Spacebase DF-9 gameplay video — Early Access impressions

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Shocking news today: I'm playing another game ! This time I take a look at Spacebase DF-9 , an Early Access game from Double Fine that I've already put about 10 hours into. The goal: build a sweet space station without everyone dying terribly.

Consider this an introduction to Spacebase, but even in 40 minutes I couldn't get to everything, including all my issues with it. (That's partially because I spend way too much time trying to design a single structure station... but I like making things pretty, OK?) Raiders, for instance, can be unfairly strong. I've lost entire bases because no one—even my dumb security officers—can figure out how to deal with one guy . Even turrets are useless.

There are also general AI problems (the crew loves to get stuck and has no sense of self preservation) and it's frustrating that tasks can't be prioritized during emergencies.

I like Spacebase, but often in spite of it. The variables are off right now. I'm optimistic, though—a few more big updates and it could be really special.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley during the '80s and '90s, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on early PCs. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now, and PS1 classic Bushido Blade (that's right: he had Bleem!). Tyler joined PC Gamer in 2011, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. His hobbies include amateur boxing and adding to his 1,200-plus hours in Rocket League.