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Best Free Game
« on: February 05, 2008, 11:44:02 pm »

Hey guys,

I stumbled across this game from an article I was reading about some of the best free games available. The article says that this game is considered to be the best game of all time by several sources. Is that true? To be honest, I have never heard of it. I am going to try it out shortly. 

This is from the article "Star Control 2 has been hailed by many as one of the greatest games of all time, and it's no surprise why. As a satisfyingly deep space adventure game, The Ur-Quan Masters set the standard for exploration and customization."

Check out what else it has to say about the game:

http://www.gamealmighty.com/l/story-individual/story/Curing_Boredom_with_Free_Games/
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Re: Best Free Game
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2008, 12:07:15 am »

Yes, it's true.
As one of the people working on the UQM port I can only say that there's a reason why I'm working on the UQM port.
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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2008, 12:16:31 am »

I certainly think it is. Bu at the same time you are on a Star control forum and I doubt people who dislike the game would check in regularly.

I like the game a lot because I think it marries several different things very well.

1) Hilarious writing: For me, this is the foremost strength. The dialog is hilarious and theres many options.
2) Melee: both the ingame situations and just playing vs a friend, its just plan fun
3) Adventure/Management; Theres a great blend of adventuring through space, could with diplomacy, aggression resource management, as well as managing the breakdown of your own ship and what escort ships you bring along
4) Music: The original music, and the remixs by the Precursors are wonderful. Hell, I have them on my winamp playlist lol


Personally, though, when I first picked up the game I found it a bit tough. it took a lot of saving and practicing, and got a little frustrating sometimes. but still utterly worth it
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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2008, 01:40:17 am »

Is that true?

Definitely.

Just remember that - like a lot of older games - it can be rather unforgiving to the novice player. Keep at it though, it's well worth it!
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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2008, 04:10:55 pm »

yes. this game has the best storyline in universe!
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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2008, 04:27:53 pm »

There are few games that even approach the quality of Star Control in terms of storyline. And from the looks of things in the recent game market, nothing is going to anytime soon. Besides which, the experience of having to deal with aliens that actually seem fairly alien [something never before achieved on television and only rarely achieved in books and games] is quite worth it. Oh yeah, the music was good enough to end up on my winamp playlist too.
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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2008, 01:57:03 am »

Definitely.

Star Control 2 is no. 3 on my all-time list.  I can definitely see why it's considered the best game of all time by many people.  It's on Gamespot's Greatest Games of All Time list (http://www.gamespot.com/gamespot/features/all/greatestgames/p-7.html) and was selected IGN's 17th best game of all time (http://top100.ign.com/2005/011-020.html).

This isn't nostalgia talking, either.  I'd never even heard of the game until I heard about UQM back in 2006.  Still a vastly better experience than most retail games today.

That said, the game isn't quite up to snuff on modern design techniques, and can be especially obtuse in telling the player where to go next.  Truth be told, unless you're someone who really enjoys exploration and figuring things out on your own, I'd recomend using a guide from gamefaqs.com to help you get through it.
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« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2008, 04:03:23 am »

Let's just say that the first time I fired up UQM 0.4.0 a few years ago was my very first time playing Star Control II in any form, and it quickly shot past classics like Magic Carpet 2, System Shock 2, and Deus Ex(the first two having plenty of nostalgic memories lodged in my brain)to hit the numero uno spot on my personal greatest games of all time list. Given the greatness of the three aforementioned titles, that is no small feat.

Oh, and if you think SC2 is bad at telling you what to explore next, I dare you to try and play Starflight(SC2's spiritual predecessor of sorts, and one that key personnel for SC2 such as Paul Reiche III have also worked on). That game seems even worse when it comes to figuring out where to go, though it could just be me.

(On the other hand, I DID need help from some fine folks here when trying to complete SC2, mostly having to do with things like the broken Ultron's location and other instances of necessary object locations not being mentioned in dialogue and thus being difficult to locate without seeking help outside of the game. Still, the experience was very, VERY worth it.)
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