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Void Bastards Review

The Info

Released: 29/05/2019 | Price: £24.99

Platform: Xbox One S (via Xbox Game Pass)

Play Time: Played on the Xbox One S via the Xbox Game Pass completed in just over 24hrs.


Developer: Blue Manchu Pty Ltd | Official Site:

Forget everything you know about first-person shooters: Void Bastards asks you to take charge, not just point your gun and fire. Your task is to lead the rag-tag Void Bastards out of the Sargasso Nebula. You make the decisions: where to go, what to do and who to fight. And then you must carry out that strategy in the face of strange and terrible enemies.

The Good
  • Unique combination of FPS and Roguelike genres.

  • Addictive looter shooter, building and upgrading mechanics.

  • Well voice acted and cool comic visual presentation and animation

  • Nice sound effects and audio position

  • Great strategic enemy variations and tools / weapons

  • RNG is mostly balanced nicely and brings some needed variation to the many vessels you tackle

  • Lots of depth in terms of strategy, challenge, tactics, upgrades and risk / reward

  • Quick pick-up and play despite it's depth

  • Perfect length and value for money (Game Pass and lower-tiered pricing)

The Bad
  • Some map layouts / elements will start to be familiar and repeat after a good amount of hours of play, especially while at the same depth / level.

  • Doesn't really have the narrative level of its game inspirations such as system shock 2 and bioshock despite it's greatness.

  • Not much replaybility outside of achievement hunting if you've already built and tried all combination of tools, not major but a small note really

The Ugly
  • Sometimes the RNG doesn't come together in an suspected unintentional fair manner (Power off plus loads of enemies means getting stormed at the beginning of the entrance / start).

The Score

9 out of 10 Fantastically addictive FPS loot & shoot rogue-like with style, personality and the perfect length & pricing to match!

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