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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.

Screenshots

Starship Troopers: Terran Ascendancy Windows The main menu perfectly shows the feel of the game: part of the book mixed with a lot of the movie.
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 Outfitting your troops is more than giving them the biggest guns. A wide array of firepower is often best.
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.

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User Reviews

A Real-Time Strategy fan SHOULD NOT miss out on this game! Indra was here (19240) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

The Press Says

Game Informer Magazine Jan, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Jan 08, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Informer Magazine Jan, 2001 7.75 out of 10 78
IGN Nov 14, 2000 7.2 out of 10 72
PC Games (Germany) Dec, 2000 70 out of 100 70
Computer Games Magazine Dec 04, 2000 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 20, 2000 13 out of 20 65
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 2000 63 out of 100 63
Eurogamer.net (UK) Dec 25, 2000 6 out of 10 60
Génération 4 Dec, 2000 8 out of 20 40

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Trivia

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