Pros: Tough as nails difficult level that earns the right to be difficult through respect for the player. A slew of play options and styles that take days an days to really mine. An ethos that rewards creative thinking by making divergent strategies truly possible. Immense care and attention paid to sc...
Cons: Mass of clicks and right clicks necessary sometimes feel unintuitively implemented. Virtually no tolerance of disorganization or patient decision making. A lack of cohesion between otherwise well themed story beats.
Conclusion: Concept: Build a ship and crew as you flee across the cosmos, fighting enemy starships as you go
Graphics: The art is simple, and the U.I. capably presents much-needed info
Sound: The music and sound effects match the classic sci-fi staples to which the game pays homage
Excerpt: I’m going to do something new here. I’m going to be the first games journalist in the world to write a review of FTL without my first paragraph being an ‘in-game’ story about my adventures in space.
Pros: Engrossing space fun, Enjoyable space combat
Excerpt: FTL boldly attempts to recreate space opera’s harder, procedural edge in miniature. If you recall the most electrifying space battles from Star Trek, with all the split-second crew-boarding, power-system-rerouting, and sensor-jamming, you’ll get precisely what it’s going for.
Excerpt: Battles between spaceships are pretty common in the video game industry. Not as common as Zombies, sure, but they're not too hard to find. Scroll to the side and destroy the enemy as quickly as possible with plentiful lasers and missiles is usually the drill.
Excerpt: Just when we'd decided that CD burners had become boring in their old age, the innovative Yamaha CRW-F1 puts a new spin on the market. In addition to unprecedented performance, this CD rewriter can etch graphics and text onto the surface of CD-R media.
Conclusion: Fortunately, the game stays interesting through the randomly generated galaxy and by offering new ships to campaign with. For some reason you will still find yourself going back for more, albeit in smaller, more sporadic doses.