[color=blue]The Pyro world tour continues! After a lengthy (and expensive) chase across Africa, India and Japan, we finally cornered Pyro in Hawaii. With nowhere to turn, he delivered the following note, inscribed on the warm flesh of a coconut…[/color]
[b][url=http://www.starwraith.com/evochronle... Legends[/b][/url] takes players back to the days of PC flight sims: a glorious era that required knowledge of a mess of keys, a steely indifference to the idea of getting lost, and the willingness to become an ace pilot. But Evochron Legends is not an unwieldy experiment. Everyone should realize that there’s a bit of a learning curve to sailing the great black silence, after all.
If you’re a fan of the genre, you’ll likely have seen a few of Evochron’s mechanics before (inertial flight, 3d radar, asteroid mining). That’s ok, though. The game features a solid tutorial that will walk any land-locked dirtfoot through the paces of interstellar flight and cartography. After that, it’s up to the individual to come up with something to do. Become a surly trade lane pirate? Run valuable medical convoys to and from solar systems? Plague the 12 stars as a roving spy/bureaucrat? There’s flexibility enough to do all of this, or just chill as you blast "Dark Side of the Moon" through the aether.
Of course, you’ll be playing out your star tours amidst beautiful planetary scenery. But the cold expanse of space doesn’t have to be intimidating. If you get lonely (or just plain stuck), you can reach out to a network of multiplayer contacts who will be more than happy to help right your course. For the solitary folk out there, there’s no need to socialize. You can spend your days drifting through the cosmos without ever contacting another living being.
I don’t see why you would, though. Evochron’s lone developer relies on fan input to help modify and improve the game. As a result, players really get to feel like they have a say in the creation of the game (or, at least, the avoidance of mass cosmic nerfing). In addition, players are encouraged to modify game elements and trade their creations with other Evochron users. It really feels like joining a community, much in the same way that Mount & Blade cultivated its own community following.
Why You Should Check This Out: Remember when modding was all the rage? When players could spend an afternoon downloading various packs and add-ons just for the chance to see new flight HUDs or player skins? Evochron Legends is a return to the idea that a meticulously crafted game can benefit from a little player input. Offering highly customizable knickknacks not only enables gamers to create their own additions to the experience, but encourages community relationships and interaction. It’s an aspect of gaming that’s been on a silent decline for a while, so it’s reassuring to see that the concept isn’t buried yet. Oh, and it’s also a robust game. If you’re into that kind of thing.