At the dawn of the 22nd century, the conquest of space and the colonization of the solar system is being monopolized by several huge and ambitious mega-corporations. Although extremely delicate and vulnerable, a balance is maintained by these companies.
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Release Date: Nov 5, 2004

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March 21

Soundtrack of Nexus: The Jupiter Incident now available!

Dear Nexus fans,

in addition to the huge update we have published today ( http://steamcommunity.com/app/6420/discussions/ ) we have also put the official Soundtrack online on Steam:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/444760

Enjoy!
Cheers
Your Nordic Games Team

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March 21

Big Update Published - HD Resolutions, Modern Systems compatibility, Multiplayer, etc...

After we acquired the Nexus franchise our goal was to make the game experience better but unfortunately our hands were tied for a long time. Now we were finally able to do actual work on Nexus and this resulted in a lot that we actually did.

ADDITIONS
• Added option to use the current desktop resolution. It’s the default.
• Enabled using modern monitor resolutions including Full HD.
• Added correct displaying of GUI elements, briefings and subtitles with
modern monitor aspect ratios: 16:9, 16:10, 21:9
• Added separate field-of-view setups for different monitor aspect ratios.
• Added VSync option. It’s on by default.
• All available text languages are selectable from the launcher.
• All available audio languages are selectable from the launcher.
• Added multiplayer NAT resolver to help connecting to Internet servers.
• Added accepting Steam invites for multiplayer game.

FIXES
• Removed obsolete DirectX 8 executable versions.
• Fixed disappearing of the loading animation in fullscreen mode under
modern OSs. Also dimming is applied to the GUI during loading.
• Fixed mouse cursor latency.
• Fixed lagging of NPC mission dialogs with the unpacked data files.
• Fixed the issue shortcuts stop working after switching tasks with Alt+Tab.

MODDING ADDITIONS
• Editor window size is configurable from mod_tools launcher.
• Configured window size is independent from the fullscreen game resolution.
• Nexus can be started in windowed mode from mod_tools launcher.
• Nexus can be started in windowed mode with the /win command line option.
• Mission Editor enables returning to main menu and load another mission.
• Mission and Solar System Editor enables editing main campaign’s missions.
• Published former developer tool Briefing Editor to ease altering main
campaign’s mission briefing scenes.
• Published former developer localization tool NexLoc to ease adding new
translations.
• Options saved to the user’s AppData folder instead of the registry.

MODDING FIXES
• Fixed Converter crash under under modern OSs.
• Editor windows startup arrangement changed, Quit buttons added.
• Editors warn about unsaved changes.
• Solar System Editor uses the usual solar system navigation GUI.


We hope you all enjoy Nexus now even more!

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About This Game

At the dawn of the 22nd century, the conquest of space and the colonization of the solar system is being monopolized by several huge and ambitious mega-corporations. Although extremely delicate and vulnerable, a balance is maintained by these companies. At the very edge of the solar system the companies make a discovery which will shift the technological advantage and upset the balance. And so a new conflict is born: "The Jupiter Incident".
Nexus - The Jupiter Incident is a real-time mission-based tactical space game featuring spectacular real time battles and breathtaking motion picture quality. Focus on tactics and action as you control up to a dozen battleships encountering aliens, unknown solar systems and astrophysical phenomena in your struggle to save Earth.
Are you ready to take on the challenge?

  • Epic campaign with 6 episodes and more than 26 thrilling missions
  • Diverse mission types: espionage, fight, stealth, sabotage, rescue, science, etc.
  • Control up to 10 extremely detailed, customizable spaceships from basic to simulation level
  • 6 different alien species with race-specific tactics and 30 alien spaceships
  • More than 50 unique characters and 90 different weapons and devices
  • Flexible starmap system: animated map objects, light flares, etc.
  • Zoom in on more than 350 planets, moons, comets, etc. in a fully 3D environment
  • Planet movement based on real physics

