The New Expanse Game is Dark

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There is a new story-driven game based on The Expanse show, developed by Telltale Games. The game is set before the events of the show and follows the character Kamina Drummer, voiced by Cara Gee, who reprises her role. The story was written with input from the authors of The Expanse books to ensure it stays true to their vision. The game is delivered in episodic chapters, with one released so far and more planned bi-weekly. The gameplay involves RPG-style choices that impact the episodes and a linear, story-driven experience with stylized graphics.

One of the game’s strengths is its accurate portrayal of space navigation and the physics of the vacuum. The movement mechanics and level design allow players to fully immerse themselves in the experience of navigating through space. The writing and dialogue capture the style and banter of the show and books, with the inclusion of Belter Creole. The story doesn’t shy away from the darker elements that make The Expanse universe compelling, with unyielding foes and the constant danger of the vacuum of space. However, the game falls short in providing essential lore and context for new players, which may leave them confused about the universe and its terms and politics.

Despite these shortcomings, the overall experience is a success. Telltale Games captures the tone and atmosphere of The Expanse, highlighting its gritty and realistic portrayal of humanity in a mature space-faring age. The game is recommended to fans of the show and books, as it complements and expands upon the existing universe. It is available on the Epic Games Store for $40, with a deluxe edition that includes future DLCs for $50. The game can be played on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation platforms.