MMOs You’ve Never Heard Of: Astroflux, Star Sonata, and Mankind Reborn

    
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Welcome back to another brief roundup of MMOs and other online games you’ve (probably) never heard of.

Astroflux is an interesting one that came across our desk this week. It appears to be a free-to-play Steam port of a browser MMO, with retro sci-fi shooter graphics – developer Fula Fisken calls them “cozy arcade graphics paired with modern awesome particle effects,” which actually seems fair. “You start the game with a puny ‘pew-pew’-ship and start your journey to explore the huge Astroflux Universe. Team up with other players and take down the aggressive bosses and hordes of enemies while you search for new materials and scraps to upgrade your ship.” (Thanks, Morgan!)

Star Sonata has been mentioned in this roundup before, but it’s probably still deserving of a place here. It’s an indie sci-fi sandbox MMO with big ambitions for 2019, starting with a redesign of the ships classed as Fighters. (Thanks, Panagiotis!)

Finally, we’ve got Mankind Reborn, which bills itself as a “player-driven cyberpunk MMO.” If you stretch your brain back to 2015, you’ll recall that Face of Mankind was an early-aughts sandbox MMO that sunsetted because, as the creators said at the time, the game was just too old to create meaningful content with higher-end graphics people expect. Enter Mankind Reborn, a clear spiritual successor, which is promising a persistent universe, player economy, PvP, political machinations, and sweet graphics.

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Richie Shoemaker

Well, that was disappointing. “Mankind Reborn” had me all aflutter that the MMORTS was making a comeback. Gits!

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Jason Pearson

Definitely not an RTS unless you think telling lower rank players what to do and where to shoot is strategy haha

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donvweel

I have been planning on picking up Star Sonata some day maybe if there is a sale.

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PanagiotisLial1

It is free to play

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donvweel

Thanks, I will have to jump in. Steam just shows it as comming soon I assumed there was a price like most space games.

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PanagiotisLial1

If you want to try it already you can also download it from its site

It also draws some inspiration from single player series Star Control(1-3)

They got a discord too

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donvweel

Cheers

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PanagiotisLial1

I had gone for shield monkey class since I liked the idea of healing shields of people and of my sidekicks bot controlled ships(they tend to call them “slaves”there) but easiest for a new player is to start Fleet Commander. They get bonuses to capital ships, can launch more fighters and more bonuses to your drone controlled sidekick ships

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3dom

You should add Hades’ Star to the list. Decent MMO space trading / exploration strategy, available on Steam.

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starbuck1771

Who says I haven’t heard of these games Bree. Star Sonata has been around a long time. LoL.

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Oleg Chebeneev

As far as I rememember there werent any NPCs in Face of Mankind at all. Not a single one. And first thing I see in Mankind Reborn video is tons of NPC drones zerging at player. Doesnt look like spiritual successor.

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Jason Pearson

Well, you’re completely wrong no matter what version of Face of Mankind you played. If you played during the earliest of days then there were numerous civilian NPCs that walked around the game worlds, there were also super buggy aliens that would send you to cloning in a single hit if they caught you.

Later the game would remove civilian NPCs that walked around but would add Necars Field and some revamped aliens that wouldn’t immediately send you to cloning if you got hit, along with weapons and armor specifically for dealing with them. They’d also add static NPCs that would hand out really lame quests.

I believe this specific video was them trying to show off PvE content which most of the community agrees isn’t a bad thing to add to the game, especially if it’s done significantly better than FoM did. It’s all still open world PvP with a (nearly) full loot system (minus weapons and armor as always) with eight factions competing against one another with a fleshed out crafting and market system but I’m hoping they’ve refined the PvE side of the game to encourage other types of players to participate.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Probably played second version without civilian NPCs and never reached aliens. I just remember it was all players running around.

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Jason Pearson

That’s fair enough, honestly you missed nothing if you didn’t experience PvE in FoM as it was fairly garbage. MR is definitely the spiritual successor but it’s promised to be much more than what FoM ever was so please keep an eye out! :)

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PanagiotisLial1

@bree just to make a small correction, fighters are small ships launched from your own ship and not a ship you pilot – in a way like “carrier ship pets”.

Capitals and Freighters usually can launch the most in this game