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Gemini is a dangerous place with riches waiting to be claimed by the more daring and capable captain.
Release Date: Feb 16, 2012
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Starpoint Gemini is an RPG tactical simulator focused on the control and strengths of individual vessels. In SPG ship captains and their skills make the greatest difference in large-scale battles. The games is set in a science-fiction universe where various thriving technological directions exist side by side.

After spending almost twenty years trapped in the so-called Stasis rift anomaly, unaware of the passage of time, player reemerges into normal space to find Gemini and indeed everything he knew, had changed beyond recognition.

The Gateway stood as the entry point to the Gemini system, but events that took place two decades ago closed the wormhole and practically sealed the system off of the rest of the universe. The isolation and the appearance of countless anomalies enabled unforeseen technological advancements. Political intrigues, greed and lust for power have shaped the fate of Gemini and it is almost time for reckoning .

Players will freely traverse the rich and filled vastness of the Gemini star system, fight skirmishes with rogue ships, trade commodities, research anomalies, buy new vessels, upgrade their ships with state-of-the-art technology, increase their experience and rank to learn more powerful maneuvers and ultimately use all that in large scale engagements against other fleets of hostile ships. Gemini is a dangerous place with riches waiting to be claimed by the more daring and capable captain.

Key Features:

  • Free-roaming space waiting to be explored.
  • Vast and interesting Gemini star system, divided into more than fifty large sectors connected via entrances into hyperspace torrents, called T-Gates.
  • Numerous space stations, asteroid mining bases, asteroid fields filled with ore to be mined, randomly appearing anomalies, random encounters with hostile pirates or vessels in distress, trade convoys, military patrols, nebulas and much more are all there to create a deep and immersive experience of a living star system.
  • Deep and intriguing storyline filled with schemes and twists, drives the player further into the main plot.
  • Numerous scripted side missions offer a break from the main plot and give more insight into the setting of Starpoint Gemini.
  • More than 300 Freelance missions can be found and taken on stations through Freelance commission.
  • Intuitive and user-friendly interface.
  • Diverse skill system offers more than 30 upgradeable vessel maneuvers.
  • Increasing your rank leads to more options including the ability to purchase larger ship classes.
  • Choose from many different perks to gain additional passive bonuses.
  • Ships have special built in abilities, which makes even smaller ship classes very useful in fleet battles.
  • Upgrade your ships with more than 300 ship systems ranging from weapons and energy shields to power cores and thrusters.
  • Enlist additional experienced personnel for your ships to gain skill bonuses.
  • Random global events will influence almost all aspects of the game world (like chance for pirate encounters or commodity prices). '
  • A comprehensive "Captain's Log" will enable you to keep track of ongoing missions and events.

Free Gladiators DLC Features:

  • Four new ship designs add to the already large number of unique vessels
  • 50 new special ship systems that can only be awarded for victories in Gladiators
  • Outer Horizon, a new sector of Gemini where the special tournament is held
  • Series of difficult combat situations like Free-for-all and Team fights
  • Completely free-of-charge as a big thank you to everyone who supported us in developing and improving Starpoint Gemini

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7
    • Processor:2.0 GHz Single core
    • Memory:768 MB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card with 128MB RAM, Shader 3.0 or better
    • DirectX®:dx90c
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c compatible sound Card
Helpful customer reviews
28 of 40 people (70%) found this review helpful
348 products in account
17 reviews
3.3 hrs on record
I really can't recommend Starpoint Gemini. This was Iceberg's first game, and I'm afraid it shows. I can see what they were going for, but it just doesn't come together in a satisfying way. Presentation-wise, the game manages to look dated (ship models) and beautiful (nebulas and planet vistas) at the same time. I can live with that. I could't live with the voice acting though, which I'm sure must be done by the dev team, or someone they kidnapped off the street. Fortunately for the sake of your sanity you can turn this off. More worrying though is the UI, which is confused, overly complicated, and a royal pain in the ♥♥♥. Even basics such as turning your ship aren't handled well: you can either left click to turn the ship towards the point you clicked, which is useless for anything to the side or behind you, or you can hit the A and D keys which turn the ship in what seem like 30 degree increments per press, with multiple presses resulting in prolonged spinning until the key presses wear off. It's manageable once you get used to it, but it's painful and makes combat a drag. That's a pity because the combat engine is fun at first, it's nicely tactical and lasers sizzle and whump appropriately, but I found it soon became frustrating due mainly to the very high early difficulty; your ship only has a narrow firing arc, everything else it seems can out-turn you, so lining up to take a shot means your front shields are quickly toasted with you being barbequed shortly afterwards.

The other problem is that the living universe is merciless, and high level rogue (pirate) ships crash your nice low-level party with frustrating regularity. I had to replay the first mission about four times because I kept getting jumped by high level pirates that laid waste to everyone including my puny level 1 ship. It's a pity the quicksave button doesn't work, because you have to save a lot... except it doesn't actually let you save during the prolonged and tedious dialogs and during mission events. Eventually you start to get a handle on things, and there were moments such as the first time I flew inside a nebula that the game almost starts to sing, but then it's gone. Side-missions from stations largely involve flying to a point and clicking a couple of icons, or flying to a rogue ship and getting blasted within seconds. After a few hours I realised that I just wasn't having any fun because I'd played this game before in much better forms. However, the silver lining is Starpoint Gemini 2, which is apparently so massively better as to be a completely different game. I'd start there if I were you.
Posted: February 26th, 2014
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
206 products in account
1 review
33.6 hrs on record
SPG is far from a polished release. It has lots of little problems, copious disabling of the save function, clunky dialogue with a horrible translation, annoyingly repetitive and random voice overs, some horrible accents and voice acting, a simplistic ui with no customization that routinely conflicts with itself, dated graphics, few ease of life features like map waypoints/autopilot/market comparisons, labourious buying and selling procedure, you can only have one ship at any one point, tiny module inventory in each station, split functionality between the overview and radar map, balance which ensures the majority of the ships (ie the smaller ones) are redunant for the later game, HORRIBLE collision detection between your ship and asteroids (You will exclaim at some point during your playthrough "I was ♥♥♥♥ing miles from that asteroid!"), and there are probably other things I am forgetting.

