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Starship Troopers: Terran Ascendancy (Windows)

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Description

Starship Troopers: Terran Ascendancy is a real time strategy game with a common misunderstanding. This game is not based on the movie Starship Troopers. Both, the game and the movie, are based upon the novel by Robert A. Heinlein.

This is one of the few strategy games where you cannot build a base and recruit units. Instead you lead up to three squads into combat. Each squad contains a leader, five soldiers and one specialist (medic, engineer, PSI for detecting hidden bugs, MIST-Trooper as a sniper). During a mission there is no reinforcement and you are outnumbered by the bugs. The enemy units are not very intelligent, but they use their own special abilities like splitting acid and are very powerful. There is a wide range of enemies, from simple close-range fighters to suicide units, artillery bugs and even human soldiers. The mission objectives are also different. From simple hunting missions up to escorts or the capturing of bugs.

The game also have a RPG part. Surviving soldiers gain experience points for each killed bug / destroyed bug holes. By and by the soldiers increase their states and acquire higher ranks. Better battle suits (armor) and stronger weapons are only available for soldiers with high ranks. The basic soldier (called Cat Trooper) have no armor and is an easy prey for the bugs. Besides the experience points you gather upgrade points for your equipment for e.g. increase the damage of the weapons. Another aspect of the RPG part is that you can equip each of your soldiers individual with up to two different weapons and two tech-items (like bombs or toxic gas).

The graphic of the landscape is low on details, everything looks post apocalyptic. Much better is the combat graphic and the explosions. The cutscenes are made with the in-game graphic. Besides the sound effects your soldiers all have a voice to confirm your orders.

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Starship Troopers: Terran Ascendancy Windows Separated troopers are dead troopers. Keep your squad together to mass firepower.
Starship Troopers: Terran Ascendancy Windows The bigger they are...well, in case of the mammoth Tanker Bug, the saying doesn't apply. Best to get some distance and feed it some grenades or missiles.
Starship Troopers: Terran Ascendancy Windows Rotate your view from eye-level to bird's eye at your whim to get a better idea of the strategic situation.
Starship Troopers: Terran Ascendancy Windows Outfitting your troops is more than giving them the biggest guns. A wide array of firepower is often best.

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User Reviews

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The Press Says

Game Informer Magazine Jan, 2001 9 out of 10 90
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Dec, 2000 83 out of 100 83
GameStar (Germany) Dec, 2000 76 out of 100 76
ActionTrip Nov 21, 2000 73 out of 100 73
IGN Nov 14, 2000 7.2 out of 10 72
PC Games (Germany) Dec, 2000 70 out of 100 70
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 20, 2000 13 out of 20 65
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 2000 63 out of 100 63
Game Over Online Nov 10, 2000 58 out of 100 58
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 2001 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

This game was originally intended to be very different, since it originally was based on Robert A. Heinlein novels rather than the popular sci-fi movie. You controlled a heavily armored soldier in squad-based missions from a third person perspective, while simmultaneously being able to increasingly take control of strategic and tactical decisions as you moved up in ranks from a grunt to a fleet commander (however the main focus of the game was 3d action).

Eventually the design focus changed more towards the rts game it is now, mainly because of engine-related issues (the design team ran face-first against a wall when trying to render hundreds of bugs on screen) and to take advantage of the more popular movie license, (as well as riding the popular rts wave).

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DaHero (868) added Starship Troopers: Terran Ascendancy (Windows) on Sep 01, 2000