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May 29, 2013

Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos FULL REVIEW

Hello everybody!

Apologies if this review is slightly short, but there was a internet outage yesterday and blah blah blah. So I had to do this last minute.

But in any case, I hope you guys enjoy!

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Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos was a critically acclaimed space simulator video game released in 2001 for the PC.

In this review, I'll give you an insight into how good this game is, quality wise. I'll try my best to be objective, but this is my favourite game of all time, so.....

Gameplay:


Featuring notably realistic space flight, and cool weapons which actually seem authentic, this game is strangely believable.

You start off as a mere command section (The front part of a larger spacecraft) with very little armour and weaponry for defense.

As the game progresses, you get better spaceships. (Well, only 4 ships....), and more allies and trading routes. Oh, and let's just say that when you finally get the ability to jump across star systems, which is built up to from the beginning of the game, you are in for a treat.

All of the systems look very beautiful the Second Act of the game is the some of the most fun I've had in all of gaming. The missions are very good and this is where the plot of the game really shines.

It's not up to the level of sci-fi classics, but it sure makes you care and you want to come back for more.

There's just one big problem with the entire game: I can't help but feel that the game is a bit......empty. Sure, you can explore a lot, and it's very relaxing to do so, but it could have done with a lot more activities and the like.

This is especially apparent in the last act of the game. My guess is that the developers ran out of time and couldn't fill their game with more content.

But whatever the case, I-War 2 stays consistently solid in the gameplay department.

Story:


Surprisingly compelling: I-War 2 starts off with Felix Johnston and his son Cal busy mining.....an asteroid or something.

Cal greets his dad and goes home for his birthday present, only to find out that it's the last gift he'll ever receive from his father.

Chasing after him, he arrives in time to see his father murdered by the dictatorial Caleb Maas, space tycoon of....space.

Shaken to the core, Cal sets out to avenge his father's death. With the help of Clay, an artificially reanimated Independence War veteran, and several other crew mates you'll meet during the course of the game, Cal takes huge steps towards making his goal a reality.

First entering the realm of space piracy, Cal and his team make big bucks as scavengers and thieves.

But unbeknownst to Cal and his team, they were about to become involved in an intergalactic war. One that threatens to push the universe to the Edge of Chaos....

Now that I got the synopsis down, I'll tell you that it's pretty cool. There's a bit of a twist towards the that some people may find out of place, but it's decently foreshadowed, so I didn't mind it.

In fact, it was pretty cool. Although, I have to say, this game could have had a better ending. It all felt rushed, which fits in with my theory that the development was, ahem, rushed, so that it could be released.

But as I said, this game is easily worth the little bit of money you put into it. And the bit of story it has manages to stay solid and consistent.

Oh, and there's a nice in-game Encyclopedia they wrote for the game. Which is really nice and does a good job of filling in the backstory.

Whoever wrote the Encyclopedia should get a pat on the back. 

No wait, a freakin' award for that matter. 

Still not good enough....

How about, a whole lot more people buying this game because of how good it is? 

That's more like it....

Audiovisual:


Holds up surprisingly well. Sure, it has blocky graphics and outdated character models by today's standards, but man! This game was top of the range back in the day.

And even now, it's art style is strong enough to outweigh it's graphical flaws.

The voice acting is decent, but not very memorable. With the exception of Clay, maybe. Otherwise, the actors do a commendable job, nothing really spectacular to be honest.

But there's one standout thing about the game, and that is the music! Excellent stuff, nice, reflective, and it really suits the combat, space travel, base management, etc!

I used two exclamation marks in the previous paragraph. That's how you know I'm serious.

Quality Verdict: Good (B)

I-War 2 is a joy to play, most of the time, and it's a really nice game to just relax with. Recommended for any serious gamer or somebody just looking for some good entertainment.

Outro:

And there you go! This is a very short review thanks to the little amount of time I had to write it. (about an hour) But I hope that this gives you enough info to check out this forgotten gem and give it a spit-shine.

Until next time, Kyle out!

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