Phantom Galaxies is one of the big upcoming games in the NFT / cryptocurrency space.
Unlike most of the current NFT games, Phantom Galaxies do give a lot more confidence, and is one of the few games closer to the AAA standard.
Here’s a brief review of the alpha gameplay for Phantom Galaxies (episode 1) which took about two hours.
How to play the closed alpha
If you wish to play the game, you’ll need to have the Halberd-001 NFT. This particular NFT was given for free to all those who connected their Metamask wallet on the official site before the snapshot.
You can also buy the NFT for a very low price on OpenSea since the supply is massive.
Once you have the NFT in your wallet, go to their official discord (link in their site). There are instructions on how to download and install the game.
This closed alpha is only available for a limited time.
As the name suggests, this game is set in space and you’ll be able to explore across different galaxies using the hyper-space portal.
When you begin, you’ll be given an option to choose one of two characters, and you’ll be starting at the Halberd-001 base.
From there, the game will guide you towards the main missions via pointers on the screen. All you have to do is to follow the objectives and you should be able to familiarize yourself within minutes.
One thing that strikes out immediately is how sensitive the controls are. This is something the developers have to fine-tune before the actual release. In the closed alpha, the lowest sensitivity is way too high.
In this game, you’ll be able to control your character in third-person view, similar to Mass Effect.
That said, most of the gameplay takes place outside the base ship.
You’ll play as a pilot in control of a spaceship with guns and missiles. There will be a tutorial mission that teaches you all the basic controls to survive against enemies.
One special feature of the game is that you’ll be able to transform into a mecha with its own set of weapons, making the gameplay more diversified in a way.
The biggest downside to the game, in my opinion, is how dizzy you might get playing it. The navigation and targeting of enemy ships are so tedious, and spoils the fun of the game. Hopefully they’ll do something about it prior to release.
Like many RPG games, Phantom Galaxies relies on the quest / mission system where you’ll have to talk to quest-givers to get either mandatory or optional quests.
Some of the optional quests include finding statues or even poems. Completing the quests will reward you with items and credits.
The dialogue style of the game is similar to Fallout and The Outer Worlds.
Once you’ve completed a few missions in the closed alpha, episode 1 ends. You’ll get a message indicating no more missions are available.
After getting this message, go to your menu and look for the NFT section. You should see a silver medal on episode 1 to confirm that you’ve completed the closed alpha.
Players who have completed it will get a completion NFT, but the purpose of it is still uncertain.
Disclaimer: This article is not to be understood as giving financial advice of any sort.