Space Rangers HD: A War Apart – An Old Dog with Some New Tricks

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Back in the mid 2000s, Space Rangers 2: Dominators — created by Russian-based Elemental Games — surprised many gamers by not only existing at all — I mean, space games were about as close to death at that point as you could get — but also by taking the traditional formula for open space games and turning it on its ear. Using a turn-based, top-down approach to much of its gameplay, mixing in several types of minigames and typically being awesome, Space Rangers 2 found its way to many a gamer’s hard drive. Fast Forward nearly ten years, and we have a re-release of the sequel called Space Rangers HD: A War Apart. This new version brings several new features to the table, and this review will cover those new features as well as the gameplay itself, and how well it’s held up over the last decade (or hasn’t).

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SGJ Podcast #16: Pirates, Pauls and Squirrels Oh My!

AAaarrrrrr!

AAaarrrrrr!

Welllllllcome to episode #16 of the Space Game Junkie podcast. This week, Jim and I have no guest and the baaaaarest thread of a topic. This results in what has to be the most random, off-topic podcast we’ve done yet. I mean what other space game podcast (is there one?) talks about space pirates, Marvel Heroes, Squirrel Girl, being renamed Paul and so on? I blame the fatigue my own self. ;)

We would love it if y’all would chime in about your stories of being a pirate in space games, because honestly that career path doesn’t much fit us, you know? :) We look forward to your stories, as well as your comments, below, and invite you to subscribe to us if you’ve not already. Thanks for listening, and enjoy! :)

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SGJ Podcast #09: Chasing Dots and Games

Explosions in Freespace 2!

You Magnificent Son of A Bitch…

Welcome to episode #09 of the Space Game junkie Podcast! In this episode, Jim and I bring on Gamers With Jobs CEO Shawn “Certis” Andrich to discuss if space games are just “chasing a dot”, as he called them previous. In a surprise — to me at least, and pleasantly so — the discussion evolves and turns into an intervention where we discuss how space action games have become kinda samey in terms of lack of space, lack of place and so on to help Shawn find some new games. It was a fun, spirited discussion. :)

We talked about a looooooot of games, and you can find links to all of them below in the show notes. We hope you enjoy the show, and invite you to comment here or on the forum, as well as use our RSS or iTunes feeds to subscribe to us. Thanks for listening, and have a great day! :)

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A Few Spacey Sales For Y’all

Tons of Space Games on Sale!

Save Some Moneys Today!

Hey guys, I’ve found some deals I’d love to make y’all aware of, first a sale then a bundle, so let’s begin.

The folks over at GoG are having a 1C sale, which includes a few spacey games, those being:

  • Space Rangers for $4.99
  • Space Rangers 2: Dominators for $4.99
  • Star Wolves for $4.99

These are pretty good deals, but honestly I’ve seen these cheaper on other sales, so keep that in mind. The reason to get ‘em at GOG — besides supporting one of the best sites ever — is lack of DRM and goodies like wallpaper and such.

Secondly, thanks to doctor_roxo for letting us know that there’s a new Winter Bundle by Positech Games, the same bloke behind Gratuitous Space BattlesThis bundle includes two space games, Starship Tycoon and Planetary Defense plus some other non-spacey games for $5.99, which is a good deal I might look into my own self. ;)

So enjoy the savings, folks, and thanks for reading!

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Space Rangers HD: A War Apart Announced!!! OMG!!

Space Rangers HD A War Apart Screenshot

SR2 Now in HD! Glorious!

Well THIS certainly came out of nowhere! Space Rangers 2 is considered one of the greatest space games made in the last ten years, if not ever. It’s amazing universes populated by varied creatures wherein you take the role of a single pilot to do…whatever you want, basically, has been on my hard drive since its release in 2004.

Since then, fans have clamored and outright begged for a sequel. Today the folks at 1C announced not a sequel, but an update to the amazing game entitled Space Rangers HD: A War Apart. This expandalone includes all of the content from the original game and the Reboot expansion pack, as well as new content allowing the player to see the universe from the pirate’s point of view, which should appeal to a ton of people I know who love playing pirate. ;) Besides this, it also includes new spaceship upgrades, planetary battles, text adventures and hyperspace engagements. The BIG deal, besides all the new content, is a graphics overhaul. Now the graphics can support displays up to 1920×1200, and include enhanced visuals and a refined interface.

Now, while a lot of folks — including myself — were clamoring for a sequel, a lot of folks — including myself — think Space Rangers 2 was pretty dang near perfect as it is, so this new title mostly falls into the category of “If it ain’t broke etc etc…”. While Space Rangers 3 would’ve been awesome, this new updated version of the classic should ALSO be awesome, and who can argue with more of a good thing, right? ;) I’ll bring you more on this as I get it. Thanks for reading!

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Happy 50th Birthday Space Games: A Look at How Far We’ve Come

SpaceWar! In Action

50 Years Ago, Spacewar! Was Born!

I recently realized that Spacewar! was first released in 1962, fifty years ago. In looking at the game’s Wikipedia entry, the first operational version of the game was released in February, while the version we’ve come to know and love was released in April. Therefore, I’d say now is good enough a time as any to say happy 50th birthday to space gaming, and to look back at how far we’ve come since the very beginning…

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