Gratuitous Space Battles!


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Posted 01 May 2009 - 10:38 AM

Gratuitous Space Battles is from indie dev Positech Games.

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It's a strategy/management/simulation game that does away with all the base building and delays and gets straight to the meat and potatoes of science-fiction games: The big space battles fought by huge spaceships with tons of laser beams and things going 'zap!', 'ka-boom!' and 'ka-pow!'. In GSB you put your ships together from modular components, arrange them into fleets, give your ships orders of engagement and then hope they emerge victorious from battle (or at least blow to bits in aesthetically pleasing ways).

Gratuitous Space Battles aims to bring the over-the-top explodiness back into space games. The game is for everyone who has watched big space armadas battle it out on TV and thought to themselves 'I could have done a much better job as admiral'. This is not a game of real-time arcade twitch reflexes. GSB is about what ships you design, and what you tell them to do. Your individual ship commanders have total autonomy during the chaotic battle that unfolds. This is not a tactical game, it is a strategic one. These gratuitous space battles are not won by plucky heroes with perfect teeth, but by the geeky starship builders who know exactly what ratio of plasma-cannons to engines each ship in the fleet will need.

YouTube video of gratuitous space battles.

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 11:23 AM

I like the odds for this one; it sounds as though they have the right ingredients: brainy design, sit back and watch execution... :)

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 11:30 AM

I thought it was a shmup when I saw those screens, think it's quite pretty for a strategy game.

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Posted 01 May 2009 - 05:12 PM

Nice! That's not as pretty as Weird Worlds, but it could be more fun.
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Posted 02 May 2009 - 10:22 AM

I'm not sure this game covers all I want out of a space strategy game. Perhaps a good niche game.

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Posted 02 May 2009 - 10:41 AM

Looking at Positech's pricing, it'll probably be fairly cheap, so may still be a worthwhile purchase even if the gameplay is limited.

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 01:21 AM

Looks like a winner to me! :)
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Posted 05 May 2009 - 06:46 AM

Ahem. So I take it you guys missed the very first GSB interview.
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Posted 05 May 2009 - 05:57 PM

That's a heinous lie, link says it's an interview!  :)

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 08:50 PM

Ah, yes... gratuitous cheap talk :)

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His answers speak well of things to come. No apparent hot air balloons in his space fare at least...

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 09:13 PM

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That's a heinous lie, link says it's an interview!
I have no idea what you're talking about. Clearly your eyes are faulty.
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Posted 05 May 2009 - 09:39 PM

View Postbaby arm, on 5th May 2009, 10:13pm, said:

I have no idea what you're talking about. Clearly your eyes are faulty.

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 02:29 PM

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