Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Vega Strike

I've covered a couple of games on here so far. They were both sit-down-for-a-few-minutes-and-play kinda games. Vega Strike is nothing of the sort.

Vega Strike is an Open Source 3D Action-Space-Simulator that lets you trade, fight and explore its vast universe. If I had to choose just one word to describe Vega Strike, it would be "Epic". Not in the "Epic FaiLZ!" kinda way, or the "EpIc WiNz!" way either. I mean epic as in The Lord of the Rings epic. The scope of this game is absolutely gigantic.

In Vega Strike, you play as the captain of a ship, and the main goal is to 'bring in the dough' in any way possible. You can trade commodities at the many planets and bases scattered about the galaxy, blow up enemy ships, or do missions.

Vega Strike has a pretty enormous learning curve. If you decide to just jump in there and give it a go (like me), you'll end up completely clueless and frustrated at your lack of space-faring abilities (Once again, like me). I strongly advise that you read the player's guide before starting.

The graphics aren't the best, but I suppose that's to be expected with an open source game which is still in development. Above all though, don't download this if you want a game you can dip in and out of every now and then, because this sure as hell isn't one of those, and you'll be a bit disappointed after downloading this 542Mb Disk Image. Although if you do download it, don't give up immediately if it seems too complicated. Like many other good things, this takes time.

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