Battlestar Galactica Online is an MMO based on the popular Battlestar Galactica Sci-Fi show. Is it any good?
Battlestar Galactica and the Game
There is an intergalactic war going on between the Cylons and the humans. Two main fleets of these two factions were dragged out into a different part of the universe during one of their battles. Now this local war has turned into a war of attrition. So right off the bat we know that one important aspect of the game is resource gathering. This is where the PVE aspect comes in. The daily quests you are given revolve around scanning asteroids and planets for resources. Obviously, the PVP revolves around killing players from the opposing faction in dogfights.
At the start of the game you are greeted by the familiar character creation screen. But it is a useless screen, and something that you will do for your eyes only, since you will spend most of the game inside your ship, and the rest in instances where you buy and sell your loot. Other players will however see your ship. The ship will be your biggest investment. There are 3 tiers of ships each with 3 individual ships. You get access to the first tier right away, the second tier at level 10 and the third tier at level 20. After you choose your ship you will spend all of your money on upgrades, weapons, ammo and fuel.
The PVP is great. The universe of Battlestar Galactica is based on space wars. It is the only time you will be interacting with other players. The PVE aspect of the game however is not so great. It is simplistic in that it consists of daily quests in which you look for minerals and other resources by scanning planets and asteroids. And to make it even more aggravating, the game does not tell you which asteroid you have already scanned for minerals, until you scan it again. Questing has traditionally been used as a time sink in most MMOs, but in those MMOs you would at least explore and discover new areas. In Battlestar Galactica Online there is only the cold,
Battlestar Galactica Online is a free-to-play game that uses microtransactions. And this is where the main problem lies. These are not like the micro-transactions in other F2P MMOs or Team Fortress 2 where what you purchase is purely esthetic. In this game you can buy currency and experience. This is not good. This creates an imbalance between people who play it for free and people who spend money. There is a special ship that is purchasable only with cubits (the special currency), and it costs around 175,000 cubits, while on a daily basis you can get up to 1400 cubits.
Another problem with this game is that it has very little lasting appeal. Sure you can get sucked into it, but you really have to love it. Otherwise it’s a fun game to play for a couple of weeks, before you start doing the same thing over and over again. As an MMO it should provide a lot more content, if it wants people to play it longer.
All in all, Battlestar Galactica Online is a fun game that you can enjoy for a while, but falls short due to the lack of good PVE content. It won the game of the Year award in the best 3D browser based game, so I guess it deserves it. But overall it is not the best browser-based game that came out last year.
It has no originality. Maybe it’s the first Battlestar Galactica game, so I guess there’s that.
At first you can get easily hooked, but when you realize that there will nothing more to the game, only the grind and endless war, you will start to feel old and miss running in the fields with your dog.
It is not a very well known title, but for a game its size there are a lot of players to kill.
Space battles, dogfights, character progression and MMO elements.
GOTY awards won: 1