Three thousand years in the future, mankind has carved a bloody path towards domination of the known universe. Self-proclaimed as a divine race and beyond reproach as a species, they view all alien races as inferior.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (89 reviews) - 21% of the 89 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 20, 2007

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Three thousand years in the future, mankind has carved a bloody path towards domination of the known universe. Self-proclaimed as a divine race and beyond reproach as a species, they view all alien races as inferior. With fleets of organic starships genetically engineered for war, humanity sets out to conquer the last remaining independent galaxy - The Universal Heart.

As Captain Iconah, you are commissioned to uncover the location and purpose of the Heart. Take command of a living fleet, altering your starship's DNA in real-time as you grant them new and powerful abilities. The Universal Crusade has just begun!

  • Unique space real-time strategy gameplay that immerses you in an epic crusade with a rich back story.
  • Non linear single player campaign comprised of over 30 branching missions.
  • Scalable RTS gameplay: Resource gathering, technology upgrades and combat are scalable for even the most novice RTS players.
  • Co-op mode allows two players to work together and control one fleet!
  • Customize all 20+ gene based organic ships with over 50 different weapons and abilities, giving you thousands of possible combinations to choose from when constructing a fleet.
  • Ship models morph in real time as genes are inserted, reflecting the choices that you make!
  • Make alliances with the many other non-player character alien races to secure their support and technology--or purge their resources!
  • Expand your genetic capabilities by invading enemy vessels, stealing unsuspecting technologies, and maximizing your gene bank's diversity.
  • Gamespy Multiplayer featuring 12-player support and many multiplayer maps on which to flex your dominance!

System Requirements

    Minimum: Windows 2000/XP/XP 64/Vista, 1.5 GHz Intel or equivalent/faster processor, 512 MB of RAM, 2.5 GB of hard disk space, DirectX9.0c or higher, 128 MB GeForce 4 4200 Ti/Radeon 9500, DirectSound compatible sound card, Keyboard and two-button mouse with scroll wheel, Multiplayer: LAN or 56K Internet connection

    Recommended: Windows 2000/XP/XP 64/Vista, 2.5 GHz Intel or equivalent/faster, 1 GB RAM, 2.5 GB of free hard drive space, 256 MB GeForce 6600/Radeon X1600, DirectX 9.0c, DirectSound compatible sound card with 5.1 speaker output, Keyboard and two-button mouse with scroll wheel

Helpful customer reviews
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
I would recommend for those who are able and willing to overcome the bugs of the game ONLY.
If you desire for a working product, please pass--this is not the game you want!

Cool mechanics; nice meaty ship models; pompous in-game goals.

Pompous but extremely trite plot.

Critical cons:
Bugs and crashes; no support from the developer.
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139 of 159 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2014
Let me start by saying that while I do recommend this game, the Steam version has given people some problems; some say they have had errors on trying to launch, which I have not had, and others have said they have had some in-game oddities such as ships not loading, which I did encounter and initially kept me from advancing past the 2nd map.

The steam version is missing a couple of folders. It is silly but adding these empty folders resolves some of the problems such as the ships not loading. Click Read More if needed to see the fix.

Go to your Steam directory.

In Steam\steamapps\common\Genesis Rising
Create three new folders called 'replay','temp', and 'save' (without quotes)

Then in Steam\steamapps\common\Genesis Rising\data
Create a new folder called 'scripts' (without quotes)
[Many thanks to Future2012 who originally posted this fix.]

Other than that I didn't get any errors on Win7 64-bit when launching it so I don't know if compatibility mode would help or if it is an OS or driver issue. When I did the above fix I have been able to play through several missions without incident.

All that said, the game itself is really good and has everything from voice acting to cutscenes and a story with some deep religious undertones if you care for that, and if not then you still get to blow lots of stuff up and capture enemy ships and bases. In fact there are countless decisions you get to make about how you want to set up your ships and even which ships you want to take. Moreover I pose that you have likely never played a space game quite like it, as it has elements of RTS thrown in and on top of that your ships are ALIVE and can be genetically modified to suit your desires, and changed on the fly to boot. Plus the music and visuals are quite appealing, so if you can get it to work then it is easily worth $5 or more. Good luck!
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70 of 94 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 19, 2014
The game is broken. Millions of error messages when I load it up, then it dies. None of the fixes available worked for me. Don't bother buying it.
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60 of 81 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2014
After I recieved a message from my supposed best friend of six years to buy this game, I was a little dismayed to find out it was in fact complete and utter rubbish and I would have been better placed to bet my money on the Queen's Head sunday league team winning the champions league.

First of all to make the game even playable you have to edit folders and such sorcery in the game's root directory. I do not want to be doing this. I'm one of those people that still believe computers are run by magic. I just want to play. Fortunatly for me, my 'friend' talked me through the set-up and his timeless advice of 'press ok until it works' when faced with error messages only four seconds into the game really displayed his numerous IT qualifications.

We both bought it with the intention of playing co-op, however I discovered after three minutes of sheer laughter down my microphone that online support had been withdrawn. Luckily for me the only option that I could access from the main menu was the credits.

I discovered during watching the credits that the game had four advisors. I Would have thought that the first advice would be to make sure it works. At the time of writing my ex-friend is showing on steam as playing this game, I am sad to say he is silent. Dumbstruck.

I'd like to end on a positive however as i know a lot of hard work goes into developing titles, The credits are lovely.
Well Done Advised Advisors. Well Done
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31 of 41 people (76%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 2, 2014
Here's a game that on the surface is quite interesting; first it's a rts in spaaaaaaace. Points right there,.

Ships are customizable, and the take on how the ships work (read - organic ships, with your main resource being 'blood') is certainly different.

But it all still falls flat; Its buggy - but not unforgivingly so, The cut scenes where juvenile to just plain boring. The ship combat was middling at best and restricted to a 2D plane and missions are nothing to write home about.

In the end the game has many problems easily forgivable on their own but this entire game is just one misstep after another. Get on special or not at all.
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