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Starlancer - PC

by Microsoft
Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / Me / 95
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews) 78 / 100

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  • ASIN: B00004R9AL
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.8 x 2 inches ; 12.8 ounces
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: April 10, 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,623 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Starlancer is a gripping space combat game that combines the intense action of first-person space combat with the drama and intrigue of a classic WWII air combat movie. With stunning 3-D graphics and over 25 spine-tingling missions, players are pulled into an epic battle for control of the solar system. Developed by the creators of the Wing Commander and Privateer series of games, Starlancer is sure to set the standard by which future space combat games are measured.

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Lethal spacecraft and weaponry!Product Information  StarLancer bines the action offirst-person space bat with the drama and intrigue of aclassic air bat movie. Countries from around the worldincluding the United States China Russia and Great Britain haveformed strategic alliances and now battle for control of EarthMars and other plas across the solar system. As part of anewly formed ragtag aviation unit the 45th Volunteers Squadronplayers must prove themselves and earn the respect of their peers.This dramatic story based on the dynamic history of the 20th century warfareincludes over 25 minutes of Holly-quality puter generated cinematics and 40custom posed music tracks.  Pilot 12 different fighters and dogfightwith enemy fighters that each have their own "artificial intelligence"profile for more realistic space bat.  Join the fight for thefuture.  Enlist.Product Features Stunning 3-D graphics and effects. StarLancer will provide a level of graphic details and effects not currently found in space bat games with particle effects dramatic source lighting and realistic ship destruction. More than 80 types of spacecraft are rendered in extraordinary 3-D detail throughout the game. Dynamic mission structure. StarLancer missions are designed to challenge players create a wide variety of gameplay and enhance the story lines. Players fly in over 25 gripping missions that range from escorting marine boarding ships to free POWs to leading an assault on space stations built right into an asteroid field. Immersive story line. StarLancer features a dramatic story based on the dynamic history of 20th century warfare. To enhance the story StarLancer includes over 25 minutes of Hollywood-quality full-motion puter-generated cinematics over 250 unique pilot animations and 36 custom-posed original music scores. Living

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply incredible! April 16, 2000
Anyone who ever played the Wing Commander games or any other space sim will enjoy this title for sure. Made by Warthog (the same company that made Privateer 2), and Digital Anvil (wich has a large number of Wing Commander vetrans) StarLancer will please even the most demanding gamers. I was lucky enough to get a beta copy of StarLancer, and I enjoyed playing through every mission in this game. The story is great, presented through CGI cutscenes, cockpit chatter, briefings/debriefings and news reports available between each mission. As a member of the newly formed 45th Volounters squadron you will have to prove yourself to the Western Alliance fleet. The Alliance is made up of Japan, Itally, France, Germany, Spain, USA, and UK. You're going to fight against the Eastern Coalition which is made up of China, Russia, and various Middle East countries. If you complete your mission objectives you'll get promoted and receive new ships and weapons, but be careful. If you screw up in some missions it's all over. The game begins with a Pearl Harbor-like attack on the Alliance, and the French and Italian fleets are nearly completly wiped out. The main point of the game is to defend the remaining Alliance fleets while they try to regroup. The game is set 160 years in the future, and takes place entirely in out own system.
The minimum requirements are prety low, especialy when compared to recent space sims like Freespace 2, but it looks better than any other space sim out there.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Starlancer May 4, 2000
When I first played Starlancer, I was VERY impressed. The graphics may be it's best feature, other than the fun missions. What I like about it is that you don't play the same kind of mission over and over again., they are pretty much different. Some aspects may be the same, but the setting always makes it different.
The gameplay is great! Downing your fist enemy will be historic to you, as you fly by you will see the debris (and mabye the pilot) of the fantastoc explotions. The missions are nice and long, so the game will last. If only there was an in-game save feature. The story ties the game together well with in-mission events. The sound is great too. Except for the constant "ARGGHHH!" and "NOOO" of the downed Russian fighters, everything is great.
The ships are cool, and I love how you can land during a mission. Multiplayer is the funnest I've played yet, and the game will run fine on a 56k modem. And if your stick on a mission, log on and find some guys to help you beat it-hence-co-operative gameplay. Deathmatch is better, though.
Starlancer is great, and for the guy who said Russians as bad guys were bad, the designers wanted a change from furry lions and wanted a more close to home conflict. BUY THIS GAME!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, still love it, still playing it! March 3, 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I fell in love with this game when it first came out years ago. And there aren't, or weren't, many Microsoft games I could easily say that about. Yeah... it's not the greatest space combat sim ever, but it's well worth the play and I have enjoyed it over and over again.

If you don't know much about the game, think Space: Above and Beyond. If you didn't watch that TV show from the mid-90's it's finally out on DVD so think about picking it up to watch it and you'll understand the allure of Starlancer to someone like myself.

