the crack breaker is a silly name for a game that is much better than its title might imply. Released in October on Xbox Game Pass and mixing elements of FactorioMinecraftMechWarriorDiabloand others, I found this top-down survival game very hard to put down.
This article was originally published on Kotaku Australia on December 3, 2021. It has been rescheduled as a weekend read.
Also, I’m going to call crack breaker from here on out, okay? Cool.
Ashley, your player character, is an “elite scientist/commando within an advanced Mecha-Suit capable of traveling through dimensional rifts.” Fairly common situation. Because you’re a tough soldier and a skilled investigator, you’re sent to a distant planet in a talking mech suit, and the only way to get back is to create a new, super advanced Rift portal. Cue a lot of logging and fencing.
At first, he wasn’t sure if he was okay with it. Sure, gathering resources is fine for a while, but he didn’t want to spend countless hours doing that. But after about 20 minutes, the game taught me how to build automatic mining machines, fences, power lines, turrets, and storage containers. It was here that I realized crack breaker it wasn’t just a survival game, but also one about creating a huge, highly efficient resource extraction empire. My first session lasted almost eight hours.
crack breaker it doesn’t make you worry about your robot’s hunger, thirst or battery levels. All micromanagement happens around the base using a fairly easy to use build system. crack breaker it slowly adds more layers to the experience over time, which helps keep the game from feeling overwhelming. First you learn about mining, then you store all of that, then you build more wind turbines and solar panels to generate electricity, and then how to store extra power from batteries. It builds up slow enough that I’m never confused, but fast enough that I’m never bored. The planet’s deadly creatures also helped keep it exciting.
Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you about the giant swarms of monsters.
As Ashley scours the world for new resources, or after upgrading her base, she will be attacked by alien creatures of all shapes and sizes. Often these attacks take the form of huge writhing and crawling masses of death, wave after wave of insects and space monsters. Thanks to the top-down view and responsive combat controls, crack breaker it starts to feel like an action RPG. You start out with just a small sword and a low ammo rifle. Upgrading your base allows you to unlock more moves and combat abilities for your robot, deadlier weapons, and massive spears. (Free tip: the moment the big research tree opens, look for the spears. They’re powerful, killing most things in one hit, and have a long range, allowing you to take out explosive enemies quickly.) safe).
As your base grows and your main HQ expands, you unlock more ways to mine minerals from the planet and defend your operation from all the nasty creatures looking to ruin your adventure. This leads to a loop that crack breaker not invented, but carried out perfectly: collect some resources, unlock something new, build something new, get more things, use those things to build more, etc.
This is the kind of game where you’re going to stop playing, but then one last thing catches your eye and you’re like, “Well, I’m going to go up there and set up a mining robot.” But somehow two hours go by and the next thing you know, you’ve built a secondary outpost complete with well-organized storage and defenses.
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On Xbox Series X, crack breaker looks sharp and works without any glitches. Text and menus are a bit too small, and having to use a cursor to manage some parts of the UI makes it feel like a PC port that could use a little extra work. But these are only minor complaints. And honestly, this is on Game Pass, so you probably already have access to it at no extra cost.
If the idea of building a massive and efficient base while fighting off waves of aliens using Devil-Since the combat sounds good, go check out Game Pass and hit it (sigh) the crack breaker a shot. It’s a wonderful example of how Game Pass’s massive library can house hidden gems amidst expensive aurasand Strengths, so give it a try and see if you don’t love it too.