heise plays “Everspace 2” and “Turrican”: shooting in strange (retro) worlds

Somehow, both of the games we’re showing on our gaming livestreams this week have a strong retro flair. For “Everspace 2”, the developers at Rockfish Games have strongly oriented themselves towards great classics such as “Wing Commander”, “Elite” or “Freelancer”. Your new space game (played by heise online) plays very quickly and offers a successful mix of shooting, farming resources, solving puzzles and space navigation even in Early Access.

The controls in particular are well done. In addition to flight sticks, gamepads are also supported. The solo campaign currently lasts about 8 hours, which is why we want to focus on the start of the game. The live stream starts at 6 p.m. Youtube and Twitch. The heise video journalist sits at the input devices Michael Wieczorek (@avavii)who will not only play “Everspace 2”.

Everspace 2 & Turrican Flashback | Livestream

The fact that “Turrican” gives some great retro feelings needs less explanation than “Everspace 2”. Factor 5’s action platformer celebrated great success in the nineties, especially on home computers like the Amiga 500. The recently released compilation “Turrican Flashback” combines “Turrican 1” and “Turrican 2” as well as the console versions “Super Turrican” and “Mega Turrican”. “Super Turrican” was released in 1993 for the Super Nintendo. In the same year “Mega Turrican” was also released, but not yet on the Sega Mega Drive for which it was developed, but first as an Amiga port under the name “Turrican 3: Payment Day”.

We will shed light on in the livestream which new features the Flashback compilation brings with it, as well as the question of how much fun the series is still today. The porting studio ININ Games has unfortunately only collected a few bonus material. The studio tries to find an ideal balancing act between nostalgia and modern game design with a rewind function and numerous filters.

“Everspace 2” was released on January 18, 2021 for download as an early access version for Windows. It costs around 40 €. USK not checked. “Turrican Flashback” will be available on January 29, 2021 for Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4. It costs around € 30. The USK has given approval from 6 years of age.

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