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Universal Combat is the fifth installment in the long running Battle Cruiser Series.

The new action-based focus of Universal Combat takes the player from sea to land to space in this space simulation. One can engage in space battles, fight ground skirmishes, control naval combat and fly dog fights. The player can create his / her character choosing among 12 different races, then explore 250+ planets containing more then 21,000 areas of interest (military bases, cities, star bases).


Universal Combat Windows Creating a new character.
Universal Combat Windows Title screen
Universal Combat Windows The commander is on the bridge.
Universal Combat Windows A new mission starts: your ship, seen from the outside.

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Alternate Titles

  • "宇宙战斗" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)
  • "Universal Combat: На краю Вселенной" -- Russian Title
  • "Universal Combat: le plus grand simulateur de combat de tous les temps" -- French tag-lined title
  • "Derek Smart's Universal Combat" -- In game title
  • "Battlecruiser Generations" -- Working title

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Critic Reviews

PC Gamer 2004 75 out of 100 75
GameWatcher / Strategy Informer May 28, 2004 6.3 out of 10 63
GamersHell.com Feb 28, 2004 6 out of 10 60
GameSpot Feb 13, 2004 5.9 out of 10 59
Gamesmania.de Mar 09, 2004 52 out of 100 52
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Oct, 2004 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
ActionTrip Feb 13, 2004 48 out of 100 48
Shooterplanet Jan 10, 2005 46 out of 100 46
Withingames Apr 24, 2004 2 out of 5 40
CanardPC Feb 25, 2004 2 out of 10 20


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Cancelled Sequel

The developer was working on a sequel called Universal Combat: Hold the Line, but cancelled development in November 2004 to focus on the standalone add-on: Universal Combat: A World Apart.

Freeware Release

On January 2, 2008 the fully patched game without multiplayer and with fewer music tracks was released as a free download.

Name Change

In September 2003, publisher DreamCatcher changed the title from Battlecruiser Generations to Universal Combat with the following explanation:

"The game has morphed into much more than a massive space sim," and the reworked game's "action-based focus caters to a far broader audience."
Information also contributed by Scaryfun.

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Patrick Nile (95) added Universal Combat (Windows) on May 13, 2004
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