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Starlancer

Platform : Sega Dreamcast
Rated: Teen
15 customer reviews
Metascore: 79 / 100
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Starlancer takes the gamer on an electrifying journey through the cosmos. The universe as we know it has changed and is now dominated by the Eastern Coalition and the Western Alliance. After a surprise attack by the Eastern Coalition that leads to carnage, it is the gamer's duty to uphold the Western Alliance's defense as part of the 45th Volunteers squadron.

Starlancer gamers are quickly introduced to the excitement of cosmic dogfights. The 3-D graphics are slightly hard on the eye at first, but once gamers inure themselves to this, the graphics become a fitting background to the combat. Gamers are given a number of missions that range from escorting marine boarding ships to freeing POWs.

The main thrust of the game, however, is destruction. A stunning array of laser weapons will satisfy even the most trigger-happy gamers. This is shoot-'em-up in its purest form and great fun. --Paul Munford -- Amazon.co.uk


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  • ASIN: B00004UFM2
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,283 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By travis on December 11, 2000
When I first heard that Starlancer was being ported to the Dreamcast I didn't think it could work. The game has the perfect style for a console game and the Dreamcast is more than capable of handling the visuals of the game but I suspected that the control scheme would be condensed far too much for the game to be enjoyable. After all, the controls were one of the major strengths of the original PC version. It turns out that my fears were totally unfounded. Crave and Warthog have found a perfect way to adapt the complicated keyboard/joystick interface to the Dreamcast controller. But before we get the control issue, perhaps I ought to say a little about the game in general. Starlancer is a space action game originally developed by the Roberts brothers at Digital Anvil. You old-timers will remember them as the team behind Wing Commander, one of the most respected games in the genre. Starlancer puts you in the role of a pilot in the 45th Volunteers right in the middle of a 22nd century Cold War. As you progress through each of the game's missions, you'll get access to better ships and better weapons. On the whole, you'll have too much responsibility in the missions and soon you'll begin to wonder what the ... your wingmen are doing throughout the fights. The missions are fairly linear with a few surprises hidden in each one. Each begins with a short animated briefing and a trip to the loadout computer. Once you've been briefed and selected your ship, the mission begins. From here, it's unlikely that the mission will unfold according to the briefing you got at the start. Most of the missions diverge from the plan right at the start and you'll be forced to improvise. Luckily there are plenty of in-game cues that steer you in the right direction.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By chris on January 1, 2002
I rented this game once and was really let down at first. I thought that I had rented a multiplier flying game. But once I started to play I realized this was the best flying game I'd ever played, and I still think it is the best. It gives control over targets, weaponry, and other ships like never before. Rogue Leader for game cube was supposed to be the ultimate in control, but Starlancer really gives you the feeling of really being in the action. This game is a must buy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Boyd on February 24, 2004
I've been getting bored of RPG games lately, and remembered that a long time ago, I enjoyed playing a game called Wing Commander. I began asking around for a game like that, and Star Lancer was recommended to me a few times. I bought it (used) recently, fired up the old Dreamcast system, and played it for hours. While I haven't finished the game, I'm enjoying it a lot so far.
The game puts you as an amateur/volunteer pilot in space, helping the Alliance (I think) fight back against an uprising. Your side had almost brokered a peace settlement before the bad guys started blowing up everything. It is a bit odd to see the game take a very Western versus Eastern point-of-view in light of 9/11, but this came out before 9/11 so it's just odd coincidence. The alliance includes France, Italy, the USA, and a few others.
My first time in the game, I immediately began looking for the training module or flight simulator game (like in Wing Commander) to learn about how to fly. The closest this game offers is something called "immediate" play (or maybe "instant" play, something like that). This gives you a few minutes of flight time, but it's cold turkey, with no training, no voiceover hints, or even a "lull" to just fly around and test things out. Instead, it's immediate dog fighting. I found this to be the only annoying part of the game -- trial by fire -- and so I dropped one star from my rating.
However, once I learned the controls and understood the HUD, I really grew to love the game. You are part of the 45th, a squad/team of fighter pilots, and there is a lot of good chatter as you fly -- the characters act/react normally, compliment/criticize your flying, fly in for assistance if asked, and so on. Although they do leave a lot to you, which is fine.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ian on July 11, 2001
this is one of the best adventure games ive payed in a while. It just about matches up with Shenmue. This game has great gameplay. i didnt see any glitches what-so-ever in this game i give it five stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "roach441" on March 9, 2001
(...)just play the game for 5 minutes. It is one of the greatest games built for d/c.Its graphic are amazing, the missons are realistic,exciting,and adventurous,also the game talks to you with hundreds of different phrases according to how you did in completing your missons tasks because they all have many different tasks they also get mad when you dont do the specific tak correctly.Another thing is the missons have you destroying flagships to protecting your own and some hit and runs.It is safe to say the missons are full of suprises.And the multiplayer online is awesome to. You could say I am crazy about the game but its awesome.Just give it a try. I recomend it to ALL people who like shooting games.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JP-F on December 27, 2010
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This is an old favorite. The graphics and controls are incredible, and despite my previous experience, this remains a challenging game. Still plenty fun (and difficult) after all these years--taking down carriers was never so entertaining.
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