Interstellar Marines is Cheap, and Free This Week
If you’re like me, you’ve always wanted to sign up for the United Space Marine Corp, and Interstellar Marines will give you that chance. Strapping on that body armor, slapping a battery into your pulse rifle and taking it to the xenos is a romantic idea that lots of sci-fi fans have been faithfully recreating since Robert Heinlein’s amazing “Starship Troopers” novel hit the shelves in 1959. Movies like Aliens and Paul Veerhoven’s adaptation of Starship Troopers, and games like Halo have made the idea of joining the space marines an exciting prospect, even with the insurmountable odds. Zero Point Software is here to focus on the essentials in their Early Access title Interstellar Marines.
The conceit is simple: You are one of a select few training to become the next class of space problem solver. In a deep underground base you and other players run simulation battles in versatile “Danger Room” of sorts, fighting off robots and each other in a mixture of environments from pitch black night to muggy midday sun and more. There are a number of single player missions, but most of the action is in the cooperative and counter-operative online multiplayer. One map has you finding your way out of a complex while solving some light-hearted puzzles (turn this on, pick up that…etc), and others are purely focused on survival. There’s a persistent level system that gives you a glimpse at how long some folks have been playing the game, and the community is a welcoming one.
The environment is as much of a draw here as the gameplay, as the shifts in lighting and architecture will demand a keen eye and adaptability. You will have to get used to using your flashlight often, and turn up those speakers to catch the quiet mechanical whirring noise of an approaching robot. The bots themselves are unexpectedly terrifying, with brutal accuracy, speed, and ruthlessness. They may not be the smartest cookies, but you will find multiple moments where a missed bot will come from the shadows in a blaze, making you look undignified as you spray bullets and swear.
The game is good fun, and while it’s on sale it’s highly worth it. Nearly weekly updates, great players, good devs, gorgeous looking…it’s going to keep getting better and better!
Save 66% on Interstellar Marines on Steam this week, and try it for free before you do!