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  • Summary: Fight anything anywhere anyhow... and by any means necessary! Universal Combat takes you into a seamless universe full of epic space battles, massive ground skirmishes, fierce naval engagements and even tense dogfights above the planet's surface. In solo mode or in multiplayer, in first- orFight anything anywhere anyhow... and by any means necessary! Universal Combat takes you into a seamless universe full of epic space battles, massive ground skirmishes, fierce naval engagements and even tense dogfights above the planet's surface. In solo mode or in multiplayer, in first- or third-person view, play as a marine, a star ship commander with a full crew, or a pilot in the latest space fighter. Universal Combat brings together the greatest components of any war together in a single game. Conceived in late 2001 as Battlecruiser Generations, the fifth title in the long-running Battlecruiser series, during development it morphed into much more than a massive space simulation. As Universal Combat, the new action-based focus, direction and premise of the new incarnation caters to a wider audience of action and space sim fans alike. [DreamCatcher Interactive] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 16
  2. Negative: 5 out of 16
  1. There are still a ton of controls in the newest version of the Battlecruiser series … but 3000 AD has done a good job in making them a little more accessible for things that you will do most often during the game.
  2. It’s a very serious niche simulation that’s got some lumps which will be unappealing to the average player. If you want to “get it,” you’ve got to be willing to pour the time into learning the nuances of the title.
  3. An amazing bargain, particularly if you like the idea of exploring a dynamic universe and don't mind filling in a few gaps with imagination while you live the Captain Kirk fantasy. [July 2004, p.67]
  4. If you want a decent space sim with some strategy, I would go with "X2: The Threat." Universal Combat, as a whole, is not worth the effort it demands.
  5. For anyone who doesn't share Dr. Smart's very specific obsessions, however, Universal Combat is an exhausting, impenetrable bore. [Oct 2004, p.82]
  6. To enjoy the game requires hours of exhaustive research and patience that most gamers don’t have.
  7. I hate this game. It’s the worst PC game I’ve played in months, which, I can assure you, is saying something. I hate it even more because of how much unrealized potential this series has.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 8 out of 11
  1. IgorT.
    Sep 18, 2006
    10
    Great game engine, almost perfect, but needs storyline
  2. Justin
    May 5, 2004
    10
    Just as it was said in the manual: you need to have an imagination to play this game. The depth and thoroughness of the game just takes it. Just as it was said in the manual: you need to have an imagination to play this game. The depth and thoroughness of the game just takes it. The graphics are alright, but graphics don't totally make a game. Furthermore, this game isn't for someone who requires a walkthrough strategy guide to complete every mission. For once there's a game that requires some sort of intelligence and thinking to complete. I rate this game 10, i could play it for hours. Expand
  3. ChristopherD.
    Feb 7, 2004
    6
    Well I just started to play this and I think it has a lot of potential and a lot of bugs. First as you know you can do any thing.... however Well I just started to play this and I think it has a lot of potential and a lot of bugs. First as you know you can do any thing.... however its far to open and unless you know where the action is it's kinda weak. Second there is A LOT of cliping issues, try to land on top of a building, and you will know. Also with long fllights you will see that your ship will consantly roll and you have to adjust to this and while on foot if you head almost north South East or West and you let go of the mouse you will see that cammera will move to directly on the compass rows. .... there is more but... the developers of UC had a leagle battle about the publisher changeing the price to $19.00 and well sorry 3000AD I can see why. This game is not bad for the current price, BUT IT NEEDS A PATCH TO BE GOOD. Expand
  4. VinnyL.
    Jan 24, 2007
    3
    This game had a lot of potential, but that potential was lost though the poor fps graphics and the extremely user UN-friendly interface. This game had a lot of potential, but that potential was lost though the poor fps graphics and the extremely user UN-friendly interface. There are much better games of this genre out there. Expand
  5. HetNet
    Apr 19, 2009
    2
    Same great concept as the original BC2K, but just as unfinished after 20 years, and as unplayable, as that was...Every aspect of the game isSame great concept as the original BC2K, but just as unfinished after 20 years, and as unplayable, as that was...Every aspect of the game is unfinished and unrealized..It just feels like they got bored halfway through each aspect and moved to another one..The spaceflight, atmosphric flight, FPS, space marine combat....ALL of it is just substandard and incomplete...Could have been such an world-changing series....if someone else had done it...But DS just doesn't seem capable of turning out even average quality gameplay or programming. Expand
  6. MarkusL.
    Jul 16, 2004
    2
    Justin, are you Derek Smart...sorry, DR. Derek Smart? 'Cos I can't believe anyone else could like this piece of s**t! I hated it, Justin, are you Derek Smart...sorry, DR. Derek Smart? 'Cos I can't believe anyone else could like this piece of s**t! I hated it, and these two points I give for the idea, but...maybe Derek Smart really should read of reviews his games, 'cos all off his games have the same problems (sh*tty gameplay, tons of bugs etc.). Sorry Derek, two points. Please don't sue me. Expand
  7. SamL.
    Dec 11, 2004
    1
    This game tries to be an fps, a space sim and a fighter sim all in one and ends up doing none of it well. theres too many problems with thisThis game tries to be an fps, a space sim and a fighter sim all in one and ends up doing none of it well. theres too many problems with this game for me to list them all so im just gonna list the main ones 1) unless your a fan of the battlecruser games you ARE going to be totaly lost wen you first start playing, theres no totorial, no explanation not even so much as a hint as to how to play the game, just a set of orders and a good luck, its as thow Derek Smart just expected you to be able to read his mind somhow 2) you spend more time looking for a fight than actualy fighting, and its not as thow the fights are particularley exciting you dodge around abit then someone gets a lucky hit and its game over, i cant even see how this wos supposed to be a good fps anyway NO cover, primiraley flat rolling terain with maybe the odd hill here n there 3) there may be many vechicles but there all basically the same, same hud, idecntical handling, identical controls, i think they just took all the vheicals and gave the all the same piloting script changing maybe a few variables such as max speed 4) the clipping problems are so numerous that you wont be thinking "is it going to clip here?" instead youll be thinking "is it not goint to clip here?" and belive me that no exageration 5)it could definatley use a new graphics engin, altho this is more a suggested enhamcement and not relay a problem as such so basicley dont bother buying this game, seriousley i wasted my money on it and im still kicking myself. Expand

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