However despite all this they still manage to craft an engaging experience. The plot is interesting, the world is large, combat and movement is simplified but not too simple and the missions have a bit of variety.

As the above paragraphs should attest, it's faults are many and varied and on the surface may seem to outweigh the positives but it somehow adds up to (mostly) fun. I am 32 hours in and still going strong.
Posted: June 28th, 2014
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
8 products in account
2 reviews
0.6 hrs on record
After playing it for a little while I can say the game is a nice little surprise. Graphics are definitely not top-notch, but flying around in your spaceship, destroying baddies, using skills and ships abilities all gives a nice feeling to it. The metacritic score does not do it enough credit.
Posted: March 12th, 2014
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
141 products in account
18 reviews
29.8 hrs on record
I was a bit hasty in my original review for this game. Once I reduced the punishing difficulty, I found the game to be quite rewarding. Flying around, collecting new weapons and buying bigger ships is a lot of fun. This game reminds me a lot of Starfleet Command, and I reccomend this to fans of that game, especially if you wished there was more to do in those games then just combat. Like actually docking at stations, mining minerals for profit. Capturing ships and having said capture actually benifit you.

if you are sceptical about this game, I have read lots of good things about its sequal. you could look there instead.

***Original Review***

I read many of the reviews for this game but still thought that it would be a good game for myself anyway. At first, it did show promice. A "Starfleet Command" like game for the modern era. Sadly I found the game to be a bit punishing at its normal dificulty.

I still think the premice is good, and I with it's sequal in Early Acsess as of this review (and hopefully the game is being molded by the community because of that), I do hope that the 2nd game is better then the 1st. Sadly though, I must give my disrecomendation for the series' cornerstone.
Posted: March 13th, 2014
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
136 products in account
9 reviews
0.6 hrs on record
good game but it turned me off because the controls are really strange and the game is very buggy.
waiting for part 2 of this game
Posted: May 20th, 2014
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49 of 57 people (86%) found this review helpful
207 products in account
4 reviews
29.0 hrs on record
Don't be turned off so quickly by all of the other bad reviews – I would say that some of these people are stuck on "beauty is skin deep." I can agree with the other reviewers in some aspects; if you have big standards for shiny polish on games, you might want to avoid this one. The graphics are dated, the controls take some getting used to (I keep having to look at the configuration to figure out what I pressed by accident, even after 15 hours). There are bugs and CTD's. You can’t dock with T-gates sometimes or steer. The camera gets stuck at odd angles on occasion and you have to change sectors to fix it. The music selection leaves a bit to be desired. The radio chatter is repeatable.

One guy complained the tutorial was too long! I found it was just right for the complexity of the game and it got the basics down quite quickly. You just have to wait patiently for them to read all the text on the screen out (there is no “click to skip”). As for graphics, the sector backdrops are a bit washed out for my liking, I love the colorful and crisp sector graphics in X3. The music, though quite good, has a very limited number of tracks and is quite repeatable.

HOWEVER, this game has engaged me happily for over 20 hours now, and I’m only halfway through the campaign with very little extra exploration. The campaign can be challenging at some times, but I found it was a bit too easy to make money and afford a dreadnaught. It seems you need to do this in order to make good progress in the campaign. At one stage in the campaign you lose your ship, however you keep all of your equipment and cash. No problem, at that time I had enough to buy three new dreadnaughts. So yes, the campaign is a bit out of balance sometimes.

In the campaign, there is a lot of "fly to this sector, blow up this ship, then fly to that sector." But it's all wrapped up in a package that keeps it enjoyable, as you search for derelict ships to loot, Rogue containers to crack open and steal goodies from, and fight off pirates that randomly attack you. You can speed up monotonous travel by getting a T-Drive, but then you miss out a lot of the sightseeing opportunities along the way, and also chances to dock at stations to find better equipment than what you already have.

If you are excited by the prospect of boarding and capturing ships, this game does it nicely! If you love to customize ship equipment (weapon slots, shield slots, engine slots), you'll enjoy this game. If you want to play with over 50 different ships, each having different special abilities, you'll enjoy this game. If you like RPG-style characters, where you can focus on specific weapon types (beam vs. plasma) and improve your skills as you level up, you'll enjoy this game. You can even hire different officers, each which will add to your perks or boost one or more of your ship stats. The game gives you the possibility to line up your stats and perks to make an ultra-powerful beam-equipped ship destroys everything easily, until you hit an enemy who has shields and equipment specifically set up to resist beam weapons. Then you’re screwed. What fun!!!

The game has many aspects familiar to Freelancer - faction names and how they're handled, station names, station designs, radio chatter, jump gates. It also shares common control mechanisms with Eve Online, including 2D controls, ship configurations and character skill leveling. I wouldn't call it a "rip off" of any other game; rather it combines many of the great elements from other games, while setting up a solid new story and universe to enjoy them in. It's all tied together quite well in an engaging way, and I am continuously reminded of fond times I had playing Freelancer and Eve in years past.

I have been looking awhile now for a good new space game to enjoy. After playing SG1, I am even more excited now for the release of SG2. Well done, Little Green Men!
Posted: January 7th, 2014
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