When we contemplate space exploration and first contact with alien races we're usually thinking of a universal federation of peace and harmony, equal rights for all, the complete alleviation of poverty, and molecular food replicators. But why would we want all that, when we could conquer every galaxy and raid them for all the resources they have? It's an upgrading, resource-nabbing free-for-all as Vasiliy Kostin presents an alternative take on things to come in Galaxy Siege, a space-themed upgrade shooter that would have even the Hungry Hungry Hippos daintily dabbing at their mouths with a napkin corner and saying, "No really guys, I just can't, I'm too stuffed."
You'll slalom your craft with the left and right [arrow] keys, automatically firing on anything you encounter that isn't a resource. Those your shuttle will automatically collect with its grappling robotic arms whenever they're within range. You fly a straight course through various galaxies, each with three sectors and a Major Bad Dude at the finish. Your shields, grapplers, fuel and firepower are all dependent on whatever you've got onboard, so accruing resources is of major importance if you're going to defeat every other creature in the universe. If you run out of fuel, your ship will lose all control and momentum and just start listing lazily at an angle — but the good news is that the autosystems for your weapons and grapplers still work, enabling you to keep collecting any resources conveniently nearby until you warp out of there. You'll immediately flee the galaxy if you take too much damage, but you can also warp out on your own whenever you like. Where do you reappear? At a Shop of course, where you can buy all sorts of snazzy add-ons and upgrades with those resources you've collected. And upgrade you will, if you expect to make it out there!
Other than your armaments, where you arrange them as you upgrade doesn't have any game effect on your ship's performance. In fact with no aerodynamics in space you can place components anywhere at all in there, and since you're constrained by the size of your current scaffolding your ship will eventually come to resemble a slice of modular robotic toast. Fortunately, upgrades are indeed available to expand your scaffolding and grow beyond the limits of your vessel's current size. In fact you can blip on out of a galaxy if you're stuck, and come back later with more resources and upgrades from the Shops in other galaxies.
If you play Galaxy Siege looking for a thrilling space-themed action shooter, you'll definitely be disappointed. With the weapons systems on full auto and completely dependent upon how well you've upgraded your craft, frenzied shooting and deft maneuverings are just not where it's at. But that isn't the charm of this game. If you enjoy planned upgrading, growing a system piece by piece to achieve today what you couldn't before, Galaxy Siege will most likely appeal to you. As in life, sometimes the planning is where it's at more than the conflicts. Not in our stars, but in ourselves that determines our results.