I've Mentioned This Before, But Since I'm not one not to labour a point, I'll mention it again. Rules Of Engagement 2 is far and away the best space-based strategy wargame available, not least because of its ability to 'merge' with a second game (Breach 2) in order to play its away team missions.
It's that 'merging' (or Interlocking Game System as they call it) that elevates it to a higher level than its rivals. We've all had that dream - I wish Game X would work with Game Y and then both of them with Game Z. That would be so cool. Well Rules Of Engagement 2 does. And that's why it's the best. Imperium Galactica sort of does this as well, and that's why it's also the best. Or the new best. Whatever.
Arc you mad?
While it doesn't actually merge two different games together, it does incorporate elements from about four of the best strategy style games in the one package, and surprisingly, it works. Damn well. The games in question are Ascendancy (or Masters Of Orion II, depending on personal preference), SimCity, Command & Conquer and R0E2. It then wraps them all up within an ongoing sci-fi storyline and finishes the package off with the kind of presentation that the Wing Commander series wouldn't be ashamed to use. It's the total package... almost.
You are the newly-promoted captain of a cruiser in Earth's space fleet, sent to patrol a small sector of the galaxy and keep the peace. At first you are given specific missions (protect a supply ship, fend off an alien attack etc) and as you progress and earn promotion, more of the galaxy is opened to you and your task gets broader until eventually you are just told to keep the peace and expand Earth's horizons. This is all achieved in the various sub-sections - colony development is similar to SimCity, space exploration is like Ascendancy, space combat is along the lines of ROE2and any land combat takes its direction from C&C, except it uses the SimCity style map.
And it's great?
Imperium Galactica is captivating and challenging; it's also constantly expanding in scope, giving the player a good learning curve as it grows. It's stunningly well-presented too with some genuinely entertaining FMV sequences. The one aspect that could have been better is the space combat section. It's all a bit basic and small in scale compared to the rest, which is why it warrants a score of 90 and no more. It might sound a bit harsh, but because space combat is a large part of the game, it's this that pulls the score down.
Otherwise, Imperium Galactica is a game that's not afraid to set its sights high and has subsequently managed to reach them. Now if only it merged with Rules Of Engagement 2 I'd be really happy.
Processor: PC compatible,
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode