Drox Operative 2, a starship action RPG, has now passed from early access to full release and is available on Steam. The game is developed by Soldak Entertainment which is a great, longstanding Indie developer who have consistently delivered good quality games. This title takes you to space surrounded by warring alien races where, as the captain of a ship, its your job to back the winning race while raking in as much money as possible. The Drox Operative franchise offers the following gameplay elements:

  • Explore a dynamic and evolving galaxy
  • Explore a unique sector of the galaxy in every game, with different “monsters”, ship components, quests, and even races
  • Fight in the galactic war between the various alien races
  • Battle hundreds of different enemy starships
  • Build the coolest and deadliest starship in the galaxy
  • Outfit your ship with thousands of components and crew
  • Adventure with your friends with co-op multiplayer
  • Essentially play an action RPG inside a universe of alien races playing a 4X game

Drox Operative 2 has had a large number of new features added that makes it stand apart from the previous instalment and well worth investing in even if you have played the previous game. These are:

  • Build a unique ship with a new skill/command system
  • Enjoy better graphics (normal maps, better specular maps, and higher resolution textures)
  • Enjoy new combat sound effects
  • Deal with more treaty types (vassals, tributaries, protectorates, and federations)
  • Find more component types (plasma cannons, ramming components, probes, ballistic bursts, plasma blasts, manual beams, chaining beams, plasma waves, etc)
  • Experience faster movement and combat
  • Interact with randomly generated races (just the young races)
  • Discover way more interesting things while exploring
  • Protect or exploit primitive races
  • Find crew with skills
  • Place spies on planets for better info and spying activities
  • Play as the rebels of each of the races (42 total known playable races, rebels, and subraces)
  • Play as any of the unlocked young races (essentially infinite number of random playable races)
  • Win sectors with the new Guild Win
  • Survive Cataclysms, massive sector wide events that can greatly change the balance of power
  • Play with better controller support
  • Use new tools to deal with the various races in your sector (sponsor diplomatic and colony ships, vouch for races, and adventure with races)

All these added features clearly show that this is not just a few new features disguised as a new game but a fully realised sequel with a wealth of new gameplay features and improvements. I would strongly suggest that anyone who enjoyed the previous game or any of Soldak’s titles to pick it up here. For those of you who have never played a Soldak game or those who just want to try it first then you can also download a free demo from the Steam page here. I’ll be posting a full review next week but my initial experience has been good.