Starfield is amazing – except for one major thing

I come in peace

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As a Game Pass subscriber, I didn't have to buy Starfield, so I'm not trying to sound ungrateful, but I have a real problem with it. I'm about 15 hours In and I love the game. It's huge and full of the usual Bethesda goodness. I love just picking a direction and seeing where the world takes me.

There's just one problem, I hate the space combat. I'm not talking about boarding ships and fighting person to person, I mean ship to ship. I had visions of the Death Star trench run from Star Wars: A New Hope, dogfights amongst the stars with daring manoeuvres and ace pilots. That's not quite the case in Starfield. 

Like I said, I'm about 15 hours in and space combat has been the biggest obstacle to progress for me so far, any mission that requires it I'm likely to avoid.  Ships are cumbersome to control and enemies often catch you in a seemingly unavoidable stream of lasers. The game recommends boosting to avoid gunfire, but it doesn't seem to make a difference. 

Starfield gameplay screengrab

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As for my own attempts to fight back? It mainly consists of alternating between RT,LT and Y (I'm on an Xbox controller) to spam what are essentially light, medium and heavy attacks. It's not really like there's an aiming component to it either as it's all about getting a lock on and then giving 'em hell. I'm not using the base ship anymore, but I still haven't found any way to perform evasive actions like barrel rolls.

One mission had me fighting a bunch of mercenaries in space, and I must have died about forty times, more than the rest of my adventures combined. Unable to get away and take my business elsewhere, I had to reload an earlier save and then skirt around the planet.

I really can't stress how much I am enjoying the game, and there are space mechanics I like, namely the exploration. I just wish I could board hostile ships like a space pirate instead of the constant space Twister of trying to dodge enemy missiles and lasers (you can do this to rob passing merchants and civilians). Bethesda's latest is a whole galaxy of fun, but please let me keep my feet on the ground. 

Andy Sansom
Staff Writer

Andy is T3's Tech Staff Writer, covering all things technology, including his biggest passions such as gaming, AI, phones, and basically anything cool and expensive he can get his hands on. If he had to save one possession from a fire it would be his PlayStation 5. He previously worked for Tom’s Guide - where he got paid to play with ChatGPT every day. When it comes to streaming, Andy will have his headphones glued in whilst watching something that will make him laugh. He studied Creative Writing at university, but also enjoys supporting his favourite football team (Liverpool), watching F1, teaching himself guitar, and spending time with his dog.