The Solus Project is Fallout in Space

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I spent my first few minutes in The Solus Project from Teotl Studios trying to stay calm. Its opening is a doozy: bright light sprays the screen in brief flashes, illuminating the console of a small spacecraft. Everything rattles as said spacecraft hurtles out of the sky and crashes into the surface of a planet, with loud beeps and a robot voice shouting warnings punctuating the din. My view shook, the sound was overpowering--it was an overwhelming, anxiety-inducing introduction to the game.

The Solus Project is a first-person survival simulator--essentially, it's Fallout in space. You are alone (or are you?) on a planet, with no human contact. All you have is your battered radio and a desperation to survive. You must salvage what remains of your spacecraft to find nourishment and craft items like torches, as well as scavenge the land for fresh water and other edibles. Like in Fallout, you spend a majority of your time rambling around in search of survival tools and things to interact with. Also like Fallout, you can pick up most of the debris you find and use it to craft better items. The only difference with Solus is that you can craft on the fly, immediately creating something new from the thing you just stumbled upon. Outside of the opening tutorial, where you are guided through some basic crafting, you are completely on your own when it comes to what to do next.

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This all sounds fairly basic as far as survival games go, but what makes The Solus Project a little more than just "Fallout in space" is the audio design. One minute you are walking along a sandy beach, watching the planet's moons spin lazily across the sky, blotting out a seemingly endless cloud of stars, the next you're running from a tornado. Accompanying these environment shifts are escalating background music and the whoosh of air and rain as the storm builds up. I didn't think much of the rain until my radio chirped, "Atmospheric anomaly detected," and when I spun around and laid eyes on the giant black, twisting tornado coming across the ocean in my direction, I physically panicked. Background music became eerie and louder, and that coupled with the genuinely unsettling view of the tornado made me feel deeply uncomfortable. I rushed back to my cave to wait out the storm, barely diving in before the tornado made landfall.

The Solus Project marries some truly epic music to its scenarios, music that genuinely terrorizes your nerves. But it also pairs up more sorrowful tones for when your exploration does not go well. As I caught hypothermia and slowly died, struggling to find something, anything to warm me up, a soft piano tune wafted into my ears. It felt like the game was mourning my demise, and I felt like I was a character dying in some grand dramatic film more than one in a video game who had made some unfortunate choices. It was sad, and a little sweet, and had its no doubt intended emotional effect of making me somber.

The Solus Project is due out on Xbox One and PC this May.

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Does the author really actually want to talk about the game, or wax lyrical about his 'feelings' while playing it?

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fucking tired of survival games

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And here I thought I could get opinions on the game...Solus project.... Lets all argue about fallout, geezus..

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As long as its not another early access survival game.

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OMG, it looks incredible!!

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How is this game getting so much press ?

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@megawavez: There aren't that many survival games out there. People need to know the genre exists !

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Empyrion Galactic Survival has been available in early access for a while which has a lot of similar features as well as being able to eventually craft a new space ship and leave the planet and travel to other planets.

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A survival game like this but in the dead space universe would be sick

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Much better and nothing like FO4.

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Fallout is a shooter, not a survival game, not even an RPG.

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I just watched that 5 minute video and I must say...this is one ugly game lol

Granted, games aren't all about graphics (The Order), but sheesh....this is going to be a on PC too...looking like that? Those ground and rock textures look like they came out of the PS2 era. And I thought the tornado was just a big a** swinging tail of some monster about to touch down until it got up close on the player. I really hope the gameplay is super fun because this is one ugly (and I can't stress that enough)...UGLY looking game.

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@louixiii:

Were you even alive during the PS2 era? Because judging by your comment, you have to be a young teen.

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@magthidon: He wasn't alive in the PS2 era, he just says things like that to get attention !!

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@magthidon: And how old might you be lol Judging by your comment, you must be a old man xD

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Let me stop you there, Gamespot. Fallout is an RPG, not a survival simulator. Thus, a survival simulator in space does NOT equal Fallout in space!!!

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Damn these article titles....... Solus Project appears to be a great game and potentially one of the hidden gems of the year but because of that title now everybody tries to compare it to Fallout instead of bothering with the game itself.

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@indigoj: ROFL @ 2k16

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@indigoj: Firewatch - Fallout without guns

XCOM - Turn based fallout with aliens.

Fallout 4 - Not really fallout.

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Are they naive enough to put their name along "Fallout" and try and fit in those shoes?

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@88mikelll: No it's just the author of the article.

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@catsimboy: Holy sh*t Gamespot just gets worse and worse. Pretty soon CBS will go under along with Gamespot and internet made providers will slowly work their way back up to these cheesy methods.

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Sounds good. I especially enjoy that at the mere mention of Fallout, the hipster illuminerdi go into spasms. More Fallout 4 related news please.

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Fallout is a survival simulator? Here I was thinking it was an RPG set in a post apocalyptic city.

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Survival in space does not mean Fallout in space

Where people get these ideas, we'll never know

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@rosinmonkekyx17: how long does I take to reach to the center of a tootsie pop? the world may never know

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@game4metoo: Well let's find out!

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Other non-apt comparisons: The Witness, it's like Tetris on an island. GTA, it's like Happy Wheels in a city. Zelda, it's like Dungeons and Dragons on your TV.

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@catsimboy: there were a bunch of commenters actually making that Tetris comparison when The Witness came out! Which is funny, because if you're gonna run with that, at least give it to Talos Principle where you collect tetrominos (even though it is also nothing like Tetris)

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Edited By Wygun

From the description it seems more like "subnautica on land" than fallout. And the atmosphere anomaly thing sounds like STALKER.

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and seems metroid too. kkkkkkkkkkk

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minus all the enemies,minus all the NPCs,minus all the guns,minus dialogs,minus the dog...yeah...exactly the same

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@sladakrobot: but there ARE stars in the sky in FO too :-P

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@sladakrobot: Its pretty much a copy and paste.

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I already like that 'forward vector' ... I mean nothing screams survival more then this (looks like an adventure actually)

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Yeah, doesn't sound like fallout at all.

Fallout is mostly about combat - let's face it!

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Alexa, thank you for your article. I'm the audio designer and composer of The Solus Project and reading this made me really, really happy. :D

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Because if we say its Fallout in space it will sell.

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boo clickbait

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How is this in any way shape or form like Fallout?

In Fallout there is no survival. You carry around enough food and stim packs to feed the whole of Boston for months.

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