I wrote a good bit final yr about Ixion, a deep area city-builder than mixed the thrill of popping in little buildings with some 4X components like exploration, then wrapped all of it up in an engrossing story in regards to the dying days of the human race. I cherished the sport, however I additionally hated it.
I cherished it for all the explanations I spelled out right here, however I additionally hated it as a result of it was at occasions pointlessly tense, and its tightly-wound narrative, which helped the sport in so many different methods, was additionally an infinite ache within the ass when it got here to progressing by way of Ixion’s ranges:
In Ixion you’re at all times in peril, at all times wanting one thing you want, and it’s onerous to get that stuff at the very best of occasions, not to mention once you’re coping with every little thing from employee strikes to burning factories. A city-builder ought to no less than typically be a tranquil expertise, as a result of they’re about constructing and watching issues develop; right here there have been treasured few moments I wasn’t feeling extremely wired, and by no means felt like I received the prospect to only get pleasure from for a day or two the truth that, hey, we have been nonetheless alive. A sandbox or freeplay mode might have actually helped right here, however sadly the sport doesn’t embody both of these issues, there’s simply the marketing campaign.
I wrote that in December—Ixion simply squeaked into my 2022 GOTY record—and now we’re in Could 2023. And whaddya know, whereas the sport doesn’t have a “sandbox or freeplay” mode, it now has one thing perhaps even higher: problem choices.
Truly, it’s one thing even higher than that: they’re deeply customisable problem choices. Take a look at this!
Any new playthrough will now start with a alternative of three problem modes:
This mode is for gamers who need to benefit from the sport’s narrative and is advisable for these unfamiliar with the city-builder style.
That is the meant IXION expertise and is advisable for gamers aware of metropolis builders.
An unrelenting struggle for survival; this mode is for Directors who actually need to check their expertise.
Need a bit extra customization so you possibly can play IXION the way you envisioned? Then this fourth choice is for you. In Customized mode, you possibly can modify all kinds of sport mechanics to your style. Uninterested in the fixed hull degradation. Flip it off. Not getting sufficient employees from cryopods? Change the ratio. Accidents occurring too usually? Lower the frequency.
It’s also possible to modify these problem parameters through the pause menu mid-playthrough – together with in your current saves!
Good. That is excellent. It lets us proceed to play the sport the way in which its builders meant, but in addition lets us—the Royal Us, these of us who weren’t down on a few of its problem and pacing points—tailor a few of its extra annoying points to easily make it extra enjoyable. And that doesn’t simply imply making issues simpler, you can also make them more durable if you need!
My preliminary Ixion suggestion in 2022 got here with some fairly robust caveats; these are virtually all gone now, so if the concept of a city-building Battlestar Galactica appears like your factor, you must positively test it out in 2023.