Space Pirates and Zombies 2 Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Space Pirates and Zombies 2 by MinMax Games.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game for review purposes. Like all of my reviews, this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences.
Space Pirates and Zombies 2 is space themed game that mixes multiple game genres including Strategy, RPG and Action Games.
The game features 2 game modes. The campaign focuses on the game’s story which mostly acts as a tutorial to the game’s features. The second is sandbox mode which allows you to customize the game in various parameters to make the game easier or harder for you. You can customize pretty much anything that might impact the game. This includes, game modes, maps, starmap, combat, zombies, resources, raids, cloaking and misc. Each section has a bunch of sliders for various parameters so there’s a lot of customization options.
The campaign follows the former crew of the clockwork which saved the galaxy once before. They’re on a mission to eradicate the last of the zombie infection. This becomes more than they can handle on their own so they’re forced to form a faction of their own. You must build up a sizeable force of allies to take on the main space station for the zombies. The final battles must be fought solo so a strong ship with a high threat level is recommended.
Most of the game takes place on the star map. This is where you manage your factions, build space stations, collect resources, and initiate battles. The star map is a very important part to the game and the campaign will teach you how to use all of it.
There are 3 resources that you’ll require to get anywhere in the game. The first is Rez. Rez is the most important resource because it acts as your fuel. Depending how fast you have your engines set to you’ll drain more or less rez. Moving faster drains Rez faster than if you’re moving slower. You can obtain Rez from mining ops, completing side missions, collecting resource points, or many other activities.
The second resource is scrap. Scrap is important because it acts as the game’s currency. This allows you to purchase new space stations for your faction, new parts for your ship, or to offer tribute to different captains. Rez is worth more than scrap is in a tribute so you can offer both to increase the value.
The third are your ships crew. Your crew is a little less important than the previous 2 but you should always keep the supply over the threshold limit. If it’s lower, your ship will take damage because there won’t be enough people to manage all of the systems. Having too many people can also have a negative effect on your ship, draining Rez faster the higher the number. You can sell off excess crew members for scrap at space stations. The crew members are all clones in this game so they’re essentially the slave labor of this game’s galaxy.
There are a few different activities that you can take part in including raids, mining ops and arena’s. Raids allow you to siphon resources from opposing factions, so long as your territory is near theirs. It’s a good idea to destroy opposing faction’s raids so you can get the full amount of resources.
Mining Ops are a way to obtain more Rez but it’s time consuming and I usually avoided these missions. Essentially you enter a field of Rez rich asteroids and illegally mine them. You just shoot them to break them apart and you obtain Rez from the broken pieces.
Arena’s are a good way to obtain reputation with an opposing faction. These are simulated battles using various types of ships. There are a bunch of different levels and challenges to take part In and the rewards are greater the higher the level arena you defeat.
Battles in this game are quite plentiful. Whether you’re facing a rival faction or facing off against zombies they’ll always be the same. When you initiate a battle you’ll be taken to a battlefield where you have full control over your ship. You can choose to have the AI control your weapons but you can step in at any time to fire your weapons whenever. I let the AI do most of the work because it’s quite good at managing itself and I stepped in only when it was necessary (Which was only for tough battles). You can also take control of your fighter ships as well and let the AI pilot your big ship. I stayed in control of my main ship since I preferred to fight with it.
After a battle is won you’ll be able to loot your opponents. You can choose to loot individual resources and parts or you can choose to loot all of them. You can also scavenge their ship for bonus resources and maybe some parts too.
When you’re battling zombies, they have an attack that will infect the various parts in your ship. It’s a really good idea to try and avoid this attack but if you do come in contact with it you’ll need to disinfect your ship after the battle.
Any captains that die in battle against a zombie become zombies themselves. If you defeat them in battle you have the option to cure the captain of the zombie virus by using Rez.
I could go on describing all of the game’s features but I’ll end the review here since it’s getting quite long.
Overall, Space Pirates and Zombies 2 is an incredibly fun strategy game with some light RPG and Action elements. One thing I was really surprised about was how well everything in the game worked together. It felt very polished and smooth in every aspect. Battles were really fun and never became repetitive even though you were doing the same thing in each battle. Taking over the galaxy with its faction elements is great fun as well. If you’re a fan of strategy games and want something with quite a bit of depth and customization then Space Pirates and Zombies 2 is a great option.
Thanks for taking the time to read my review folks. I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers Out!
Bonus Game Info
Space Pirates and Zombies 2$19.99
Features of Interest
- Excellent Gameplay/Addicting
- Interesting Characters
- Tons of Replay Value
- Tons To Do In The Game
- Excellent Faction Building System
- Battles May Get Repetitive For Some People
- The Beginning Can Be A Very Slow Burn