a gargantuan galactic playground jam-packed with gunfights, planet-hopping adventures and tomb raiding, but I’ve probably spent just as much tending to my crops, decorating and going on shopping sprees. I’m utterly content.

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3 years ago

Neocolonialism And Love: Starbound’s Latest Update

A huge Starbound [official site] update landed last night. It's a stable version, as opposed to the experimental opt-in nightly updates, and adds a host of new features. The most important is a set of systems to allow for the establishment of colonies. Build a house and people will eventually move in - a more luxurious house will attract a better class of resident. Tied…

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4 years ago

Starbound Gets Most Important Update: Spaceship Pets

The Gera School of Game Development has one simple tenet: When in doubt, just add dogs. Our alumni is extensive, and includes but is not limited to a game with an Alsatian in it and Fable 2. Now being added to this list is the glorious two-dimensional Terraform-em-up Starbound [official site] which lets users have pets on board their personal space ships as of this week's patch.

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Bowling, Basketball And Bugs: Starbound’s Winter Update

What do you add to the game that has everything? Starbound's procedural approach to space makes every planet a unique snowflake in an infinite sea of stars. Evidently, developers Chucklefish don't think that's enough and the next hefty update contains all manner of new content. There's bowling, basketball bug catching, a new playable race, personal ship AI that can take on the appearance of a…

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Wayward Tide, A Pirate Game By Starbound’s Chucklefish

Proving once again that it's somehow possible for indie studios to work on two games at once (!), Starbound developers Chucklefish have announced Wayward Tide. The top-down piratical action-adventure is being put together by a separate new four-person team. They're still in the very early stages of development, but the grand vision is a 2-4 player competitive-coop booty-hunter full of treachery.

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5 years ago

Starbound To Revamp Progression, Add Farming (!)

There are already lots of things in Starbound. Even in beta, the game is a vast sandbox of possibility and weird cave-dwelling gum creatures that shriek and bounce at you like a pogo stick possessed by the soul of a deathrow inmate. It's a big place, but this is only just the beginning. Previously, developer Chucklefish wriggly giggled out word of directors, mods, and a…

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