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FTL: Faster Than Light

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In case any among you are not yet aware, there is a new game that is going to be released on Steam tomorrow (September 14th; link is to the app page on Steam), and it is (in my opinion) brilliantly amazing! Its called "FTL: Faster Than Light", and it is a space game in which you command a ship.

Instead of the average 'fighter' style spaceship game however, FTL does a nice job of making it seem more like a game of SimCity. TotalBiscuit has done a play-through (see video below) and simultaneous review of FTL, and he says that it "feels like a game of XCOM at times (the original, not the remake)".

Basically you are carrying data that is vital to the remaining Federation fleet. You have to make it past a bunch of galaxies to deliver this data safely, and the Rebels are in constant pursuit from behind you (so you can't take your time and explore every sector to the max).

Each time you warp to a new sector you meet a random encounter; its sort of like D&D in that each encounter is slightly randomized and when (read: IF) you win each battle, you gain a bit of 'scrap', which can be used a currency and use that to purchase upgrades for your ship (from a menu, only for things like power and performance) and equipment (such as new weapons) when you come across shops.

I personally will be looking to buy this as soon as I'm able (it only costs $10 USD), but I am a sucker for games like this (XCOM or SimCity based games)... XD

UPDATE: The game will be on sale at 7am September 14th, EST. Technically today for me, but it may/may not be depending on where you live. :3

A number of people have been asking, so here are the times that the game will be available for purchase. It’s not exact so don’t be surprised that these are just estimates:
  • First it’ll be available on this website and GOG.com at 7AM EST (which is 1PM CET)
  • Second, it’ll be available on Steam at 1PM EST

The Steam keys given through our website should still work during those 6 hours that it is unavailable for purchase through Steam. But if there are any issues, the DRM free versions use the same save file so no progress would be lost switching between them.

For more info on the differences between the different purchasing methods go here.

Also, it says here that the game will cost $9.99 USD on Steam, GOG.Com, and their website (depending on how you would like to purchase it), and that there will be a 10% discount for the first week that it is out! (I do not know if the quote of $9.99 USD includes this discount and it will go up later, or if it will only be ~$8.99 USD for the first week and then be $9.99 USD after; I only know it says there will be a discount for the first week)

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I haven't watched all of WTF Is ... FTL?, but I'm just going to straight up say that I love this game already due to the fact that you are given the option to upgrade your ship from the scrap parts that you collect on your journey which is why I love tower defence games just as much. Thanks for sharing this Tim :D

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I haven't watched all of WTF Is ... FTL?

Can't really blame you - its about half an hour long! Very good for a video demo of the game though! XD

you are given the option to upgrade your ship from the scrap parts that you collect on your journey which is why I love tower defence games just as much

That is one of the same reasons I'm already in love with it too! :D I only wish two things:

  1. That more content will continue to be added (although I'd have to believe that they will since they got 2000% of what they asked for on Kickstarter!)
  2. A multiplayer version at some point where you can work together but not have to stay together (allow you to explore twice as much in the time you have, but the game could be made harder in addition)! That would just be amazing in my opinion! :D

I just bought it - it is on sale through their website (which also gives you a Steam key for use) for $9 USD (I believe this is the 10% off that I found earlier)!

Apparently I had just a little bit of money left over in my PayPal, so I used it! :D

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