The Nintendo Switch is an odd console to own. The company has made some spectacular games in the last few years, from Zelda to Mario. However, the console is also the home of games that were released for other platforms years ago. Most of those ports are very good, think of Alien Isolation, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (just reviewed) and The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. While there is something to be said for this I do not just want to play games from a few years back. In fact, besides that snowboarding game I still haven’t found on the console I would like to play a space-shooter. Something like Star Citizen, or Elite. Well, there is Rebel Galaxy Outlaw by Double Damage Games. Released just last august for PC the port to the PS4 and Nintendo Switch was just announced as being finished.
So what is it?
Rebel Galaxy Outlaw is officially labelled as a ‘space-trading combat simulation’. What it basically means is that by doing missions you will earn rewards, from which you can upgrade ships and stats and do more missions. As is typical there is plenty to do besides shooting. You can pursue bounties, do asteroid mining and trade. Yet, there are plenty of differences between the original 2015 game Rebel Galaxy and the 2019 prequel Rebel Galaxy Outlaw. They are both labelled as action RPGs with the emphasize now shifted to the latter. In the game you play as Juno Markev, and you seek revenge for the death of your husband.
Space shooters are a genre with limitations. Often you will end up chasing the target indicator and circling a prey until you are sick. Freespace was rather notorious in that regards. In Rebel Galaxy Outlaw it is possible to automatically point the ship in the right direction. That, along with other helpful features makes it clear this game was designed to be snappy and not burden the player. Rebel Galaxy Outlaw sports a large map with numerous space stations. It is single player only. The game sports a long soundtrack featuring country and Latin rock.
Rebel Galaxy Outlaw is coming soon
While the port for the Nintendo Switch is finished, no release date has been given. Though I suspect it will be no later then the end of July. Considering the Switch does not really have a game of this type I am really looking forward to it. That said, there are still some aspects that need to need clarification. The first are the graphics, have the developers managed to squeeze every ounce of power out of the Switch. And what about the controls, are they suitable for a handheld console? I am certain we will get an announcement trailer soon that could clarify some of these issues. Until then I say place Rebel Galaxy Outlaw on you to watch list!