You might be forgiven for not giving Battlestar Galactica Deadlock a correct look when it was first launched. Despite no shortage of praise from our own Matt Purslow, it flew underneath the radar for a lot of. Not too shocking, provided that the license is hardly in vogue, and writer Slitherine have a file for catering solely to essentially the most hardcore of technique grognards.
Developers Black Lab Games aren’t frightened, although. There are a lot of them, they usually have a plan (and a dev-diary)… to proceed updating and refining their recreation till it’s the definitive Battlestar strategic simulation from right here to Kobol.
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Battlestar Galactica Deadlock wasn’t an ideal recreation by any means at launch, nevertheless it was adequate to earn itself the title of greatest Battlestar recreation by a wholesome margin, beating even the excellent fan-made Diaspora. Black Lab are rapidly making themselves right into a studio nicely price watching, as not solely are they listening carefully to every part stated concerning the recreation, however implementing actual modifications and enhancements over time.
The recreation has already obtained a number of main patches since launch, however the subsequent one goes to convey a number of main high quality of life enhancements to the sport, together with a much better intel display screen, providing you with a stable breakdown of what precisely is occurring and the place, and apparently providing you with occasional intercepted data that you just would not have in any other case seen by means of the fog of warfare.
Another helpful enchancment coming is the power to assign a number of fighters to squadron teams that may be issued bulk orders. Given how finicky it may very well be to micromanage swarm of fighters within the launch model, it is no shock that they are making an attempt to make issues slightly simpler right here.
Most importantly, although, is a very Battlestar characteristic that I am actually amazed wasn’t within the authentic recreation. Rather than having to combat each battle to the final, you possibly can order an emergency FTL bounce to extract capital ships from fight. As within the present, it takes a couple of rounds to totally spool up the jupm engines, prices further Tylium and dumps you in an unpredictable location inside bounce vary, nevertheless it’s positive as hell higher than shedding a whole Battlestar to an oncoming nuclear salvo.
This is not all, by any means. Some different modifications have been outlined in previous dev diaries, with a good few UI upgrades being accomplished with subsequent month’s console model of the sport in thoughts. It’s nice to see the sport so nicely supported and listening carefully to its gamers, and as a fan of the TV sequence (up till it stopped making sense), it is nice to see the sport doing it justice, even when it is a litle late.
You can pick up Battlestar Galactica Deadlock on Steam here, the place it is at present 25% off its ordinary £30/$40 RRP. Given Slitherine and their avoidance of steep reductions on their newer video games, it might be the very best value for the sport fror a while to return.