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 (32 or 64 bit)
    CPU: 1 GHz processor
    Memory: 128 MB RAM
    Graphic Card: GeForce2 MX or comparable graphics adapter
    Sound: DirectX compatible soundcard
    Disc Space: 1,8 GB
    DirectX 9.0c
    Recommended:
    OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 (32 or 64 bit)
    CPU: 1,8 GHz processor
    Memory: 256 MB RAM
    Graphic Card: 128MB nVidia GeForce FX 5600 or ATi Radeon 9600 Class
    Sound: DirectX compatible soundcard
    Disc Space: 1,8 GB
    DirectX 9.0c
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Poop Fairy
( 30.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
Let's face it, these games are not for everybody, but this is one of the best games I have ever played. Homeworld was good, but this is great.

I was so distraught when I learned years ago that they were not going to make a sequel, freaking ♥♥♥♥♥♥ games that are stupid and repetitive get remakes, but tactical space fleet games get crapped on. This is why I don't vote, because great games like this that get ignored get thrown to the wayside and ♥♥♥♥ like CoD and BF get played like crazy, so obviously the majority of people are idiots so your vote is irrelevant.
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Seddrik
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
Played it years ago. Enjoyed it.

Windows 10, Steam. Crashes third mission always. *shrug*
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Drackbolt
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
Falls into the classification of "wanted to like, but..."

Slooooow. Slow slow slow. And this is coming from someone who loves the Homeworld franchise so you know this is some serious slow motion. The dialogue and backstory are actually somewhat intriguing (despite some pretty bad voice-acting from some of the characters), but any interest is lost only a couple missions in when the clunkiness of the interface and the speed of ships and action lingers on while you stare and watch for what feels like forever.

The interface is clean but unhelpful and tiny. Good luck trying to find your next objective or any object that the narration has mentioned if there are more than a couple things out there.

Graphics are serviceable and nice in some ways, but drab.

Most frustrating is that ships don't do what you'd like them to do. Tell them to stop, and they decide to move a little. Tell them to fire artillery and they move away from the enemy and don't seem to do anything.

Couldn't see any way to rebuild lost fighters, which seems incomprehensible.

Overall I was pulled in a bit by the story and atmosphere, but once the missions started my interest faded fast. I didn't play it long but can't find a reason to want to play it again.

I always hate to say that, being a developer myself and knowing that this game must have taken some good effort to create. But it's just not compelling.
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TurtleOnFire
( 22.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
Bought this game on sale just to beat it because i couldn't do it when I was 10.
I like it even more now.
I consider this game a jewel of a SPACE RTS Game.The battles are so intense and require nearly flawless strategies and the story was captivating until the end.The sound is pure gold,too.I can't describe to you the eargasm you get when a ship (not yours lol cuz losing ships sucks)loses its shield and gets pounded to oblivion with plasma guns,gattling guns,rockets and torpedoes.
In conclusion,I really love this game and i am glad i had the money to revisit it on Steam.I loved it as a 10 year old and i love it even more now.
P.S:For some reason the game's files get corrupted for no reason,so if the game crashes or something just verify its cache from the steam settings.Also,it's more likely to crash when the Steam Overlay is enabled.
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3dfx
( 14.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
One of the best Space RTS game ever !

On par with classics such as Homeword 1, Haegemonia, Sword of the Stars, Star Wolves and Battlefleet Gothic: Armada.
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Flanker33D
( 36.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
Great game, some missions are very tricky and requires multiple attempts or head over to gamefaqs and read the walkthrough. Great game overall, especially single player experience. 8/10
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Frede
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
This version of the game is bugged.
There are problems with the singleplayer campaign corrupting gamefiles.
Would wait until this is fixed by the new dev.
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TargetStalker
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
Great Game!
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(d^u^b)
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
I highly recommend this, totally
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szabolcs90
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
One of the best strategy ever made, but it keeps crashing...
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Luke
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
Classic, stands up amazingly well even in 2016.

