New Gemini Wars Media and Blog Post

Gemini Wars Screenshot 1

Oohhh...pretty!

I’m still recuperating from three weeks of two jobs (one’s ended, but I’m still exhausted), but I’m gonna ramp up the news and original content as I have the energy to do so. :)

To that end, the folks at Camel 101 have sent over a dozen screenshots of their upcoming real-time space strategy game, Gemini Wars, as well as let me know of a new blog post about natural disasters like planets blowing up and stuff, which honestly looks REALLY cool. :) I’ll bring you more on this fascinating looking game as I get it. :)

Click the link below to check out the rest of the screenshots.

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Distant Worlds – Legends Expansion Pack and Contest Announced

Distant Worlds - Legends Screenshot

That's alotta ships...

I received a press release today from Matrix Games announcing a new expansion pack for the excellent 4X game, Distant Worlds. Entitled Distant Worlds – Legends, the new expansion pack includes several features, such as:

  • New character system, including Leaders, Admirals, Generals, Ambassadors, Governors, Agents and Scientists, all with defined skills and traits and the opportunity to advance and improve
  • New modelling of borders and spheres of influence
  • New expanded gameplay with race-specific events and victory conditions, as well as a new hidden faction!
  • Expanded technology tree, including dedicated carriers, cutting lasers, rail guns, new planetary facilities and wonders
  • Improved AI and an updated Diplomacy system with refuelling and mining rights as well as immigration policies
  • Improved fleet management and automation, including fleet postures
  • Improved modding support, including full race and character modding

There’s also a contest in which those who submit the winning idea for a space monster can win the entire Distant World series. I keep meaning to pick up their other expansion pack, The Return of the Shakturi at some point, and this seems like as good an excuse as any. :) Click below to read the entire press release.
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Off-Topic – A Valley Without Wind Released

Some kind of forest battle.

A Valley Without Wind in action...

I know, I know, this is a site about space games, but I thought this was worth mentioning. Arcen Games – the folks behind the fantastic space game A.I. War: Fleet Command – have released their latest game, A Valley Without Wind. This is an exploration game set in a procedurally-generated world that goes on for as long as you do, and looks to be a mix of games like Terrarria, Metroid and Castlevania. You can download the demo now, and if you like it, spend $10 to get into the beta at a discount. I’m gonna check it out once I get home, but it totally looks fun. Enjoy!

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AI War: Alien Bundle Announced

Frigates in battle in AI War

It's so...beautiful...*sniff*...

Got a press release from Matrix Games earlier today announcing the release of the AI War: Alien Bundle which includes the base game, AI War: Fleet Command, as well as its three expansions, AI War: The Zenith Remnant, AI War: Children of Neinzul, and AI War: Light of the Spire. This bundle is priced for $19.99, which is a steal at the price, though to be completely honest, these games have been offered at a cheaper price during various sales on Steam, GamersGate and other places, so that’s something to keep in mind. It IS, however, $10 less than it’s currently going for on Arcen Games’ own site.

Regardless, $20 is a steal for the amount of gameplay found here, so if you’ve not played AI War: Fleet Command, now is a great time to start. Enjoy!

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So Yeah…Stuff Happened…

Not the video game Paperboy. ;)

Extry extry! Read all about it! :)

So while I was working my butt off at two jobs for the last three weeks, a few things happened that I didn’t have time to cover then, so I figured I’d give ‘em a quick rundown:

  • RTSGuru brought word of a new browser-based space strategy game called Starpires that looks neat despite it’s…wacky name.
  • The Beyond Beyaan blog had a few interesting updates covering design changes, the race selection UI and the player setup screen.
  • Space Sim Central has word of a sequel to the arcade shooter Space Chunks entitled Space Chunks II: Lair of the Chunk Lords, which looks pretty fun. Never heard of Space Chunks before this, so I added it to the list.
  • Over on Quarter to Three, Kevin let me know about a new space game called Blockade Runner, which looks like “Minecraft in space” and might not be a bad thing at all.
  • ModDB brings word that Homeworld:@ — a mod for Homeworld 2 that is “building upon the foundations of Homeworld and Homeworld:Cataclysm to create a faithful sequel in the Homeworld:2 engine, with new ships, storyline, and game mechanics” — has been released.

