Star Control II

aka: Free Stars: The Ur-Quan Masters, Star Control II: The Ur-Quan Masters, The Ur-Quan Masters
Moby ID: 179

Windows version

A Starflight clone.

The Good
Star Control 2 does a lot of the things that Starflight did right. The alien interactions are especially well done and very funny.

The Bad
Unfortunately, Star Control 2 does not quite live up to the pedigree of Starflight. The immense procedurally generated realistically sized worlds that took hours to explore in starflight are replaced by a half screen display that takes a few seconds to transverse. Also gone is the RPG system where you can train the abilities of your crew members. The space combat has became more arcade like, and the story is not nearly as engrossing as Starflight's.

The Bottom Line
Star Control 2 is a good game, don't get me wrong, put it pales in comparison to the game it cloned, Starflight. In Starflight you really felt like you were a starship captain exploring the final frontier. Star Control 2 lost that feeling. In short, if you played Starflight and want to try something similar, Star Control 2 is for you. However, if you haven't played either title, Starflight is the one to chose.

by Jeffrey Graw (8) on April 7, 2006

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