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Starlancer (Windows)

80
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.8
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Definitely flashier and better, but nothing new here... Kasey Chang (3654) unrated
Fair game, at best... tbuteler (3026) 2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars
A genuinely fun space shooter. DarkDove (64) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
Engaging gameplay, but the story is not. James P. Wong (2400) 3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars
What a great Ride!! William Shawn McDonie (1152) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.6
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.7
Overall MobyScore (37 votes) 3.8


The Press Says

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100
Clubic
Bon, je n'irai pas par 4 chemins, Starlancer fait partie de ma collection de jeux de combat spatial (je suis un peu le testeur attitré de ce genre de jeu sur Hexagame.). Il est très bien réalisé, le moteur 3D étant le meilleur que j'ai vu de toutes les simulations de combat Space-Op, mais le jeu reste classique et moins innovant qu'un I-War ou un Freespace 2. Il est vrai qu'après avoir vu Freespace 2, il devient difficile pour la concurrence de mettre la barre encore plus haut. Cependant, je ne garde que des aspects très positifs de Starlancer, et particulièrement le mode multijoueur qui avec 6 modes dont une campagne coopérative, est l'un des tous meilleurs existant parmis ceux de tous les titres de combats spatiaux. Mais, il est vrai que nous considèrons Starlancer comme une entrée en la matière, qui nous permet de tenir jusqu'à l'arrivée de Freelancer qui là sera vraiment autrement plus impressionnant.
94
Gamezilla
Starlancer is a top-notch space flight sim with amazing gameplay and stunning graphic design. Digital Anvil has made very few mistakes with this title and I predict that if they can keep up this quality in their upcoming releases we will continue to make fantastic innovations in both design and story.
92
GameSpy
Okay guys, let me break down this review for you. First, I'm going to talk about how absolutely biz-add ass Starlancer is. Then, I'll probably end the review. The guys at Digital Anvil (www.digitalanvil.com), in association with Warthog, and publishers Microsoft Games (www.microsoft.com/games) have produced an absolutely exquisite space combat sim.
90
Power Unlimited
De gebroeders Roberts geven met Starlancer opnieuw hun visitekaartje af en bestijgen de troon van het space flightsim-genre. Intens, likkebaardend mooi, meeslepend en voorzien van een uitgebalanceerde verhaallijn. Beter dan dit krijg je het voorlopig niet.
90
Game industry News (GiN)
Starlancer is a worthy return for Chris and Erin Roberts. It almost makes me forget about that movie. Almost, mind you. Starlancer gets 4 1/2 GiN Gems for its strong effort, and I hope that more titles like this will be available soon.
90
Jeuxvideo.com
En bref, les frères Roberts nous offrent là de quoi redorer pour longtemps leur blason et passer de longs week-ends à slalomer entre les astéroïdes en s'acharnant sur des bons Ruskofs de l'espace. Une vraie intrigue pour un jeu techniquement parfait.
88
ActionTrip
In a nutshell... You cannot go wrong with Starlancer, especially if you are a space-sim fan... The title doesn't earn the reputation of groundbreaking, because it doesn't introduce any significant new concepts into the genre. Nevertheless, it's a gorgeous space simulation, with a classic conflict and non-stop action... It's something you'd expect from the guys that created Wing Commander. I'm just glad I was able to participate in Chris and Erin's latest virtual world...
87
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Met Privateer en de Wing Commander-reeks op het palmares, kon het eigenlijk niet verkeerd gaan met dit bloedmooie spacecombat-game.
87
Pelit
Kaiken vaikerruksen ja narinan jälkeenkään Starlancer ei missään tapauksessa ole huono tai edes epäonnistunut. Sitä vain on vaikea olla vertaamatta kauttaaltaan upeaan Freespace 2:een, joka omissa kirjoissani lukeutui sentään viime vuoden kolmen parhaan pelin joukkoon.
87
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Een zeer knappe spacecombat sim die echter geen nieuwe elementen toevoegt aan het genre.
