3059 is a fun and very open-ended sci-fi Roguelike RPG. The plot: "Earth has been overpopulated for ages. For the past 200 years, humankind has been seeking out new planets to colonize. Before humans are placed on a new planet, it is prepared with a basic set of roads, satellite networks, and buildings constructed by autonomous robots. You've just been placed on planet Esperenza, the planet of hope, with groups of other settlers. There is no organized authority in effect, and large cities and vehicles have yet to arrive; aliens still live freely in uncivilized areas. You have every chance to be anything you want to be." |
The best thing about 3059 is that it offers complete freedom: you can roam virtually endlessly in any direction at any time, and there is always things to see, quests to embark on, aliens and hostile humans to fight, and items to acquire. The game has an original and detailed skill system, and good AI behind all the enemies you fight. Two of the most fun things to do in the game is to create items from parts, and fight "boss" aliens that will always drop cool items. Day/night cycles, teleporters that let you move quickly between towns, and fun item descriptions are some of the cool features of this fun sci-fi roguelike. It's not as good as GearHead (mostly due to the most confusing combat system and, in my opinion, less interesting quests. Besides, giant robots are by nature cooler ;)), but it comes quite close. Highly recommended.
The official site (linked below) also features later entries in the series so check those out even if you've already played this!
Reviewed by: Underdogs