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  • Summary: Starlink: Battle for Atlas is an action-adventure game through which you assemble a custom Starship model mounted to your game controller to launch into an interplanetary adventure. Lead a group of heroic interstellar pilots who use modular starships to mix and match their unique gear andStarlink: Battle for Atlas is an action-adventure game through which you assemble a custom Starship model mounted to your game controller to launch into an interplanetary adventure. Lead a group of heroic interstellar pilots who use modular starships to mix and match their unique gear and skills on the fly. Travel the stars to unite the galaxy against villainous destructive forces. Modular, customizable starships: Mix and match pilots, hulls, wings, and weapons to assemble the starship of your dreams with a level of customization and creativity. Changes to your physical ship instantly appear in-game allowing you to immediately jump into the battle. Starships at your fingertips - Take control of your starship in a whole new way. Your custom starship attaches directly to your game controller as you pilot through Atlas. Open, living star system - Travel seamlessly through the vast exotic alien worlds of the Atlas Star System, full of unique challenges to discover and overcome. Explore 7 massive unique planets and space. Plus, fly directly from the planet into space for more battles and back to another world. Creative combat - Build your unique play style. Experiment with different pilot abilities and weapons to discover and unleash devastating combos upon your enemies and overcome deadly challenges. [Ubisoft] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 62
  2. Negative: 2 out of 62
  1. Oct 15, 2018
    100
    Regardless of which version you purchase, Starlink: Battle For Atlas will provide one of the best console space shooters in years, and is now my favorite Star Fox game of all time.
  2. Oct 24, 2018
    82
    As an open-world game, Starlink lacks of creation, which probably reminds you some former Ubisoft games. But still, it has great combat experience, and allows you to explore different planets with your starship. So if you are a fan of space theme, Starlink is obviously a good choice for you.
  3. 80
    The story has enough to keep you engaged and the inclusion of Star Fox is inspired. I don’t think this is the game that will reboot the toys-to-life genre, but I believe that it has enough to live on as a standard IP. I, for one, would be delighted to play through more adventures in the Starlink universe.
  4. Oct 21, 2018
    75
    Ultimately the toys-to-life aspect feels like it gets in the way of an otherwise competent and fun space shooter that’s packed to the brim with things to do. Flying ships feels great and the occasional difficulty spikes rarely take away from the excitement of tearing through the atmosphere onto a new planet’s surface. But not all platforms are created equally, with the Switch’s Star Fox content shining as a bright point.
  5. Nov 1, 2018
    70
    Starlink is a game I expected to groan and roll my eyes at. Instead I found myself enjoying it on multiple levels. The StarFox content makes it a must-own on Switch though. It feels like a chapter in his journey. Nintendo has done well to partner with Ubisoft on their projects, and it is paying off. While the toys are unnecessary this game is heaps better than it has any right to be.
  6. Oct 19, 2018
    70
    While Starlink may be a bit expensive for some, there's a tremendously fun game hiding beneath the toys-to-life options. The core combat loop stays satisfying throughout the journey. It's a great first entry in a new IP and I'm excited to see what else Ubisoft does to expand on the universe and gameplay.
  7. Oct 17, 2018
    30
    Before you know it, Starlink turns playing with toys into something that feels an awful lot like work.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. Oct 16, 2018
    10
    Having such a blast with it. This game will be for you if 1) you like spaceships customization 2) well crafted space shooter gameplay 3)Having such a blast with it. This game will be for you if 1) you like spaceships customization 2) well crafted space shooter gameplay 3) STARFOX! The story is simple enough that you can simply enjoy it, the controls are tight and well thought and the universe is so cool to explore. The fact that you can take this with you on the go is so amazing! A must buy. Expand
  2. Oct 18, 2018
    10
    A newly and fresh ip of space adventure. Mixed element from No man's sky and Skylander. Maybe when i'm back to 10 years old i'm never feltA newly and fresh ip of space adventure. Mixed element from No man's sky and Skylander. Maybe when i'm back to 10 years old i'm never felt repetitive, the music and voice acting are really awesome. Enough to cleanse away the feel of repetitive. Recommended to play it with your child. Expand
  3. Oct 18, 2018
    10
    Why 10/10. This Games unfolds its quality on the highest difficulty. Fight against outlaws within an asteroid field and i died. Again. Died.Why 10/10. This Games unfolds its quality on the highest difficulty. Fight against outlaws within an asteroid field and i died. Again. Died. Again. Now using asteroids as natural coverage and try to get behind the enemy ships. Win. Tried many weapon compositions. Precision weapons with automatic fire when holding the fire buttons also worked in that situation. This game might by repetitive when playing on easy mode, but not in higher difficulties. Learn your provided stuff and you will find yourself back in a lively universe. Expand
  4. Oct 22, 2018
    9
    It's pure fun and amazing to see such a big vast open world with flawless transition between planets and space. Of cause it is as repetitiveIt's pure fun and amazing to see such a big vast open world with flawless transition between planets and space. Of cause it is as repetitive as destiny or other mmoisch games, while the core game play is fun. Star Fox fits the game like it was intended to be in there from the start and you can sink n dozens of hours into the game. The only criticism I have are pricing models and that you are missing out on the great tactical opportunities without some weapon types. Expand
  5. Oct 31, 2018
    9
    A friend gave me the starter kit to this game for my birthday. I honestly was not sure I would enjoy it but just now after defeating Grax IA friend gave me the starter kit to this game for my birthday. I honestly was not sure I would enjoy it but just now after defeating Grax I can 100% say do not sleep on this game!

