We’ve played this one a number of times now, and the latest build keeps it firmly at the top of our most wanted list. It’s a dogfighting spin-off from the huge (and hugely complicated) Eve MMO, and it’s ludicrously gorgeous, fast and exciting.
Multiplayer is at the heart of the game, with teams of fighters facing off against each other, but CCP has confirmed that there’s also a single-player story mode and another mode dedicated to simply exploring the game’s beautiful recreation of outer space.
Battles are awesomely dramatic, beginning with a Battlestar Galactica-like launch from a huge battleship and involving seat of your pants chases through fleets of cruisers.
CCP considers the Founder’s Pack to essentially be an early access title, with developments and tweaks being made on the fly, but it already seems pretty fully formed and has enough unlockable content – from ships to weapons to cosmetic customisations – to keep you hooked for a very long time.
- Release date: 28 March
- Price: $59.99 (free with Rift pre-orders)