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SubSpace (Windows)

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Written by  :  Narf! (126)
Written on  :  Jul 19, 2000
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Summary

SEE Interesting locales, RUN from trigger-happy pilots, MEET interesting people... and blow them out of the sky!

The Good

Subspace lets you do things your way. Do you like running into the middle of the fray guns blazing? Choose the Warbird or the Leviathan. How about lying in wait quietly, then uncloaking and blasting your unsuspecting victim? Then the Spider is your ship. There are 8 different ships with their own specialties, so you have some strategic choices to make. This game is massively multiplayer. There can be up to 250 players on in one server. Some of them might not even be playing. If you just feel like watching the action, you can go into spectator mode. This many people can make for a lot of chaos. Or if you want something more structured, you can play capture the flag, soccer, or several other kinds of planned games. Me, I just like to blast indiscriminately.

The Bad

Since Virgin Interactive gave up on Subspace (after putting it through a TWO YEAR beta test!), the game is still going strong. This is because they included server software with the CD. But this can lead to quite a bit of cheating. There are some sysops that cheat, and will let their friends cheat. This can make things really annoying for the rest of us. Luckily, there are more non-cheating servers, than ones that do.

The Bottom Line

Subspace is fun. Just plain fun. You get a wide variety of games to play, several choices on ships that alter how you play, and many servers to choose to play on. And they give you the best opponent: Many other people.