Hellion, is developed by Zero Gravity Games and is a first person multiplayer space survival game with real time physics. The game’s pivotal pvp interaction allows players to work together or to destroy each other, with emphasis on the player finding and achieving any means of survival.
Gameplay- The game features a storyline, a large expanse of solar system to travel, customization of ships, and a material crafting system. However some of this is unavailable to the player at this given time so it’s hard to judge how some of it will turn out. The one qualm I have with gameplay was that the tutorial provided was limited to listing key actions and little else on what you’d be doing after starting the game. However, it likely can only improve given that the player can access how-to-video on performing certain actions. Plus it really should be more of a learning experience seeing as the player is alone in the start and is facing no immediate danger. The game feels very vast and almost as if you are completely alone despite being on a server with other people. The mechanics of gameplay are responsive and easy enough to master, and with the eventual compatibility with joysticks, and controllers it ought to be a good fit for any gamer. Even just testing out gravity, the jetpack, and the space ship was enough to sell me on how thought out the game is. Not to mention its realistic graphics and sound.
Storyline- Hellion does have a storyline but not one that you have to actively engage if you so choose. The story is provided through the Intel you gather while scavenging worlds and other ships for resources, according to the developers. If you’re looking for storyline or something that provides an ending you may choose to look elsewhere, as Hellion falls more on the survive spectrum of games. One benefit about the survival aspect is that your play through will never be the same, given the pvp interaction, which would prevent gameplay from getting stale over time.
Design- Hellion is designed to be realistic. To be the game that really pits one vs another in order to survive. The gameplay feels very evident and aware of that. I had a hard time maneuvering at some point in space and ultimately if it was a race to a ship with another player it would be rather crazy. It just gives off that real survival feeling and provides that adrenaline that makes games great. I think the designers are doing all the right things experience wise and creating a viable interface for interacting with controls and the environment. It’s a good balance between the two having both the aesthetic and playability.
Hellion is still just an idea of what there will be to come, given that it is still in its early stages. However, testing the game and seeing the ideas for its future, there are high hopes from both the players and the developers. The price is set at $25 and seems fitting for the final product. Hellion is a game suited towards people who prefer pvp over storyline-based games but could still be enjoyed by a variety of players. Hopefully, players will see the same things I did demoing and there will be more to come from the final release. The final rating given is an 8 out of 10.
Check Out the Hellion 0.2 Update Gameplay Trailer:
You can find Hellion on Steam Early Access. (now on sale for $19.99 until July 5, 2017).