Video Game FTL: Faster Than Light (2012)

FTL: Faster Than Light


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FTL: Faster Than Light (Steam Store Page)
FTL: Faster Than Light (Wikipedia.org)
FTL: Faster Than Light (PC) (Metacritic.com)
FTL: Faster Than Light Wiki (ftl.wikia.com)
FTL: Faster Than Light (Reddit Page)


FTL: Faster Than Light is a strategy game where you own a ship, maintain its systems, control its crew, and fly from destination to destination making your way through space.

20140515:
Today I play FTL: Faster Than Light for the first time and overall I thought it was a fun and challenging game.


First I played through the tutorial, which I would highly recommend for a new player, because you won't be shown how to play during the main game. Afterwards, I played the game on normal mode another five times (the game counts six, because I restarted one), though I was very sleepy on the last try (i.e., the fifth try), so I probably should have stopped after the fourth.


Trying out different strategies, I felt as if I made the most progress by putting my money into the shield system. Unfortunately, my weapon system couldn't deal with a ship that had approximately four shields. With that being said, I might be overlooking the strength of putting money into the engine system, which will charge the warp drive system faster and allow for wicked escapes.


On the subject of escapes, I spent too much time in each sector and perhaps it would actually be wiser, at least for a beginner like me, to fly to the exits as quickly as possible. In addition, there were many situations where I was given the option to accept a surrender or avoid conflict. For enemy surrenders, I would be greedy and continue fighting, but sometimes that came at the expense of extra damage to my hull. For avoiding conflicts, I would be greedy and engage the enemy, but it wasn't always worth it.


With only five runs, there's still many details I have yet to uncover and strategies to build. Furthermore, I only have one ship layout to use and the first ship in FTL: Faster Than Light is probably like the first character in Risk of Rain (2013): great for a balanced gameplay experience.


20140516:
Today I decide to play on easy mode. Hopefully I can unlock achievements on easy so that I can have more options for normal mode. Like yesterday, I accidentally started with the default name and restarted the run.

Today I unlocked the Engi ship and played it for a run. Overall, drones were fun and I think I would prefer using the Engi ship over the normal ship.

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