Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Space Rangers 2 has a ton of content on its own, is extremely replayable, and is one of the most addictive games in recent and nostalgic memory. If that weren’t enough, it includes Space Rangers 1 which is definable by the same list of attributes.
  3. The freedom of movement may be a tribute to Elite, but strategy fans will be amused by the depth of the land battles, arcade freaks will complain that hyperspace is way too short, and adventure fans will have a condescending smile at most.
  4. 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.
  5. Great storytelling, excellent gameplay and much to do and explore. You have got to love it. [Sept. 05]
  6. Space Rangers 2 should have shipped with better documentation, and beating the game can prove difficult for new players, even on the easiest difficulty setting. But at 29 bucks(which includes the original , a game that never shipped in the U.S.), it's the deal of the century. [July 2006, p.66]
  7. Few games attempt as much and succeed as completely.
  8. There’s a ton of things to do but don’t give up on it too early. It may take a couple of times playing before the full scope and possibilities of the game is clear.
  9. 90
    Not only is the best game I've played this probably just cracked my top 15 games of all time.
  10. What makes Space Rangers 2 so successful, even beyond its addictive “one more turn” exploration and trade, is that it delivers a constant stream of surprises.
  11. 90
    In the end, though the mini-games may have their flaws, the true beauty of Space Rangers 2: Rise of the Dominators is how all of these disparate elements fit together into an almost seamless whole. The more the player gets into the Space Rangers universe, the more enjoyable the whole thing becomes.
  12. Though it can be hard on a novice, Space Ranger 2's amazing breadth and considerable depth more than make up for its initial difficulty and intermittent lack of polish. [Nov 2005, p.74]
  13. If you enjoy sci-fi strategy, or games similar to Pirate Hunter or Port Royale 2, this is a game that you need to try.
  14. An original and innovative game, but, more importantly, it is great fun. I’m not sure there is any game this year that I’ve had more fun with.
  15. Space Rangers 2 combines an eclectic mix of commerce, action, and RTS-elements, along with a strong visual presence. With that being said, it may falter because it tries to do too many things, instead of one aspect really well.
  16. 85
    If I were to describe this game in a single word, I would simple say, "Vast."
  17. It's a little complicated to learn the control system but after a few hours it should be smooth sailing across the universe.
  18. Space Rangers 2 is enjoyable though not the most easily assessable game ever designed. If you’re willing to learn the nuances, you’ll discover a rich game with plenty to do from amassing large bases, to bribing officials, to playing delivery boy. You might just find yourself unable to let go.
  19. 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.
  20. While it’s not without some flaws, Space Rangers 2 is a lengthy, innovative experience that offers gamers the freedom to play the game the way they want to play it.
  21. It’s a space sim, it’s a text based adventure, it’s a 3D shooter, and it’s a trading game. And it comes with the original game as well. A very impressive package with something for everybody.
  22. 82
    It isn’t the most beautiful or best-sounding game out there, but it is one of the most diverse.
  23. It has its flaws, but Space Rangers 2 remains a crazy, inspired, over-the-top, and addictive blend of gameplay.
  24. 80
    It provides an amazing amount of freedom for players to explore, trade, fight, complete quests and more. But it could definitely stand from a little more structure to move players in the right direction.
  25. 80
    Space Rangers 2 is one of those rare games that you don't just finish and stick on a shelf. Even after "beating" the game several times you're left with the feeling of having just scratched the surface.
  26. 80
    A relatively simple game with a silly name that manages to be fairly fun.
  27. The game takes a little while to get going, and the AI is practically non existent in the RTS sequences, but Space Rangers 2 is a game that I highly recommend if you're willing to invest the time.
  28. Despite its vast and seemingly bottomless variety, it feels like many mini-games of varying quality threaded together loosely around a hollow core. It aims high, but falls short and doesn't really excel in any of its many genres.
  29. Space Rangers isn’t going to blow you away, but it may just suck you up for a few long evenings.
  30. Like "Pirates!" in space, but not as good as that suggests. [Oct 2005, p.92]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 180 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
  3. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. 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! Full Review »
  2. Aug 11, 2011
    Innovative, nice to look at, turn-based, strategical, tactical, economical, role-playing game. Excellent. Wish there were more games like this. One of the best games I have ever played since 1990. Full Review »
  3. 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.
    Full Review »