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O.R.B.: Off-World Resource Base (Windows)

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Description

Long ago a great empire spanned the stars until it collapsed. The worlds of this empire fell into an intergalactic dark age and forgot their past. In the Aldus solar system, spaceflight has been regained. Two different races, the Malus and the Alyssians, both venture out into space for the first time and encounter one another. Due to fragmented legends among both races, they soon grow distrustful of one another and declare war. However the Alyssians and Malus are weak in resources, having been confined to their planets for so long, and so it's important for both sides to establish Offworld Resource Bases.

O.R.B. is a 3D real-time strategy game, similar in gameplay to Homeworld. The player must build up bases and oversee the collection of resources in space. These can then be used to construct new vessels and spaceships as well as research additional abilities. Asteroids and planets can provide a strategic advantage in the positioning of forces. The player can assign movement and combat orders to individual units or as a group.

Screenshots

O.R.B.: Off-World Resource Base Windows An interceptor taking on an enemy that just might be too big for it.
O.R.B.: Off-World Resource Base Windows The repair ship awaiting orders.
O.R.B.: Off-World Resource Base Windows Mission briefing.
O.R.B.: Off-World Resource Base Windows Fighters travelling.

Alternate Titles

  • "家园外传:星际原动力" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "О.Р.Б." -- Russian spelling

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The Press Says

Withingames Aug 18, 2003 4 out of 5 80
Game Watcher Aug 05, 2003 7.8 out of 10 78
PC Zone Benelux Jan, 2003 77 out of 100 77
Gamesmania Mar 07, 2003 76 out of 100 76
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Apr 21, 2003 74 out of 100 74
PC Games (Germany) May 27, 2003 73 out of 100 73
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Jun, 2003 70 out of 100 70
Jeuxvideo.com Jan 28, 2003 13 out of 20 65
4Players.de Jul 23, 2003 64 out of 100 64
Joystick (French) Feb, 2003 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

O.R.B.: Off-World Resource Base was supposed to be released before Homeworld was. In fact, it was in development before development on Homeworld started. However, due to some unforeseen problems the game was pushed repeatedly until late 2002.


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Karthik KANE (460) added O.R.B.: Off-World Resource Base (Windows) on Nov 18, 2002