Updated: Jul 9, 2021
With the release date announced for Bethesda’s Starfield, 11th November 2022, but no real details of the game. There’s still over a year till we get to find out what the Elder Scrolls of space (Spacerim) is about.
We here have made our wish list of what we want to see in this ambitious, ultra-hyped, Sci-Fi adventure.
1) Moral choices that matter
Bethesda of course has a long history of vastly deep RPGs with decisions and dialogue options what have consequences for the rest of the game. Then there’s Fallout 4.
Fallout 4 is a game I very much enjoy; it was the first Fallout game I played, and I found the combat to be superior to others I later went on to play. But it’s not the most popular among fans of the franchise. Often the reason given for this is the bland story and lack of effective choices.
It at least does it better than a lot of other RPGs. Where no matter the dialogue choice you make the outcome is the same in the end.
With Starfield, I really hope we get meaningful choices, with dramatic impact on the outcome of the game. Let me sass the wrong imperial officer and be made to watch my planet be blown up before me.
2) Romance-able Aliens
Maybe it’s from watching Captain Kirk bang his way around the galaxy, or always picking the flirty dialogues in Mass Effect. But I am keeping my fingers crossed for some intergalactic relationship choices.
No, it’s not an alien fetish. Honestly.
If I can talk my way into the ship cabin of a many tentacled blue alien, then game of the year.
But with no confirmation if there are aliens in this game, I might have to go disappointed. The game has a very near future level Sci-Fi look, so this could be a human only galaxy.
Which will be a shame, in the name of equality and inclusion I consider myself open to good times with any weird grotesque Xeno the stars throw at me. My Character! I mean, my character is open to these… Moving on.
3) Ability to pilot own ship (into the sun)
Will we get to pilot our own ships or will this be a Mass Effect / Jedi Fallen Order style galactic map situation. From some of the vague rumours regarding designing your own craft, it does seem that we may be taking the helm ourselves.
I am also hoping, like Outer Wilds, Elite Dangerous and other open space fairing games, it gives me the freedom to pilot myself to a fiery end. Like a moth to a flame, I can’t help it, any time I’m given total control over my spaceship, I must find out what awaits me in that beautiful orange orb. It could be secrets, maybe it’s not as hot and dangerous as it looks. Only one way to find out. Punch it Chewy.
4) Funky weaponry
Realistically, in our near future, we aren’t going to be firing lasers, or plasma cannons. At least I don’t think.
But realism can do one. This is Sci-Fi. Give me a Sci-Fi gun. I want to be encasing my foe in a stasis bubble, firing a stream of nano-bots which tear them apart at a molecular level. Something that’s more akin to Ratchet and Clank than Call of Duty.
If you’re going to palm me off with ballistic projectile weapon, it better at least be the Mass Effect railgun tech type. Dam this is making me want to play Mass Effect.
Fallout has its fair share of peculiar guns; Outer Worlds has a shrink ray. Starfield, give me something inventive and physics defying please.
5) Exciting map design
Please not just another sand planet, we’ve had so many sand planets, do you really think more sand is going to wow me Star Wars! I mean, Starfield.
Yes, Starfield, don’t pull a f**king Star Wars. Give me something enjoyable to look at as I waltz around, banging cyborg space whales.
We probably can’t get away from there being at least one desert, I mean, the trailer showed us a barren rock, so Tatooine might as well be confirmed at this point. But some of the other concept images looked livelier.
For all the negativity targeted at No Mans Sky, the planets themselves are often a little interesting. Albeit in a cartoonish manner. If Starfield can take some inspiration from the Dr Who writers and give us unique planets made entirely of diamonds, less unique once copied, but I still think it would be cool to see.
Give us weird shit, really weird shit, planets that make me question what the writers were on when they conceived of the idea. Flex those creative brains Bethesda, I believe in you.
Those were 5 things I want to see from Starfield, as it seems they are sticking with that name for now, so mark this page, and come back next winter to see just how disappointed I’ve been.
Bring on Spacerim!
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