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  Starship Troopers

Words from the company:
"Come on you apes - who wants to live forever?”
At the start of the game, the war is not going well… the bugs are rampaging across Hesperus - a planet perilously close to Earth. Colonized by man, Hesperus was once a haven of earthly tranquility. Now, it is a terrifying battleground where the weaknesses of an implacable foe must be discovered and exploited.
Play as an Elite Marauder
Are you ready to join the 'Marauders' - the elite 'Special Forces' of the Mobile Infantry? Can you spearhead the assault against thousands of intelligent enemy bugs? Can you retake planet Hesperus, a Colonized Human mining planet, to save the federation, crush the bug threat and capture the Brain Bug.
Defend your compound against over 300 enemies coming at you simultaneously each with their own AI, using a variety specialist weapons, in these epic battles all made possible by the unique SWARM game engine. It's not been possible before now to put this number of enemies against you all at once. 
 Huge Cinematic Battles
"Bugs sir - millions of them!" "How many millions trooper?"
You'll be fighting against hundreds of enemies at once - just as in the movie you will have to overcome wave upon wave of bugs.
From start to finish it features a mix of huge real-time battles on an epic scale and solo 'infiltration' type missions.
There are varied Combat Environments - Indoor and outdoor levels, including the wide-open battlefields, a secret laboratory, claustrophobic bug nests, abandoned mines and lonely outposts.
Weapons of Mass Destruction
The Marauders are armed with lots of explosive weaponry. Weapons include the "standard" Morita rifle (seen in the film) as well as the plasma rifle, shotgun and rocket launcher, plus a variety of new and exciting items such as intelligent grenades and the infamous nuke launcher. You've got to make sure you have the right weapon in your hand when it comes to taking out the big bugs.
A Brave New World
Not just limited by the locations seen in the movie, the game will be spread across a variety of internal and external environments on the planet Hesperus. Missions range from huge battles to small incursions behind enemy lines
At last, a first person shooter worthy of the Starship Troopers film complete with warrior, tanker and brain bugs; many of the film settings like Whiskey Outpost and the tongue in cheek humour from the grunts around you. All backed up by Johnny Rico giving you your mission instructions. Then you go beyond the film into the wider Starship Troopers universe.
New Life
As well as the Warrior, Hopper and Tanker seen in the movie the game will feature over 19 types of bug - all with their own unique characteristics.
Save humanity from the bug threat and battle 19 types of arachnid enemies on the strange alien planet through visually stunning varied terrains, wide open landscapes and claustrophobic tunnels across 12 levels. They're up close and personal in your face mostly 2 to 3 meters away. And some of them are 10 meters tall!
You are not alone
As well as the single player there's 3 co-op levels, 3 deathmatch levels and 3 team deathmatch levels. Dedicated co-op multiplayer levels to test you and your platoon. Up to 8 players can form their own squad of 'Mobile Infantry' and play together to defeat the arachnid menace? How about having a go at the Trooper vs. Trooper 'deathmatch'
Remember - You are an elite marauder, the best of the best, sent on to this distant alien planet to meet up with and help the troopers through the hazardous missions. You've arrived on the rebound from a major defeat and with your superior armour and weaponry you have to put yourself in the frontline. The mobile infantry will give you breathing space, but you've also got to take the enemies down.
"Service guarantees citizenship"

The review:
Starship Troopers is a direct take-off the movie of the same name. In fact in the intro you see video clips directly from the movie. So if you are a fan of the movie you will certainly eagerly get into this game. I liked the movie in a kampy kind of way and so I was curious about the game. I had problems at first with the sound but tech support sent me an email for a fix and it worked so, that impressed me.

The system requirements are extremely high as show here:
Minimum: OS: XP and 2000 (SP4), 2.0 GHz CPU, 512mb RAM, Video Card: 128 Mb with hardware vertex and pixel shaders (see note below), 600Mb Free Hard Drive Space. Sound: Directx 9.0c compatible, Direct X: 9.0c
Recommended: OS: XP, 3.0 GHz CPU, 1024mb RAM, GeForce 6800, 600Mb Free Hard Drive Space. Sound: Directx 9.0c compatible, Direct X: 9.0c NOTE: Starship Troopers requires a 128Mb video card with hardware vertex and pixel shader support.
Starship Troopers only supports the following video cards:
Nvidia GeForceFX* 5600/5700/5800/5900 series. Nvidia GeForce 6 and 7 series. (* NOT LE versions)
ATI Radeon** 9600 Pro and XT/9700/9800 series. ATI Radeon X300/X600/X700/X800 series**. (** NOT the 9700SE or onboard versions)

The graphics of course are superb and that is why the requirements are so steep. The playability is all right and as in the movie there are way too many bugs to kill. If anyone out there is able to finish the game without a “GOD MODE” support I would like to hear from them. In the EASY mode I only survived a short time. This makes the game a low rating for playability. If it is too difficult to get through then people will give up and put it on the shelf. I know a lot of effort went into the making of this game and so where are those cheats so I can get on with the next mission.

Review ID Number: 641
  Product Details
Empire Interactive
Review Date: 2005-12-03
Reviewer:
Rating: 7 out of 10
 
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