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.
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This Game Provides Examples Of:
- Alien Invasion: The Xenoid invasion is this in the backstory.
- 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: Shows up both in game and in gameplay. 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.
- Black Speech: The names of many Xenoid items bare an uncanny resemblance to a certain cosmic horror mythos...
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: There is a creature called L.G.O.D. It is a living wormhole worshipped by space cultists. Of course you get to fight it.
- The fight against the Lost Guardian is essentially a stand against an entity that has successfully destroyed human civilization on at least three occasions. Granted it isn't possible to actually begin taking out its shields effectively without crafting a Lost Superweapon in the form of the Echelon Engine.
- Eldritch Abomination: L.G.O.D. (The Lord God of Death). 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.
- Expy: In plentiful quantity:
- Bear Grylls
- Clemente as one of Vito Corleone
- Long John Silvers...
- Frickin' Laser Beams: One of the weapons you can choose to equip aboard your ship.
- 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!
- The Mafia: Clemente and his family respectively, seeing as he is an expy of Vito Corleone
- Reverse the Polarity: Lampshaded in the Loading Screen
- Also shows up in the names of many end game armors and shield loot amusingly enough.
- Standard Sci Fi Setting:
- An intergalactic war with an advanced genocidal alien race: Check.
- Space Pirates: Check.
- The sudden involvement by a race of abusive precursors: Check.
- Shamelessly reveling in it all in an all out battle for loot and plunder: Without a doubt!
- Starfish Aliens: Xenoids reproduce within the singularities of black holes an hold a culture that is poorly understood if not utterly incomprehensible to humankind.
- Sufficiently Advanced Aliens: The Xenoids make use of technology derived from the physics of black holes, exotic matter and strange particles.
- The Guardians fit the bill as well.
- Swallowed Whole: One mission involves being swallowed whole within a living nebula.
- Space Is an Ocean: Averted. Combat does involve maneuvering in 3D space in a similar manner to aerial combat games like Ace Combat.
- Space Opera: Albeit a more parodic one in the same vein as The Hitchhiker's Guide to the the Galaxy
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