I'm not a multiplayer kind of guy so I never used the multiplayer function. I preferred single player missions only.

I think the various fighters you get to pilot provide an excellent variety along with the plethora of different types of guns and missiles you can arm your fighter with. The only thing I would have loved was the option to trade out your fixed guns for different types of guns. That would have made an excellent game absolutely superb!

What more is there to say? If you are a fan of realistic space combat sims, then this game probably isn't for you. If you liked Space: Above and Beyond, you'll probably like this game too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all for its price December 29, 2002
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I was impressed by this game since I expected so little. FreeSpace2-like graphics (meaning good) and gameplay. Ships carry some momentum (instead of always flying where they point), you have side thrusters so that you can strafe, and instead of recharging afterburners, you have a set amount of fuel for the the extra speeed. There's a lot of dialogue during the action, which can be a little annoying. Same old bad physics as with all space "simulators" -- limited speed, moving faster gives you more manueverability, etc. But the game's fun as long as you're looking for simple, good-looking space combat. And by the way, this is a Chris Roberts game, meaning it's Wing Commander under a different name.
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57 of 79 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Freespace Lite April 29, 2000
My god, I can't believe what passes as a good game nowadays. Being an extreme fan of the Wing Commander series, as well as other space simulations like Descent Freespace, I was more then ecstatic when I first bought Starlancer. After playing the game for 5 hours, I was disappointed. 2 days later I was downright appalled.
Descent Freespace 2 raised the bar for what a space sim should be. Starlancer is nothing more then a colorized version of Wing Commander. Sure, there's alot of action, and the graphics are purty, but it could have been better - alot better. Actually they should have called it Freespace Lite - For Dumbies.
First of all, it's downright impossible. Even at the easiest setting, I barely managed to finish each level. Why? The enemies weren't' that hard to destroy. It had to do with the fact that your ship, no matter which ship you choose, couldn't carry anything worthwhile. In Descent Freespace 2 (DS2), the ships could carry dozens of missiles of various types. In Starlancer, you have 3-7 hardpoints which carry one missile each. Yep, one missile. Except for the screamers, which come in 20, but they have no lock-on capacity. Imagine trying to kill 10-20 ships each level with 4 missiles. And the worse part is you can't reload!
And then there's the fuel. Even though it's 2160, you're still using solid fuel, so if you tend to use the afterburner (which you need alot because everything is so far apart), you'll have to install fuel pods, which limits the missiles you can carry. So now you're left with 2 missiles, which makes the game even harder.
And then there's no logic behind it. At the beginning of mission 8, the enemy carrier is launching torpedoes at your carrier.
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2.0 out of 5 stars simulation style game with lots of keys to remember
The seller was Galactics. I paid 5 bucks. It worked fine on my PC running Windows XP Home SP3.

This is a space simulation game. The graphics are a bit dated. Read more
Published 17 months ago by God is a refuge for us (Psalms 62:8)
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game,
Requires a couple of tweaks to run on windows 8, and some of the alpha blending doesn't work anymore. However it's a great game and can still be played in fairly highres.
Published 18 months ago by Edward Doyle, na
4.0 out of 5 stars Starlancer Review usein Windows 7 Ultra 32 Bit
Following instructions it installed and runs,able to play on my Windows 7 Ultra 32 Bit system.My Computers Compatibility recomended to run the game in Windows XP service pack 2... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Thomas W Baird
5.0 out of 5 stars Underated
This game is so wonderful and so under-rated. The best space flight I've ever seen. The funniest thing about it: the controls are complicatedly simple and they are very... Read more
Published on December 8, 2010 by keeton52
4.0 out of 5 stars just an old fan
ive had starlancer for many years,i love it. i just wish freelancer was up to specs with it. i also wish there were more addons and/updates on another note starlancer will run on... Read more
Published on May 21, 2010 by davedave
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice piece
Predecesor to freelancer which is better than this game. This game is very challenging. Lots of in game cinema which gives you some time to catch your breath. Well worth buying. Read more
Published on December 21, 2006 by M. A. Goins
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly decent game
Overall, the game is good but it does lack in many ways due to it's script. Much of the storyline is scripted so during a combat dogfight, an enemy charcter cannot, repeat, cannot... Read more
Published on November 9, 2006 by William Combs
5.0 out of 5 stars my review
Very realistic game with great graphics! In other reviews, people have said that you can't carry very many missiles. Well, that's true. Read more
Published on August 6, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars When considering the amount I piad for it..
This game really wasn't all that bad. From the last it seems easy and short but as you get into it you find out that beating the game is a lot more difficult than you tought at... Read more
Published on March 19, 2004 by General Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars This Game Kicks Some Serious ... !
This game rocks! It has the BEST graphics I have ever seen! It has 25 missions too, with A LOT of ships to battle with. You can even battle online vs. other people!!
Published on June 9, 2002
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