Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. It looks fantastic, but strategy aficionados may find that there's too much of a puzzle-like aspect to the game's missions.
  2. The first couple of hours of the game are fantastic, as you're introduced to the universe, the ships, the stunning battles and the interesting gameplay, but for the average strategy fan, the realisation that the game is all about increasingly complex micro-management of your ships and crew is something of a let-down.
  3. At its worst, Nexus is painfully ponderous and distantly detached. At its best it's visually stupendous sci-fi spectacular with depth as well as style. The 2001 of Real Time Strategy if you will.
  4. You’ll need to invest yourself and a great deal of time just to learn the nuances of the gameplay and the interface, and making smart intuitive decisions before the missions can save you a lot of trial and error.
  5. The storyline alone won't keep everyone going, and since it is unlikely the gameplay will either, the end result is probably going to be a lot of gamers losing interest pretty quickly into the game.
  6. Although the road to store shelves was long and painstaking, Nexus came out as a high-quality space strategy game (personally I would call it a Fleet Simulator, but that’s just me), which has no reason to hide in shame when confronted with the Homeworld games.
  7. This gem of a space tactics offering is everything that fans of the genre have been waiting for, as it takes gorgeous, next-generation graphical technology and applies it to an exciting game about starship combat, rogue artificial intelligences, galaxy-spanning wormholes, and more.
  8. 82
    A good game. I certainly didn't think so when I began playing it however. There's a frustratingly high learning curve here and the game design doesn't exactly help that at all.
  9. It may be slow, but its atmosphere is convincing enough to immerse you fully into its world.
  10. Overall however, we're rather taken with Nexus. Its mixture of tactics, mouse-control and combat-orientated gameplay is suitably different from both "Homeworld" and traditional space-combat games like Freespace, delivering something unique and yet familiar enough to appeal to fans of either game. [PC Zone]
  11. To all gamers who became dangerously aroused every time a capital ship beam cannon fired in "Freespace 2": this game is meant for you. I really hope the developers plan to add content and expand on the game universe in the future, because this franchise definitely has potential.
  12. Big, beautiful and compelling, Nexus is an epic game. However, its extremely slow pace may not be for everyone. [PC Gamer UK]
  13. Nexus: The Jupiter Incident isn't for everybody, since there is just that "little something' missing that would have made this a GREAT game, but so long as you have the system specs to do the game justice it's certainly one for the Space-Based Strategy fan.
  14. The rough learning curve makes Nexus a game I don’t recommend to anyone new to the real-time space-strategy genre. If you’re a fan, though, Nexus will be right up your alley.
  15. If commanding a highly configurable fleet of ships through scripted missions, micromanaging your efforts both in the pre-mission ship design stage and during every step of combat, appeals to you, then this game is what you want.
  16. 60
    Veterans of "Starfleet Command" or "Homeworld" multiplayer champs should get excited, because as tactical space combat simulators go, this is a pretty good one. The rest of us who would rather keep our micromanagement confined to the realm of Excel, on the other hand, will probably go back to our "simpler" RTS games.
  17. The story is good, certainly, but if I wanted to watch a sci-fi tale I'd flick on Star Trek. Nexus is purely for the lover of slow paced space adventuring and combat, and those caught up in the Imperium Galactica series.
  18. 80
    This game require real patience. There's no way to speed through long-distance trips, so it pays to keep a magazine handy (psst, you're holding one).
  19. A very deep and realistic space simulation, but one that is too slow for most gamers to appreciate.
  20. 40
    Nexus plays like a great game that misses the mark almost every step of the way. It’s slick, complex, and ambitious. But the potential here is never realized.
  21. It's delicious to watch. Nexus' whirling space charts and system-spanning ships slip past spiraling asteroids, fend of the shadows of "Homeworld" and make your head spin. [Christmas 2004, p.114]
  22. The story is intriguing in that sweeping fate-of-the-galaxy sci-fi kind of way, without being completely overblown and melodramatic. [March 2005, p.138]
  23. If you can forgive some small gameplay faults, Nexus pleases like a deep space production on the scale of a Roddenberry saga. [Apr 2005, p.74]
  24. The good is the über detailed physics accurate star systems, the bad is the interface and the ugly isn't visible because this is a good-looking game hampered by really small text.
User Score
8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 73 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Mar 22, 2011
    10
    Stunning!! Just played it and still looks great even though it is now more than 6 years old. Immersive and innovative gameplay, why don't theyStunning!! Just played it and still looks great even though it is now more than 6 years old. Immersive and innovative gameplay, why don't they make more of these types of games anymore? Full Review »
  2. CalebS
    Mar 28, 2009
    10
    minus a few crash bugs that you can easily recover from with saving the game is great. Unless, I guess, your one of the few who aren't minus a few crash bugs that you can easily recover from with saving the game is great. Unless, I guess, your one of the few who aren't literate enough to learn how to take down shields. Anyone who likes space combat games should drop the $10 for this. I'm not sure how to even take the "critic" scores, they give this game a 77 and players give it 8.7. Empires TW just came out and got a 91 from critics and a 7.4 from real players and I see why mine crashes after every engagement. I'm just not sure what critics are good for, they just give all new games high marks if they come from big name companies and assume they suck from smaller ones without even trying the games it seems then I'm just left disappointed with games that i wish we're as good as this one. Full Review »
  3. PedroD.
    Dec 15, 2007
    9
    It's 2007 and i picked this up for $10, it's been one of the best games i've played for a while. To say it's real time It's 2007 and i picked this up for $10, it's been one of the best games i've played for a while. To say it's real time strategy is a bit misleading, this flows a locked story line where each mission is a progressive battle, test or puzzle. The gameplay is awesome and looks amazing still ! The storyline is very sci-fi and keeps you in suspense, really liked the characters and they tend to grow on you over the course of the game, but the best is the huge battles with very customiseable ships. Awesome. Full Review »