Open Beta and F2P: First Impression of Battlestar Galactica Online

Battlestar Galactica Online

Let me start off by telling you the best two things about this in-browser game (yes it’s played in your browser). First the installation time. There is practically no installation. That’s good of course. Second, I enjoyed the music. It reminds me of Battlestar Galactica. If you’re a fan of Battlestar Galactica the TV series, you probably loved the music.

Battlestar Galactica Combat

Whether or not you consider my review valid or not is up to you. I only spent about three hours in the game. That’s all that I could stand.

Now onto the bad. There is no immersion and combat is awkward. You steer by holding down the right mouse button and pointing the cursor where you want to go. To fire on a target you have to have your weapons armed (selected) by pressing the number keys. After that there is no real interaction for auto-cannons. They fire when you’re in range and the target is in front of you. They don’t stop firing either. They just blast away, wasting ammunition.

If you know anything about Battlestar Galactica, resources are supposed to be a very precious commodity. I guess the developers of Battlestar Galactica Online forgot that minor detail.

Battlestar Galactica Online CIC

I’m trying not to be too negative about Battlestar Galactica Online but I’m having a hard time finding real positives. Oh here’s one: interface responsiveness.

Yea, that’s the best I can come up with. This is a huge pet peeve for me. If an interface is clunky, it will piss me off to no end and will ruin a game quicker than anything. The UI does respond quickly. Though at the same time the game still feels clunky. Go figure. It sort of has me feeling claustrophobic. Does that make sense?

The graphics aren’t bad in space. Inside they are mediocre. Some of the iconic characters do look recognizable.

Battlestar Galactica Online Hangar

There are a few tutorial assignments that provide basic information on combat and mining. Afterwards you get assignments from Admiral Adama and other characters. Then once you’ve done x number of assignments you can no longer get more from Adama until you gain more experience. Then you must do dailies. From there you’re on your own and there’s no real instruction except for the help menu. You’re just expected to know how to go about completing these daily assignments. To do them, you have to blindly explore space looking for ways to complete the assignments. For example: drone clearance, asteroid recon, resource extraction, disable weapon platforms, etc.

For an in-browser game it’s not bad. The music is nice. The sound in general is pleasant. It just didn’t pull me in and I really enjoyed the TV series. Though it is an open beta still and it’s free. If the combat didn’t suck so horribly it would be worth wasting fifteen minutes here and there in this game.

Play it: Battlestar Galactica Online

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