Author: Greg Lozano
I must be forward when discussing this review: Bethesda RPGs are not for me. The only one I really got into was Fallout 3, and I found myself favoring New Vegas due to its wonderful writing and dynamic faction system. However, if you’re a Bethesda fan, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy Starfield, as their game-making approach hasn’t changed much. Whether medieval, dystopian, or sci-fi, Bethesda consistently introduces new fantasy styles. And for that, I respect them.
Bethesda’s approach hasn’t changed. They’re still using a 22-year-old engine with familiar bugs and glitches. The game boasts a dense lore, a consistent morality system, and the same level of enemy AI. If you’re seeking innovation, this might not be your game. But if you appreciate a universe crafted with love and familiarity, Starfield can be a delightful experience.
The best way to describe Starfield is by comparing it to the various versions of Settlers of Catan. Each version offers unique twists, but the gameplay remains consistent at its core. And that’s okay, as long as you’re having fun.
However, there are other space-themed games I’d recommend over Starfield. No Man’s Sky offers a vast number of planets to explore, and the transition from space to the surface isn’t just a loading screen. The Outer Worlds provides a more intricate system for character interactions and moral choices. And for JRPG fans, the Star Ocean series offers a multi-ending narrative.
In conclusion, while Starfield wasn’t for me, it might be for you if you have an Xbox and Game Pass. My concern lies with the lack of innovation from a AAA company owned by a mega-corporation. Otherwise, consider waiting for a price drop or exploring other space adventures. 2/5
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