Star Control Origins releases with multiplayer fun

    
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The latest in the beloved Star Control series is finally live with today’s release of Star Control Origins. Stardock’s alternate universe reboot (yes, it’s confusing) aims to capture the goofy humor, bizarre aliens, and freeform space exploration of the 1990s PC games.

“Take command of Earth’s first and only interstellar starship in this exciting open universe space-adventure RPG!” said Stardock. “Your mission? To save Earth… at all costs and by any means necessary. ”

What’s of particular interest is that SCO features online and local multiplayer, as well as the option to create, share, and download missions with other players. The game is $40 and can be purchased on either Steam or GOG, depending on your preference.

Update: When we ran this piece, we didn’t realize what shenanigans Stardock was up to behind the scenes in terms of the legality of this game. Stardock and its CEO stand accused of effectively ripping off the Star Control IP from its original creators. You can read more and help the original creators in their legal fight right here. Thanks to our commenters for pointing this out!
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Oleg Chebeneev

I wanted to love it because its similar to Space Rangers and I wanted a new game like SR for a long time, but it is nowhere as good sadly. And planetary exploration part is just boring.
Dunno. Maybe I played too little and game picks up after some time.

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IronSalamander8 .

I had pre-ordered this prior to the legal kerfuffle where I strongly back Toys for Bob’s claim on the IP and even donated to their Gofundme campaign. Stardock isn’t a publisher I really like but it’s been far too long since we had an SC game so I’m biting the bullet and didn’t cancel my pre-order.

It plays much like SC2 which is high praise indeed but the plotline seems too similar to SC2, just changing the names but I’m only 3 hours in so that may change or may be more heavily reflected as I delve deeper into it. One would have though a new plot would have been a better idea but it so far rings much like the prior game (we don’t talk about SC3 around these parts).

The humor is very good so far, the space combat is very much like SC2’s barring the maps don’t wrap around, and it’s one reason I still have a controller on my PC. The planets are very small but considering the lander portion of the game isn’t the focus had they made them larger the complaints about it would be louder. It was never my favorite part of SC2 but it doesn’t bother me either really.

A thumb’s up so far but if you are already anti-Stardock, which I fully understand, you may want to give it a pass and see what Ghost of Precursors is going to be like; I full intend on picking that one up ASAP once Reiche and Ford announce more concrete plans and this damned lawsuit resolves.

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Hirku

Sorry, but I’m required to automatically hate anything with “Origins” or “Legends” in the title. And I’d rather just play Ur-Quan Masters anyway.

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IronSalamander8 .

Love me some Ur-Quan Masters! Just played it through again a couple months ago, the game still holds up today so well.

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packagegrope

this looks and plays like a phone game.

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silverlock

I look forward to once again seeing our Spathi overlords.

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McGuffn

Not in this game you won’t.

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IronSalamander8 .

I wish! They can’t use the prior races (barring humans at least) due to all the legal problems, we have to wait for Ghost of the Precursors for that.

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silverlock

Nooooooo……… Well that’s it then this game is dead to me.

It’s like being invited to a class reunion only to find out none of your old friends will be their.

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Dug From The Earth

Im hearing that the stuff you do on planets (resource gathering, and even the combat) is just a complete bore. If you thought the planet content in mass effect 1 was dull, its that x 5.

It wouldnt be that big of a deal if it didnt make up at least half of the gameplay.

Ill be waiting for this game to hit the 10 dollar bin.

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IronSalamander8 .

It’s very similar to SC2’s but it is both better and worse here. Better in that it’s prettier, worse in that it can be a pain to find lifeforms and even minerals at times, which makes it take longer. In SC2 you could see the entire planet in the viewer at all times, in Origins the planets are round and harder to navigate at times. The landing system seems unneeded as well.

I’ve never played any ME games although I understand SC2 was a strong influence to the ME series, so can’t compare it but the ground combat and resource gathering is certainly not the best part of the game.

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Gen'Challa ?

