Fission Superstar X is a rogue lite space shooter from developer/publisher TurboPelvis 3000. The game was released on May 21, 2019 for both PC via Steam and Xbox One. The game cost $14.99 on both platform with a $2.99 soundtrack available on Steam. On September 30, 2019 Steam trading cards were added to the game.
The gameplay in Fission Superstar X is a combination of intense shoot-em up and rogue lite death and rebirth mechanics. After creating a pilot clone, putting points into 1 of 3 skills if you have the stored DNA, you choose from various options, dependent on how many runs you already made, and set off to deliver Celine to the planets of the solar system. In practice this means you pilot your ship around a "moving" space background as enemies appear to stop you from reaching your planetary destinations. Your ship is armed with up to four weapons, 1 for each crew member, that can rotate within a set zone to get a shot lined up. Weapons are varied and include everything from chainsaws to lasers. Enemies explode into scrap, collectible gold bars, and ammo pick ups. At the end of each section of space combat you choose a new destination, from 4, to continue your journey toward the planets. Choices include everything from weapon depots and shipyards to bars and fields of space cows. Upon death, you will die a lot, you are given a score and awarded DNA points based on how much "meat" you collected during your latest run.
As much as I love rogue likes and rogue lites, this game became very frustrating for me. I never felt like I was getting better at the game only luckier. The game opens up a bit if you manage to make it a few planets in but most players will quit playing long before that happens. If you are really patient and into rogue lite games then this one will be right up your alley, for everyone else this game is a hard pass.
Final Verdict: Not Recommended
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