Star Control 3

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Deep in space, somewhere in the Kessari Quadrant, you stumble across a catastrophic realization - the universe is on the brink of destruction. Now you must race to save thousands of worlds and billions of lives from total annihilation. An epic adventure of intergalactic strategy and diplomacy begins.
Star Control 3 is the last installment of the series. Taking a slightly different track that diverged from the Star Control 2 formula, it got excellent reviews though some of the hardcore Star Control fans weren't entirely thrilled by the innovations. Journalists, new fans of the series, and hardcore fans alike all agreed on one thing, though: this game's story is great.
So whether you're an old fan of the series, someone who was put off by a friend's dislike of the game, or someone who's never played the Star Control games at all, here's your chance: pick up the excellent final game in the Star Control series and make up your mind for yourself!Fascinating story rich with unexpected plot twists, interesting characters, and memorable moments
Great diplomacy system that equips the player with many interesting options to solve problems
Each race has its own unique behavior, goals, and motives

Release date
Legend Entertainment
Age rating
13+ Teen

System requirements for PC

Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.

System requirements for macOS

OS X 10.6.8 or later.
Processor: Intel Core Duo 2GHz+,
Memory: 1GB of RAM,
Graphics: 64MB of video memory, Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.
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Last Modified: Oct 17, 2021

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Nice to see Star Control 2/Ur-Quan Masters still making lists
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The Druuge are Irredeemable Monsters!
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[SC:O] System scanner not showing up.
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Think the mailing address is still good? From my Genesis SC2 box I recently unearthed.
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Let's Play Star Control II - Decided to do another playthough of SC2 a while back... It's amazing how the game stands up to the test of time.
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Star Control 3 reviews and comments

This game holds a special place in my heart. I was very anxious to get my hands on it after it was released (I had played and loved Star Control 2 before) and, not being able to afford games at full price as a kid, I had to wait until a certain chain of shops had it as a bargain title, months after the release (and even had to travel to a different city because the one shop in the closest city didn't carry it).

That being said, the game is frowned upon in the very active Star Control online community. The game mechanics are (oh the heresy) quite different from the very popular Star Control 2 (which itself was very different from Star Control 1) and the game was not made by the original creators of the Star Control series. It is a shame that because of that, it never really had a shot in the community, because if you forget these two things, it is game about exploring space and interacting with alien cultures with a rich and engaging story line (which, admittedly, is more easily accessible if you played Star Control 2 although the developers made an effort to make it accessible to everyone).

The graphics are OK for the time. The soundtrack, which consists mostly of different themes for different aliens, is nice. The game mechanics are mostly good, exploring space and building bases is challenging until halfway through the game. What I liked a lot were the actual conversations with aliens and the voice acting as I was learning English back then. Your conversation choices are what really drives the story and decide which path you get on. The best thing about this game is the story which I think is in the spirit of the original creators. The story advances by events that happen in time and by your own actions.

This is one of the very few games that I install every couple of years to play it once again. If you liked Star Control 2 or a good story with exploration and spaceship battles (and are not a Star Control zealot :-D) you should try this!
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