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  • Summary: 200 years after the first chapter for Space Rangers, a new, even more dangerous threat arises in the galaxy. A key planet producing war androids has become self-aware and is attempting to conquer the galaxy one planet at a time. These machines are not only capable of fulfilling any order, but they have their own intellect and force of will. This new type of cyber life is driven only by instinct of destruction and cares only about expanding the realm of the silicate. Freedom of choice is a distinguishing feature of the Space Rangers saga and continues as players explore the massive world. The game is not limited by borders and allows players an opportunity to influence the branching storyline. At the same time, the larger and more expansive game world lives and develops by itself. In Space Rangers 2 players will have an opportunity to test their skills not only in outer space, but on planets' surfaces as well. 3D real-time battles on planets is a new part of the game. By producing and upgrading war machines, gamers have a chance to defeat the ominous threat of the Dominators. [1C Company] Expand
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Imagination will always substitute for visual splendor if a story is told in a genius way, and Space Rangers 2 does exactly that. This is one for the record books, and simply must be played.
  2. What they gave us is not just Baldur’s Gate in space; the core gameplay and thus subsequent gameplay elements are very different – making Space Rangers a unique experience.
  3. Few games attempt as much and succeed as completely.
  4. 85
    If I were to describe this game in a single word, I would simple say, "Vast."
  5. Graphics are not what make this game. But when you add on the addictive gameplay, easy controls, great storyline and replay value, you have one solid game.
  6. 82
    It isn’t the most beautiful or best-sounding game out there, but it is one of the most diverse.
  7. Like "Pirates!" in space, but not as good as that suggests. [Oct 2005, p.92]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. HannuK.
    Dec 7, 2005
    The missing link between Star Control and Freespace 2. Something I have been missing since the times of 486 left Star Control into oblivion. Worth a try, it climbed to my all time favourites during the first hours of play. Expand
  2. AndreF.
    Aug 15, 2005
    I'm a series fan and lover , this is one of the ever best thoughtful games ever made , best space games ever made , combines the same engine as freelancer but in a 2d style that remebers childhood space games that were alike ... man this is a must buy and im so pissed off because the producers are loosing millions and the producers are being F#CK%# by the publishers WAY UP to the producers they deserve the credit ! Expand
  3. WillF.
    Dec 3, 2007
    A fantastic game from outside of the mainstream of software development. Only people that were more concerned with making a satisfying game than making money would have produced this sprawling, free-form masterpiece. Seriously, how do you market a game with the most childish name but with the most cerebral gaming experience? I found this for $10 at my local Target (in the discout jewel-case software section) and it would have been worth 10 times the price! I applaud the other reviewers here -- glad to hear that there are still thinking people playing PC games! Expand
  4. GenaL.
    May 23, 2006
    This is my favorite games (with Space Rangers One). Strategy + RPG + Space Adventure.
  5. Dec 15, 2013
    Difficult to describe this game. It's one of those rare gems that defy classification and are just a full experience. It's full, FULL of humor and style. It has it's own atmosphere and draws you into the setting. It's simply amazing, and that's that.

    I replayed it many many time even though there doesn't seem to be any real reason to replay it. It's just so fun!
  6. Mitja
    Oct 30, 2005
    One of the Best games ever !
  7. Mar 17, 2014
    The game is good in space sandbox simulation with a dynamic changing environment.

    However, the tedious repairing, fuel re-filling and
    equipment hunting just ruins the experience.

    And the worst thing is NPC and enemies CHEAT based on your equipment or level. This ruins all your sense of achievement.

    Whatever your efforts put, NPC and enemies will soon cheat to outperform you again without worrying of financial problems, but you do. Managing your wealth is indeed one of the most difficult tasks in this game.

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