The mixture could easily have seemed generic, a garbage smoothie that makes you spit in the kitchen like the most revolting fire hydrant in the world. However, one way or another, the infusion is not only drinkable, it is somewhat delicious. Sorry for the bugs that are in there. Not the bugs you’re thinking of. You see, there’s a touch of starship troopers in this gloriously dark mix in the form of an alien planet full of bugs that want to finish you all. However, do not hold this against them, because you suddenly appeared on their planet and continue to build shit on it.
Ashley and his mechanized suit, named Mr. Riggs, arrive on an alien planet through a rift in an effort to establish a base and harvest the resources needed to build a much larger portal device so that Earth can properly colonize the planet. In a cool twist on the idea, the Earth is doing well and there is no urgent need for humanity to leave its parents’ house. Instead, it’s about humanity trying to reach for the stars and infect the rest of the universe with their evil pop music and their rappers who can’t rap. In truth, we are a plague.
If you’re looking for a powerful and compelling story, it’s best to look elsewhere. Honestly, there’s not much going on. In the opening hours, it seems that the general story and theme may be about environmental awareness. Ashley is a scientist and advocates for trying to preserve the local flora and fauna, while Mr. Riggs reminds her that conservation is last on the list, among other things like survival and completing the mission. I can’t help but think that everything was thrown away at the last minute, because the dialogue completely contradicts the action on the screen. While the short-lived environmental debate continues, you usually burn hordes of insects with a flamethrower, hammering plants and even the desecrated remains of wildlife as biofuel. You could see it as comical, I guess. However, it is difficult to say whether this is the matter. Whatever the intentions, Ashley is quick enough to keep silent about conservation, which is fine with me – I’m all for preserving the planet, but if this planet has a bunch of alien animals that want to eat me, I’m the only thing I intend to preserve.
As we come screaming and swearing on holiday hill, the release schedule is getting more and more intimidating, filled with enticing triple A titles that come with triple A price tags and decidedly penny-F glitches. The Riftbreaker has managed to stay one step ahead of the tidal wave, and Steam’s more than 5,000 reviews show that it is already setting up the defense towers and walls to hold back the approaching horde of titles. In the end, it will probably swarm below. For these last fateful moments, I think the Riftbreaker will find a group of people who like to use its mixture of RTS, Factorio and filming. And I am one of them.