Space RTS games are a real rare breed among pc gamers these days. Most people love them, some people hate them. However finding a Space RTS game which can provide the quality and depth which is expected from PC games today is a hard task. Gemini Wars has just recently been released and brings a new level of Space RTS but can it withstand the brutal judgement from many PC RTS gamers.
Campaign wise Gemini Wars throws you into various scenarios which will have you against overwhelming odds. Although the story may not be the main focal point of this game it is still present and does the job. The variety of scenarios is interesting and the story is deep however the voice acting is very minimal and certain sequences can get a little tedious. The initial tutorial is helpful can get immensely bland which can encourage you to skip it. Only to find yourself clueless at what to do next which is a shame. The story progresses itself by narration, text logs as well as in game cut scenes but regardless of the quality and depth you never really feel part of the experience.
Gemini Wars is graced with an abundance of great game play features however the majority of them are executed poorly. As expected this game allows you to base build, research a huge tech tree, customize space ships as well as secure resources and build your fleets. However the entire task of actually doing all of these things is a little cumbersome and take far too long. Although the battles and space engagements are brutal and fun to watch actually getting anywhere in the scenarios takes far too long.
The space battles in Gemini Wars are by far its strongest point as when fleets collides they will duke it out in style. With a wealth of different ship classes and weaponry each engagement is a pleasant surprise. However for each positive this game gets it hampers itself with a negative. The AI control of your ships are clumsy and sometimes out right stupid. Although latest patches have fixed numerous bugs they are still some issues with unit control and graphics.
The rendering engine within Gemini Wars is excellent as most models and textures are set to a very high value. Backgrounds are gorgeous and the space battles themselves are bursting with effects. Some issues with clipping occur and random object distortions however nothing that would affect your experience. Sound can be a little dull as the same audio files are played over and over again.
Multiplayer options are available however finding a partner can take a while. The good news is though you are also blessed with a Skirmish mode which is awesome. The universe is for you to design regarding how many players there are, your resources and much more. Although the campaign is good most gamers will find more excitement within the skirmish mode as it grants you access to all the research tree instantly.
Gemini Wars is not a bad game by far however for all its positive merits, it lets itself down. Fans of 4X Space RTS games will enjoy Gemini Wars but it is not enough to convince the more hardcore of gamers to enjoy it due to its lack of speed and excitement. Here's hoping that going forward from this Iceberg Interactive will release more Space RTS games which will give the gamer exactly what they want.
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