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Gratuitous Space Battles 2 (pc game)
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Orders, captain?

With a title like this, you know pretty much what you're getting yourself into, and while this is a far cry from sci fi strategy games like Master of Orion, it makes for an entertaining, if flawed, time. The game has a great Star Trek-style vibe and provides plenty of fast paced space battles with ample opportunities for customization. This is less an RTS and more of a spaceship management/simulator which focuses on large scale battles that thrust you into the command seat and which gives you a great overview of the big picture. You get to design pretty much every aspect of your fleet, tailoring your ships to the way you want to play, kitting them out for a variety of a roles with an extensive array of weapons and hi-tech gadgets. Once you've got your fleet how you like it, it's then time to head into battle, and here you'll have to issue orders, create formations and generally keep an eye on pretty much every aspect of the battle in order to emerge victorious. The game manages to retain a fast pace though, and doesn't get bogged down in tedious details, and which makes for a mostly entertaining time thanks to the speed at which it plays. The visuals are pretty slick for the most part, and the screen gets full of explosions, missiles and effects, and which gives the game a great and very exciting feel. The interface might look daunting, but it's actually pretty easy to get to grips with, and there's a lot of fun to be had with playing around with all the ship details. There are a few minor issues with things like the enemy AI, but for the most part, this is a fun time.