Drox Operative is an interesting action RPG Space Opera style game from the company that brought us Din’s Curse. You are an operative of the once mighty Drox Empire who is looking to restore the empire back to it’s leading role in the galaxy. There are 5 different ways to win, and many ways to lose. Fight, claw and scheme to the top of the alien food chain in any way possible.
It is very obvious how much this game feels and looks like Space Pirates and Zombies (SPAZ). Like SPAZ, Drox Operative is a 2D open world game that offers free reign to do anything in any order. Controls are very similar between the two games as well where it uses a top down view.
Things are very overwhelming when first playing the game, and the tutorial being nothing more than giant walls of text does not help either. The amount of information to process is immense, but give enough time the game will sort itself out. The other races, non player characters, will make their intentions known and how each is dealt with will change the course of the game. Choice plays a key role in how other races will react towards the operative.
Is the operative looking to unify all the alien races under one banner, or rule with an iron fist? Will the operative become a planet destroying tyrant, or use the influence and power that come from being rich? These are the choices offered each game, and each game will play out different based on choices, aliens, and even the lay out of the galaxy.
Not only is there the epic space opera of what will become of you, the Drox Operative, throughout the course of the game, but it offers up a unique and unexpected dungeon crawling loot fest. Ships are fully customizable with all the different parts that can be scavenged from other ships. I could even compare this to something like Eve Online, where they are different “slots” for each ship component. The crew of the ship can be changed and customized to better fit the play style desired. At first, I wanted to say that the game felt sluggish in the control department, when it really was the fact that the thrusters I had equipped just weren’t strong enough for the ship.
What the Drox Operative makes up for in choice, customization and scope it loses in the sound and graphics department: The graphics are very basic, the sounds can grate on the ears, and the music could have been better as well.
Overall, if you are into these grand detailed space operas that focus more on interaction and cunning, this one is right up there. There is a demo for the game if you would like to try it before you buy it. Drox Operative can be purchased directly from Soldak Entertainment’s website.