Any Darkstar One love here?

My problem with Space Rangers 2 is that I could never survive my first pirate encounter unless I took the most heavily armed starting ship. That can be a bit off putting.

I do intend to make a serious try at it again fairly soon, as soon as I'm done with my current pile games.

Yea I was never able to get into Space Rangers 2. I'd either die 2 minutes in or wander around for 15 minutes completely clueless and then die.

Space rangers is fun but it takes a while to ramp up. If you start on hard or impossible then you will get SLAUGHTERED by the dominators and pirates are an impossible fight until you upgrade heavily. Even if you start as a mercenary or fighter.

Yep Space Rangers 2 is pretty challenging even on normal.

I've found that investeing in a better engine is one of the best things to do as soon as possible; it gives you the speed to get away from those vicious pirates and finish quests in a more timely fashion. Having an extra fuel tank in your hold is nice too; you can just swap it out for your main one to save previous time having to land and refuel somewhere.

You can also benefit from Dominator battles in a secondary fashion; let the guys with the big guins work on the dominators while you swoop around collecting nodes and equipment from the battle scene. Again, a fast engine is very handy here; if one of the dominatrixes espies your flitting craft it's good to be able to beat a speedy retreat.

Something a lot of people miss the first time around is the engine overdrive. Not all ships have it but its a button beside your engine in the equipment menu. Hitting it will double your speed for a single turn. This is useful for escaping threats or running down a target. However this does a lot of damage to your engine which degrades over time to begin with. Never ever use it more than once in combat. Outside of combat with a pristine engine you can get away with using it twice.

If you are running courier missions wait as long as you can before using it. Hit the burners when it is obvious that you will never make it in time on normal speed alone.

Um, I'm reading about an Xbox 360 version of this coming out this week? (Fidgit's Weekly release list)

I had no idea, and I'm intrigued. However, an Amazon search turned up nothing. Is it an XBLA release?

Edit: Apparently they have it at Walmart.com 50 bucks.

Blind_Evil wrote:

Um, I'm reading about an Xbox 360 version of this coming out this week? (Fidgit's Weekly release list)

I had no idea, and I'm intrigued. However, an Amazon search turned up nothing. Is it an XBLA release?

Edit: Apparently they have it at Walmart.com 50 bucks.

Wal-Mart's ahead of Xbox.com, which doesn't know the game exists at all.

I've got an (unasked for) copy for review embargoed until July 15th for some reason. It's a port of the PC version from 2006. Pretty much identical, runs at 1080p and has new controls for the 360 pad. I'll write something about it if I can get some good play time in.

Certis wrote:

I've got an (unasked for) copy for review embargoed until July 15th for some reason.

They do know GWJ only does impressions right? I'd love to see a separate tab on Metacritic for GWJ impressions saying whether the tone of the article indicated a particular game to be "compelling", "synergistic", "derivative", or that the author started talking about something completely unrelated halfway through the article.

Kehama wrote:
Certis wrote:

I've got an (unasked for) copy for review embargoed until July 15th for some reason.

They do know GWJ only does impressions right? I'd love to see a separate tab on Metacritic for GWJ impressions saying whether the tone of the article indicated a particular game to be "compelling", "synergistic", "derivative", or that the author started talking about something completely unrelated halfway through the article.

You forgot, "It's a game," and "For the masses."

I bought Darkstar One off GoG and it was okay, but not amazing. My advice is to avoid spending any of your ship's upgrade points on the engines. They really don't add much. And putting 10 points into hull and 10 points into wings is the only way to get the most advanced looking ship. Upgrade points to the engines only make the engine nozzle on the back of the ship bigger.

I really enjoyed Darkstar One, dug into it after I had spent some time with X3:TC and wanted a gentler, simpler game with the same general idea and it fit the bill perfectly.

Tamren wrote:

10 points into wings

Wings? on a spaceship? will they ever learn?

Well its not so much "wings" as "fins you can mount guns on". Upgrading the wings and hull are really the only way of getting your ship to look awesome. Which is why I suggest maxing both.

More importantly, that gives you more gun and turret slots.

I've just started playing this on 360. It's fun enough noodling around trading and shooting, but I really need to get my ship upgraded.

How did I miss this on console? Anyone play this through? Is it worth picking up?

SallyNasty wrote:

How did I miss this on console? Anyone play this through? Is it worth picking up?

Gamespot has a review up.

The Good

Fun, breezy, colorful space combat
Pretty galactic vistas
Intuitive control scheme
Long adventure, with lots of weapons and artifacts to collect.

The Bad

Story is hindered by blurry cutscenes and inconsistent voice acting
Copy-and-paste mission structure leads to tedium
Various bugs and glitches
Frame rate tends to drop when the action heats up.

