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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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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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Honkey Kong
8.7 hrs
Posted: August 21
Bought this game on CD ROM years ago, still can play it for hours on end today. This game is a great turn based strategy game with a wonderful interface and a great fun open world storyline. Multiple mini games include text adventures, planet base RTS and turn based space battles. Just an awesome game, worth double what they price it at.
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M E G A D E T H
143.1 hrs
Posted: August 21
first time a played a space ranger game and overall its good stuff. very unique game.

the main part of the gameplay is you are in your ship, you can upgrade it, and you fight turn based. you might think turn based for space combat would seem slow, but its not.

the text quests surprising are very very fun and good. who doesn't like going to prison and finding different ways of exiting.. either being the don, or smart alec, a bruiser, ... i had fun with all text quests, very well done.

the other part is planatary conquest where you are playing an RTS. this unfortunetaly is teh weakest part of the game, and i recommend you try it, just to see how it is, but for me i just skipped these quests.

another thing is, the difficulty is granular and you can change everything about how/what is difficult. etc... so it makes fighting the overpowered pirates a little bit easier.

i recommend always to look at some youtube videos so you can see teh actual gameplay.
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Sanctus-Susanin
2.3 hrs
Posted: August 16
Awesome game. Spent days in SR1 and weeks in SR2 when it was first released (before pirates)
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I might be a Midzjis
38.5 hrs
Posted: August 14
Loving it since childhood.
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oldcameron
4.3 hrs
Posted: August 13
a ton of multi-genre games generally don't work, but this one manages to mesh everything together incredibly well.

do you wanna play some text adventure games? some of them have some english mistakes, but all of them are incredibly entertaining. do your time in prison, or try to win an election.

do you wanna play a land-based RTS that'll remind you of command and conquer or earth 2150? go for it.

do you wanna play a top-down, 2D version of elite? knock yourself out. this is the main part of the game, and it's quite expansive as par for any open-world space game.

i didn't expect this game to meld together so many things into one package, but it does it competently. go and do some space things.
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RobHamburgerAnarchistOP!!!!!
4.1 hrs
Posted: August 4
So much promise and content to this game, but the interface is a mess and the grandness of it's scope is directly proportional to how overwhelmed and unable you are to even see or understand what it has to offer. Tries to be a lot of things but doesn't give you a learning curve to get up there. For example, there is a tutorial that teaches you all the basics of how to fight ship to ship, and trade, and do missions, and see how the planetside RTS works... but whatever you actually try is a dismal failure. Do you like trying to grab a bit of mineral debris with repeated commands only to be mystified that it always takes about 3 tries? Is your education in system-based combat of any use when any encounter you wind up in you are likely going to be totally ventilated? Howabout a tutorial on how to play the RTS that literally allows itself to get bogged down until you AND the enemy run out of resources? I wanted to like this game and gave it several shots. Ulitimately life is too short. I had to give up. Try at your own peril.
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Suck my Baget!
74.8 hrs
Posted: July 27
I played this as I kid and I still play it. I said everything...
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Birian
122.3 hrs
Posted: July 26
This is from a new user, the game looks ok, command and options are ok but limitrd. I run it on Windows 10 and it refuses to play ball when I switch screen....I.E through Task Manager or Alt Tab. so overall 7 out of 10.
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boelie-beatz
72.4 hrs
Posted: July 24
There's no other game like this out there! Unique, fun, challenging and never gets old!
Read all the positive reviews & then just buy the game! Totally worth your money

If you didn't play Space Rangers 1, don't hesitate you can play this game without having to play the first part.
I played Space Rangers 2 for years (and in all kinds of possible ways) and this version with new content is awesome!

contains:

- Awesome & hilarious text quest
- RTS Battles
- Real-time & Turn-based Space faring
- RPG-elements: buy or loot new items for your ship or trading
- Multiple classes (trader, pirate, fighter etc. etc.)
- Multiple races
- MUCH MORE AWESOME STUFF

IMO the RTS-part isn't really worked out extremely well, but that such a small part of the game that it didn't really bothered me, but annoyed me enough to warn you about it in this review.


verdict: 9/10

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Talsir Hitler
49.4 hrs
Posted: July 17
Space Rangers HD: A War Apart... What can i say about this? its nearly perfect

even on the lowest settings this game manages to be incredibly beautiful, with beautiful backgrounds and wonderfully rendered objects, and the RTS missions still look decent even after so many years.

The soundtrack is a marvel of making electronic sound feel natural and wonderful, it fits with every situation your in to a terrifying degree, i could get lost in time just listening to this atmospheric yet melodic soundtrack.

