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.
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Release Date: Oct 17, 2013

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"A crazy mix of sandbox RPG, turn-based space combat, ground RTS battles and CYOA segments, with quests like escaping from prison or winning an election."
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October 7

New huge update released - Dominions

Additions:
- New pirate base type – Dominions were added. They have a lot of special features and available for visiting only when player sticks to the pirate clan. Some functions were transferred from pirate bases to Dominion;
- New micromodule type that increases items wear was added (side effect – during pirate subplot progress it is possible to receive micromodules with levels not matched to their description);

Balance changes:
- AI skill selection algorithm was improved;
- AI algorithm for getting micromodules was improved;
- AI now less likely would change his equipment to worse, even if it attract him with low cost and small size;
- Acryn and micromodules for rocket weapon now split their bonus to every missile in salvo;
- Botter and Optimizer micromodules now provide reliability bonus, scanner bonus of Beta Patch micromodule was increased;
- Low level droid characteristics were increased, micromodule-related repair bonuses were rebalanced;
- Rarity and cost of slot opening micromodules was rebalanced;
- Rocket micromodules and acrynes base power was increased;
- Lirecron’s EMP effect now ignores armor;
- Esodapher now always deals maximum damage;
- Ships destroyed by Turbogravitron’s splash now generate splash themselves;
- Caphasitor damage in arcade battles was reduced;
- Junior droid now reduces main droid wearing two times (three times with compability);
- Keller and Terron equipment was improved (effect takes place only with new game starting);
- Drug addiction mechanic was reworked – now illness doesn't have “Incurable” period.

New cheats:
- MADEINCHINA (equipped items transformed to unknown race);
- EXTRAONE (double all cargo bay items, excluding tranclucators and some script items);
- ROBOTFORCE (seven tranclucators of different races);
- RANGERSDREAM (spawns nodes around players);
- SKILL cheat now can be applied to modernized bases, tranclucators and scanned ships;
- New modding functional was added, including some for working with interface;
- Improved script errors logging was added.

Bug fixes:
- Fullscreen drawing and screenshots in planetary battles was fixed;
- Rare crash during ship guard missions was fixed;
- Errors caused by 16-bit color mode set at desktop was fixed;
- Few small memory leaks were fixed;
- Bug with random code executing after visiting hangar at military base, which just jumped was fixed;
- Bug with putting player into prison during Khan rank special mission with military camouflage cover was fixed;
- Few logic bugs in text quests were fixed;
- AI rangers behavior while collecting large amounts of nodes was fixed;
- Entries export from flight log to text file was fixed;
- Incorrect HWEAPON cheat effect applied to weapon with micromodules was fixed;
- Now selling all goods from cargo bay/storage pops us warning message to confirm selling tranclucators and illegal goods;
- Warning message about necessity for additional driver tuning was added for Asus Xonar family soundcards owners;
- Bug with rare delay of the mission status icon refresh was fixed;
- Fixed various text mistakes and mistypes.

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About This Game

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
Helpful customer reviews
30 of 36 people (83%) found this review helpful
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
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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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
38.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
To put it short. A very nice and smart turn-based RPG-strategic game about a space adventure. Great music. A bit of arcade and RTS (you can ignore these part). Trade, quests, interesting well-written and smart text-quests. Highly addictive.

Gameplay is simple. Possibilities are endless. World is open to be expored. Setting is original and pretty colorful - each nation is unique. You actions do impact everything. Balance is sound. Ship could be improved. Even when you find youself in a prison, you've got much to do.

Wish there were a mobile version of the game....

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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
66.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
I had played the original Space Rangers 2 Reboot, which this HD release improves upon. Despite it's faults, I really enjoyed the game and put a lot of hours into it. A War Apart adds new content and some bugfixes which makes for a better experience. The Pirate clan added to the game gives it more depth and makes it much more fun to be an actual pirate in the game. You may join them, or you may use their territory as a safe zone. The original game made it very difficult to pirate efficiently. Still, the Dialog remains a little on the dodgy side, not much has changed there. If you played the Reboot and enjoyed it, this is a recommended purchase. For someone new to Space Rangers however, this is a solid game with quite a few modes of play. Whether your quests can take you to do an RTS section or a Text adventure, you aren't forced to do them if they're not your cup of tea. I will say this is a game for an older gamer, and it shows it's age even in this re-release.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Its is good game slight upgrage from original SR2, but the pirates makes it more dynamic and harder. You really can stay neutral for the defeat of the Dominators but you can fight with the pirates or coalition which is more dangerous enemy (normal difficulty). The game can be sometimes frustraiting to do some bidding. For example killing keller in hyperspace.

