Starsiege (Windows)

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Description

Prometheus, 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.

Screenshots

Starsiege Windows Human HERCs in the snow
Starsiege Windows Unbelievable graphics
Starsiege Windows In Cybrid HERC on moon
Starsiege Windows HERC at night

Alternate Titles

  • "星际围攻" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "EarthSiege 3" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Good graphics for its time, but the story is where this title really shines Monque (6) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
A disappointing entry in a great series... but man, the graphics rule! Raphael (1160) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars

Critic Reviews

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jun, 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gaming Entertainment Monthly Mar 17, 1999 89 out of 100 89
Power Unlimited Feb, 1999 8.8 out of 10 88
Gameplay (Benelux) Jul, 1999 85 out of 100 85
Game Revolution May 01, 1999 B+ 83
Game Over Online Mar 06, 1999 82 out of 100 82
GameGenie 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Germany) Apr 07, 1999 78 out of 100 78
GameStar (Germany) Apr, 1999 78 out of 100 78
GamePro (US) Jun 01, 1999 33 out of 50 66

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Trivia

The original edition of the game came with two large manuals - one a pilot's guide on how to play and the other a full colour guide to the Starsiege / Tribes universe. Both were around 200 pages long.
Raphael (1160) added Starsiege (Windows) on Nov 02, 1999