science fiction.

ORB: Off-World Resource Base

ORB: Off-World Resource Base
3

A less interesting remake of Homeworld. If you’ve enjoyed space sim/strategy games like Homeworld, then you have a vague idea as to what to expect with ORB: Off-World Resource Base. It’s not completely like Homeworld, but a mix of it and more mainstream C&C. The opposing sides are the Malus and Alyssians, two alien races […]

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The Creed

The Creed
3.5

Insomnia Entertainment’s The Creed is odd blend of over the top sci-fi and Gauntlet. Casting players as bounty hunter Guy Wolfe or terrorist Gene Matrix, the underlying story involves a crashed prison ship and the predictable fugitive chase. Spicing up the story are three factions: good and evil cultists in The Brotherhood and The Order, […]

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Extreme Tactics

Extreme Tactics
2.5

Extreme Tactics is another Command & Conquer clone. The gameplay and sci-fi theme are all similar to other real-time strategy (RTS) games of the same pedigree. Unfortunately, it does not have enough significant differences to set it apart from its more successful brethren. In some ways, it is not up to the levels set by […]

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Dark Planet: Battle for Natrolis

Dark Planet: Battle for Natrolis
3.5

Dark Planet is a pretty good RTS game which can best be described as a mix between WarCraft III and StarCraft. If you’ve played either, you have a good idea what to expect overall, which is not to say that the game isn’t worth your time. Quite the opposite, in fact. The balancing between the […]

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Space Rangers 2: Dominators

Space Rangers 2: Dominators
4.5

Taking the Privateer mold to the next level. Space Rangers 2 is the kind of obscure gem that can fly under the radar. It was the case with the first game, but the more successful sequel received some due recognition. And for good reason too, since this is a superb game. At face value, it’s […]

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Armed and Dangerous

Armed and Dangerous
3.5

Truth, they say, is stranger than fiction, but the idea that a game featuring a cockney thief named Roman, a robot called Q1-11, a Scottish Mole Miner named Jonesy, and Rexus, a “stinky, unpleasant wreck of a man“ could be “based on a true story” (as revealed in the introductory cutscene) stretches credibility far past […]

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X-COM: Enforcer

X-COM: Enforcer
3

Fans of the series, run in terror. It seems the de-evolution of the X-COM series is complete. Starting as one of the most beloved, entertaining, and innovative strategy games ever, the series has traveled down the rungs of gaming fodder from rapidly declining strategic sequels to truly heinous space combat sims, canceled first-person squad shooters […]

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I Of The Enemy

I Of The Enemy
3

I Of The Enemy, a real-time strategy throwback with a team-based component and 2D overhead graphics, follows a pretty formulaic sci-fi storyline. The alien Unath have been fighting a violent battle against other races, and it’s only an alliance between the three less powerful sides – Lokob, Rag’Ha and Y’dray – that the two opposing […]

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Universe at War: Earth Assault

Universe at War: Earth Assault
4

When you’re weaned on C&C. Founded by former Westwood employees, Petroglyph Games has done a lot to revitalize the C&C mold with Universe of War. It opens with an action-packed, summer blockbuster inspired bang – flying saucers and aliens are everywhere, devastating Earth. Specifically they’ve invaded and destroyed Washington DC, and you start the game […]

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Project: Snowblind

Project: Snowblind
3

For those unaware, Project: Snowblind was originally intended to take place in the Deus Ex universe. Although this idea wasn’t developed, Snowblind shares the same cyber-punk look. Snowblind is a fast-paced, first-person shooter with a lot of the usual trappings and a few nice surprises. In the near future, quasi-military forces have taken over, and […]

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