I was introduced to Space Rangers 1 by my father, we sunk approximately 100 hours into it, he was staying up at night playing it. It was such a great game at the time! Space Rangers 2 managed to keep the feel of the first one, and add a bunch of other great stuff to it! This is a game made as a shared dream, it's made with love, you just can see the devs sitting there late at night brainstorming, adding everything they think they are capable of to the game.http://youtu.be/iWOhjtpQKHg
What you get when you buy this game:
- A world, inhabited by 5 races, a world that doesn't really need you, as it can solve most of it's problems itself, sometimes even winning the game doesn't require your input.
- A plethora of space quests: deliveries, bounty hunting, escorts, guarding a system, etc.
- Space trading, that requires you to analyze the galaxy's markets and the margins you can profit on.
- Turn-based space travel and combat, diplomacy even, there's usually several ways to resolve a conflict.
- A 2D arcade space shooter.
- Planetside RTS, around 40 different maps, 4 sides of the conflict, mech constructor, ability to take control of a mech individually in an FPS-like fashion.
- Text-based quests, ranging from solving ancient mysteries, to exploring planets, to baking pizza or running a gaming magazine.
- A lot of customization, you can improve your ship as new tech is researched and better devices are unlocked, and then improve some more by adding the artifacts, micromodules and science station upgrades.
- A simple talent system, you can also level up your followers' or space stations' talents.
- Diseases and stimulators
- Great space themed music, although the compositions added in A War Apart are not as good as the original ones.
The negative stuff:
- Older graphics can be a turn off for a lot of people.
- Most of the positive things were there before A War Apart, this rerelease just adds some more variety and feels very fan-made (and it partially is).
- More scripted situations were added, and they seemed to crash me a lot.
- Subpar A War Apart music.
- Making the pirates a third force worked out in a strange way.
A War Apart seemed rather raw to me, compared to the original SR2 and SR2: Reboot, if you can get either of those, then it's better to go for them.
Rating it 8/10 - A strange iteration of a 10/10 game, no way to get the original off Steam though, so still worth it.