I played the crap out of “Freelancer” back in the day, mainly because I was always looking to acquire bigger and badder ships. “Drifter” is the latest of Steam’s Early Access games that follows similar themes in that you’ll be piloting a spacecraft in an open-world setting. You’ll be able to trade, fight other ships, attempt to satisfy contracts, collect bounties…you know, the typical stuff you’d expect from a space simulator. What makes “Drifter” unique is it’s simplicity…some space simulators require the use of the entire keyboard, which can get overwhelming at times. In this case, you’re limited to a 2D plane AND there are only about ten keys to worry about, making it friendly to casual gamers like myself.
“Drifter” is currently available on Steam’s Early Access program. Buying into it will grant you immediate access as well as updates and the final build once it’s released. The current price is twelve bucks, but it’s on sale for ten until March 11, 2014. You can check out my preview and first impressions via the gameplay videos below. Just keep in mind that these videos are not reflective of the final product.
Official Site: http://www.celsiusgs.com/drifter/