An epic struggle for control!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (23 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 8, 2002
Popular user-defined tags for this product:

Sign in to add this game to your wishlist or mark as not interested



About This Game

Millennia Ago, an empire spanning the galaxy collapsed after a long and brutal war.
In the Aldus system, two orphaned races slowly evolved on two separate planets. Both
races believed that they were unique and alone in the universe.

They were soon to find out that they were neither unique nor alone.


One-of-a-kind dynamic universe - multiple solar systems alive with planets, moons,
orbits, asteroid belts, debris fields and extraordinary spatial environments.

Two fully developed races with their own campaigns, unique strategies and technologies.

Campaign editor and tools, complete with the ability to script your own scenarios,
event triggers, campaigns and cut-scenes.*

Epic fleet combat with a wide variety of vessels and specialized units.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP
    • Processor: PIII / Athlon 600 MHz or higher
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D Video Card w/ 16 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible Sound Card
Helpful customer reviews
29 of 31 people (94%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
I've played this game for a grand total of 87 minutes, and that was just the tutorial; but that's all it took to fascinate me with this game.

As a casual gamer with decent experience in RTS games, I didn't really know what to expect with this 12 year old game. But hey, at 75 cents, it had to have been a bargain (cheaper than a lot of items in TF2, anyway). Boy is that an understatement.

The graphics are, of course, dated, but not to the point of being an eyesore. The rest of the game though, is a sight to behold. I don't even know how to begin to describe how complex and detailed this game is. The basic Skirmish mode, where you can quickly set up a battle, allows for an insane amount of customization. In fact, now that I think about it, everything does.

Since it would take way too long for me describe how awesome this game is, I'm just going to say that if you don't pick this game up before the end of the sale (by May 20th), you're crazy. Heck, I'd probably buy it at the full price of $4.99 now that I know how neat-o it is.

I have to wonder, though. Why is this 12 year old game more interesting and strategy-based than anything I've played recently?

10/10 so far!

Posted: May 15
Was this review helpful? Yes No
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
I love strategy games and space games. This game really fills the space where those two desires collide. Yes, this is an older game, but it is so very good. The current price of $5 is an absolute steal when other older re-released games might cost you $10 to $15 to pick up.

Be warned though! If this is your first time playing you will really need to play the tutorial and that will take anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour depending on how much you really try to acclimate to the controls. You CAN skip it though if you prefer to learn on your own, but id advise against it.

The 3D movements are very cool but kind of remind me of a few of the convoluted 3D modeling software controls I've learned. You don't have to play in that mode though as I typically spend my time on the 2D tactical map, but the 3D view is cool to watch a battle or check out an incoming ship you might want to steal.

You dont actually control the ships though, just their behavior. (which you can customize too). The AI can be trusted in some of the trickier dogfights though I'd still keep on eye on them from the tactial map.

I could talk more about this game, but mainly I'd say JUST PLAY IT! Make time for the tutorial and get ready to spend some hours in-game!

Posted: May 20
Was this review helpful? Yes No
7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
I had a retail copy of this game many years ago. It did a lot of things right that never got adopted by other RTS's unfortunately. If you're looking for this game to be Homeworld, then just play Homeworld. Otherwise, play this and enjoy everything that it is.
Posted: May 15
Was this review helpful? Yes No
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Still a great game after all these years. Sure the graphics are a little dated and 4:3 is stretched to 16:9, but it really doesn't matter. Good game is good.

Some may find the pace too slow for them (I would think those that love games like Star Craft would be who I am referring too) but if you ever played EVE Online and loved to mine then this game's pace will be perfect.

The focus here is on strategy rather than massive battles and big explosions. This is also still the only game of it's genre that has dynamic play fields as far as I know.
Posted: May 18
Was this review helpful? Yes No
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Ah, this game brings some nostalgia. Scanning asteroids, building bases on them, passive+active sensors, beautiful backgrounds, alien speeches - this game DOES have its own 'atmosphere'. Not to mention that it's one of few space real time strategies with full 3D navigating, base building and research. If you're into this kind of game genre don't let it pass by you. And almost forgot - in-game encyclopedia covers almost every aspect of the game including each race pre-history, ships and technologies.
Posted: June 29
Was this review helpful? Yes No
152 of 161 people (94%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
The video isn't a proper trailer for this game!
This game was my first space RTS and it's still one of my favorites. For all of you who dug Homeworld and even the combat of the modern SIns of a Solar Empire, this game is a gem. It's the only space RTS I've played that gives you a sense of just how LARGE space can be in maps like this. Because of this you have to commit to strategies, and can't adjust on the fly. This game forces you to develop a near perfect set of tactics for every single map, no joke. It's frustrating, very difficult, and immensly rewarding. The control scheme of this game is difficult at first, but it works as you get the hang of how to zoom around the map. This is a truly beautiful game as well, even though the graphics are dated, this game is highly atmospheric and really awesome to get lost in. A truly hardcore RTS, it will punish you, and every time you will come back stronger, ready to take advantage of a weakness you saw on your way out.
Posted: March 13
Was this review helpful? Yes No