Spacing Out: Another Brick in the Difficulty Wall…

It's Pretty Until You Hit Your Head Against It...

It’s Pretty Until You Hit Your Head Against It…

So after our random-ass podcast covering Piracy (and a ton of other things), I’ve been playing some Independence War 2: The Edge of Chaos here and there so as to get past the initial chapter in which you play annoying, whiny child pirate in order to get to the meat of the game wherein you play an annoying, whiny adult pirate (I assume) so my co-host and I can play together and try being pirates. Wheeee!

I was chugging along through chapter zero (wait, how can one have a chapter of NOTHING?) doing just fine when I reached one of the missions that made me pissed off at this game in the first place. In the preceding missions, you did some simple errands involving some theft and some maiming for others. This time, however, you had to steal some reactor rods for yourself, which was in an area surrounded by NINE ships in three groups of three. The game tells me to sneak in there, but no details as to how really, so I try to make my way into the area, remaining undetected and far enough away from the other ships to avoid being scanned, to dock with the reactor and get out of there. SIX TRIES LATER, I — through some sheer force of luck — manage to get far enough away from the base to kick in my LDS drive and hightail it out of there.

This got me thinking (after all the cursing), WHY did this mission have to be so difficult? The previous missions weren’t this tough, so why the sudden “OMGIHATELIFE” difficulty wall?

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Spacey Gamey Newsies and Dealsies – 11/27/12

Drowning in News

*glug* SO MUCH *glug* NEWS

AAHHH! SO MUCH NEWS and DEALS! I’m drowning in it! Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalp!

You thought I was done?! HAH, I’ve barely BEGUN! Now we have DEALS!! HAHAHAHHAHAHAHA! First, the dev behind Dangerous let me know that his game is on sale on GamersGate, where you can the game itself for $10, the soundtrack for $4, or the deluxe edition (which includes both) for $12.50. That isn’t all GamersGate has for us today. They also have:

AND THAT’S NOT ALL! The folks at Green Man Gaming are having an Iceberg Interactive sale, which includes these spacey games:

FINALLY, over on the Concept Ships blog, they have some lovely ship designs from Dmitry Vishnevsky.

OMG I can breathe again! WHEW! That took pretty much my entire lunch break to write, so I hope y’all enjoyed it. Have a great day!

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Spacey Gamey Deals All Over the Interwebs!

Tons of Space Games on Sale!

OMG THE SALES! RUN! SAVE YOURSELVES!

Happy Black Friday y’all! I hope y’all had a lovely Thanksgiving here in the US, and I hope y’all are jumping on all the sales today. In trying to help y’all out, I’m putting this post all the non-Steam sales on spacey games I can find. Here we go:

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Spacey Snippets – 6-27-12

All those little dots are news stories...

SO. MUCH. NEWS.

Hey y’all, haven’t done one of these in a while, but a decent amount of newsy news has come down the pike since the last round of Snippets, so let’s buckle up and dive in, shall we?

