Game Info:

Space Overlords
Developed By: 12 Hit Combo
Published By: Excalibur
Released: February 25, 2016
Available On: Windows, PS4, PS3, VITA
Genre: Action Adventure
ESRB Rating: E10
Number of Players: 1-4 offline, 1-4 online 
Price: $7.99
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Thank you Excalibur for giving us a review copy! 

Space Overlords is a video game that puts you in the shoes of one of several characters in your quest to decimate all opposition that stands in your way for interplanetary domination. The game goes through a basic tutorial for each character to get you acquainted with their combat style and feel. It took me a while to realize I actually needed to grab my controller as my keyboard was clearly not working. After getting up and grabbing my PS4 controller, I got to work destroying the civilization that became the focal point of my irritation. After the tutorial you're sent off to kill some more denizens on the next planet.

The gameplay in the single-player campaign got rather stale afterwards; just stomping around on buildings, tanks, and slamming your robotic fists into jets. The story was so lackluster, in my opinion anyway, that I just started scanning for what kind of words they had used simply for the review on this site. Otherwise, it was something I just wanted to skip through as my character had been placed on one side of the screen while the person he was talking to was on the other. I had gone through a few more missions to see if there was a boss battle or something on the final planet, and there wasn't. I only then found out I had another set of planets to conquer, which was to be expected.

Space Overlords

Strong Points: World builder, simple gameplay, linear story
Weak Points: Gets boring, repetitive gameplay, forced controller usage
Moral Warnings: You're destroying entire cultures and civilizations on their home planet to make them surrender and serve you

I decided to try the planet creator within the system and, honestly, it was the most fun I had with the game. I got to name my own galaxy, I got to build a planet with varying ecosystems and ground types and oceans. I also got to edit the landscape and infrastructure as well as the planet's mission type. It was a very engrossing process that was overall entertaining for me to do; not only did I get to put the work into crafting a planet I got to destroy it as well! The planet builder gives you a wide variety to choose from. You have desert planets, ice planets, water worlds, among others. A drawback to this is that planets in real life aren't necessarily one biome for all. Even within our own solar system we see some sort of variety in the wastelands on Mercury, Mars, and other solid planets within our solar system.

I hopped onto multiplayer, it was entertaining for a little bit. I died a lot, but I die a lot in other multiplayer games. After I started to get the hang of dealing with other humans I started to get bored again with the lackluster gameplay. It again fell to simple and repetitive controls and motions. I opted to leave and finish up this review having gathered all the necessary material to write it thoroughly.

Space Overlords
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 68%
Gameplay - 9/20
Graphics - 8/10
Sound - 8/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 4/5

Morality Score - 66%
Violence - 2/10
Language - 6/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 5/10

So there is this whole thing with mass genocide being the primary focus of the game: you rampage about the planet destroying buildings and people for various reasons, but all boiling down to them not wanting to join you. You have to destroy enemy forces, which when you attack them there is visible blood splatter, implying that you did in fact kill them. This game does swear every now and then, but nothing more than "damn" or "hell". All in all, the gratuitous genocide is more-so implied than actually shown. You destroy people's homes as if they were ants in an anthill.

Its gameplay was certainly a mixed bag; on one hand I had fun crafting my planet from the options they gave me but on the other hand the game itself became rather stale and lackluster overall. I'm sure it's a fun game to some people, and I think if you were looking for something to kill ten minutes you might consider it a nice little time killer. It's a game that is intended to allow people to smash everything in sight, if you're looking for something with more depth this is not the game for you.

Personally, as a lover of all things mecha, I would not recommend this game.