Like all MMORPGs, the game is best when played multiplayer. While you
can play solo, you can find yourself getting destroyed again and again
by enemy players who are working together as a team. Going for the big
resources requires you to use a mining ship, and you will need friends
to help fend off the opposing faction and defend your mining ship.
Also, in big fleet actions, you will want other players to be watching
your back, especially against the larger ships if you’re a
lighter class. However, other than fighting alongside other players,
you won’t have any other interaction with them.
There’s no trading in the game, and the bases are solo
While the game is free-to-play, there is a hidden cost. There are two
basic currencies in BSGO
cubits and tylium. Tylium is your basic in-game currency and also acts
as your ship fuel. Most ship systems (for light class) cost from 5,000
to 10,000 tylium and the costs are even higher for the heavier class
components. You can buy additional ships, and the costs range from
75,000 tylium to 2,000,000 tylium. You can gain tylium through salvage,
resource gathering, completing missions, or you can buy it with cubits
at the rate of .1 cubit per tylium.
This is as crowded as it's
ever going to get on a base.
Cubits are used to purchase equipment
and upgrades (you have to pay
tylium too), and a few special ships require cubits to purchase (60,000
for the medium and 175,000 for the heavy). You can gain cubits through
loot, by completing missions, and by spending real money. If you do
every single daily mission, you can gain 1400 cubits in a day. To
purchase enough tylium for a medium ship (600,000), you’ll
have to have 60,000 cubits.
You can also spend cubits for free xp. That’s
right…if you don’t want to wait and grind out
those levels, you can buy xp for cubits. You can also buy better types
of ammo and upgrade your current ship to a better version by spending
cubits. The basic cost for cubits is $2.99 for 5000 cubits, up to
$99.99 for 350,000 cubits.
As you can see, it will take you quite a while to save up for that
special ship. The bigger problem is that it makes an unfair playing
field. If somebody is willing to pay for it, they can go to town,
spending cubits on better ammo, higher upgrades to equipment, an
upgraded version of a starship, and so on. If you wanted to, you could
log into the game for the first time, buy a ton of cubits, and buy
yourself to level 20 and purchase the best starships with the best
equipment. You can even level up your skills faster by buying time
deductions for learning a skill.
While the game is free-to-play, unless you’re willing to
grind out the cubits by doing the daily missions, you will be at a
disadvantage against somebody who opens their wallet.
I don’t see a great deal of lasting appeal in BSGO
It’s something that I’ll come back from time to
time to play, but that’ll be just for the space combat.
Staying with the game for the long haul and developing a character
isn’t something I can see doing. While there are skills you
can pick up, it’s only for minute increases in ship
performance. Once I have my fix of starfighter dogfighting, I
won’t be sticking around long.
Firing on a Colonist ship
filled with whiny humans.
Pros and Cons
- Amazing Space Combat
- Great space graphics
- Cool combat soundtrack
- Past the initial dogfighting
rush, the game quickly becomes extremely grindy.
- No real PvE content.
- Not a level playing field in
that spending money can allow players to leapfrog up to the best ships
- No Auction House
is a great
starship combat game, and that is all it is. There’s a very
solid foundation for a better game here, and hopefully Bigpoint will
expand upon the game by adding PvE, more interaction between players,
and even some scenarios to add some variety to the mix. The resource
gathering mechanic is extremely tedious and dull. Plus, there is the
fact that while I’m flying around in my light raider, some
snot-nosed kid with daddy’s credit card can zoom in with his
heavy line ship bristling with weapons and ten times my armor and just
blow me away. It’s a fun space combat game that I can see
going back to from time to time to get some great fighting in, but then
leaving just as quickly after I get my fix.
- Game Name: Battlestar Galactica Online
- Review Date: March 11th, 2011