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Star Control 3 (DOS)

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Written by  :  Wimp (75)
Written on  :  May 14, 2001
Platform  :  DOS
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Summary

Great adventure, fascinating story - poor strategy part

The Good

The adventure part is really superb - Legend standard at its best. The character races are highly elaborated and the voice recordings are really enjoyable. I often caught myself laughing heartily while listening to the whining Spathi or abusive Vux. The story could easily pass as an award winning SF novel.

The Bad

The strategy and colonizing part is a spoiler. I resigned to cheating and edited the required resources in the save file just to get the story going. The combat section is best done in watch mode with the AI set to max for the own side. When you subsequently switch from manual to auto mode you can even select your ship and then let the CPU do the dirty work.

The Bottom Line

A fascinating, deep story worth exploring. The rest of the game design is better left unspoken...