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  Star Trek: Armada
A few years ago we had the privilege of playing one of the best Star Trek games ever made, Star Trek: Armada. Now, we get to play a sequel to that game. Star Trek: Armada II is not just only as good as the original, its better! I found the story line left something to be wanted, but maybe I'm just being to hard on it by comparing it to the original's storyline which I found fantastic. Anyways, the story line goes something like this: the Federation is going into the Delta Quadrant to eradicate the Borg threat once and for all, Species 8472 has found its way into normal space and is making some trouble, and the Klingons are in charge of keeping peace in the Alpha Quadrant. For the most part, this game is played the same way, but other than that, there are a lot of changes. Instead of four races to pick from, there are now six, including the Federation, Klingon, Romulan, Borg, Cardassian, and Species 8472. Each race has been given new ships, including the famous Galaxy class and Intrepid class ships for the Federation. There are also new weapons. One major change in the game is the resources. Of course you still have dilithium, but you also have two new resources, metal, which you extract from planets, and latinum, which you extract from nebulae. This game is also way more 3D. You can zoom right up into the action and see the fighting taking place. There are also two views which you can switch between, the traditional one which you can zoom in on which I previously mentioned, and a complete 3D view in which the grid disappears and you can rotate and zoom in, to see the fighting in a very awesome way. Another new feature in this game is warp. When you have a ship or ships selected, you can right-click anywhere on the mini map and your ships will warp to that spot. When in warp, your ships go quite a bit faster but they cannot fire and their shields are lowered. You can also colonize planets, as long as they're M class planets of course. System requirements on the heavy side slightly:
Pentium II 300 MHz or higher
Windows 95/98/2000/ME operating system
64 MB of RAM
Quad-speed CD-ROM (600 K/sec sustained transfer rate) and drivers
1.3 GB of uncompressed free hard drive space plus 100 MB for the Windows swap file
A 100% Windows 95/98/2000/ME-compatible computer system including:
DirectX 8.0a (included)
100% DirectX 8.0a-compliant true 16 bit sound card and drivers
100% DirectX 8.0a-compliant 8 MB video card and drivers with 3D accelerations
100% Windows 95/98/2000/ME-compatible mouse and drivers
100% Windows 95/98/2000/ME-compatible keyboard.
If you want to play multi-player you're going to need a Pentium II 450 MHz or higher processor with 128 MB of RAM and at least a 28.8 Kbps modem.
All in all, this game delivers awesome graphics, great sound, great game play, and an all around awesome game! I give this game 10 out of 10.

Review ID Number: 108
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Review Date: 2002-06-06
Reviewer: Nick Sardy
Rating: 10 out of 10
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