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Sea of Stars – Zero Punctuation


This week on Zero Punctuation, Yahtzee reviews Sea of Stars. And if you subscribe to The Escapist Patreon or YouTube memberships, you can view next week’s episode, on STARFIELD, right now!

For more major games Yahtz has reviewed lately, check out En Garde! and Blasphemous 2, Baldur’s Gate 3, Viewfinder and My Friendly Neighborhood, Remnant 2, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy XVI, System Shock (2023), Diablo IV, Street Fighter 6, and Amnesia: The Bunker.

And check out Yahtzee’s other series, Extra Punctuation, where he’s recently talked about why Baldur’s Gate 3‘s romance just isn’t very interesting, and not wanting to save the world anymore.

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Related: Sea of Stars Has One of the Best Video Game Moments of 2023

Zero Punctuation Transcript

In these troubled times, with neofascism nipping at our toes and climate disaster ruffling our hair like an obnoxious relative at a wedding, little wonder that we turn so often to nostalgia. It’s like a big warm comforting family dog sitting in the corner continually eating its own sick. How fitting that so soon after the community requested I review Chrono Trigger that an indie game very heavily inspired by it should come out. Sea of Stars, developed by Sabotage, the lads who made The Messenger, a retro-inspired action platformer that I thought was rather good, if a touch overwritten. Probably for the best that they moved to classic JRPGs, I suppose. Ain’t no one complaining when those are a touch overwritten. If anything people complain if you get to the end and God doesn’t mouth off for three hundred lines about the futility of our struggle and how He certainly isn’t about to have his papal orbs handed to him by the power of friendship. Also, the Escapist put out a documentary on Sea of Stars’ development recently so I’d figured I’d better give it a look and make sure it’s not a load of old dog sick. Or we’re all going to have half-digested Bonio on our faces.

About the author

Yahtzee Croshaw
Yahtzee is the Escapist’s longest standing talent, having been writing and producing its award winning flagship series, Zero Punctuation, since 2007. Before that he had a smattering of writing credits on various sites and print magazines, and has almost two decades of experience in game journalism as well as a lifelong interest in video games as an artistic medium, especially narrative-focused. He also has a foot in solo game development - he was a big figure in the indie adventure game scene in the early 2000s - and writes novels. He has six novels published at time of writing with a seventh on the way, all in the genres of comedic sci-fi and urban fantasy. He was born in the UK, emigrated to Australia in 2003, and emigrated again to California in 2016, where he lives with his wife and daughters. His hobbies include walking the dog and emigrating to places.