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Release Date: Oct 17, 2013

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Space Rangers HD: A War Apart remasters and expands the world of the cult classic Space Rangers 2. The game is developed by the SNK-Games team in close cooperation with fans of the series.

The biggest of the improved features is a new scenario dedicated to the pirates threatening the galaxy. 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 guerrilla war to seize power in the weakened Galaxy. Players can now choose with whom to deal, the Dominators or the pirates, or both at the same time. If you choose the latter path, you will receive new story and side quests, new goals and promotions. After winning one of the wars, you can either finish the game or continue playing to win another.

Players begin their pirate career as the lowest of the low, and will make their way to the top of the pirate hierarchy, completing story missions and learning new information about the organization and its unknown leader whose actions threaten the very existence of the Coalition of sentient species. All player actions affect what kind of place the Galaxy will be at the end, with the victorious Coalition that managed to overcome its enemies or with a collapsed alliance from both external Dominator and internal pirate pressures.
The game has received a major technical overhaul in addition to the addition of new content. All of the main menu, loading screens, planet and space station vistas were reworked. Now you can choose a display resolution of up to 1920×1200 and planetary battles employ modern render technologies.

Key Features:

  • New pirate subplot. After completing any one of the story branches a player can either end the game, or continue playing to complete another branch. the player’s actions influence the entire Galaxy, while the balance in either of wars may be tipped not only by the player, but by AI actions as well. No two playthroughs will be the same.
  • Major technical overhaul. Display resolutions up to 1920×1200, multi-core processors, Windows® 7, and anti-aliasing in 3D planetary battles are now fully supported.
  • Extended soundtrack means you’ll hear more than 15 completely new musical themes specially created for deeper immersion into the amazing Space Rangers universe.
  • Other improvements include more than 10 new text adventures, 15+ planetary battle maps, 20+ government missions, unique non-story events, new equipment and micromodules, access to all hyperspace engagements from the main menu and more!

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows XP SP3
    • Processor:Intel Pentium 4 2.5 GHz / AMD Athlon XP 3200+ (2200 MHz)
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce 7800 GT 512 Mb / Radeon 1800 Pro 512 Mb or similar
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • OS:Windows XP SP3 / Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4 GHz / AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ 2.4 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:GeForce 8600 GT 512 Mb / Radeon X3550 Pro 512 Mb
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
45.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
One of my favorite games of all time, this HD 'revival' of SR2 makes it even better (unless you dislike the new Pirate faction, which you can disable using a mod).

The game presents a ton of features that can suite a wide-range of playstyles. The living and dynamic universe is probably the best one I've seen in a videogame, where NPCs actually have their goals, agendas, skills, equipment and all that. If you don't fight the war, it will fight itself. If you don't improve, your adversaries will.

The space (main) part of the game is played in a turn-based fashion, but there are also 'arcade arena' battles which you fight in real-time in a top-down view, RTS missions and text missions of different types and styles.
Ironically, I tend to dislike turn-based games, I don't play the text quests (unless I'm REALLY in the mood) and I never bothered with the RTS battles much..still, it's one of the few games I've replayed many times.

If you're interested in space games, or in games with dynamic worlds..most definitely try it out!
It's a shame there's still no plans for a Star Rangers 3, or for some space sim games from the same developers.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
If you go into Space Rangers expecting ANYTHING, you will be proven wrong.

Go in expecting nothing but a fun space themed game, and you will be pleasantly surprised by its quirkyness, its sense of humor, and its extreme variety in gameplay and content. This game is Freelancer in 2D, taking no one seriously and making you love it. In all honesty, it is hidden gems like these that are the reason I play games.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
115.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
I replay this game every once in a while. Don't go into it thinking that you will be able to win fights right off the bat. It takes a while to build up to it.
-the puzzle/text based quests are my favorite part
-the realtime strategy missions progressively get harder but are super fun
-I have never played another game with so many different modes (text based puzzles, rts, arcade style shooter, turn based strategy)
The only con this game has is that it is translated from russian and sometimes the things people say don't make a lot of sense.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Love this game definitely has potential. easy to lose track of time
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3 of 17 people (18%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
The core features/concepts of SR3D are things that I would typically find enjoyable in a game, however the horrendously bad UI - lack of UI scaling - and clunkly control scheme make it a very unenjoyable experience for me.

Instead of simple easy to read tool-tips, the game has a static display in tiny (almost unreadable text) right on the bottom edge of your screen. So when you're clicking on a button all the way on the right side of your screen, you have to pan your eyes back to the bottom center of the screen. The text and font used means not only do you have to suffer the annoyance of looking back and forward, but also strain your eyes reading it each time.