Whew, that was a mouthful. :) I hope to be all caught up on news now. :) Thanks for reading, and if I missed anything, please contact me. :)

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Drox Operative Formally Announced

Some art from Drox Operative

Spaceship! Yay!

You might recall some time back we had a Q&A with Steven Peeler of Soldak Entertainment about his upcoming then-unnamed space game. In the time since then, he’s revealed the name and launched a new site for it. The new game will be called Drox Operative. Some of the features include:

  • Explore a dynamic and evolving galaxy
  • Explore a unique sector of the galaxy in every game, with different “monsters”, ship components, quests, and even races
  • Fight in the galactic war between the various alien races
  • Battle hundreds of different enemy starships

We’ll bring you more info as we get it. I know I, for one, am DAMNED excited about this game. I keep throwing money at the website, but nothing happens. :/

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The Day the Space Sim Died

Explosions in Freespace 2!

See that big explosion? That's the death knell of the space sim genre...

I’ve always felt that if a PC game has a spaceship in it, I’ll play it, no question. One of my earliest memories involving video games was Lunar Lander on the Radio Shack TRS-80. I had been fascinated with space and science fiction for many years thanks to the original Star Trek, and recall jumping at the chance to play a game set in space. When I received my first DOS-based computer some time later, I dove into games like Elite, Starflight, Sentinel Worlds I: Future Magic and many more.

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Gratuitous Space Battles: Parasites Released

Oohhh, pretty.

Cool GSB ship you can buy now. ;)

So my last day of having two jobs is today, so I’m gonna slowly return to updating this site (OMG I am so tired though). The news today is that the recently announced DLC for Gratuitous Space Battles, called Parasites, has been released, and you can purchase it currently on the official GSB website or on GamersGate. Personally I’m gonna buy it when it arrives on Steam, which is where my copy of GSB resides. It looks pretty cool, so I plan to dive in this weekend (first time I can play games in three weeks! YAY!).

So yeah, more news and original stories will be forthcoming. Thanks for your patience and patronage, and I hope you keep visiting. :)

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Space Force Constellations Announced

Spaceforce Constellations Logo Thingy

The series continues...

First, there was Space Force: Rogue Universe, a quirky open space combat/trading sim that I got some enjoyment out of, but didn’t get a lot of time with. It was fun for a little while though. Then there was Space Force: Captains (warning, site appears to be in Russian), a strategy game that  got mediocre reviews, and while I own it, I’ve yet to play it.

Now comes word that a third game in the series is on its way. Entitled Space Force: Constellations, the game’s website describes the game as:

An action-packed strategy game of galactic conquest! Welcome to a new experience in gameplay and battle your way through a series of devastating space feuds, for supremacy across the universe. Unleash your firepower and launch an arsenal of special attacks to destroy the enemy.

While some of the features include:

  • Simple and addictive game play: explore, discover, build a fleet, conquer.
  • Turn based fleet combat.
  • Galaxy Map helps you navigate your fleet through many constellations.
  • Stunning universe dominated by four civilizations.

Beyond that, we don’t know a heckuva lot right now, but I’ll bring you more as I get it. It certainly looks pretty cool. :)

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Gratuitous Space Battles Gets New Expansion

Parasites in Gratuitous Space Battles

AH! Kill them with fire!

Earlier this morning I got an email from Cliff Harris about a new expansion for his excellent space combat game, Gratuitous Space Battles. The new expansion, called Parasites, iffers a new parasitic race, ten new ships, three new pieces of equipment, new bonuses, and a new scenario. It’s great to see this game get continued support, because it sure as heck deserves it. Click below for a teaser trailer if you want to see more.
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