Starpoint Gemini 2 is an Early Access title in Beta. This means the game is not fully optimized and various bugs may be present.
However, this also means that Starpoint Gemini 2 is continually being updated, refined and improved based on YOUR feedback.
Starpoint Gemini 2* gameplay from the Video Games and the Bible YouTube channel:
Starpoint Gemini 2 is a tactical open-world space RPG. This means players can fight, trade and explore in a vast universe while improving their character.
Since story elements are not integrated into the game yet (due to being in Beta), players are left to their own devices in a living world populated by 50 separate factions.
You start out as a “Lawful” captain allied with factions like the Iolian Pact, Trinity Free States, etc.
However, you have a great deal of choice in what direction your career takes from that point forward. Will you be a merchant, shuttling goods from port to port to make a profit?
Will you be a smuggler, trading illegal commodities and taking on contracts from unscrupulous corporations?
Will you be a pirate, preying on those who trust you the most?
Or will you be a bounty hunter, finding clues at every station and tracking your quarry across the galaxy?
These are just a few of the options available, and groups will treat you differently according to your actions (being caught with contraband results in a small Reputation decrease, etc.).
The freedom of choice present in these faction and “Reputation” game mechanics are seen throughout Starpoint Gemini 2. Players can customize their ship extensively, from the officers manning various stations to the individual enhancements affecting every system (power, weapons, etc.).
The gorgeous visuals suck you in immediately, with bright colors and distinctive ship designs popping off of the screen.
The only missions currently available (aside from those created by other players through Mods) are small “Freelance” missions. These range from assassinating enemy targets to making supply runs for needy facilities. However, due to their necessarily limited nature, players may find this aspect of the game repetitive.
The real selling point of Starpoint Gemini 2 is not particularly the missions themselves, but what you do in-between them (or how you can ignore objectives completely).
If you choose to be a miner, your gameplay experience will largely consist of blasting asteroid fields and ferrying elements like Silicon. If you become a merchant, you’ll be making heavy use of transportation devices to quickly find the best prices for your goods. If you choose the life of a warrior, you can find combat opportunities aplenty.
What I especially love about Starpoint Gemini 2 is that none of the roles I just described are predefined or forced upon the player. You can become any combination of these things, or even discover your own unique niche in the universe.
Success in combat depends on wise use of your upgradable special abilities (like Hacking for Engineers) and “Energy Transfer” system. At any time, you can shift power distribution towards the area of your ship (Engines, Shields or Weapons) that needs it most.
These elements can be hard to manage when in the middle of an epic confrontation like the one below, but generally add to the semi-realistic style of the game.
“Modding” of Starpoint Gemini 2 is encouraged, and players are already sharing their creations with the Starpoint Gemini community through the Steam Workshop.
One thing to keep in mind while exploring the beautiful universe of Starpoint Gemini 2 is that you can only save manually by docking at a port, then opening the menu. The game automatically saves your progress at every docked port, as well.
Finally, the developer plans to support Starpoint Gemini 2 post-release with free content (side-missions, ships, weapons, etc.) and a paid expansion pack. This expansion pack will add features like having your own upgradable space station, the ability to conquer territory, etc.
One of the most intriguing ideas planned includes transferring THE ENTIRETY of the original Starpoint Gemini’s storyline into Starpoint Gemini 2–for free.
Whether Starpoint Gemini 2 becomes an “open world space opera” without including the anti-biblical plot elements found in franchises like Mass Effect/Star Wars remains to be seen. However, if it does, Starpoint Gemini 2 is easily Game of the Year material.
On the “Impossible” difficulty, enemies are described as being “god-like creatures of ultimate destruction“:
Some of the decals that can be displayed on your ship are inappropriate:
Various in-game names are pulled from real-world religions (including Christianity). These include weapon enhancements like the Artemis, factions like the Baeldor Republic, and areas like “Shiva”:
A sign referencing the phrase “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas“:
You can sell contraband such as psychedelic drugs, alcohol and even an aphrodisiac (Vantu Eggs).
If you are caught with these materials, you will be confronted by the authorities and suffer a small reputation decrease.
This “smuggling” system ties into the open-ended nature of Starpoint Gemini 2. Players are free to take on the role that suits them in this world–whether that is the life of a pirate, merchant, smuggler, miner, etc. It is up to players themselves to make correct choices:
The d-word is used once in the opening cutscene. Aside from this instance, I have not personally seen other profanity in-game.
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Purchasing this game through the Humble Store (above) gives you a Steam code, with 10% of each purchase going to charity.