Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares Image

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  • Summary: Master the unknown before it masters you. The need for galactic expansion is critical. You must conquer alien star systems to secure the resources that will guarantee your supremacy. The ultimate goal is to defeat the evil Antarans.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. It's a high quality product that blends tactics, strategy and management into an accessible and playable game -- just watch out for the appearance of any latent megalomaniac tendencies.
  2. Great game, but a bit off from perfect. One of the things that irks me most is the race creation options. Getting to choose from only 4 similar governments is not enough.
  3. Master of Orion 2 is just INTENSE! I absolutely loved this game and if you liked the original Master of Orion I think you will too.
  4. A great update of a classic game, even with the micromanaging. [Mar 1997, p.134]
  5. One of the coolest features in Master of Orion 2 is the ability to do research. There are over 200 different technologies that you can acquire by the use of scientists in your empire. You get to choose many different technologies to research at any point and time.
  6. 80
    With the exception of Firaxis' "Alpha Centauri" (which owes more to Civ than these space opera games), no science fiction game has come close to the amount of atmosphere in Master of Orion II.
  7. There is so much to do in this game that if you like space opera strategy, you’ll have to have it... One of the better strategy games of 1996, but one with significant flaws. Good, yes; a classic, no.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. ElderDragon
    Jun 30, 2004
    Still play that game. Since 1998 !!!
  2. JSmith
    Aug 12, 2009
    An Excellent Game in its time. I've played this game hundreds of times.
    Someone needs to remake it as close to the original as
    possible, so, that the newer generations can try it. Occasionally, I can still get it to work on my Vista machine. Too complicated for most to find and use the DOS version and setup for curent internet use. Expand
  3. Kenshin
    Oct 24, 2005
    One of the All time space strategy classics. More fun than MOO 3. I still play the game and have been on and off since 96.
  4. RedEye
    May 14, 2004
    Good game but building is slow.
  5. Silverblade
    Oct 19, 2005
    Excellent space strategy game! Most of those which followed were modelled after it...
  6. SimonR.
    Mar 10, 2005
    Good game - still play it occasionally - not bad for a 8 year old game.
  7. TimmyB.
    Dec 26, 2006
    When compared to the first Master of Orion this game loses sadly. I've tried very hard to enjoy this game because it has better graphics and such. But some how this game lost what is MOO. I recommend just getting the first one. Actually its so old now you can download the disks for free and play it with DOSBOX. Expand

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