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Star Control 3 (DOS)

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Written by  :  WizardX (116)
Written on  :  Jul 13, 2003
Platform  :  DOS

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Summary

Simply terrible.

The Good

Umm.... Duhhhhhhhhh... Tell me about the rabbits, George.

The Bad

Where to begin? The gameplay is a joke, all around. The Strategy element is dull, and waiting for colonies to produce fuel for your mothership causes the game to drag horribly. The plot is excrutiatingly linear, and while it may SEEM like you're doing things, in fact you're just cruising around waiting for the game's clock to hit Point X, at which point your computer pops up and tells you where to go next. The dialogue, when not ripped straight from SC2, is poor. The new alien races are almost uniformally poorly-thought out, and either stupid or excessively silly. The captured claymation video is almost always bad, and the humanoid characters are hideously deformed. Oh, and they absolutely destroyed the play dynamics of the series by attempting to move the gameplay into full 3D, *and* the new ships available to play throw the previously perfect balance of the battles way off. Finally, extra demerits for completely ruining what had been a wonderful series.

The Bottom Line

How would I describe this game to others? With words entirely inappropriate for a family site.