  • Space Sector has their Drox Operative preview up, which is a great read. If you haven’t checked mine out yet, you can read that too. ;)
  • There’s a ton of Endless Space chatter going on right now, including a series of After Actions Reports (Parts 1, 2, and 3) from Space Sector as well as articles from Nerd Age and Rock, Paper, Shotgun.
  • According to GamesIndustry.biz, long-time Star Trek Online designer Dan Griffis is resigning in a few weeks to follow up on a new opportunity.
  • Rock, Paper Shotgun also has another excellent article up discussing Skyjacker, which is a great read. They also have a new team-member and a new media campaign, according to this Kickstarter update, as well as some new screenshots on their official site. Don’t forget Skyjacker still has a Kickstarter going.
  • The Starlight Inception Kickstarter page has a new update entitled “Inside the Ready Room” which is a fairly detailed status update on how the game is progressing.
  • Besides my own look at the game, there are a lot of new Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion reviews out, including at PC Gamer, GameSpy, NeoSeeker, Space Sector and Gaming Trend.
  • The PlaySF blog has quite a few new articles, including a Q&A with Michael Shade of Fishlabs regarding Galaxy on Fire’s upcoming PC release, a review of Arvoch Alliance, a Q&A with 1C’s Sergey Gerasev, a Q&A with Keith Newton of I-Novae studios about their game Infinity, and an article entitled Explore And Expand, Or Exploit And Expire? regarding the apparent stagnation of 4X games.
  • The Star Made blog on IndieDB has been updated with articles covering a new graphics upgrade, space stations, docking modules and the game’s infinite universe.
  • The Blockade Runner site has been updated with models of a TIE Fighter, a carrier and more.
  • There’s a new video for Ring Runners detailing their fourth archetype, Arsenals. I’ll also embed this after the cut.
  • In Freespace Open news, a new campaign has been released entitled Luyten Civil War which looks pretty sweet.
  • There’s a new trailer for Legends of Pegasus which looks pretty dang sweet, and which I’ll also embed after the cut.
  • The Beyond Beyaan blog has been updated with entries on a new economy system and another look at squadrons.
  • Whereas before it was only available on Steam, you can now purchase SOL: Exodus on Desura as well!
  • In non-gamey news, the Concept Ships blog has been on a roll of late, with excellent entries from Carlo Arellano, Maciej Kuciara, Tuomas Korpi, Galan Pang and Fausto De Martini.
  • Finally in non-gamey news, EW.com has a gallery of what they feel are the 23 Coolest Onscreen Spaceships ever. I agree with a lot of the list, but Serenity at #17? I cry shenanigans. Clearly that’s the best ship ever. Science says so. ;)

Whew, that’s a lot! *pant pant* ;) I hope y’all enjoyed it and found it useful! Don’t forget if y’all find news that I’ve not covered, you can send it my way with the contact form. Have a great day!

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Spacey Snippets – 3-16-12

All those little dots are news stories...

It's a Supernova of News!!!

Heeeeelllo everyone, how y’all been? Me, I’ve been busy, not only with work, but with some articles for here as well, so a lot of news has happened in the interim. I’ve got a ton to go through, so let’s get started:

WHEW! That was a lot! Thanks for reading y’all, and have a great weekend!

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Lots of Spacey Gamey Deals on GamersGate!

Tons of Space Games on Sale!

Plenty of Spacey Games for Sale on GamersGate!

GamersGate has a ton of spacey game deals, including:

For my money, the best deals there are for Master of Orion II, Sword of the Stars Complete and Space Rangers 2: Reboot, but many of those are great games. Enjoy!!

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Arvoch Alliance – Dead Again…and Again…and Again…and One More Time…

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Arvoch Alliance Review
Once Again, This Happened

I saw this screen a lot...

At the end of the last article covering Arvoch Alliance, Lieutenant Veloxi kept dying repeatedly during the forth mission, entitled “Springing the Trap”. Read on to find out how I got passed that mission, and why the remainder of my six hours with the game reminded me of an old Dane Cook bit. Don’t worry, it was back when he was funny.

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2011 Space Game Holiday Buying Guide

Santa's Spaceship

Instead of "ho ho ho" he says "pew pew pew". ;)

So it’s the time of year where presents must be bought, whether for friends or loved ones, and if you have that person in your life that loves space games, or is new to space games and wants to play more, it can be confusing to know what to get ‘em. There are a goodly amount of choices out there when it comes to computer-based space games, but they all cater to different desires. Does the person for whom you plan to buy a space game prefer piloting a spaceship? Or maybe they want to be more of a tactician, commanding their forces like an admiral, or maybe they want to even control an entire space empire?

I’ve thought of the games that are still for sale these days, whether newish or not, and have come up with a list that I feel could cater to any space game fan, new or old. Click below to check out the list, complete with links to the various places you can buy the games listed.

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Arvoch Alliance – Lots of Shooting, Some Mining and Some Dying…

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Arvoch Alliance Review
1 - Starting the Campaign

It begins...

After completing my training, as noted in the previous article, I, Space Pilot Veloxi, decided to be recruited by the Star League to defend the Frontier against Xur and the…wait, that’s not it. Yes, I decided to join the Alliance and defend the Evochron quadrant from the nasty folks in the Federation. No, not THAT Federation – the blokes from Star Trek, who seem pretty personable – no, this was the EVIL Federation. I know that because their ships show up red on my H.U.D. Yes, join me as I venture forth to battle the evil Federation in the our first foray into AA’s campaign.

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