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Is Star Control 3 a good game?
« on: October 18, 2006, 01:05:30 pm »

I played Star Control 2 for the 3DO years ago.
It is a great game.
I am thinking of buying the PC game Star Control 3.
I heard that the people who made Star Control 2 didn't design it.
Is it a good game?
Will it run in WinXP?

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Re: Is Star Control 3 a good game?
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2006, 02:05:25 pm »

It's not a good game.  The characters are puppets with very limited and repetitive movements.  There are bugs in the game that can crash the game, and sometimes the fast ships just run away and the melee never ends.

And there's mining, and colony management; personally, I liked the adventure of SC2 better...

No, it will not run in Windows XP.  You need to get DOSBox to run SC3.

Edit:  Actually, it does run on XP.
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Re: Is Star Control 3 a good game?
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2006, 02:13:47 pm »

Honestly, SC3 isn't a bad game, just like the Godfather 3 isn't a bad movie. It's just that none of them can stand up to their legacies and thus pale in comparison. Don't play SC3 expecting more of what made SC2 good.
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Re: Is Star Control 3 a good game?
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2006, 05:29:10 pm »

SC3 is a mediocre game at best. If you liked the dialog in SC2, you'll probably get a sense of deja-vu playing the game; a great deal of it was plagarized verbatim. That remains my most abiding impression of the game to this day, 10 years later.

If you want to save yourself some time, effort, money, and likely disappointment, check out this thread instead of playing the game (Warning: Super-spoilerrific for nearly every major event in the game):

http://uqm.stack.nl/forum/index.php?topic=3206.0
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Re: Is Star Control 3 a good game?
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2006, 10:06:55 pm »

You know, that title probably made some people wretch and die as soon as they saw it.
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Re: Is Star Control 3 a good game?
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2006, 03:52:17 am »

Even standing on its own merits (excluding setting thrashing, copy/pasted dialogue from SC2, etc), SC3 is a bad game in my opinion.  I had to restart multiple times due to time-trigger related bugs, and just plain bad design.  The music was dreary; the colors were dreary; the basic plot in the game was dreary (you can't stop the big enemy, defying the whole concept of the epic story [the fate of a thousand worlds is in their hands: you had better grovel correctly!]).
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Re: Is Star Control 3 a good game?
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2006, 02:33:27 am »

I didn't like SC3 either.  Lots of nonsensical dialogue, bugs galore, poor storyline flow and writing, all of the above.

What truly killed it, though, was the absolutely horrid combat.  The "3D" view was only good for getting yourself killed, and even in 2D mode the ships weren't even vaguely balanced.  SC1 and SC2 both have very few matchups that are effectively un-winnable with any combination of ships, but such a situation is the norm in SC3, not the exception.  It made for extremely frustrating gameplay, as you were simply forced to use certain ships to counter others due to the impossibility of hurting them (due to ship speed or defensive power).
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Re: Is Star Control 3 a good game?
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2006, 08:05:48 am »

SCnot3 a good game?







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« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2006, 08:39:21 am »

Honestly, SC3 isn't a bad game, just like the Godfather 3 isn't a bad movie. It's just that none of them can stand up to their legacies and thus pale in comparison. Don't play SC3 expecting more of what made SC2 good.

I keep hearing this over and over from people. While I agree that the SC3 story as a standalone wasn't that bad, I still don't understand how people can just ignore:

Even standing on its own merits (excluding setting thrashing, copy/pasted dialogue from SC2, etc), SC3 is a bad game in my opinion.  I had to restart multiple times due to time-trigger related bugs, and just plain bad design.  The music was dreary; the colors were dreary; the basic plot in the game was dreary (you can't stop the big enemy, defying the whole concept of the epic story [the fate of a thousand worlds is in their hands: you had better grovel correctly!]).

The story is not everything. If the game is broken (and uninspiring in every way to boot), the story will not save it. Hell, if I had had to restart SC2 as often as I did SC3, I surely wouldn't be on this forum now.
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Re: Is Star Control 3 a good game?
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2006, 01:10:16 pm »

hmmm..... my sc2 version was buggy as hell.  Tongue  Lots of times when i selected a star in the starmap the game would crash. But the game was so awesome i would simply restart it immediately and continue playing. I think there are very few games where i would have put up with this.

anyways to add to the thread subject: Imho the worst about sc3 is the removal of several sc1 and sc2 ships, even from melee!
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Re: Is Star Control 3 a good game?
« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2006, 01:36:44 pm »

In a word, no.
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« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2006, 07:02:07 pm »

hmmm..... my sc2 version was buggy as hell.  Tongue  Lots of times when i selected a star in the starmap the game would crash. But the game was so awesome i would simply restart it immediately and continue playing.

Out of curiosity, was this the first version of the game that came out or something? I got the CD version containing SC1 & SC2 and never had any trouble of that sort.
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Re: Is Star Control 3 a good game?
« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2006, 10:44:53 am »

I had the floppy disc version of SC2.  Never had any issues with the starmap other than trying to find specific stars.

However, that does bring something to mind - I do recall reading somewhere a while back that the *cough*pirated*cough* version had issues with the starmap...


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Re: Is Star Control 3 a good game?
« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2006, 04:48:07 pm »

However, that does bring something to mind - I do recall reading somewhere a while back that the *cough*pirated*cough* version had issues with the starmap...

Yep, it was the crack that screwed everything up.
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Re: Is Star Control 3 a good game?
« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2006, 05:27:34 pm »

The game wasn't too bad for the five minutes it worked before some crippling bug crashed it.

Even Daggerfall wasn't that buggy.  And Daggerfall at least had some redeeming features.
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