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Space Rangers HD (PC DVD)
- New pirate subplot
- Major technical overhaul
- Extended soundtrack
- 10 new text adventures
- 15 planetary battle maps
- 20 government missions, unique non-story events, new equipment and micro modules
Space Rangers HD: A War Apart remasters and expands the world of the cult classic Space Rangers 2. While the coalition spends all of its resources to fight the Dominators (sentient machines who seek to eradicate all life), the pirates have united under the banner of a mysterious leader. Under this new master they have begun their own guerilla war to seize power in the weakened galaxy.
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Test run on an Intel I5 CPU (first generation), 16 Gb DDR3 1600MHZ RAM, 1 TB 7200 and a five year old graphics card (I forget the spec exactly)
This game is a reworking of a game that was around 10 or more years ago. The game offers lots of playability and if followed through gives you a lot of entertainment for your money.
It's pretty old design and technologies are still there however. Some of the game play is very basic along with the effects. It's a bit retro in many ways but some people will love this while other will not be so happy.
No problems here I loaded it registered and off I went into the many realms of Space Ranger HD. You need to set up a 'Steam' game account first and then it loads the game after you have input your serial number.
It's pretty much a mixture of genres, trading, exploration, building and shooting up. The conversion from the older games play works in some parts but not so well in others. If you are a seasoned gamer used to the best graphics and sound then you will be disappointed. To the casual gamer who wants a challenge on limited hardware then it will deliver but you will find wanting quite early on into the game as it seems more developed in some sections rather than others.
The game will play on most computers out there. It is basically a good few hundred hours of entertainment for your money and also a good introduction to gaming on the PC if you are new to this. For the money it is ok and cheap entertainent.
But then again it doesn't really need it, its not a first person shooter or a flight sim looking for photo realism, its a turn based strategy game, that has a lot going for it, pretty simple to master the controls, not easy to master the game. Its a proper old school tactical game, the kind of thing that will keep you going for hours, days, weeks maybe even months. Its got a good mix of style here as well with space combat but land based combat as well, you can customise your ships and land units to try and outfox your foe.
This is a game that will keep you going for a while, as long as turn based strategy is your thing then I recommend this, I have knocked off a star for the dated look, not so much for the game itself but it is the same for the menus and in game controls, otherwise great.
In Space Rangers HD you start off as a solo spaceship captain and choose how to make your way through the galaxy - and you are part of the Space Rangers, a very ancient non-military order pledged to defend the coalition of planets. You can choose to be a Warrior, Mercenary, Merchant, Corsair (a kind of fast shady-dealing semi-pirate messenger I think), or Pirate. The game offers five different races including human and five types of careers upon which you start, and your personality and space craft reflect your race and your profession. Some races and professions are more respected by other races in the coalition. But what makes this game different is that the galaxy is being slowly taken over by "Dominators", a Borg-like robotic race which annihilate fleets and take over star systems. The Dominators are controlled by at least three 'brain centres' and so make up factions. To resist them is probably futile - or certainly time consuming at least. Worst still the coalition of planets is fighting on a second front against a resurgent pirate threat, who now have the advantage over a coalition severely weakened by their catastrophic losses against the Dominators in the battle of Gralgar.
There's many missions you can chose to undertake for fun and profit, where communications between you and others are via text bubbles (in fact the game has a lot of text to read). You can fight in space, ship to ship, or there's the on-planet robot factory battles similar to the old Starcraft game. Despite the clunky interface, the ambition and scope of this game is commendable, so 4*. There's also enough new stuff for players of the old game 'Space Rangers 2' to make it worth the upgrade price, which is only £7.99 as a download from Steam as I write, although the full Steam price is £11.99 (on Steam special offer days it has been just £2.99). Space Rangers HD seems to be something that you either love or hate, as it is rather old fashioned retro, partly text-based gaming, but that's not to say it's not enjoyable once you get into it. It does take a while to get used to the games control interface, and initially I found myself staring at static screens wondering what to do next. Plus it is quite challenging, even under 'easy' difficulty things can go wrong very quickly if you make bad choices - and when you die you stay dead, there's no respawn/2nd chance, so you have to start a new game. Granted I must admit I far prefer other 'newer' games like Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty, Dishonored, TombRaider, Bioshock/Bioshock Infinite, Thief, and Supreme Commander/Supreme Commander 2, but I have all these games already.
This Space Ranger HD game is powered by Steam so you need a Steam account and internet access to run it even if you install from the DVD, which is fine for us as my son and I both have Windows 7 64-bit gaming PCs that are already integrated into Steam. The game takes around 2.3Gb of hard drive space and is mostly installed directly from the DVD, with a further 0.2Gb downloading as a patch via Steam. The game is solely PC campaign mission based, only runs on Windows 7/8 or Windows XP PCs, and there doesn't seem to be any on-line multi-player gaming option. I've uploaded a few screenshots of the game under customer images.
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