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Battlestar Galactica Online Review

By Andrew Burgon / phoenix@projectfellowship.com
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April 28, 2014

* This is part of the Fantastic Journey MMO series. It’s a fictional story of a neural gaming player writing about his experience of an MMO. If you just want an ordinary review ignore the maroon text.

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In-game Screenshot

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Journal Entry: April 27, 2014
Battlestar Galactica Online
Neural Gaming Testing Grounds,
SAN CHON, SOUTH KOREA

In Battlestar Galactica online the struggle continues between cylons and humans. As fate would have it the Colonial and Cylon fleets find themselves stranded in an unexplored area of space due to an FTL overload affecting both fleets. Both sides must feverishly repair, rearm and mine the needed resources to do so. The Colonial fleet desperately looking for a means to escape. The cylons relentlessly pursuing the annihilation of humanity. Which side will you choose?

I was looking forward to this immersive foray into the Battlestar Galactica universe. The story behind it is one of the great sci-fi stories of our generation. The story of how sentient robots called cylons evolved and rebelled against their creators. Vanishing for 40 years they suddenly return and lay waste to the Twelve Colonies.

The ageing Battlestar Galactica leads a ragtag fleet of overcrowded civilian ships to find Earth. The legendary home of the Thirteenth tribe of humankind.

The Game

Battlestar Galactica Online is a free to play browser MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game.) You can choose to be a cylon or human taking part in intense space combats. There are a succession of great looking ships to upgrade to with a wide range of upgrades and customization options. While the game is free to play there is the option through micro-payments to get more cubits (monetary currency) so you can progress faster or purchase the things you want.

The game focuses on space combat and resource gathering. There are no epic quests, intriguing characters, intricate story lines, grand exploration  or discovering new alien civilizations. Nada. This does make the game seem a little bland but I found myself hooked never-the-less.

This was to be my first neural gaming venture into a massive multiplayer online game and I was stoked. It was off to a grand start when they handed me an authentic Battlestar Galactica pilot uniform. Even the helmet that housed the mind machine interface device looked authentic. I put it on when they requested and they loaded the game.

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After customizing my character I found myself on the command deck of the Battlestar Galactica looking at the familiar faces of Admiral Adama, Starbuck, Apollo and the chief from the TV series. Though they have their roles they are voiceless characters that come across as little more than animated digital mannequins with a very limited range of movement. They strangely reminded me in a surreal way of the Sims and Nintendo’s Zelda.

In-game Screenshot: The Chief

In-game Screenshot: The Chief

The Chief’s role is to assign a maintenance crew to help restore your ship, grant you access to the store so you can upgrade and customize your ship and answer certain questions. What is curious though is he can be bypassed altogether by using the buttons on the top left hand side of the screen making him little more than flavor fluff in the game.

In this game you converse with these characters through multiple choice text only. Clearly it’s not a character driven story but that’s okay (though slightly disappointing.) This game is all about space combat (resource collecting comes part-and-parcel)  and I found myself being more than content with what it has on offer.

It should be pointed out that on board ships like the Galactica it’s a non-MMO single player part of the game which allows you to get your ship ready for space combat and receive your missions.

Bells & Whistles

Battlestar Galactica has more than enough depth thanks to it’s bells and whistles to keep you absorbed for a long, long, looong time to come. For a starters there’s the never ending stream of assignments and the eternal vigil of repairing, upgrading and customizing your ship. There’s also the pilot’s suite of controls which include learning new skills, Dr. Baltar’s laboratory where you turn in things collected in the game for some cool stuff and the communications channel where you can send messages to the fleet or to individuals. Battlespace is a good place for new players to hone their fighting skills. The DRADIS lets you take control of the powerful weapons of the Battlestar Galactica to destroy threats to the fleet and rewards you when you’re successful.

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