Per Aspera

Rating Summary

Based on 19 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

89%

Critics Recommend

Based on 19 critic reviews
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85 / 100
Dec 4, 2020

Hard science, harder simulation, and narrative innovation make Per Aspera a real gem.

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7 / 10
Dec 3, 2020

A compelling take on a Martian colonisation and terraforming project, Per Aspera also comes with a gripping mystery to unravel as you fight to survive and thrive. There's some muddled pacing and it's not always how you can proceed, but this is a thoroughly enjoyable sci fi planetary sim.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 3, 2020

It lays the existentialism on pretty thick at times, and it has the potential to thoroughly overwhelm you, but Per Aspera is an oddly intoxicating expedition into the colonisation of another world.

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75 / 100
Dec 30, 2020

Per Aspera has a bunch of good ideas in it. Adding a narrative element is a slam dunk, but the pacing of it hurts it in the long run, even as interesting as it is. Per Aspera also has a lot of solid gameplay elements, and evolves into a pretty complex package in the end. But a lack of explanation as to what you're doing impairs the experience, and may cause newer players to give up before the enjoyable gameplay loop kicks in.

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7 / 10
Dec 3, 2020

Per Aspera reaches for lofty heights, but I could never shake the impression that the difficulties I encountered were more because of the game breaking down rather than Mars being a hostile place. But who knows, patches do wonders these days.

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88 / 100
Dec 4, 2020

I will fully admit to getting stuck in a few places. On a few tries, I overextended too quickly or didn’t adapt well to the changing planet. I always mismanage my electrical grid, or my maintenance bots, and build my way into a corner. But I keep coming back. Never before has a strategy game offered me such an involved story in such a staid sandbox. I think I’ll be turning Mars green for a long time to come.

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8.5 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2020

Per Aspera is a haunting sci-fi simulation in which you play as a lone AI tasked with terraforming Mars for human colonization.

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8 / 10
Dec 3, 2020

A smart, sprawling city builder that explores the cost of humanity's need to conquer through the mind of an AI, blurring the line between duty and morality. It requires some patience, but its quiet chills are unique in the genre.

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10 / 10
Dec 3, 2020

Per Aspera is not only the best city builder to come out in the past decade, but one of the most interesting games to grace computers in a long, long time.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2020

Terraform Mars in this narrative driven planetary scale base builder

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