GameOgre: Black Prophecy First Impressions

Posted by | April 15, 2011

blackprophecylogofirstimprssions There’s this amazing free-to-play space combat simulator currently running beta: Black Prophecy. If you’d like a preview of what to expect, head over to GameOgre and see Kyt Dotson’s first impressions review. And for those looking for a taste, here’s the opening paragraphs:

In the beginning there was Privateer and it was good; then came Descent, I, II, and III and Freespace, Tachyon: The Fringe, and the Independence War series; and then there was Microsoft’s Freelancer—the MMO world rejoiced when Jumpgate made a grand entrance and cried when it crashed and burned in the mountains of obscurity (never fear, we might see Jumpgate: Evolution!) Finally, there’s those who wanted to scratch their eyes out when Starwars Galaxies: The Jump to Lightspeed gave us a space fighter simulation MMO…

Up next to fill up the cold, dead vacuum of space fighter simulation MMOs is Black Prophecy and a beautiful vacuum filler it is indeed. Developed by Reakktor Media and published by Gamigo Games, this game looks like it could be contending for the an amazing space fighter simulation, with a strong graphics engine, an okay ship control system, and a spellbinding science fiction narrative.

The folks over at Black Prophecy have been kind enough to let us into their closed beta and now I’ve come back out to tell you about the experience. No worse for wear, possibly a little radiation sickness, minor laser burns, and a bit of shrapnel still in my spine from a close call with a scattergun…otherwise I’m fine.

The game has already thoroughly impressed us.

It has a beautiful graphics engine. Integrates a lot of different elements from science fiction and plays a lot like Tachyon: The Fringe when it comes to space combat. The beta does have a lot of lag issues (it’s a beta, mind) but it looks wonderful and the player base is fun.

It certainly won’t be for everyone, especially after finishing out the prologue; the game quickly descends into all-out PvP when the factions set in. Hopefully that will correct itself with PvE servers.

So, let us know what you think. Will you be playing Black Prophecy?

Link, via GameOgre.

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