Battlestar Galactica Online Game Basics (4 out of 5)
In Battlestar Galactica Online, you can play for either the Colonials or the Cylons. Each player will start with a basic ship and take part in a brief tutorial. You can then customize your character with different looks and outfits and get ready for combat. Each side has a base and on the Colonial side, for example you’ll start at the Galactica. Your base is where you get new missions and collect your rewards for completing them. On the Galactica, you’ll find familiar characters from the television show and the same thing for the Cylon side. Each team fights for control of different sectors. When one side has a good control of the sector, a ship will fly in allowing the team with control to rearm and repair.
Game Missions (3 out of 5)
Battlestar Galactica Online features a number of basic missions you can tale from your home base. On the Galactica, you’ll talk to Lee Adama and Starbuck to get your missions. The game features missions that include recon of a sector, destroying drones, clearing enemy fighters and even mining asteroids for resources. As you complete mission you’ll get money to use for buying ammunition or other parts for your ship. As your character develops, you’ll be sent into harder sectors to complete your missions. The selection of missions right now is quite limited but this should change with time, as it can get repetitive.
Ships (4 out of 5)
In the game, you’ll have access to all sorts of different ships from a fighter right up to capital style ships. You’ll need to collect quite a bit of money before you can afford a new ship. Players start with a basic fighter and can work their way up from there. Each ship is fully customizable with different weapons, sensors, hulls, and other equipment via a hard point system. All ships require ammunition for their weapons, which is bought at your home base, or in a sector under your control.
Sectors (4 out of 5)
The heart of Battlestar Galactica Online is the control of sectors of space. Teams will battle it out for sector control and multiple sectors can change hands many times in a day. As you complete missions in a sector that sector slowly comes under your control and once it’s fully in your hands an outpost ship will fly in. You can then rearm and repair at the outpost ship. Enemy teams will try to destroy the outpost ship and bring the sector back into their control.
Game Graphics/Sound (5 out of 5)
While you won’t find the cutting edge MMO graphics with Battlestar Galactica Online the Unity plug-in does a very nice job with this game. The ships are all nicely modeled and the Galactica looks great. You’ll forget that this is actually a browser game and not a full MMO title. If you own an older computer, the game will still run so you won’t need a big game rig to play. The soundtrack plays much of the music from the television series as well as some hard rock tracks. Loading the game can be slow at times but overall it’s not too bad.
Game Interface (4 out of 5)
The game has an easy to follow interface. You can fly by moving your mouse and there are several different camera views. A slider is used to increase your engine speed and there’s a thrust button. Your weapons can be turned on and off and will fire automatically if not turned off when in range of an enemy or anything else you have targeted. Ships can jump between sectors by using the sector map. Use the game map to see the locations of ships and asteroids in the sector you’re in. At the top of the screen, you’ll find your assignments, ship details, and skills you have acquired in the game. The interface is simple and there’s not a lot of menus to confuse you with options.
Multiplayer (4 out of 5)
Multiplayer takes place as you battle for control of the sectors. Whenever you enter a sector, you risk the chance of being destroyed by another player so it’s risky going into enemy controlled sectors alone. Sectors under attack will scroll across your screen and you can decide if you want to join the battle alone or team up with other players in the game. Some missions will require you to take down a player in PvP combat for a reward.
Overall Game Play and Conclusion (4 out of 5)
For a browser game Battlestar Galactica Online looks amazing. The game makes full use of the unity plugin. While you won’t find the depth of a traditional MMO with Battlestar Galactica Online, the game is fun to play. More missions need to be added to the game and the base ships such as the Galactica hardly have anyone on board so they feel vacant when you’re on them. You’re limited to the places you can walk and interact on the ship. The interface is easy to use and ship control is a breeze with the mouse. Look for a detailed guide coming for this game soon.