Factorio

Icon - Calendar Released: 14 Aug 2020
Icon - Edited Reviewed: 14 Feb 2021
Platform: PC

Factorio

Factorio is a game about automating production lines and logistics puzzles - and it really is very good at that. If you enjoy those mechanics then it's going to be easy to lose a lot of hours to this. When it boils down to it, it's the same puzzle over and over but with more and more parts. It's not pretty, although it's extremely satisfying to automate the production of something complicated. It also has a sort of tower defence mechanic which I feel is completely out of place in a game about logistics and thinking, but thankfully you can disable the enemies. Overall, excellent gameplay and balance, definitely worth trying.

Pros

  • Excellent tutorial
  • Really good background music
  • Very relaxing, and addictive for people who like base building and problem solving
  • Built in mod support
  • Can disable the enemies and make resources infinite
  • Can deconstruct everything with no loss of resources
  • Enormous tech tree
  • Can copy/paste recipes from one machine to another
  • Has a blueprint system for creating multiples of building setups
  • Personal construction robots

Cons

  • Mods disable achievements, even if you're only playing with Quality of Life addons
  • The enemies are out of place to begin with, but their mechanics are also not explained at all to the player - like how they spread, what happens when you destroy nests etc. My first base was swarmed with 50 biters within the first 10 minutes of the game in before I'd even researched one technology
  • Ugly graphics
  • I'd like an infinite resources option built into the game
  • There's a ton of options for changing the land generation, but changing anything disables achievements
  • You can't delete items, unless you put them in a chest and blow it up
  • I was kinda pissed off that it only decided to show me the tutorial for how to copy/paste buildings after 50 hours
  • It's not explained that oil fields run out. It looks like they're infinite, then just as I was nearing the end of the game I noticed my oil field production had dropped to 26%
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