    Starlink is addictive and enjoyable. The gameplay is seamless and I will be honest I never use the toys. Ubisoft was really really smart making this co-op out of the box on switch. You have everything you need to play couch co-op from the very first mission to the very last. Not only that I found NO ISSUE with co-op play. It was super enjoyable and in my opinion the best co-op games on switch right now. You can seamlessly pop in and out of play and your friend can just keep going with no need to restart the game just a quick menu press. You can both you ALL of the unlocked weapons ships etc. So you are not limited digitally even if you have one of the toys. and the split screen is really really well done that you never worry about camera issues or screen cramping.

    I decided to pick up some additional toys for my copy of the game so I picked up the Neptune Ship pack because I liked the look of the pilot. A Kharl Zeon Pilot. Same reason and the Crusher Weapon pack. All of this cost me about $75CND or $50USD. It was a worth while add on. These simple changes gave me a third ship. The ships are important because each one is like a life in the game. If you loose one you can use another but once you run out you have to pay to start over. It gave me a nice spread of elemental weapon options and it allowed me to play the starlink story without fox and side missions and the starfox story after my first complete playthough. The mission system is really smartly designed allowed you to control how you play so if you just want to play the starfox content which their is A LOT of you can. I appreciated the control to do this because it made it seem like you are getting 1.5 times the game this way.

    I am holding back from giving the game a perfect score however. While their is a decent amount of variety in the missions and the game is completely action packed. It's never boring. It does start to repeat a lot of the same missions. Go to a planet. Build outposts, kill primes repeat. While their is more exploration then just this and you can help locals and gather rate items and fuse mods to level up your ship etc. The voice acting and dialog is quire reused. The plants while they are different are still very much the same. I would have liked to see different types of aliens different challenges like maybe Observatories are harder to build on one planet then another etc. I wish each planet had a bonus and a draw back the player needed to figure out. The last thing this game is missing is Online Co-Op. If Ubisoft makes a sequel and I really hope the do and if they address these few minor issues and add online co-op it would easily be the BEST space exploration/Starfox game to date. Saying that Starlink is right next to Starfox 64 as one of the best Star Fox games ever made. You don't feel like he was just tossed in at all! If you are looking for the best way to buy this title I recommend the digital deluxe pack. It's the same price as the starter kit but comes with all of this ships, pilots etc unlocked and their is no need for toys at all to play. This is the only game I can honestly say it is of great benefit to go digital over physical!
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  6. Nov 8, 2018
    6
    I'm a middle age gamer and for me the Switch version appealed due to the Star Fox collaboration. My tween son doesn't really care for or knowI'm a middle age gamer and for me the Switch version appealed due to the Star Fox collaboration. My tween son doesn't really care for or know of Star Fox but he was also interested in the game. He chose to buy the digital version with his own allowance on Xbox One while I bought the Digital Deluxe edition on Switch. Having now played both, the difference between the two is very telling.

    It comes down to a simple question: Which do you value more, the Star Fox crossover content or visual fidelity and smooth gameplay? The sad reality is the Switch version is, by far, the most inferior version graphically. While it stays at 720p in mobile mode, it uses dynamic resolution while docked and often struggles to maintain 960p, especially while planetside. Both docked and in handheld mode, the draw distance, texture quality, shadowing, post processing effects, and object and enemy density are all also turned significantly down compared to the Xbox One version. But particularly more damning is the fact that, even with all of these necessary graphical downgrades, the Switch struggles to maintain a steady framerate, frequently dipping into the low 20fps range during hectic combat sequences.

    The Xbox One version, by contrast, runs buttery smooth, never drops below 1080p, and the added graphical fidelity elements makes the planets feel far more alive and interesting than the often barren stretches of land presented on the Switch version.

    It's also my experience that it's not a very portable friendly game. It eats battery almost as badly as LoZ: Breath of the Wild did. With a solid, full, charge, you might get a good 2 hours of play on the base battery alone.

    The core gameplay, regardless of platform, is pretty solid but painfully average. There's a few minor quibbles like it would be nice to be able to remap controls for shields and boost. It's generally what you'd expect from a light sci-fi, cartoonish (a la Disney XD) style Ubisoft open-world game. However, the biggest caveat: If you're here to play the game and not collect toys, BUY THE DIGITAL VERSION. Otherwise you're being fleeced to a ridiculous amount for a bunch of physical items. Other than being able to play as Fox throughout the entire campaign, the actual added missions for the Star Fox crossover content is barely 2 hours long, and a lot of that is spent flying from point-to-point.

    I can't get over just how much better the Xbox One version looks on the same display that I use for my Switch while docked. It's night and day. Overall, it's a 7 of a game, but the graphical differences, seeing them first hand, knock the Switch version down to a 6.

    Let the downvotes come from the hurt Nintendo fanboy legion, I don't care:
    This is NOT a StarFox game no matter what they want you to believe. The StarFox content makes up less than 2 total overall hours. And if you choose to buy the StarFox collaboration, you must know up front that you are buying the most graphically inferior version of the game.
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  7. Oct 20, 2018
    0
    It's just another repetitious grinder with a cash shop taking center stage. It's more like a mobile game designed for whales than a game meantIt's just another repetitious grinder with a cash shop taking center stage. It's more like a mobile game designed for whales than a game meant to entertain. The praise i see this game getting is typical of shiny new releases, but if the reviewers bothered to put in any time into the game, they would realize they are hampered unless they dole out more cash for more ships. Of all the games Ubisoft has released in the last several years, this one is the most cash-grabbing piece of crap I've seen yet. Expand

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