I used to love Stardock – giving players their turn-based strategy fix used to be their area of expertise. I was one of the people who pre-ordered Elemental sight-unseen (and got Fallen Enchantress for free because of it).

But… but. Their CEO is such a complete tool that I have taken the (for me) unprecedented step of basically boycotting them. I’ve uninstalled all of my (legal, paid-for) Stardock games and I’ve stopped purchasing anything produced or distributed by them.

It’s a shame that someone as toxic as Brad Wardell is in charge of a game company with such potential.

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Stormwaltz

Ditto.

And as this game is released, he’s suing the original creators of Star Control…

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NyteWytch

Same. As he was a huge gamergate rabble rouser, all Stardock is on my no buy list.

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Hirku

Man, I just spent 40 minutes watching Leonard French’s breakdown of the lawsuits and my head hurts real bad. I’m inclined to side with Reiche and Ford based on what I saw, but it’s still a crazy mess.

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Bree Royce

Man I had no idea about any of this and what he is apparently doing to the original creators when we ran this. Thanks for the heads-up.

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IronSalamander8 .

It’s bad Bree. I really am upset with Stardock, I probably should have cancelled my pre-order as I love Reiche and Ford as SC2 is one of the best games ever made, but I am enjoying it despite all this. Part of why I gave them even more to their legal fund than I had originally planned.

Originally this all sounded amiable but it suddenly exploded awhile ago into this mess. It needs to be settled damnit. The new official sequel to SC2 by the original creators must be made!

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xpsync

Oh yea completely forgot this was out today, was looking forward to grabbing it, too into Warframe. I’ll buy it eventually.

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Alex Willis

Warframe I also Warframe am looking forward to Warframe sale something something Star Control Warframe

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xpsync

This is really tough for me to answer as i essentially stopped playing around MR4, i’m now MR12 all within the last couple months upon my return.

Played it when it first came out, was interesting but was not much more than a loot shooter at that time. Picked it up again on the xbox sometime later, again walked away and how anyone can play this on a console is beyond me when you have a pc option which is a trillion times superior. (to me anyway)

Forgetting what email i used and thinking fresh start might be better, started over again in late 2014. Played for a few months and again left at MR4. Probably popped in and out, it’s fun to just go blast hoards of mobs once and awhile.

So been in your situation more than once. I think setting goals for yourself is essential, it was for me, and then it just clicked as i got better at it as well.

Complete “most” of the planets is a good start, that’s all easy as well, compared to content you’ll encounter later on. Set a goal to do all the quests. Try out new frames, but for me i have a main frame i forma, build a few other frames which are good at other things like farming, but for me, i’m a one frame kinda guy i guess.

Many weeknights i load up a new frame, new weps, for MR xp, run alerts and crack some low end relics most of the night to gain some Prime parts to sell for Ducets when the void trader Baro Ki’Teer arrives and always, always, always do the nitrate runs. You’ll thank me much later on :)

As you play there is always something you’ll be learning along the way, you’ll start to really care about those mods, your weapons, and research it all, relics, you’ll want to build your reputation up with the syndicates, the quill… i know i’m missing a ton of stuff i can’t remember atm…

but at the minimum, at least finish the quest “The war within” that right there is where i clicked hard with the game. I wasn’t going online getting spoilers on it so it may or may not have the MIND = BLOWN feeling of it all afterward i had. I had no idea what was about to go down. Then i finished The Sacrifice – O.M.F.G!!! WOW!!! Start to decorate your house, eerrrr i mean your Orbiter a little here and there, make it your home.

So does it get more interesting later on, Hell Yes!!! Farming Axi relics swarmed by mass amounts of mobs and just see how long all 4 of you can go, getting my pyrana prime to go super hyper mode after a dropping a Molecular Prime, literally get my Soma to stutter and choke on hordes of mobs, and keep this all going for as many rounds as possible, energy drops start to become scarce, no other feeling like it in gaming.

and there is still so much more i haven’t even touched yet!!!