Starfield, the latest RPG from Bethesda Game Studios, offers players the chance to embark on an intergalactic adventure as part of the exploration group Constellation. While it may not reach the lofty heights of Bethesda's ambitions, Starfield impresses with its strong sidequests, impactful choices, impressive scope, beautiful space landscapes, and great ship and outpost customization.
The main story and characters in Starfield, however, fall flat. The main questline revolves around searching for metallic artifacts, lacking the imagination and depth that one would expect from a game set in space. The characters, too, feel like stock archetypes rather than individuals with whom players can form a meaningful connection.
But where Starfield truly shines is in its worldbuilding and side content. Players can engage in a captivating storyline involving corporate warfare, as they work for the dominant megacorporation, Ryujin Industries. This subplot serves as a biting commentary on human flaws and their expansion on a galactic scale. It highlights both the potential for good and the complexity of humanity when faced with infinite possibilities.
Additionally, Starfield offers memorable sidequests that delve into the human condition. One such quest involves a heartfelt conversation with a rogue AI, teaching it what it means to be human. This quest exemplifies Starfield's sincere exploration of how humans bring color and life to the vast emptiness of space.
In terms of gameplay, Starfield largely sticks to Bethesda's tried-and-true formula. Players spend their time engaging in conversations with NPCs and looting items. While the game's world feels expansive, some quests take place in a limited number of hub cities, and the fast travel system can make backtracking tedious.
However, Bethesda's RPG expertise is evident in Starfield's character-building system. Players can customize their character's traits and abilities, allowing for different playstyles and impactful decision-making. This system adds depth and personalization to the player's journey through the vastness of space.
Overall, Starfield may not be the groundbreaking game some hoped for, but it delivers an impressive space RPG experience with its expansive scope, impactful choices, and engaging side content.
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