‘StarForge’ is Minecraft With Guns & Beauty

Jun 1, 2012 by  

There has never been any question that Minecraft started a revolution in the video game industry. Countless clones, some more shameless than others, have built upon the original premise of Minecraft – build your own world and try to survive. Now another studio is taking a stab at the genre, but StarForge might be the most exciting

It is clear from the video and descriptions on the website that StarForge was heavily inspired by Minecraft and its successors, along with sci-fi first-person shooters like Halo. The player is tasked with gathering elements and building shelters in order to withstand the harsh reality of an alien planet – a line that could just as easily define the experience of playing Minecraft.

The most marked departure of StarForge is, of course, the weaponry. StarForge gives the player plenty of firepower to fight off the oncoming hordes of aliens or humans in the form of procedural weapons from enemies and turrets to defend the base. The very active role that players will take in the defense of their property gives the game an RTS or tower defense feel, much like Epic Games promises Fortnite will when it releases.

After the blocky aesthetic of Minecraft and Terraria‘s 2D take on gathering and building, a fully detailed 3D world, complete with beautiful graphics and a robust physics system is very refreshing. The “procedural 3D tile set system,” one that CodeHatch claims is the first, also gives the impression that structures will look natural within the world of StarForge. Blocks fit perfectly together, remodeling themselves as more tiles are either added or taken away.

CodeHatch just released the first playable build of the game, giving gamers a chance to experience the world they are building first-hand, although with only a fraction of the functionality that the final product will contain.

Ranters, do you think that these initial details of StarForge are enough to warrant another trip into the world building genre? Are you burnt out on games that seem to take a cue from Minecraft yet? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Looks pretty great. But I’m not especially eager to try it, because I don’t have much interest in building things in games. That’s why I never tried Minecraft. However, this game is much nicer to look at, and looks like it might be more action-ish than Minecraft seems to be. I might try it, what with it being free and all.

  2. How did Minecraft start a Revolution?The only ones who play it are 12 year olds and a few decent people.Plus,The only clones of it so far haven’t been anything special [Except Junk Jack which is more Terraria.]

  3. This looks groundbreakingly awesome. Like, really, fun physics and alright graphics plus action added onto minecraft? Now this for me, would be a worthwhile playable minecraft game lol.

  4. This article got me interested so I downloaded it to try it. This game has a long way to go until it will be an actual game; I wasn’t impressed.

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