One of the few "hard" SF games made, and really gives the feeling of commanding a capital ship rather than piloting a WWII fighter in space, or sailing a boat in space. It isn't easy to find games like this. Yes, there is sound in space. No, the physics are not perfect. But it gets very close -- closer than just about anything else I've seen. And certainly strikes a great balance of playability and fun when it makes those trades.

Rather amazing that they updated it for modern OS after all these years. I waited until the sale was over so I could do the publisher the small kindness of paying full price in recognition for the work they put into it.
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Kheperu
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
One of the best in the genre.
I especially enjoy the beginning where there is no FTL and it takes months to move anywhere in the Solar System.
This is the only game that I've played that has this realistic approach to space strategy.
Played this almost to the end when it originally was released, but had a problem/bug that stopped me from finishing.
Now, with high resolution and support for newer operating systems, this is a must have for all who like sci-fi and strategic space combat.
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Lathomasla
( 33.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
This is just a straight up kickass space combat strategy game, with satisfying mechanics and great visuals that have been thankfully mastered in high def for modern systems. At least a 5/7
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Excelsior[DDZ]
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
I loved playing this game when it originally was released. The new version/developers are giving new hope to a great game. I hope to get lots of time on this both solo and online.
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HieraticDragon
( 12.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
I play this old Glory some years before it landed on Steam.
Despite being a 2004 game, Nexus still remains the best tactical fleet simulator in the market. The plot brings you in the middle of a interplanetary war; you will like characters as Captain Cromwell and his crew, or many aliens like the Gorgs.
Also there is a skirmish/Ship Editor and many mods to enjoy.
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Captain Harlock
( 15.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
Epic space game that makes me wonder how is it possible that so many captains (space gamers) dont know about this title... Epic, just epic... buy it and be prepared to get amazed.
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Dwarden
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
One of the enjoyable space RTS sci-fi classics just next from Homeworld serie
it was revived by Nordic Games with HD upgrades, resolutions and working MP
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MaRkV
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
I played Nexus The Jupiter Incident, henceforth shortened to Nexus, long ago. I never finished it as far as I can remember. Now I have the chance to complete it and I will keep at it till I do! The graphics look great when I think back to the original, the story is OK, not the best but pretty good. The voice acting I assume is the same as the original but I can't remember how they sounded back then; it is again not the best but then I am not playing it for that reason.

It is very story led with nothing to do outside of the story to speak of but this is not a problem in my opinion. Which is surprising as I normally like much more open play games.

I did get it in the sale but I don't think this is colouring my judgement too much, full price would still be worth it especially if you are looking at Nexus for its nostalgia quality. It was released around 2004 I thnk so it is now about 12 years old. Don't let this put you off though. It has been brought up to modern standards as far as possible I think.

PROS
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Much nicer graphics than the original.
Cinematic feel as the missions can be quite long. (Bit of a double edged sword maybe)
Decent physics.
Great models, especially Angelwing :-)

CONS
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The missions can be a bit long. (The distances that you have to cross can be large before you are able to engage.)
Possibly a steep learning curve. (It is gradually coming back to me)


Not many CONS in my opinion, I reckon that if, like me, you were playing Nexus when it first came out, you won't regret handing over the cash for this version.

BTW, it is working fine on my Win 10 laptop with, so far, no crashes or stuttering or any of the other annoying things that seem to crop up every so often.

So, you've read my opinion, why are you not already paying for your own copy? :-)
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garcea
( 17.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
Thanks!!!! I love to see this game brought back to life. I hope to see more titles from this francise in the future. I totally recommend this game...a must have!
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archimedez
( 48.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
This game is still pretty cool.
I was sad when it already ended after 48 hours played.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Warning, this review is based on my several years old experience, haven't played that since, only for a few minutes. YOu can skip to bottom for TL;DR part.

