Platform: PC, Mac, Linux, Steam, Desura
Reviewed on: Windows
Genre: Adventure, RPG, Sandbox, Survival
Players: Single player
Written by Whistler 11th May 2014
Likened to Mojang’s popular Minecraft series;
Farsky tells the tale of Nathan, who on a routine submarine mission is stranded in the ocean after the submarine mysteriously crashes and forces Nathan (the player) to utilize the vast seabed’s resources with nothing more than a diving suit and a small base to survive.
FarSky’s main game mode revolves around a combination of gathering resources, building then upgrading your base and equipment, crafting essentials, and exploring the depths of the ocean while searching for the parts of your submarine, fish hunting and fending off against various hungry predators.
Where FarSky steers away from the usual Minecraft-
While visuals are by no means made to a AAA standard and are rough around the edges; they are far more pleasing than most of the block based survival titles and if one were to dive deeper (pun not intended), they will find that FS’s world paints a very colourful and atmosphere enriching experience where you will often find yourself stopping or wandering off the beaten path to stand in awe at the many sights there are to offer. A nice change from the usual open land environment, the game capitalizes on every primal awe and fear that the ocean conjures with its alien setting full of wonder, mystery and danger.
While somewhat lacking in content, FS’s smaller scope is far easier to grasp allowing the player to spend more time exploring rather than trying to understand a complex crafting system.
The limitations set also create a balanced steady progression as to delve to deeper depths which in turn allows access to more valuable materials (and bigger hunts) the player will need to craft better diving equipment (the helmet increases pressure resistance, suit bolsters defence, and the oxygen tank allows you to be submerged for longer). While granted having the clear goal of collecting the nine pieces of the submarine cuts a lot of the games potential longevity, I prefer it as unlike titles like Don’t Starve, having an actual goal to work towards makes the gameplay all the more rewarding and less of a ‘free fall’ experience.
As mentioned exploration is the game’s strong suite, and while combat is relatively simple it is incredibly enjoyable and enhances the atmosphere. Quickly the player learns the fastest way to cure their hunger needs is to hunt their aquatic neighbours, however while this quickly gains a food source it also alerts various ‘big catches’ your way including hammerheads, great whites and angelfish amongst other bigger threats who will tirelessly take a bite at you (causing you to bleed which attracts more).
The risk vs reward of exploring offers a regular dose of adrenaline as you delve deeper and deeper while avoiding or fighting some of the sea’s deadliest hunters which is a welcome experience.
While FarSky falls short in content and longevity, FarSky offers a very rich and unique experience that survival genre enthusiasts will not be disappointed. While the game is considered finished, if FarSky Interactive were to add more content (paid or otherwise) I could see FarSky easily managing a longer lifecycle and is still definitely worth a look at in its current state.
Easy to grasp.
Small amount of crafting,
Rough around the edges visuals.
FarSky dives into the depths of enjoyment with a 7 out of 10.