When it comes to early access games, you won’t find a more complete, immersive world to explore and build. Satisfactory from Coffee Stain Studios is about as complete of a game as you will find. Satisfactory has been in early access since March of 2019. Nearly 4 years later, development is still going strong. The only thing really missing at the moment is the story to go along with the game.
So far all we know is that you are dropped onto an alien planet by your employer (Ficsit) and you need to exploit its resources to build more….
I have been playing Satisfactory for over 3 years so I thought I would make a more elaborate post than I do for most games I review. So if your interested in Satisfactory sit back, relax and let’s dig in.
Currently there are 12 resources in game for you to exploit and make ever more complicated items to send up a space elevator. Here is a list of minable resources in game.
- Iron Ore
- Copper Ore
- Limestone Ore
- Caterium Ore
- Raw Quartz
- SAM Ore
If you build it…
When you are first dropped onto planet “Massage-2(A-B)b”, you can mine and craft items by hand. But that will become tedious very quickly. To speed things up, you will want to automate. Automation is what makes this game so addictive. Instead of crafting iron ingots from iron ore in order to craft iron plates, you can build a smelter and put an electric miner on a resource node and feed the ore to a smelter via conveyor belt. There is nothing more satisfying than watching a conveyor belt go up.
Then you can feed the ingot straight into a constructor from the smelter to produce iron plates. It takes a couple seconds to setup but then you will have a constant source of iron plates to build with. You can then send the iron plates into a storage bin via conveyor and there you go. Anytime you need iron plates just hop over to the iron plate storage and top off your inventory. Do the same for all the other basic items such as, concrete, iron rods, copper wire, & copper sheets and you will be able to build most every other item you want.
With basic materials setup you can start laying down foundations, which makes setting up large production lines much easier. You don’t need to add walls in the beginning but if you don’t want a large sprawling factory, you can choose to build upwards. So building walls and adding new floors is definitely a way to go. That’s the beauty of this game. You can do whatever you want from “crazy unrealistic builds” to “clean organized factories“. Build to your hearts desire. That is after all the whole point of the game at this juncture. I promise it is very Satisfactory.
A story is coming to the game but not until version 1.0 comes out. Hopefully 2023 is the year this happens. But for now there is a ton to do in the game. I love building large layouts in the game with train tracks linking all my factories up. But you really don’t have to build much at all if you don’t want to.
Exploring this huge world is just as much fun. When you first start the game you are given 4 options of places to build. Once you realize later that all of those places are starting points in the same world, you realize just how large it really is. There is only one map for this game. When you are exploring don’t forget to keep an eye out for cave entrances. There are many caves in Satisfactory. Some of them are large enough to build factories in.
There is no base defense in the game but when you stray too far from your starting point, you’ll run into some spooky natives. Most of them are not friendly. You will need weapons to make your way through the world. Weapons will need to be unlocked through the tech trees, which means building.
Not so Satisfactory Enemies
While exploring you will run into many enemies from hogs to elephant like creatures called spitters. There are also flying crab aliens and spiders. The spiders are probably the scariest creature you will come across for now. The hogs, spitters and spiders have different variants, such as normal hogs and much larger alpha hogs. You definitely will want at least a xenobasher weapon if you run across any of them.
All of the parts you are manufacturing in this game are not for naught. You are building ever increasing complex items to send either to your HUB or sent up the space elevator to unlock cooler items. There is also a MAM you can unlock items in. This part can be confusing for new players. Instead of just unlocking things from one place you have 3. But progression can be slow if you aren’t big on building huge amounts of machines to make the items quickly. This typically allows you time to explore all of your options.
If you like to beat games fairly quickly, this may not be a game for you. But if you like laid back slower paced building games such as Factorio or Timberborn, you will love this game. I can’t stress the graphics of this game enough. It’s beautiful.
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 10 or later (64-Bit)
Processor: i5-3570 3.4 GHz 4 Core
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Dedicated graphics card, GTX 770 2GB
Storage: 15 GB available space
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
Storage: TBD MB available space
Additional Notes: Internet connection required for multiplayer. The game is in early access and minimum requirements may change.