Top-down 2.5D action that combines elements of space shooters like Star Control, action-RPGs like Diablo, and space adventure games like Freelancer with an infinite weapons system that evolves unique guns to player preferences. Single-player and up to 32-player online coop and PVP with dedicated servers.
Release Date: May 31, 2014
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September 21

Steam Patch 22 September

The Steam patch scheduled for 22 September includes:

  • new weapon effect 5% Speed Bonus
  • all lower tier gun ships received significant base speed boost
  • star system name displays on local system radar
  • nebula clouds slightly denser
  • astroid belts much denser
  • mp net code prediction adjustments

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September 2

Steam Patch 3 Sepember

- Recall Anchor cooldown now 30 seconds
- Recall cooldown now 5 minutes (this and the anchor were incorrectly reversed)
- Font size reduced on Recall and Recall Anchor hot bar buttons to display correctly on lower resolutions
- When a player is recalling in multiplayer they display the teleportation charge up glow effect

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About This Game

Overview

Pilot a gun ship and battle aliens, pirates, and other villainous enemies, to gain levels, skills, and most importantly, discover unique and potentially more powerful weapons. Through the unique cgNEAT content-generation technology, new weapons are constantly created by the game automatically.

Experiment

A key objective of this game is to explore the potential for automated content generation technology to intelligently create content for games. In GAR, all player weapons are generated by the cgNEAT algorithm based on weapon usage statistics. However, cgNEAT does not simply respawn weapons that people like. Rather, it creates new weapons that elaborate on those that have been popular in the past.

Game Mechanics

GAR combines elements of old-school space shooters like Star Control, action-RPGs like Diablo, and open-world space adventure games like Freelancer. The graphics are fully 3D but in top-down or "2.5D" mode. The chase camera and movement interface is similar to many online RPGs such as WoW. Earn ranks and credits by completing missions and destroying enemies. Use the credits earned to upgrade and customize your gun ship.

Galaxy

The game progresses through different and increasingly challenging solar systems. Throughout the galaxy are various factions, both friendly and hostile.

Game Modes

GAR game modes include (1) single player campaign mode, (2) instant-action system defense mode, and (3) multiplayer mode for up to 32 players with both coop and PVP. You can run your own Galactic Arms Race galaxy by downloading the standalone server. A simple windows GUI makes it easy to administrate your galaxy.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X 9 compatible graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 160 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Good fun with confusing weapons
Posted: October 16
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Dead multiplayer is dead
Posted: October 5
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
i got this game from a giveaway so obviously i didnt spend any money on this game

but still, at the state this game is currently on, it kinda sucks. i know the game is only for like 3$ but it seems like the devs dont really spend much time on this game anymore. would be pretty nice if theres weekly updates to make the game better. the game looks like itll be good if only they would put more time into it.
graphics isnt really all that great if anything this game looks like its from ps1. im not sure if its just me, but the game runs in a jittery below 30ish fps which is a bit unpleasant for the eyes, makes it feels "laggy".
there is multiplayer for this game although its barren.
its pretty neat that you can change your weapons by getting loot drops from enemies but some of the guns have this wavy pattern which is sometimes annoying since they tend to dodge the enemies
gameplay wise its not very compelling and you will get bored in a few minutes. the missions early on also feels like a chore. might fix this if you play with a friend though.

not really recommended, even for $3 . i feel they might as well make this a free to play game since there are f2p games out there thats way more fun than this. if it goes f2p , you could give it a shot, maybe its your cup of tea.
Posted: October 7
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1.5 hrs on record
i see GALAXY!!!!!
Posted: October 16
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