8th best game of 2019: Rebel Galaxy Outlaw

Is there anything about Outlaw to change the mind of someone who doesn’t like the first Rebel Galaxy? Or is it just more of a refinement?

That was a great point Tom about turning in old dog fighting games. Made me smile.

It’s totally different @robc04

First one was a larger ships game. This is the second coming of Wing Command Privateer.

Valerian: City of a Thousand Planets (yeah, I went there, too).

I am on board with this.

Say what you will about the film as a narrative, the leads as actors, or the overall quality.

It was an immense visual and auditory treat all through. A triumph of imagination with an opening as good as anything sci fi since the original Star Destroyer rumbled overhead giving you that ‘oh shit’ feeling of scale.

This is my game of the year, unless I’m forgetting something (I may well be). I have had, and continue to have, a great time with this.

It’s totally my game of the year as well.

And it’s even coming to consoles soon! I like to think that’s happening because I hounded Travis about it in the game thread.

I guess I wrote Outlaw off too early!

And me. I tried playing Freespace 2 with a joystick a while back and I couldn’t even pass the tutorial. Just completely could not grok how it was supposed to work. The joystick has gathered dust ever since.

(Okay, so I also haven’t been playing them with a gamepad. or at all, really. But still!)

This makes my heart weep.

I thought I-War was brilliant, and the sequel too. The combat was great once you learned how to circle-strafe with your lateral thrusters. I still have my original boxed copy with the huge manual (remember those?!).

Also, I-War had autopilots, including a kind of pursuit mode.

Is the Valerian movie a hot mess? Maybe. Is it my idea of a great time at the movies? Absolutely.

“Rebel Galaxy Outlaw is also [a] smooth smooth smooth game”
“it[’]s currently using to bait its whales”


So again, I actually think the space battle stuff holds up nicely. I don’t mind the sprites for the ships, and space is mostly just black stuff, which is not hard to render. The interiors of the ships in Wing Commander games have always been great.

The part that doesn’t hold up is the long slog of endless similar fights. There’s just not enough game going on. Had it actually simulated faction activity, like Pirates!, it would have been more interesting. Instead is just proc-gens enemies per mission.

So I hope everyone realizes that autofollow is basically just an aid for controllers – like aim assist, but for space games. Joysticks are built to have a large dynamic range of movement – from large banks to minor adjustments. When you put tiny joysticks on a controller, that dynamic range is lost, or at least becomes very difficult to use consistently. Autofollow reduces the range of output needed by the input device to an amount that those tiny joysticks can handle without causing frustration.

I sort of liked the first one, in a way. Playing as a corvette/frigate was unique at the time. The story was pretty decent for a space sim. The missions could be tense and well designed. The lack of checkpoints and scripted waiting every time you tried again can go FUCK themselves though. That part was turned up to 11 in the expansion and I quickly uninstalled it.

I-War 2 fell flat on its face for me. It tried to be Privateer, but instead of money, it forced you to buy stuff using bartering of very specific pieces of loot from a giant pool of hundreds. It was essentially crafting, and you were constantly stuck from upgrading because you were missing ONE component out of a dozen and you just had to hope that component dropped somewhere. And as far as loot went, I remember attacking freighters and it all came down to waiting at a jump gate until the AI pathfinding had 2 freighters crash into each other and explode, and you could just scoop up the loot without triggering hostilities.

Epic Store exclusive :(

It doesn’t use any Epic Game launcher/store DRM.

Save the Epic store kvetching for the other thread.

Yeah, except circlefests always sucked, we just didn’t notice at the time. It’s not like I enjoyed cursor chasing with a joystick any more than I enjoy it with a controller. If it can’t be removed from the design entirely (which I’d prefer) I approve of any attempt to at least make it less irritating.

I quite enjoyed the first one because of this, and because of the music. Actually played it all the way through. It’s unfortunate that this one went in such a different direction, and on a platform I’m not interested in doing business with to boot.

Please don’t gamesplain to us.

I’ll post about the Epic store in whatever thread I please, Tim Sweeney!

Preach, brother.