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.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (602 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 17, 2013

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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
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
125.3 hrs on record
I play a lot of games. This one is in my top five of all time. Brilliantly balanced. Intelligent. Varied. Well-paced. Expandable. Fantastic. I wish I knew what the people who made this are doing now ... I'd just buy it.
Posted: October 7
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
76.7 hrs on record
One of my all time favorite games. Bought when it was first released years ago, bought Reboot when that was released, and bought it again on Steam. Normally, that would bother me. With this game, I have no regrets.
Posted: October 14
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
50.9 hrs on record
I played Space Rangers 2 : rise of the dominators to death.
I played it to death because it's awesome.
What about Space Rangers HD: A War apart? Any better?
This isn't just an upgrade but a complete overhaul. There are a lot of little changes and some very big new mechanics. If you're used to the older games I think some things you may find frustrating, but it's a good frustration not a bad one. Like being check-mated unexpectedly, it makes you want to play again, try something different and adjust your strategy.

The developers don't work in english, so communication is sometimes a little brief and intermittent. There have been regular updates but I can't tell you what half of them did as they drifted in undocumented. That minor quibble aside it's well worth your money. It's a classic that keeps getting improved so hopefully those little translation problems will be tackled eventually. Even if not it's a great game and well worth the money.
Posted: October 10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
78.3 hrs on record
The game of my childhood and youth never gets old. So funny and so deep at the same time.
Posted: October 2
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
I had this game on my wishlist for probably over a year and after reading a lot of positive reviews I was invested in finally sitting down for a whole evening getting my hands dirty and trying to learn the game with the hope that it would something that I could lose myself in for a long time. However, after playing over the tutorial and the early game for almost three hours I had absolutely nothing to show for it.

First I had to dig up the manual to find out what the races and personalities meant. Then, after playing through most of the tutorial I repeatedly died to a training drone (!) because my starting ship was not cut out for it. Then I realised that the game had left my starting equipment on the station without telling me I had to equip it before leaving and managed to beat the tutorial by repeatedly docking to repair mid-combat. Finally, I got into the game proper and can find no indication in the game or in the manual as to how to make enough credits to even keep up with the cost of repairs.

I desperately wanted to be able to get into the 'rhythm' of this game so that I could enjoy what appears to be a cornucopia of varied content, but it fought me every step of the way. I am honestly amazed that this experience is not reflected in more of the game's steam reviews. These people must have infinite patience.
Posted: October 25
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1 of 11 people (9%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
What is this game? That's for you to find out!
Posted: October 4
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108 of 116 people (93%) found this review helpful
34.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: April 28
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
142.8 hrs on record
Overall, this game improved on a lot of the older glitches that occurred in the previous versions. I would say that most of the gameplay is still roughly the same, however, it is still the wait and see approach. Meaning you have to slowly build up your cash stack + artifact stack + micromodule stack + ship + equipment, before you're strong enough to solo. Cheats are severely nerfed in this version, so I suggest not using them. The planetary battles are fun, but some of the newer ones really just involve luck. However, you can get so much money from planetary battles at the end. I would rate it a 4.5/5.
Posted: June 1
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Space Rangers is one of those bargain bin games that you stumble across then end up spending an unhealthy amount of time playing.

It adds a lot of variation to the game with the many different types of "minigames" from your old school text based adventures, to RTS ground combat to turn based space combat. While the actually quality of the minigames are medicore, RTS ground combat is simple and the text based adventures can feel as if it turns into reading a novel, the ability to have have over the top adventures breaking out of prisons, searching for subs, piloting a fallin craft into orbit etc can make up for it.

The game has a semi-serious with a decent amount of comedic events and references, as long as you don't require someone to tell you what to do being adventurous can allow many hours of gameplay with your selfmade goals created from the spur of the moment.


3.5 out of 5 chiliwigs
Posted: May 26
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
151.7 hrs on record
Really great classic nostalgia here. The old time graphics are the only hump to get past. Once you do, you'll enjoy (what feels like) endless gameplay. Game has multiple ways to play and multiple endings. The only downside is that you can't really ignore enemies for long and just have fun trading goods or exploring planets. It has a nice array of text adventures that is a really great throwback to even older gaming.
Posted: July 22
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Still fun to play like it was 10 years ago. I love it.
Posted: July 10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Metascore of 68 is a joke.

They seem to be coming to the bizarre conclusion that most people playing this will have also played the (incredibly obscure) original Space Rangers, back in 2002 (Russia) or 2004 (w/ the, eh, "somewhat decent" English translation).

Right.

If you never played the original Space Rangers and don't mind a learning curve of a few hours, this ranks amongst the best of the genre. The only gripe I had with it was that the land invasion missions tended to carry on late in the game (then again, I had already been playing something like 50-100 hours..).
Posted: September 11
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
"hey, lets listen to my favorite song!!!"

it is impossible to describe this game in several nutshells. it is 2d space trader universe, it is odd and unnecessary RTS, it is pure psychedelic arcade shooter, it is surreal text adventure. its also very very difficult
Posted: August 20
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
140.6 hrs on record
Great game to spend a lot of time in. Intricate plot, nasty puzzles, space and planetary battles. RTS and RPG elements. Just needs a tetris/puzzle quest element to be the perfect game
Posted: July 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
One may be a bit suspicious that the game advertises so many features, but it does execute them very well.