Brilliant! I've spent approx 100 with this game (only in campaign!) and it is incredibly tactical. Maybe Homeworld seems to you too much arcadish? Well, this one is more like hardcore tactical RTS :) You can assign orders even to last single battery on your corvette, but don't forget yourself! Too much micromanagement can kill you very quickly. Solution can be a lot of pausing, or simply giving orders in such manner, your ships will perform well even without your intervention, so you can take care of top priorities. Protect your ships, bring them from mission to mission throughout whole campaign and be sure your crew gathers experience, because experience can be more valuable than guns and armor itself.
And atmosphere is still "realistic". As realistic as it can be in space opera RTS :)) Thanks to music, graphics (right now I mean long trails behind ships, design of Earth ships and other details, not beauty of textures, lights or shadows, more on that in next paragraph...) storrytelling and proportional grow of your forces you get first grade experience. First you start with a single ship that travel from Earth to Jupiter for eight months. That seems to be kinda fast for today's technology, isn't it? Well, wait for your first alien ship that carries you from system to system in no time, compared to Stilleto (your first ship). It takes like ages of ingame time, to get Angelo (if I remember the name correctly), but that makes it even more rewarding. Later you will get another ship to your current one, so you will be able to use two of them. When your fleet grows to number of like 5 ships, you will feel invincible.

Today they released patch (first one after years of inactivity) that brings the game to full HD. I realized how much time passed since I started Nexus for last time. Graphics looks really old, but playability seems to be still very high.
I really hope in more updates, possibly in remastered edition or even brand new game? (ehm, inspirated by not named studio, right?)

TL;DR
If you are fan of space opera where you take care of your ships and where you can really enjoy tactical decisions and story, definitely buy this game while in discount like today's one. For current price 2,49 Euro, it's a must. Even when it's priced on it's full 10 euro, it can be a good buy.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
73.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
They just updated the game, a game I would have recommended without the 'HD-patch' they just released.

This game is pretty cool. To give you a review that brings it a bit different; Think Homeworld, but now you do not build ships, you aquire some throughout the campaign. For the rest it is very similair, expect you do not have to send out collectors to gather resources. You also have a bit more options than setting an agressive of defensive stance.

The game makes you expand your fleet throughout the campaign and offers a certain freedom in the upgrades you apply to your ships. Then once you are in a mission you can give very specific orders, or let the ships do as they will. The last probably wont be too succesfull though, but that is pretty much what makes this game good. It allows you do make your ships do all sort of things, target specific equipment on enemy ships, make artillery strikes on incoming enemies, and sooo much more. Often these things can hurt you as much as they can help you, so some thought is required and you should also not forget the AI can do the same to you.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
This game is quite simply... awesome. It's one of a kind. It's graphics r astounding, it's level if control is something rarely seen in games now a days.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Really good game that holds up extremely well despite it's age. A real gem of a bargain, especially when it's on sale.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
One of the enjoyable space RTS sci-fi classics just next from Homeworld serie
it was revived by Nordic Games with HD upgrades, resolutions and working MP
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Fantastic bargain at £1.74 for a fab classic - really enjoying playing through this again after so many years - you can't go wrong picking this up for next to nothing with fab gameplay with a long and interesting campaign and the graphics don't let it down even though it's over 10 years old now.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Had this game for years before I got it off steam. Awesome game with realistic physics!

So much fun, highly recommend!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
Do you like space sims and ambient space theme music to go to sleep by? Yeah, me too. Don't pass this one up even at full retail. It's still a good one even if it's 12 years of age.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
48.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
This game is still pretty cool.
I was sad when it already ended after 48 hours played.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Thanks!!!! I love to see this game brought back to life. I hope to see more titles from this francise in the future. I totally recommend this game...a must have!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
Epic space game that makes me wonder how is it possible that so many captains (space gamers) dont know about this title... Epic, just epic... buy it and be prepared to get amazed.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
33.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
This is just a straight up kickass space combat strategy game, with satisfying mechanics and great visuals that have been thankfully mastered in high def for modern systems. At least a 5/7
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
Wish there were less compatilibty issues, but the storyline was interesting, the space flight concepts were well thought out. The missions were engaging, the system of flight and command was nice, but could use some expansion. Overall a great game. Wish they'd make a sequel with more depth and interest! Something a bit less linear would be awesome!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
Best space strategy game out there, hands down. If only there was enough support for a sequel.
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
The best tactical space battle sim/game out there

You have control over all systems in the ship!