+New equipment with that affects other load
+New faction you can switch between factions to make game more interesting and create one more hostile faction

-can be sometimes really frustraiting like hunting some ♥♥♥♥
-I hate the amount of missiles that the dominator uses.

the planetary battles i awful i didnt done them (but you are fine without them)

also the game is long one
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Please ignore the Steam time played. I bought this back in 2006 as an actual physical product and before the HD version. This gem is a little bit of everything and will bring a smile to veteran gamers and introduce console folk looking for more substance to a world fun not possible on consoles.

Some reading this will remember things called text adbventures. Well, they're back in this game! Want some RTS battles on a planet's surface? It's in there! Space combat that is tactical? Check!

Every new game is randomized ad you can choose what components to include. If you don't fancy the text adventure component, just uncheck it. (You'll be missing out however on some great fun).

The game is quirky and many have compared it to SPAZ and I think the comparison is spot on though it is more accurate to compare SPAZ to this as SPAZ is clearly a love letter to games like Space Rangers HD.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
54.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
I'm really happy that they rereleased this game. It's getting new attention and the dev team has been consistantly patching and adding new features. This game if not familiar is a mashup of a bunch of mini games that complement eachother and work together to form a varied universe... Mostly varied anyway. At times you will be doing the exact same thing, but maybe the names and locations changed. That part of the game starts to get old. I do always seem to make my way back to this gem.

The game that comes in to mind that would be more familiar to gamers is FTL, Faster Than Light. This game shares a lot of the same elements, but has a lot more going on, which isn't always better. It's also more of a time investment to complete a single playthrough. Like FTL this has roguelike elements and is randomly generated.

Give it a try... bake a pizza that satisfizes every alien the universe has to offer while fighting off the machines trying to destroy it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
This has to be the best turn based game i have ever played considering i have been addicted to it for the past 7 years.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Just one more turn...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
A good game overall, i've played the space rangers 1 and 2 and 2 is definitely worth your time and money. A few new weapons and gear variants set this expansion/revamp apart from its predecessor, which allows you to give your ship a bit more flavor. Being able to search for gear more effectively makes it INFINITELY easier to track down that better engine you'd otherwise spend hours planet-hopping to find. My only complaint is that they added a bunch of new planetary robot battles that were poorly thought out and wildly unbalanced. These were my favorite part of space rangers 2, they were wildly lucrative, and with a careful hand, completely winnable. This is not the case in the expansion, several of the maps i've played in (that i dont remember from previous playthroughs) are unwinnable in my opinion/experience. You start out with absurdly limited resources and no defensible positions, or the map setup is such that what should be a free for all with 3 or 4 opponents ends up being everybody bumrush the PC. Dealing with that kind of onslaught (30+ robots vs your max 8 or 9) early in a match isnt an issue of skill, its just poor design/planning. Additionally, it seems to me that robot AI is even poorer than it was before the revamp; these ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s cant fight their way out of a wet paper bag. You cant depend on them to attack targets effectively, and they either stand around and refuse to help your controlled robot, or charge off and engage the enemy 2 screens away. The kind of situation not conducive to keeping ones blood pressure in check. Also, i feel the new pirate faction (which was an awesome idea) are very overpowered. You can build a ship that can waltz into a dominator controlled system and "liberate" it solo, its not easy to put that ship together, nor cheap, but it IS possible. The same cant be said for a pirate held system (in my experience so far, this could change) damn near every pirate ship comes equipped with missiles that will knock out all of your electronics (repair droid, shields, targeting, etc.). Obviously this makes killing anything a wee touch impossible.

