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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.


Starship Troopers: Terran Ascendancy Windows Dynamic lighting from fires, weapons, wrecks, even armor spotlights adds immensely to the graphical appeal.
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 Not all missions are "kill 'em all!" type missions. Rescue and escort missions, for example, can be challenging.
Starship Troopers: Terran Ascendancy Windows Choose your Mobile Infantrymen carefully. Each has different stats that improve with experience.

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A Real-Time Strategy fan SHOULD NOT miss out on this game! Indra is stressed (20754) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game Informer Magazine Jan, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Dec, 2000 83 out of 100 83
Game Informer Magazine Jan, 2001 7.75 out of 10 78
GameStar (Germany) Dec, 2000 76 out of 100 76
Gry OnLine Dec 28, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
ActionTrip Nov 21, 2000 73 out of 100 73 Dec 20, 2000 13 out of 20 65
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 2000 63 out of 100 63 (UK) Dec 25, 2000 6 out of 10 60
Génération 4 Dec, 2000 8 out of 20 40


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Originally Microprose was to develop more than one game for the Starship Troopers license. This changed when they were bought out by Hasbro. Concerned with their image due to the graphicly violent action of the movie they managed to break the original contract with Sony/Tristar and fulfill their commitment to them by producing one game. Thus instead of multiple Starship Troopers games that were promised shortly after the film had its theatrical run, consumers only received one.

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DaHero (977) added Starship Troopers: Terran Ascendancy (Windows) on Sep 01, 2000