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  • Summary: The Badlands cluster. 100 years after the first Independence War. Your father was killed by the Corporations for a bad debt. And you've spent 15 years rotting in jail for trying to get justice. Now it's time for vengeance. Command four futuristic battlecruisers and a band of revolutionary pirates into an all-consuming battle against impossible odds...because there just isn't enough Space for everyone! [Infogrames] Expand
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. A gorgeous and absorbing space combat sim, but one that takes time to get to grips with.
  2. The attention to detail is extremely high, the Direct 3D graphics are fantastic, and the story is worth pursuing. [Jan 2002, p.106]
  3. A thoroughly enjoyable simulation that is refreshingly different compared to the cavalcade of action, strategy and RPGs cluttering the marketplace today.
  4. 81
    The combat is fun but tends to be short, but the physics are good and the game is forgiving.
  5. My problem with I-War 2 is its vertical learning curve...Combat is brutal and fleeting — some dogfights ended in my destruction just scant seconds after the first shot was fired.
  6. Its superb graphics, open-ended nature, and compelling storyline make it a title that many flight sim junkies will not want to miss. While I found the learning curve a bit too steep, the controls somewhat cumbersome, and the save-game system annoying.
  7. Gamers not hooked on star jaunts and sci-fi melodrama may find the slow physics and steep learning curve too daunting. [Nov 2002, p.113]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. StevenL.
    Nov 20, 2001
    Very good, buy it.
  2. Jul 19, 2012
    Just the best space simulation I've ever played!
    A true spatial simulation with Newtonian physics, if we advance (it takes just as driven to
    start a reverse return in the opposite direction)
    History is basic but really nice.
    Even today, it is graphically good, dynamic combat, HUD & LDS, a system of trade and construction, customizable and ships with "Torn Stars" fan addon make it the best spatial simulation of all time.
    Try him !

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  3. S'JetK
    Nov 8, 2009
    A game I missed to play in 2001. A game that must be on everyone's list for excellence in various aspects of simulations and space genre. I-war is definitely a gem and an achievement of the past. Even now, rarely will we find such game quality. I am playing I-war EoC as I make this personal review. The sheer open endedness and the options are what keeps me playing it. Plus with the latest technology in graphics allows me to play this game with a much fresher look. The story is also something that hooked me from the start. With Newtonian physics involved, this game has quite an special appeal to it. I've yet to play a game that equals it or surpasses I-war EoC. I hope there will be a future I-war 3 in the making with similar elements to make it a niche of some sort much that of Star Wars trilogy set. I give I-war EoC a solid 10 because a game of such quality should not go unnoticed. An amazing game for an old timer. Review 2009 by S'Jet Keller. Expand
  4. Rubberman
    Nov 27, 2002
    Still playing.
  5. BradG.
    May 19, 2006
    this is the most amazing game I have ever played! nothing beats it and i have yet to find anything which paralells or even comes close to the sheer realism and flexability of the game. very inspiring, beautiful graphics, exciting storyline, brilliant open-endedness and all round paralell with the likes of Elite and MS space sim. It's a shame that the sequal was cancelled. Expand
  6. KeithL.
    Nov 14, 2001
    There is not to much not to like. Excellent game.
  7. JimH
    Nov 30, 2009
    Independence War II is my favorite space flight sim. Freespace and the X-Wing/TIE-Fighter franchises are great fun, but they are airplane sims "IN SPaAaAaACE!!!". IW:II uses a Newtonian physics engine (plus FTL and other hand-wavy technolgies) that allows for unconventional maneuvers. I use WASD to strafe/accelerate and Ctrl/Space to thrust down/up. The joystick controls roll/pitch/yaw. This control setup allows flight in any direction relative to your POV and your enemies. Unlike other franchises, I-War II places you at the helm of a large destroyer rather than a dogfighter. While the original I-War was a sim in the spirit of Star Trek: Bridge Commander (requiring the player to micromanage bridge crew), IW:II allows for a more traditional piloting perspective. This is facilitated by a prototype "command section," a single seat vehicle that plugs into large warship chassis to serve as a cockpit and stand-alone evacuation vehicle. IW:II was an early attempt at a sandbox game, but its attempts at open-world gaming are mixed. There are too few side-quests, but there are many opportunities to play space pirate. Players require raw materials to trade and build with. These are gained by poaching interstellar trade routes, disabling ships, fighting off escorts, and calling in your pirate crew to pick up the loot. While repetitive, there are many trade routes to hit and they provide are variety of convoy types to raid. (Valuable items are highly guarded by military capital ships, requiring skill and luck to obtain.) The shortcomings of the sandbox are offset by the fun, space operatic story. It's a tale of murder and revenge, greedy corporations versus the little guys. It has all been done before, but it works well combined with the fresh gameplay. Expand

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