DescriptionPrometheus, father of all Cybrids, instigator of the first two Earthsieges, is still out there somewhere. The Dark Intellect has learned, and it is hiding in the outer edges of the Solar System, learning, observing, and waiting for the perfect moment to strike. Meanwhile, the Human Empire is tearing itself apart. The decree by Emperor Petresun, the original creator of Prometheus, to defend Earth first, while practical, does not sit well with the colonists of other planets, who remember how helpless they were during the previous Earthsieges, and how Earth never sent any help until it was too late. When the brutal crackdown began, the Martian Resistance has formed. Prometheus found his chance to strike when the Emperor ordered his Imperial Knights to attack the Martian Resistance, and the Starsiege has begun...
Starsiege is a battlemech vehicle simulation. The battlemechs in the game (called HERCs) have shields, meaning that the player needs to coordinate the weapons to bring down the shields, then punch through the armor. The weapon mounts are different sizes, making it possible to fit different types/sizes of weapons to them. The other mounts for equipment (engine/shields/powerplant) also have different sizes, limiting/challenging the player's outfitting decisions. Other equipments include shield amplifier, cloaking device, ECM, and more. There are multiple sizes of HERCs available, as well as some ground vehicles (which cannot be shielded). The player is also able to load the camo scheme into a paint program and edit it. It is possible to play the campaign on either the human or the Cybrid side, as well as join other players online in large-scale multiplayer battles.
The European release of this game features the complete game Starsiege: Tribes as a free extra.
- "星际围攻" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
- "EarthSiege 3" -- Working title
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|Good graphics for its time, but the story is where this title really shines||Monque (6)|
|A disappointing entry in a great series... but man, the graphics rule!||Raphael (1159)|
|Computer Gaming World (CGW)||Jun, 1999||90|
|Gaming Entertainment Monthly||Mar 17, 1999||89 out of 100||89|
|Gameplay (Benelux)||Jul, 1999||85 out of 100||85|
|NUKE Computer Gaming||2000||8.5 out of 10||85|
|Absolute Games (AG.ru)||Mar 20, 1999||80 out of 100||80|
|PC Joker||Apr, 1999||76 out of 100||76|
|Power Play||May, 1999||71 out of 100||71|
|Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)||Mar 19, 1999||70|
|FiringSquad||Apr 08, 1999||60 out of 100||60|
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ExtrasThe original edition of the game came with two large manuals - one a pilot's guide on how to play and the other a compendium, which was a full colour guide that chronicled the history Earthsiege/Starsiege universe done in a sort of a comic book style.. Both were around 200 pages long.
MultiplayerThe multiplayer "chat" lobby is a actually regular IRC (internet relay chat) server. The IRC client is built into the game.
Multiple endingsThe two campaigns, played from two different sides, have completely different endings. If you play as the humans, your final mission is to destroy Prometheus. If you play as the Cybrids, your final mission is to challenge Harabec Weathers, the finest HERC pilot Earth has, in a final duel.
Paint schemesStarsiege is one of the few "mech" games that allows you to design your own Camouflage paint scheme. Just load up the file in a paint program to create your own.
Information also contributed by Kasey Chang and Matthew Pate
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