But whats all that if the gameplay inst good? Well im glad to say that the gameplay is done splendidly, all modes in the game are well programmed and the controls feel natural to use, and the primary game mode (the one where you fly your ship and do whatever) doesn't get old.

granted, i only said NEARLY perfect, there are noticeable translation quirks that might bother some people, and the game can crash if your not careful (or if you run it on the highest settings, regardless of how powerful your PC is, personally, mine is more than capable of running this, but even then problems happen)

(BONUS: if your a lore-nut like me, then you'll be pleased to know this game has a good story and lore)

OVERALL:8.5/10 (i'd give it a 9 or a 9.5 if they made it somehow perform better even on higher end systems)
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
74.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
I played this as I kid and I still play it. I said everything...
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
a ton of multi-genre games generally don't work, but this one manages to mesh everything together incredibly well.

do you wanna play some text adventure games? some of them have some english mistakes, but all of them are incredibly entertaining. do your time in prison, or try to win an election.

do you wanna play a land-based RTS that'll remind you of command and conquer or earth 2150? go for it.

do you wanna play a top-down, 2D version of elite? knock yourself out. this is the main part of the game, and it's quite expansive as par for any open-world space game.

i didn't expect this game to meld together so many things into one package, but it does it competently. go and do some space things.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Awesome game. Spent days in SR1 and weeks in SR2 when it was first released (before pirates)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
122.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
This is from a new user, the game looks ok, command and options are ok but limitrd. I run it on Windows 10 and it refuses to play ball when I switch screen....I.E through Task Manager or Alt Tab. so overall 7 out of 10.
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232 of 238 people (97%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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169 of 173 people (98%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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116 of 121 people (96%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
288.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 15, 2015
I have to admit it...

This game...is amazing. I have been playing now for about 6 days since I bought it.

This game truly shines in every aspect. The thing I find most amazing is that the DEVELOPERS STILL SUPPORT AND UPDATE THIS GAME REGULARLY!!!!!

YES! You heard me. THEY STILL UPDATE IT WITH NEW PATCHES AND STUFF. 7 years old?

Doesn't matter. This game is such a classic and well worth it. I hope they come out with some DLC packs because they do such a great job and I would totally pay for it. But guess what? THEY RELEASE EVERYTHING FREE!!!

These guys deserve 100% to be supported. THIS GAME ROCKS!!!!!!!
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106 of 108 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
271.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 10, 2014
This is the kind of game that, had it received proper financial support, marketing and translation back in the day - could now compete on the market with such titles as Grand Theft Auto and Sims. Or, at the very least - with X-com, for the top TBS. The reason is that the game is purely unique - not only in its gameplay that has no analogue, but also in the mixture of genres that together present a picture of indescribable detail. Sure, the game is pretty much old 2006 version(which was old even by that time), because that's the best fans and SNK can do with their resources, but its value is not in the shiny graphics. Well, what can it offer?

1. Turn-based RPG\Strategy Space combat. Advanced character development system, both focusing on polishing your ship and your skills: many ways to customize and affect your gameplay with acryn items, stimulants, artifacts, micromodules etc. Various settings to influence space environment - from total sandbox to hardcore survival. The only probable downside(which is also a "trademark" of the game) - is the reverse difficulty. Most RPG\Strategies give you an easy headstart. Enemies are simple, you just walk over them. Even if not all RPGs get difficult in the end, the case of Space Rangers is that the enemies and survivability is hardest in the beginning, and is gradually made easier as you advance. There are ways to balance it, either with custom settings or cheats, but for those who had troubles beginning or look for endgame diversity... you might be a little disappointed.
Edit: As noted in the late-written section below, there is now Advanced Adjustment, which does help you establish a harder and more intense gameplay. There are also new enemy ships to offer some challenge. But my point remains - the game isn't about "endgame grind and bossruns", for better and for worse.

2. Magnificent text quests. Yes, this is something of the Stone Age of PC\console gaming - the process of READING to entertain. And what's worse - with all due respect to translator team, they could only do so much. There is a a big gap between feeling the linguistic marvel of text quests in russian and english versions, and it is something that should've been worked on by translators from Blizzard. But nevertheless, translation is understandable, humor is interpreted - and for a person that doesn't get off on constant graphical action - adventuring through certain stories and solving quest puzzles will provide hours of relaxing and thrilling entertainment. Even if you take a break and return, it never gets old to drop laughing at something that got you unprepared some time in the past.

3. Real-time robot strategy battles. Although there are many guides and even basic strategies that allow to pretty much faceroll most battles, for a beginner that doesn't want his game spoiled, deciding how to outfit your robots and how to control their stupid-a** AI to win the *very rewarding* mission - will be something to put your nerve into. Graphics aren't catchy, but it's as much as needed for 3D gameplay, all the while keeping the game low-standard.