My frustration with the UI is only equaled by the atrocious control scheme. It's hands-down the most unintuitive and clucky contol system I've ever used.

It's a modern game with some nice ideas, but has all the drawbacks of a 30 year old game in terms of interface and usability.

It's not a particularly pretty game., It lacks voice acting, And character models and animations are extremely primitive- but all that could be forgiven if the UI and control system weren't so evil.
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3 of 26 people (12%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
So I tried this game - picked it up on sale at some point - and the first time I played it the TUTORIAL missions sent me to a planet where two enemies attacked and killed me.

"That's a bit ♥♥♥♥ed..." I think to myself. "How was I supposed to know they were the enemy? They had no markings, they just made a bee line for my ship as soon as I entered the system. Fine, at least I know they're coming, I can be ready for them".

Yeah, nah, you're ♥♥♥♥ed. Your guns can't do any significant damage to them and your shields are like butter

"Maybe I'm doing something wrong. Perhaps I went to the wrong planet?" Nope, your Instructor decided to send you to a planet orbited by two guys who want nothing more than to ♥♥♥♥ up your day.

So I give it up as a bad idea.

Decided to give it another try today. New game, knowing my instructor is a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ who will sell me out. Upgrade shields, weapons and engines...

Still ♥♥♥♥ed. Bad guys are even tougher than they were the first time, and I'm somehow doing even less damage.

And all this is still in the first three missions of the tutorial. Aparently all it is going to teach you is that the game, which looks like it could have been a fun top-down space epic, is ♥♥♥♥ed.

Don't waste your money.
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1 of 46 people (2%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Cannot recommend this game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
239 of 245 people (98%) found this review helpful
47.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
This is a damned good game. Damned good at being multiple games, and succeeding at it. Turn based space combat, real time space combat, text quests, real time strategy, other games would settle on a mere one or two of these, but Space Rangers HD: A War Apart is essentially the swiss army knife of space gaming. With its consiterable polish from the previous versions, and new content, this game is a must have. It is a perfect entry point into the game if you've never played it before. That said, if you've played previous versions of the game, you might consiter waiting for a slight discount. Even still, it's a bargain at any price, and will keep you entertained for literally hundreds of hours.
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174 of 178 people (98%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
200.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2013
"What is this crap?" - will ask a lot of people. Well it is one of the best games out there. Good game is a game that has a "soul" or somethign that captivates players and make them think about it when they are at work, at camping, eating hot pockets or sitting in the restroom.
This game is very unique and will bring you much joy, due to its diversity. Strategy, great loot, well written and logical text quests. Even unbalanced 3D planetary fights make you think and try new angles. The game is like a fresh breath in the age of action games with big booms and big boobs.

Think about it as game that was polished by almost indie developers. If you can't wait for all these new big space games to come out, give this baby a shot. You will be surprised what it got for you.
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83.6 hrs
Posted: October 15
Good game, buy it!
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31.8 hrs
Posted: September 18
Mostly squandered potential. Never quite hits the sweet spot. Confusing. Frustratingly difficult much of the time.

I've seen this game described as a sandbox game a number of times. That's not really true. If you try to play it as a sandbox--just being neutral, doing your own thing--you will lose. The pirates will take over the galaxy and your game is lost.

A frustration is that you are woefully underpowered compared to the game's two main enemies--the pirates and the dominators. Attempting any operations in their systems leads to a mass attack from enemy ships that are ALL more powerful than you are. Even the rare one on one combat against one of their ships ends up in your death way too often. Even the tutorial's unmanned drone will own you if you don't first seriously upgrade your ship. And all of this is on the Easy setting. I can't even imagine attempting the higher difficulty levels.

There is a story line of sorts to the game, but it is pretty well buried, as are many other features of the game. I found myself frequently looking online for any clues on how to succeed, and time and time again I would read about features that the game barely even mentioned. Very little is explained in game, and the "manual" is pretty bare bones.

Planetary combat missions are doable, but the difficulty makes them dull. The developers seem to have recognized this since they allow you to select an option to prevent the game from bogging you down with them.

Planetary text missions are a whole different kind of ridiculous. The stories are long and only moderately interesting. The options are usually just RNG rolls instead of offering any meaningful strategic choices. I found myself dying/failing over a dozen times, and just rapidly clicking through the same choices over and over hoping to get better rolls just so I could get through them and get on with the game.

It's sad that all of this overshadows what could have been a very good game with a lot of depth.
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