These pioneers were the Freerunners, those who sought freedom and a new life at the edges of human controlled space. They were forced to defend themselves from the pursuit of the Enforcers and the looming presence of the genocidal Xenoids in a tripartite civil war that continues to this day. As a pilot for the Freerunners you have enlisted to defend your settlements against threats both human and alien in nature.
Zigfrak is a space-based Action RPG, released on December 13, 2013 for PC. It features missions, exploration, and crafting, with an emphasis on loot and over-the-top items. Enemy ships explode like loot piñatas, spewing forth useful pickups.
The game employs subtle humor to poke light at a dark situation — a human civil war on a galactic scale, complicated by the invasion of technologically superior aliens. During the campaign, players encounter clues and artifacts which could reveal ancient secrets of humanity.
Zigfrak provides examples of:
- Alien Invasion: The game's premise includes the Xenoids, an advanced alien civilization who are engaged in an ongoing attempt to conquer the people of the Nautilus galaxy. You play as a pilot for the Freerunners, defending against both human (the totalitarian Enforcers) and alien (Xenoids) threats.
- Alien Sky: Many areas utilize colorful nebulae or bright stars in the background. Justified as this serves to provide contrast to the dark void of space in which the game takes place.
- Asteroid Miners: The player character is given a mining laser and can often use nearby asteroids to mine for low level loot and materials.
- Better than a Bare Bulb: The loading screens alone are a gold mine of lampshade hangings to various sci-fi tropes and cliches.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?:
- There is a creature called L.G.O.D., the Lord God of Death. It is a violent sentient wormhole that is worshipped by space cultists. It is one of the game bosses you can fight.
- Combat with the Lost Guardian is essentially a stand against an entity that has successfully destroyed human civilization on at least three occasions. It isn't possible to actually begin taking out its shields effectively until you also craft a Lost Superweapon in the form of the Echelon Engine.
- Eldritch Abomination: There is a creature called L.G.O.D., the Lord God of Death. It is a violent sentient wormhole that is worshipped by the fanatics faction.
- Elemental Armor: Based on the five main damage types respectively: Kinetic, Thermal, Electro, Nuclear, and Strange.
- Elemental Weapon: There are five main types of elemental damage:
- Kinetic damage is for standard ballistic projectiles.
- Thermal damage is heat based, burning away ablative shielding and delivering damage over time.
- Electro is based on electromagnetic weapons that drains target's shields.
- Nuclear delivers additional radiation damage that fades out with a half-life.
- Strange is based on the physics of exotic particles and siphons enemy life directly to the dealer.
- Knight of Cerebus: The appearance of any of the Guardians is usually a sign that the story has become more serious in tone.
- Life Drain: This effect is a welcome byproduct of attacks with the strange damage type. Welcome, that is, as long as you are not on the receiving end!
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- Photoprotoneutron Torpedo:
- The engine cell upgrades go from high level fusion cells, to protium cells, then deuterium cells, and finally the legendary tier fuel of "Liquid Swarzenegger".
- In the Back Story for "Hawk", his family was wiped out in a "proton bombing".
- Starfish Aliens: Xenoids reproduce within the singularities of black holes and hold a culture that is poorly understood if not utterly incomprehensible to humankind.
- Sufficiently Advanced Alien: The Xenoids make use of technology derived from the physics of black holes, exotic matter, and strange particles.
- Tractor Beam: The player's ship has an electromagnetic tractor beam for the purpose of collecting loot and materials in space.
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