4. Arcade hyperspace battles. Now that's something even more "oldschool" than even text quests. If you are a battered veteran of arcade games of 80ies - this little game mode will be met at least as a pleasant surprise. For anyone else - it's totally optional and changeable in settings to make it easy as a cake if you so desire. However, for more hardcore blokes, especially previously mentioned veterans, there are many bonuses that can make or break the game as well as ways to utilize your weapon to survive even a certain death scenario. A properly adjusted arcade battle isn't one easy bite.

5. Record Table and hardcore replayability. There used to be a tremendously big russian forum dedicated to the game, with so much community, brainstorming and theorycrafting that could rival even those of Blizzard. Why do I say it? Well, because some people could never stop making strategies, finding shortcuts and exploits, glitches and tech. details of the system and code - and they needed a place to post it all. With system revamps and time, both many of such "glitches" and the forum are gone(archived), but the idea of hardcore replayability, as well as Record Table are still up. While it is still purely single player, if you can devote hundreds or thousands of hours of grinding in any other game - perhaps you will be interested in researching this game's nature to it's fullest.


What can be the downsides? Well, if you are a more casual PvE gamer, like me, who enjoys mostly boss-encounters and casual gameplay - you won't find that much endgame or replayability here. However, I've played this game for over a decade, from the very Space Rangers 1(which was fatefully introduced to me by a classmate) to this HD. And even if the game remained similar, this is the game that you will always remember and keep getting back to... just to submerge into this universe, a universe that could be as big as modern standards allow... but that is forced to remain Indie. Oh, and of course, if you don't prefer to pay for singleplayer games or just have too many friends to spend your time alone - this also isn't a game for you.

One thing I can say for sure: this game totally fulfils it's modest price of 25$, if you meet at least half of above-listed quotas. With all the beta accesses and indie game market, this isn't triple A. This is an old legend that has been released in HD for modern systems. It's a historical game that you are allowed to explore.

Edit:
I'm glad that my zealous review has helped some people, and I've got a request to post differences from Reboot. So now I am addressing not only aspiring new players, who are not afraid to play indie games, but also english-speaking veterans, who had the opportunity to play Reboot back in the day.

Main difference, which is widely announced - is the introduction of pirates, a side-faction. What should be understood about them - is that they aren't a faction per se. They aren't quite the coalition that you can play. If Coalition loses, so do you, and they are unable to build certain bases. Their addition is virtually a different(or additional) path for you to advance in you space contest, and it comes with a vivid questline, taking players through various types of gameplay... and having quite spectacular rewards.

Another addition, which was patched in after the release - is reworked weapon customization. New weapons, brand new weapon effects - new ways to perform beautiful 2D combat. Hulls have received resistance types, so you'll have to be ready to adjust your choice of opponents.
What's more - there are new Dominator ships. Long have people asked for something really tough besides Brain Centers, so now you will have to think twice before rushing with AoE weaponry.

What can be better than that? Advanced game Adjustment! Want dominators to be even more aggressive and scale better? Want Coalition to hold to their undies for the majority of the war? Want pirates to be almost nonexistant? Or even want to skip all the technological progress and jump in the middle of high-tech galactical war? All that and much, much more. One downside, games with Advanced Adjustment are invalid for leaderboards.
To top that off, modding has been greatly expanded, thanks to Evilcoward, so enthusiasts can finally tweak the game for their own likes. Unfortunately, I don't know how modding works for english community, and I doubt that russian mods were localized, but SNK team knows English, they can at least get you in touch with russian modders and maybe think of something.

Of course, more planet battles, quests, government missions - that doesn't have to be mentioned.

Personally, I'd say the changes are worth a try, especially the Advanced Adjustment for those veterans, who always wanted harder endgame or even more intricate sandbox.
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123 of 131 people (94%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
34.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 28, 2014
A-

God damn this game is for mega nerds. Flying around, playing space, getting rich via capitalism -- it is all here. You can go to Venus and buy drugs. You can get a sailor-themed prison tattoo. I'm pretty sure for my latest quest I delivered the One Ring to Mount Doom in space. There are text quests galore. There are RTS missions of questionable quality. There are arcade-style shooting minigames that kind of suck but it doesn't matter because they are all optional. I started out as a wussy trader who got picked on my space pirates non-stop. Now I am a seasoned Space Ranger who kills for fun. It is a pretty good game. It was made by Russians.
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131 of 147 people (89%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
I spent no less than 1000 hours playing this game back in 2007 and I feel so good having this game back now, a better one. I spent hours doing and caculating trades for maximum profit, I digged all the text quests like a crazy miner, I blew the whole galaxy up. If you played this game before you know the feeling when you got a massive hull with all available slots with high armor, it feels FREAKING GOOD BABY! And that moment when you caught a superb deal of trade and you see your credit account cha-ching up, it feels ♥♥♥♥ING GOODDDDDD!

This game isn't a MMO but it makes you feel like you're playing a MMO game.

♥♥♥♥! This game taugh me so many things about life!
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