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Pirate Galaxy Review: RPG Space Shooter

Date: Feb 21 2012 07:33:14 Source: onrpg.com Views:
KeyWord: Pirate Galaxy, Pirate Galaxy Review, Pirate Galaxy Preview, RPG, Sci-Fi, Space, 3D
Pirate Galaxy

By Vincent Haoson from Onrpg.com

Pirate Galaxy is a 3D Sci-Fi space RPG game from Splitscreen Studios. The game ushers you into a world that is devastated by an alien civilization. Humanity was at the brink of destruction: the Mantis, an alien civilization was hell-bent on acquiring Cryonite (the most precious mineral in the Universe of Pirate Galaxy) at the expense of whatever civilization they obliterate.

Your role in the Mantis-Human conflict is that you are a newly recruited hotshot pilot for the humans. You are given the role of becoming the best of the best in the ranks and to finally cripple the Mantis.

Pirate Galaxy Screenshot

Gameplay

When you talk about spaceships the first thing that comes into mind is that it's going to be a definite 3D Space Shooter, well, Pirate Galaxy is not. The game's controls utilize both the mouse and the keyboard. You can use the move to make your ship move by clicking the area you want your mouse to go. You also use the mouse for locking-on your enemies. However, your ship won't automatically attack when you locked-on an enemy: you'd have to press the corresponding key in your keyboard where your attack is located.

Speaking of the keyboard, up until recently, the controls in Pirate Galaxy does not include the W, A, S, D keys for steering your ship. So the ship control was solely done with the mouse.

Pirate Galaxy Screenshot

Conclusion

Pirate Galaxy is an MMO that is has a unique shop control system in itself. The MMO feel of the game is another aspect of Pirate Galaxy that seems to be steering away from the usual gameplay we find in 3D spaceship games.

New players may find Pirate Galaxy's controls awkward. Cycling between the ship controls and the weapons system can be a little bothersome especially to those who are not used to using the mouse only for locking-on while the keyboard is used for shooting. Though this navigation issue would be of little worth when you are playing the game in the long run.

As of this writing, the quest system in Pirate Galaxy is still bugged. This should be fixed as soon as possible because the quests in Pirate Galaxy are the only thing that players can really do to make the game interesting for the moment. The PVP system is still untested but it would be very interesting how the PVP would work out especially with a gameplay like this.

Another thing I can say the game lacks is sufficient customization. Basically your ship's overall design would be highly reliant on the blueprints you get and on the base design your ship will be having. This could really be a bad thing for players who are more into customizing their own "dream" ship.

However, it may be true that the game still lacks enough eye-candy beauty that other 3d spaceship games have, Pirate Galaxy has one of the better FMVs in the f2p 3d sci-fi game market. The cut scenes where your ship would go to and fro the planet and to the orbital station found on atmosphere is a sight to behold.

Also, the game's background is very static. You can see the stars moving as you progress through the game. It's as if you are seeing whatever is unfolding outside Vega 2.

The game's music and SFX is right on the dot. The BGM is very intense when you are fighting and it mellows down a bit if you are just adventuring or just lounging in-game.

Pirate Galaxy is still in closed beta stage, and the way I see it, the developers are still putting a lot of things as the closed beta goes on. The game may ultimately change once it goes Open Beta or commercial. So before that happens all bets are off, Pirate Galaxy is an interesting game in itself and it may turn out even more when the proper time, effort and attention is given to it.

Pros

- FMV is one of the better seen in an f2p sci-fi
- You can also play on your browser
- Game is still in closed beta things may change

Cons

- Controls are awkward at best
- Quests are still bugged
- Not much customization available

You can read full review here.

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