86
Gamesmania
Zweifellos ist Starlancer ein gutes Spiel und vor allem eine sehr gute PC-Umsetzung. Auch diejenigen unter uns, die nicht gerade Liebhaber der Wing Commander-Reihe sind, können durchaus viel Freude an diesem temporeichen Action-Spektakel haben. Hätte man dem Spiel in grafischer Hinsicht noch den letzten Schliff verpasst, wäre es ganz sicher ein absoluter Top-Titel.
85
GameStar (Germany)
Über einen Mangel an Abwechslung kann ich mich kaum beschweren, lediglich die Angriffe auf Großraumer laufen immer nach dem gleichen Schema ab. Schade nur, dass man zwischendurch nicht mehr mit den Flügelleuten reden darf. Dadurch entsteht keinerlei emotionale Bindung an die Kollegen. Wenn Ihnen Bedienung und Spielverlauf in Freespace 2 zu komplex waren, werden Sie die unterhaltsamen, unkomplizierten Gefechte schätzen. Von Freelancer erhoffe ich mir aber deutlich mehr Innovation.
85
FiringSquad
As we said before, Starlancer is a tour-de-force in action. If you want fun, guns and blowing stuff into the sun, this is your game. Many gamers out there haven't had the pleasure of playing a Roberts game. Their style will likely be unique and fun for the great majority of players out there. That is, unless, you're expecting a deep plot and extremely involved missions.
84
PC Games (Germany)
Die Tarnjäger in Ihrem Rücken sehen das jedoch anders: Der Deckmantel fällt, sechs Raketen schalten auf ein Ziel. Auf Sie. Adrenalinschock! Panisch reißen Sie das Ruder herum, sehen die Metallprojektile auf sich zurasen. Eine Sekunde bleibt zur Reaktion. Oder zu leben. In einigen Punkten ist auf die Gebrüder Roberts blind Verlass. Da kann sich die Welt zehnmal auf den Kopf stellen und nach Veränderungen krakeelen, ihre Spiele stehen stur und steif für dreierlei: rasend schnelle Weltraumaction, exzellente Grafiken und Geschichten, die vor begeistertem Patriotismus triefen wie ein frisch gewässerter Waschlappen.
83
PC Player (Germany)
Unkompliziert, spannend, schöne Missionen - so stellt man sich eigentlich einen guten Wing-Commander-Klon vor. Doch die Atmosphäre in Freespace 2 gestaltet sich unverkennbar dichter, die Raumgefechte empfinde ich dank der aktiv in die Kämpfe eingreifenden Schlachtschiffe und der höheren Zahl von Jägern deutlich intensiver. Zu den Flügelleuten baue ich hier kein Verhältnis auf, da es kaum Zwischensequenzen gibt und mir die Typen daher völlig egal sind. Die nicht abzubrechenden Animationen vor und während der Missionen nerven ebenfalls. Davon abgesehen erwartet Sie aber ein fulminantes Vergnügen, viele Feinde warten auf ihre Vernichtung, und den ganzen Weltraum gilt es ebenfalls zu retten - so muss das sein. Auf Innovationen hoffen wir aber alle vergeblich.
82
Game Informer Magazine
Online co-op is great, but the clear strength of StarLancer is solving the campaign's various tactical puzzles and executing your ideas in real time. The several craft at your disposal and the many available weapons present enough choice to create a very compelling experience. For a largely, no-frills dogfighter, StarLancer delivers enough tightly crafted gameplay to overcome it's thin areas and be worth your time.
82
Gamer's Pulse
Well, there it is: SL in a nutshell. If you like Space Sims, this is the must have game of the year. The story will be continued in FreeLancer, coming sooner or later. See you in the nebula; I’ll be the one on fire.
81
4Players.de
Starlancer ist trotz der etwas lauen Atmosphäre wirklich ein Erlebnis. Die Missionen ziehen einen förmlich in ihren Bann, auch wenn sie immer aufs Gleiche hinauslaufen: Alles abschießen, was irgendwie nach Koalition aussieht. Zusätzlich macht die tolle Grafik beim Zuschauen Spaß. Aber leider macht die miese Lokalisation wieder einigen Spielspaß zunichte. Der Akzent der Synchronsprecher ist dermaßen nervig, dass man sich fast schon eine Funktion im Optionsmenü wünscht um sie abzuschalten.