Personally I'm not picking it up until it is a lot cheaper. $50 for a 4 year old PC port is a little ridiculous.

I got it from Gamefly (on the 360) and I've played the heck out of it since Friday. I'm about 80% through the story.
It really scratches that space shooter itch I didn't know I had. It's really repetitive - but it's a "one more" game.
Just "one more" artifact to collect or "one more" side mission. It's not *great* but it's entertaining enough while no other games are coming out.

It even has a hint of moral decisions and consequences to your actions.

DrJekl wrote:

I got it from Gamefly (on the 360) and I've played the heck out of it since Friday. I'm about 80% through the story.
It really scratches that space shooter itch I didn't know I had. It's really repetitive - but it's a "one more" game.
Just "one more" artifact to collect or "one more" side mission. It's not *great* but it's entertaining enough while no other games are coming out.

It even has a hint of moral decisions and consequences to your actions.

I picked this up recently for 360, and this pretty much captures my experience. It's not a great game, and if it wasn't for the fact that I was a *giant* fan of Elite back in the day, I'd probably not give this a second look.

However, given that it doesn't so much borrow from Elite as replicate it in 1080p in it's entirety, I'm kind of hooked. It's scratching an itch that I'd forgotten I had

You bastards are going to make me buy this game.

Wing commander forever!

What the heck? Last week I was reading reviews and thinking that I should check out this game (I though the port was older than 2010). I know I've had that space sim itch ever since Freelancer.

SallyNasty wrote:

You bastards are going to make me buy this game.

I'll hold off for a few months if you will. Torchlight, Portal 2, Dirt 3 and LA Noire have sort of tied up my spring, and Darkstar One looks like a good summer game.

Gravey wrote:

Darkstar One looks like a good summer game.

It's definitely a game that fills the gaps between tentpole releases. If I'd paid $60 for it, I'd probably be pretty pissed, but it's an excellent budget purchase.

Gravey wrote:

What the heck? Last week I was reading reviews and thinking that I should check out this game (I though the port was older than 2010). I know I've had that space sim itch ever since Freelancer.

SallyNasty wrote:

You bastards are going to make me buy this game.

I'll hold off for a few months if you will. Torchlight, Portal 2, Dirt 3 and LA Noire have sort of tied up my spring, and Darkstar One looks like a good summer game.

Deal. My pile is crazy already!

Jonman wrote:
Gravey wrote:

Darkstar One looks like a good summer game.

It's definitely a game that fills the gaps between tentpole releases. If I'd paid $60 for it, I'd probably be pretty pissed, but it's an excellent budget purchase.

I'm about halfway through it on the PC and agree. I love the gameplay, but my severe gaming ADD means I pick it up and put it down semi-regularly. It's a bit longer than it needs to be for how varied the gameplay really is.

Relatedly, I'm about an hour into an 8 hour trial of Vendetta Online, which is sort of attempting to be an MMO version of this game, more or less. Not bad so far and runs great on a machine with little video card power.

In the US (East Coast and a few of the Midwest states), there is a chain of retail stores called Five Below. It sells everything at 5 dollars and below of course. Anyways, they have a sporadic selection of games too and upon turning the corner of one aisle, I was surprised to see an endcap chock full of Darkstar One for the 360 the other day.

And yes, the price was 4.99.

I had thought Darkstar One (360) was one of those games published in a small volume. Either it didnt sell too well or, somebody found a bunch and liquidated them.

Irongut wrote:

I had thought Darkstar One (360) was one of those games published in a small volume. Either it didnt sell too well or, somebody found a bunch and liquidated them.

I wouldn't be at all surprised to find out that it *was* published in a small volume, and that it also completely failed to move anything like that number of copies.

Here's the evidence for my theory:

  • The box art is execrable.
  • It's a port of an older PC game.
  • It's in a genre that has almost zero following on consoles.
  • It's from a tiny publisher and therefore probably had next-to-no marketing spend on it
  • It didn't exactly review well.

The prosecution rests...

I picked this up recently but haven't played it much. I really loved all of the Wing Commander/Privateer/X-Wing space games. I will admit I'm not crazy about the controls, but maybe that will get better the more I use it.

I think that a bunch were published. I see copies of that game all over the place, in many different form factors. A lot of times if you go to a Walmart where they have those cardboard sleeve games and you'll see some kid's games, casino games, hunting games, and then a few copies of Darkstar One looking a little out of place. Same thing at Target.

EDIT: Whoops, didn't notice that you were talking about Xbox games. It's the PC version that some of these chains seem to be up to their knees in.