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Drox Operative: Demo Now Available for Soldak’s Action RPG

By on November 14th, 2012 9:45 am

Drox Operative | Action RPG from Soldak Entertainment

Drox Operative is an action RPG set in space from Soldak Entertainment. It is  currently in beta (pre-orders are available for the latest beta build) and it doesn’t have an exact release date. The devs took the “it will be released when it’s done” approach.

Keith Turner had a go with Soldak’s latest adventure in pursuit for answers to the question: “Is this merely an action roleplaying game in the same vein as Diablo, or have they actually snuck some 4X space opera magic into this game?”. Have a look at his preview for his impressions. He’s planning to write a review when the game comes out, so, stay tuned for that.

Meanwhile Drox Operative has received several new beta patches and a demo has been released to the public very recently.

Keep in mind that while Drox Operative is a lot about exploration, diplomacy, technology and war, where you’re still expected to make a lot of decisions, it is much more about space battle action, quests and ship customization. So, don’t expect to find a true 4X experience with empire building, population management and building construction. But, you will definitely find some 4X elements here.

You can play single-player or co-op multiplayer (not available in the demo yet). The game will be released for Windows and Mac. Again, the release date is not known yet.

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  1. JD says:

    This game is well worth it’s price even in Beta form. I’ve bought it this summer and it was already very good back then. The cool thing in this game is that the galaxy you inhabit is constantly changing and growing. Empires rise and fall, wars erupt, backstabs happen. You’re actually just a special agent in a ever changing 4x galaxy who needs to ally itself with whatever power becomes the strongest. It is great fun and addictive too.

    • BTJ says:

      That sounds a bit like Space Rangers (2). That was an excellent game, very underrated. Can you say if it is comparable?

      • JD says:

        I wish I could tell you, I have never played Space Rangers 2. One could say Drox Operative is like S.P.A.Z. but then again S.P.A.Z. is story driven, Drox is not. And that comparison in a way sells Drox short, as the game is much bigger. But it is the closest I could give you to a comparison. Try the demo, just give it a go, it will take you perhaps 30 minutes to figure it all out, but the game aids with that in a very unobtrusive way.

      • lammaer says:

        If you check the linked review, some people also had the Space Rangers feeling after reading the review (I have too, especially after watching the video), but someone said it is not like that.

        But the best thing is – we have DEMO, so lets find out the truth :)

      • Alex says:

        I have played Space Rangers 2, and from the time spent playing this demo, I do see some similarities such as the “lone ship” game play, ship customization via modules, and the race relations aspect of the game (where you are at war, or otherwise). However, when I began to play this demo, it had more differences than similarities to Space Rangers. It has a ton more features, and it feels a lot more open. Not to mention this is real time gameplay (where in Space Rangers you go by ‘turns’)

        If anyone has ever played Star Sonata, this feels a bit like that game too.

        Overall, I think it is a splendid game. The only thing I didn’t like about playing the demo so far was the limited minimap where it only shows like 10% of the whole system at any given time.

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