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Game News Classic space RPG Planet's Edge released on GOG

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  1. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    Tags: New World Computing; Planet's Edge; Ziggurat Interactive

    One of the major players in the classic game rerelease business these days is a company by the name of Ziggurat Interactive, who emerged on the scene about a year ago after picking up some licenses from competitor Retroism (including the one for Darklands). It seems their latest acquisition is the New World Computing catalog (excluding Might & Magic which belongs to Ubisoft of course). One of three legacy NWC titles released on GOG yesterday is 1991's Planet's Edge: The Point of no Return, a space RPG I probably would not have known about if Neal Hallford of Betrayal at Krondor fame hadn't mentioned working on it in interviews. It's an interesting-looking game that appears to combine aspects of Starflight and Star Control with top-down exploration and turn-based combat reminiscent of Ultima VI. Ziggurat have put together a nice trailer for this release which I'll post along with its description:



    When the alien craft entered Earth’s solar system, the human race was alive with excitement. However, when it was accidentally fired upon, the consequences were dire. In a burst of electromagnetic energy, the entire planet Earth disappeared, leaving its gravity well and the moon behind.

    In this open world, sci-fi role-playing game, you are part of the Moonbase team on a desperate mission to bring Earth back. You must assemble and equip your crew, customize your ship and set out in search of unique parts to create the Centauri Drive, a device your team hopes will reverse the electromagnetic phenomenon that swallowed Earth.

    Travel between dozens of stars, harvest resources to repair and upgrade your equipment, meet and negotiate with friendly (and hostile) aliens, and do whatever it takes to stay alive and bring Earth back.

    Planet’s Edge features:
    • An open-ended story driven by the player
    • Dynamic, real-time spaceship combat
    • Mining, trading and puzzle solving
    • Turn-based ground combat
    • Customize and upgrade your ship for any situation
    • Select your crew (or clone a new one) and equip them for success
    Planet's Edge is available on GOG for $8, with a 25% launch discount until next week.
     
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  2. CyberWhale Arcane

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    Looks cool, anyone played it?
     
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  3. samuraigaiden Savant

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    If anyone's interested, this is the segment of the Matt Chat interview where Neal Halford talks about Planet's Edge.

     
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  4. KeighnMcDeath RPG Codex Boomer

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    I need to youtube the combat. I get pirates of realmspace vibes (which was buggy).

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    ok, it looks a lot like Starflight + WOTES + U6.

    I was hoping ship to ship combat was a little different. I wasn't a huge fan of real time combat in starflight. It works but TB would have been cooler imho.

    I keep wondering if abandonware titles keep on getting absorbed by steam/gog.

    Hit those hard to fuck around with win 95/98s and 3.1 titles. I hate fucking around on dosbox or other methods on new hardware (as much a as i do attempt to these days).

    [​IMG]
    Getting vibes from first Star Trek movie.
     
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    Okay, New World Computing, really cool looking space RPG, looks like Starflight meets Ultima 6 ... so why have I never heard about this? (Very often, the explanation is simply because its kinda 'meh')
     
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  6. KeighnMcDeath RPG Codex Boomer

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    I'll have to check out mocaghs NWC catalogs. Surely it was in one ir a magazine ad.
     
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  7. Plane Escapee Your friend Patron

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    That is one damn beautiful game.
    If any of you pick it up or have already played it, please share your impressions. Really want to know if this is even remotely as good as it looks. Seems too good to be true.
     
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  8. MF The Boar Studio Patron Developer

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    Played this years ago. It's really cool, but I doubt all of it aged well. In case they never fixed the bug: Press 'o' to orbit a planet. The orbit button doesn't work.
     
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  9. Trojan_generic Magister

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    They add mouse control and smoothen the fonts? Somehow I am not entirely impressed.
    BUT, on the other hand, the original (haven't played yet) probably would anyway be better than whatever inane shit they would put in.
     
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  10. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    Is the crew member with the red uniform seen in the trailer supposed to be Jon Van Caneghem?
     
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    I played it years ago and it's pretty good. Not 10/10 material, but good.

    It's the only game out there that feels like a proper Star Trek style RPG. Each main quest planet you visit feels like beaming down into a Star Trek episode.
     
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    Its crap directly as a RPG, since you have four pre-generated characters and the only way you can change their stats is by cloning them. Its got a lot of strategy elements that bog things down for a while. Beyond that its just okay, real-time awkward space combat with Ultima 6 ground combat. Its not really worth it if you're not desperate for a Star Trek sci-fi RPG. Some of the actual Star Trek games are better for that, even if they aren't real RPGs either.
     
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    The pathfinding of your party members is so dire in this game, it makes the on foot sections utterly infuriating.

    Oh look a giant pool of toxic waste, i'll just carefully walk around it while my party all run into the middle of it and die. Wheeeee!
     
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  14. grimace Erudite

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    My notes:

    Adopting a book publisher model
    they didn't want to just make role playing games

    9:00 The artists at the time were all girls

    10:30 Planet's Edge

    Mark Caldwell wasn't overly involved and doesn't remember how it came about.
    New programmer named Eric worked on it.
    First game of NWC with 3D aspects.
     
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  15. Gyor Learned

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    From the trailer the game play really reminds of of Subverse, although clearly Subverse is far, far more advanced on graphics and tech. Like being able to upgrade the ship/fighter, the mix of Shoot'm with Tactical RPG elements, flying between star systems, ect...

    The other game it reminds me of is Spelljammer: Pirates of Realmspace a crossover Spelljammer FR game.
     
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    Never heard of this. But I like space games so .. is it this game with the strategic lense flare use? Are you certain this is about space exploration?

    NSFW lens flares (open)

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    Damn, it looks like tibia, but cipsoft decided to launch it into the fucking space.
     
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  18. KeighnMcDeath RPG Codex Boomer

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    Why the lensflare? I mean, its sex ok. Kind of hard to obscure it. So, for those inclined, patch it I guess.
     
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    I think it was part of the promotional material, as far as I know there won't be any lensflare in the finished product
     
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  20. KeighnMcDeath RPG Codex Boomer

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    Or there will be so much it blinds us irl. And you'll get werewolf hands and worse.

    [​IMG]
     
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  22. mondblut Arcane

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    That requires more competence than repackaging a crack from a warez group, so you shouldn't expect GOG to buy these off Shlomo, Rabinovich, Goldstein & Sons IP-in-Bulk, LLC.
     
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    It also doesn't have character progression, to my knowledge. I played some of it in the 90s, and meh it was.

    Also, arcade space combat is horrible shit.
     
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  24. KeighnMcDeath RPG Codex Boomer

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    So better practice my Asteroid/defender gaming skills (though i think starflight is a closer fit)
     
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  25. Fowyr Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Dunno, it is somewhat obscure, but not really obscure. Sci-fi was less popular than fantasy, so you tend to remember them all. Planet's Edge, Hard Nova, Xenomorph, Spacewrecked and Captive...
     
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