79
Fragland.net
All in all I'ld say that this game is pretty cool, but lacks abit of the interaction we had in the Wing Commander games (especially number 3 -> I completely loved that one ! - You know, the one with the ex-porn star in it) and instead of having very HUGE missions I'ld prefere more and smaller missions which would make it abit easier and less repetitive if you loose one time.
77
GameSpot
Because of its origin, it's not surprising that StarLancer's strength is its story-driven campaign. While it's a shame that the developers did not fix all the weaknesses that were also found in prior games such as Privateer 2, StarLancer definitely matches, and in several ways improves on, the strengths of those games.
75
PC Gamer
The glitz, the glamour, the flashy graphics - Starlancer is pretty, it's oh so pretty, but not too bright.
71
Gaming Entertainment Monthly
While in whole its a good game to satisfy the space sim. fans, I wished there was more to play. A good effort by Digital Anvil, but it left me more to hunger.
70
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
I like some aspects of the World War II-like space combat, and find the complex and lengthy missions challenging and fun. The game’s got a good story that’s presented extremely well with the use of high-quality in-game cinematics and a lot of in-flight speech. StarLancer runs neck and neck for most of the race with the best in its genre, but loses ground with an inferior scaling system and limited use of large scale structures and ships, which negatively impact its graphics and gameplay scores. In summary, StarLancer tries to be to Wing Commander what Dark Forces was to Doom II, but misses that mark slightly. To its credit it does bring a number of refinements to the genre, but in the end fails to put all of the elements together as well as its current competition.
70
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Given the current dearth of space sims out there, I know I should be more enthusiastic about a major title which does pretty much everything expected of it. STARLANCER is a decent, accomplished game. It even merits a box quote like, “A WING COMMANDER for 2000!” It is indeed that in many aspects, and yet that’s all it is. After FREESPACE 2 and INDEPENDENCE WAR, that’s not quite enough.
70
Eurogamer.net (UK)
If you are looking for a fast and furious space combat sim, this is about as good as they come at the moment. Just don't expect anything groundbreaking.
70
Game Informer Magazine
The technical side of Starlancer is decent, with an adequate framerate and polygon count that add to believability. Online play may help those teetering on the buying fence. Starlancer didn’t blow my hair back, but I wasn’t bored.
70
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
И, напоследок, окончательно «добью» Starlancer. Помните, я говорил о новостях, которые игрок смотрит в перерывах между миссиями? Спору нет, снято отлично, возможно, для кого-то они будут даже интересны. Но до Wing Commander’овских промежуточных роликов Starlancer’у — как до Луны. В WC действительно появлялось чувство сопричастности с происходящим. Видео было рассчитано на то, что игрок почувствует себя живым членом команды пилотов, со всеми вытекающими эмоциями и чувствами. Новостные репортажи такого чувства не дают и дать не могут.
70
Gamekult
Starlancer arrive à séduire malgré un univers commun et une palette graphique bien trop sombre. Moins spectaculaire que ses concurrents, Starlancer propose tout de même une excellente campagne Solo en cette période de disette pour les amateurs du genre. Un bon titre, très prenant, mais qui manque singulièrement d'originalité.
60
incite PC Gaming
Even with all the game's flaws, the simplicity of making beautiful ships go ka-boom and the lure of seeing what the next cut-scene has in store will probably have you coming back again and again. Starlancer is by no means a perfect game, but it is still a shipload of fun nevertheless.
48
Game Informer Magazine
After witnessing the opening movie, there is little doubt that you’re in for a disappointment. As much as I like flight combat games of any kind, Starlancer just reeks. It really gave me a feeling of playing another version of Colony Wars. Not exactly a bad thing, but this game offers nothing new. I will give the game credit for having some decently designed ships, and the control scheme, although a little confusing, makes good use of the DC pad. However, there is little here that is either interesting or revolutionary. Horrible voice acting and a completely dull storyline, combined with a very average space combat game, is a recipe for boredom. I remember reviewing Deep Fighter for DC a few months back. I didn’t like it, but compared to this it’s quite good. Do not consider taking this game for a spin.