By Seán O'Sullivan - June 1st, 2014
Is there a place more precarious to humankind than the far reaches of space? Not only does the fatal lack of atmosphere preclude respiratory and auditory function, but it also necessitates the use of rudimentary, prone-to-failure technologies to prevent us from being exposed to the fatal nothing that’s out there. If you don’t want your blood to boil, freeze, and have your head explode, you’d best make sure that your technological umbilical cord is in full working order. Not only have millions of years of evolving on Earth made Homosapien bodies woefully ill-suited for spacefaring, but there are also the social considerations. Space is infinitely vast, and filled with indigenous creatures who don’t share our social constructs, so you’re always one faux pas away from having your head mounted on a space-mantle, or your atoms scrambled and reconstituted into space-fuel.
It is for precisely these reasons that spacefaring is the greatest, most intrepid adventure available to humankind, and there has been no game that’s done a better job of capturing this knife-edge tension than 2012′s Faster Than Light. Not even 1.5 years since the original’s release, developer Subset Games are back with a free expansion to the PC/Mac original, and an iPad port that brings the same grand adventures to the smaller screen.
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