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The ship behaves like it would in real life if it existed, the thrusters fire and it accelerates to its cruise speed, it even overshoots a bit then cuts the thrusters and uses reverse thrusters to slow down THEN re-engages the forwards thruster to maintaine cruise. When the ship is trying to manuevar around and obtsacle or around an enemy you wil clearly see it firing its reaction control thrusters to spin it or strafe around. The greatest part is if you install auxiliary engines like deflection engines or combat drives then the ship uses main thrusters to get close to the enemy and engages the combat drive and you see it spinnign and dancing around the enemy to make it impossible for them to target specific devices of your all thr while destroying what ever system you have targeted with its own weapon. I like being able to decide what kind of ship I want to fly, for example I can set it up to be deivce killer, get close and knock out there weapon generators and shields with my lasers and bombard them with torpedoes or fit it with bubble energy shells which drains shields then destroy the hull with either torpedoes or mass drivers. If you want to be a bad ♥♥♥ you can equip battleship grade weapons on you little ship like long range CRISIS energy torpedos which (if they hit) will utterly destroy the enemies shields (they can be dodged easily if the enemy has a combat drive equipped), after dropping the enemies shields launch some BIG BANG EM missiles and watch as the brightest explosion you've ever seen destroyes there hull (if their flak system didnt shoot down the missile). Most later missions you get some small ships with a torpedo boat and ofcourse your own unique flag ship, you get to allocated resource points for each ship being able to decide what each will focus on, you could for exmaple have the small quick and agile ships focus on taking down devices like shields and weapons of an enemy with lasers which bypass shields so your torpedo boat can come in and annihalate them or have all of your ships work in unison to bombard their shields with energy shells after which they, in unison, wreck the hulls with mass drivers. I've literraly been playing this game since 2004 and have never gotten tired of it, even with online being down. Its just so good, theres nothign else which comes close to the realism of the zero-g physics which you will clearly see. Theres no game out there that has the cinematic feel this one does, you just sit there as these large capital ships lumber around slowly firing thrusters left and right trying to maneuver around each other to get the best firing position, you will never see any other game that has the same shield ddynamics this one has, a projectile comes towards you and it just smashes in to your bubble shield, the shield reacts, you see magnetic distortion in it as it stabalizes then dissapears and recharges. You wanna be faster? just allocate more power to the engines, you want shields to recharge faster? just give em more power, wait your out of stored energy? turn off support systems and your engines and let the storage batteries recharge.

I've played this game dozens of times, and will play it more and more, its just sad that nexus 2 never got the funding it sohuld have, maybe the creators waited to long to bring it back... Only a select few know about this game, shame.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
There isn't much to say to this except: One of the best space games, ever.

I played a lot more of this when it wasn't on steam yet. Some would consider it the third best space game of all time after Freespace and Homeworld. But as with all these things, opinion is very subjective. It's still very playable today.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
One of the best carrier spaceship/space fleet games ever made. Once you get a hand on the controls, it's just truly awesome.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
Old game but still great. Little slow at first but such a good space combat game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
48.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
This game is badass. Slow as space can be at times, but what happens now will happen again, and this has happened before.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2015
Even in 2015 this game is unique!
Even in 2015 space battles look amaizing!
Even in 2015 there are barely any space games that will provide same story and gameplay.

One of the very few space games where space actually has 3D .
One of the very fwe space games where main force is battleship, with a lot of systems and subsystems, where destruction of weapon generator and auxilialy one will disable all weapons, where destruction of a ship is not only making his HP reach zero, but a very complex task that requires usage of different ships, fighters, with different weapon systems...
And in the end enemy (or your) ship crew will evacuate to a nearest friendly ship using shuttles, under flak and fighter fire.

If you like games like Homeworld try it!
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