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  • Summary: Starshatter represents the next generation of space combat simulation games. Starshatter extends the gameplay concepts of the classic sims by combining fighter and starship combat in a single game. Starshatter also integrates elements of real-time-strategy games by allowing fleet commanders to direct the battle on a tactical level. Small Frigates are used for air defense. They can shoot down enemy fighters and torpedoes with rapid fire plasma cannon and interceptor missiles. Destroyers are attack platforms that can engage enemy ships one-on-one or in small groups. Cruisers are the backbone of the fleet's attack capability. They carry devastating firepower that can effectively engage any size target; even a military battle station. Carriers are the cornerstone of the fleet. They deliver fighters and strike ships to the scene of action, and they coordinate the entire battle plan. [Tri Synergy] Expand
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  1. 70
    Once you commit to the experience, you're rewarded with a remarkably flexible campaign that feels like it reflects your successes, albeit in a rather detached way.
  2. This is an enhanced version of 2004's Starshatter that adds improved AI and production values, but that's about it.
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  1. Oct 28, 2013
    9
    The campaign is great, you start out as a pilot with missions that are a dynamic campaign so if you lose a destroyer one mission, it's gone for good. You can work your way up and be promoted up the ranks to actually captain a frigate, destroyer, cruiser and even the carrier, assigning mission to flights and taking giving orders to capital ships. An added bonus was the semi-Newtonian physics so you can thrust one direction and turn, continuing to move in the original direction. You could also enter a planets atmosphere for ground strikes and adjust to flying in atmosphere.
    Truly a hidden gem in the gaming world, it had so much potential. You could do multiplayer and even create your own missions and scenarios. There was a modding community who created new ships as well. I'll have to dust this one off again.
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