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  • Summary: Genesis Rising: The Universal Crusade takes place in the very distant future, three thousand years after what humans believe was the arrival of "the savior". The human race has conquered most of the Universe. They consider themselves a divine race, and think of all aliens as inferior; those that do not obey are punished or destroyed. The dominion of the human race was insured by organids - genetically designed organic machines, easily adaptable to any enemy strategy. Only one part of the Universe remains unconquered. It is the galaxy where the Universal Heart, an enigmatic entity that spawned all life and matter into the universe, is hidden. At least, that's what the humans believe... The player will take on a role of captain Iconah, a battle-hardened fleet commander and a brilliant genetic designer, sent on a quest to explore and conquer the Universal Heart. [DreamCatcher Interactive] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 34
  2. Negative: 8 out of 34
  1. Genesis Rising, with its intriguing twist on the RTS genre, dares you to choose a side, and be counted.
  2. Genesis Rising is a game with impressive graphics and some innovative ideas. Unfortunately, the stability problems and the questionable implementation of some ideas as well as the unexplained lack of some de-facto features in an RTS drag this title down.
  3. So many good ideas, but there're the cheese in a mousetrap of punishing difficulty. Proceed, but with great caution. [June 2007, p.82]
  4. The game has some pretty cool ideas throughout, implementing a new layer to strategy gameplay in the way of upgrades and gene-stealing. Unfortunately, pacing issues, technical problems, and a generally spotty interface kill what the game sets out to accomplish.
  5. Genesis Rising in no way reaches the potential it has bubbling beneath the surface, released all too soon and unnecessarily plastered with imperceptive, charmless patina.
  6. 50
    Genesis Rising is by no means a total loss and there's certainly some fun to be had, but its lofty potential is squandered due to some poor decisions and a rigid design that will only appeal to a select number of players.
  7. With a generic plot and terrible ship building scheme, Genesis Rising is lost in space. Hopefully, it stays that way.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 6 out of 15
  1. BockoL.
    Mar 20, 2007
    Great RTS I say! And I really liked the multiplayer mode.
  2. NikolaT.
    Apr 1, 2007
    Great game! Something new in a world of RTS!
  3. JovanC.
    Mar 20, 2007
    Finally a cool space RTS....gameplay is awesome,but the ships are a real piece of art...great design. But the real challenge is the multiplayer mode, AI is one thing but adjusting your strategy for real, live opponents....well that is quite challenging! Expand
  4. LarryN.
    Apr 4, 2007
    I playing this game and its awesome, nothing can compare with it. The design of the ships, art, space... missions, story, and incredible multiplayer where game shows it true face. If you like something new nothing seen until now you should try this game. 8 because it has some glitches, and missions are hard, very hard! Expand
  5. [Anonymous]
    Aug 12, 2007
    Not being able to save your game sucks because you could lose your mothership right at the end of a mission and you have to replay the entire mission over again. Expand
  6. MichaelA.
    Sep 16, 2007
    Well, it sucks. The gameplay is slow and tedious, it lacks any real depth, and the multiplayer is a complete joke.
  7. Misa
    Dec 30, 2009
    Highly frustrating experience... Why do I give it a zero? Because of the good graphics.

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