First off, I recommend reading the only english speaking guide as a good primer on what settings make a good beginner game. Also, sell your starting shields (if your ship has any) because they are complete crap that takes up too much space at the beginning. Shields in this game only block percent damage, and starting shields block next to nothing. Missiles/frag cannons are very good weapons early to mid, though missiles must be manually reloaded. Finally, find a pirate base and join them for a free, VERY good ship. It doesn't matter if you don't want to go pirate, you can always go grab the ship and just fight dominaors for pirate favor/backstab them and hunt them down. Ironically the one segment of the game that is the most obviously advertised, space combat, is also the most infuriatingly obtuse to figure out without the help of a guide or google.

Starting tips aside, the trading in this game is dynamic and well done. Planets each start with governments/econmies that are geared towards importing/exporting certain goods, and events such as famines, pandemics, or a change of government will occur that shake up prices. One can make a fairly good amount of money by keeping check of the news and moving large quantities of goods in a freigher. you can own multiple ships, so if you have a fancy fighter you can just park it on the planet.

Speaking of which, in the lower left tab quests, assets, and any news blurbs you flagged are kept there for your future reference, making it easy to keep track of assets you store on different planets/stations, or where you were supposed to ship your cargo hold full of medical supplies.

Quests are offered at government centers on each planet, and are by and large FedEx delivery missions. Asking for easier/harder missions only affects the amount you earn and the amount of time to complete the delivery. You are paid whenever you complete a delivery, making it very easy to simply FedEx you way into riches (if you have the patience)

Some quests end up turning into text adventures (and are usually indicated rather obviously as not your standard delivery). Judging by the ones I've played, the text adventures are rather well done and fair. In the event of player death or failure, you are rerolled back in time to try again/give up whenever you want.

The RTS segments are somewhat simplistic, with the complexity coming in purely through how you choose to build your combat units. Simplistic doesn't mean bad however, and for the most part they were rather fun. With the glaring exception of several missions that are hellishly difficult.

What I find most attractive about the game is its sense of immersion. Events happen around the player, and it is up to them how to respond. The Coalition, Pirates, and Dominators will all launch attacks/defend star systems, other Space Rangers will fly around doing their thing, more Rangers will be recruited to expand/replace losses. Research into better technology will happen (and can be funded by the player), militaries will build new ships/garrison systems (can also be funded), and overall it gives of a good sense of "Hey, you aren't the only hoshot out there getting things done". Heck, on the easier difficulties, the Coalition (the rather obvious good guys) can very well defeat both their enemies without any player intervention. (It will be a VERY long game, with the player doing absolutely nothing in the mean time)
Posted: August 2
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
78.0 hrs on record
a fun little topdown spaceship rpg with pirates and crazy aliens. made by russians. how can you go wrong?!
Posted: August 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Space Rangers HD is an awesome game and a big improvement over Space Rangers 2 Reboot! I know you're going to say how Can Ranger Ponyhare say this with only one hour of game time. I can say this because I have spent seemingly countless hours playing this game with the Steam Client in Offline mode. I'm trying to keep this review brief and make it as helpful as possible, so I'm only including thoughts about the Pirates. First there are basically two pirate factions, Independent Pirates that are out for their own ends, but are willing to follow you if you have enough Leadership Skill and Cash.
Second is the Pirate Brotherhood that will take Systems from the Coalition and Defend the systems they have but who will never follow you. At least they didn't follow me and I made the Rank of Capo in the Brotherhood. Offending planets controlled by the Brotherhood is not like offending Coalition Planets. You can't Bribe individual planets into good relations. Better relations are only accomplished at a Business Center if you Build a Pirate Base and at a Pirate Base if you change your identity or Join the Pirate Brotherhood; or leave the Pirate Brotherhood and Rejoin the Pirate Brotherhood. Playing the Pirate Story line quests also adds some unique adventures but I'll leave that to you the Reader to Discover when you play Space Rangers HD!
Posted: June 11
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Space Rangers is one of those games that over the last 7-8 years of knowing about it, that I can always go back to and enjoy. In my opinion it is the absolute best sandbox space sim that's ever been made. To enjoy it you have to be able to create your own adventures because there is no structured plot. It's all emergent in play.
Posted: June 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
60.9 hrs on record
Space Rangers HD version adopted all the best from past episodes.
-Epic quests text
-5 Vivid races
-Each party game is not like the other
-Mixing of almost all known genres of video games (RPGs, RTS, arcade, text quests, turn-based strategy,
- The atmosphere of the space.
-In the end, the gun and the ship.
And this + HD resolution, pirate clan, achievements and much more. Worthy reincarnation series.
Posted: May 13
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
"you are dead"

what can i say i love this game, it has all the depth you want and infinite replayability in a universe thats deep and every game is unique. i simply cant recomend it enough
Posted: May 25
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