The game starts of with a nice, and fairly long, cut scene in which we are introduced to the main protagonist of this story, Kayron Jarvis. His father used to be a star pilot known throughout the galaxy but he tragically died in an accident. Upon his death, Kayron’s father left him a gift with one of his closest friends. The gift was a new spaceship called DarkStar One; A magnificent ship with alien technology to make its upgrade capabilities limitless. Receiving this ship spurs Kayron to finally go out and look for clues to his fathers death.
When the cut scene ends you are placed in the space station (you are technically in it but you can only see it in the background) and are suggested to start doing the tutorial missions which will also start you on the storyline. From the station you can also do a variety of other things such as: check your mission log, acquire new missions, become an escort for someone else’s cargo, buy or sell cargo, upgrade the DarkStar One, check out the star map, check out the scenery from one of the station’s many viewports or take off into space.
The combat is easy to get used to, especially to someone not used to space simulators. When you have an enemy in sight, once you get close enough a crosshair will appear in front of their ship which indicates the best place to aim for to hit them; It even moves itself to this crosshair if you are aiming near enough to it. What could be simpler. At first you only have the machine turret which will pump out rounds that do minimal damage. Later on you can upgrade this and even add new weapons from the different races technology; from missiles to laser cannons, anything to make a bigger explosion.
You will not be stuck for places to explore in this game with a whopping 23 sectors to explore containing 331 systems. A varying number of these sectors each belong to one of the game’s seven races: Terrans, Mortok, Raptor, Oc’to, Arrack, and Thul. Do not worry about getting around though, once you have been to the planets station you can acquire a key for the jump gate near it. This allows for you to utilise the hyperspace engine attached to your ship and get around much easier.
Great, fun, simplistic battle system with elements of an RPG when it comes to upgrading your ship.
Stunning scenery that makes you want to explore every inch of the universe.
Realistic sounds that matched the action well but the sound did not sync when people were speaking to you via the intercom.
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