Overall a great game, but i feel that the revamp lost some of the polish of the original, and has some significant balance issues which, while avoidable, are detrimental to gameplay
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Space Rangers HD has been a great surprise for me ever since I played this back in 2008. I've never touched a space sim in my life, and boy, did this game opened my eyes. From charting uninhabited space to getting bullied by pirates, and finally one-upping them and at last facing against the three mighty AI's bent on civilization's destruction: this game rarely disappoints and bores.

And it's not just a space sim: there are text quests which are quite entertaining. The one I've really enjoyed was the bathysphere quest. There are also RTS quests, but I'd rather say it is quite underwhelming, probably the weakest aspect of the game for me. But if you enjoyed Warcraft 2 or the original CnC, you might find some enjoyment out of it.

Everything in the game seems to just fit in place. A true triumph of Russian gaming. You'd be a fool not to get this game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
If you are prepared for a lot (!) of angry pirates, go ahead. It's fun to have a challenge.
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7 of 15 people (47%) found this review helpful
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
After a few hours of playing this game on easy, I realize: I am not a smart man.
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5 of 12 people (42%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Extremely fun game. Why dont they make more games like this?
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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
I really want to like this game, but there's a serious lack of polish (despite this being the third major content update!) that makes this game like pulling teeth after awhile. I do enjoy how non-linear it is, but apparently if you don't follow a very sharp level of progression you'll soon be destroyed.

Also, planetary battles take hours to do, you can't save midway, and the AI cheats.
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
The game is funny but crash random, it's very noise, is unplayable, i think that i have lost my money in this in this purchase.
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
40.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Такой-то игорь.
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
This game is basically Star Control without the charm. Game design has come a long way in 20 years, and this doesn't really stand up to the test of time.

Although trading and quests are part of the game, and mildly entertaining, the only real long-term solution is violence, which is very unsatisfying in its mechanics.

In friendly sectors, you click on a pirate ship to lay in what is supposed to be an intercept course, and set which guns to activate. What actually happens is you face away from your target while he chases you, making all your forward firing missiles take forever to double back and hit your enemy. Then, when he's at half hull, he breaks off and afterburns to a nearby planet to escape destruction, leaving you with nothing to show except a damaged hull and a bunch of empty missiles.

In hostile sectors, you get swarmed and die. And don't even mention the RTS surface battles. They should have just cut them—I thought Empire at War's planetary battles were superfluous...but boy were they a treat compared to this.

To summarize, the controls are too poor to formulate any consistent tactic, and you're forced to constantly reload to get lucky enough to kill anything. All this time, you're draining your bank account, making it about as hard to get ahead as in real life. It's possible if you're patient, just not fun.
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3 of 14 people (21%) found this review helpful
100.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
One of my favorites. Great game, but not without flaws.

9/10
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3 of 24 people (13%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
This game lacks any sort of decent tutorial, which I find unforgivible for a game with this many features.

When you start the game it greets you with tons of options and laps of story text which are not put into any context. Following that you are put into a text heavy conversation with a alien dude. At some point you get the conversasion option to say you are new and sign up for a *training course*. If you do you are just randomly thrown into space and forced to figure out what you got to do and how. Not even something like a simple objective marker is handed to you.
Now if you are handy enough and found the ingame menu you will find a help button. This button will bring you to your desktop and open a manual file with you guessed it... another sea of text. So except if you are the kind of person that is really good at reading instruction manuals (that is a skill I tell you) you will find the start of this game super discouraging.

This game might be fun but the developer's poor and lazy attempt at explaining the game to new players is just dreadfull. I can't reccomend a complicated game to anyone if there is no good tutorial, period.
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14 of 50 people (28%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Space Rangers 2 is one of the best games I ever played!

However this Pirate expension is bad . Aside from new weapons and ships there is a lot of problems with quests because of new pirate faction .

Let me explain . You might get a quest to kill a pirate . If that pirate is inside pirate system you will not be able to kill him because other pirates will attack you. You also might get a quest to protect all commercial ships in pirate system (good luck)

Plus if you under pirat faction you will ruin your reputation by killing other pirates even though they have no problem fighting you .

This expension will constantly put you agaist pirates or rangers with dominators doing their own thing .

Overall its the same game but if you own Dominators just stick with it .


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