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Known for keeping their identities secret, the mythic Orion Pirates are a deadly cartel of privateers and criminals controlling "territories" of Federation space. Starfleet Command II Expansion--Orion Pirates features an improved user interface and crew voices, 12 new single-player campaigns, and 12 new multiplayer missions. Additionally, there are 26 Star Trek skirmishes andthree bonus missions based on the "A Piece of the Action" TV episode.
This standalone product does not require Star Trek: Starfleet Command Volume II--Empires at War to play.
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However, if you are looking for a flight sim this will not be for you as the "feel" models more on old ships-of-the-line that fired then spent some time maneuvering for the next shot. (Things are not quite that simple since there are things such as transporter bombs & drones requiring a decision on whether to fire everything or not.)
For those coming from a Starfleet Battles boardgame background, there will be some things to get used to, (probably the most important being it's RTS) but otherwise it's very faithful.
Those coming from a purely Trekker background should be the type to make allowances: This game is based off an alternate-universe Star Trek without license from Paramount for the majority (all?) of the old-series ST movies, so there's lots of creative licensing with things such as races, background, and ship systems.
The support for this game is still very active and some surfing on the net will bring up everything from alternate weapon bitmaps to models of hundreds (thousands) of ships from various sources and TV/movies series. Playing lots of such custom monster behemoths with large, detailed bitmaps and drones and fighters can quickly demand a faster machine. For example, my current 3ghz Celeron will stutter a second of two when a Death Star goes up in flames. (It should be noted that playing the game as-is will not stutter any but a serious ancient machine.) Get the update! Bugs are not fun.
This game gets four stars because the same-ol' monsters and "unknown aliens" that show up in the single-player campaign get seriously old. Otherwise, this is an incredible game.
Addenda: This game is one of the most solid with Wine (0.Read more ›
If you have played the others, Orion Pirates is very similar to the other Starfleet Command games. It expands on the races and adds some more ships to the mix.
Well - it did come out when XP was released. I'm sure it will work in WIN 7 and 8 in compatibility mode.
Gameplay = 8/10
Graphics = 6/10
Sound = 8/10
Value = 7/10
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Game is a blast and plays well. Graphics are dated but the campaign map and the ability to play numerous races or one of the many pirate cartels can be addictive if you like... Read morePublished on March 14, 2013 by H. Garry Stromdahl
I enjoy this game, even though I do not play as often as I would like. This purchase was to replace a missing game (same game) after a move. Read morePublished on October 22, 2010 by Michael E. Stiles
Overall, this game was a meduim on the scale. One big plus is that it doesn't require the original Star Trek: Startfleet Command II to run. Read morePublished on November 24, 2005 by Thundermouse
A great game with more features than I was expecting. You don't have to play the pirates, you can join any other original empires in the game. There are dozens (hundreds? Read morePublished on July 23, 2005 by Marc A. Solursh