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Battlestar Galactica Deadlock is shaping up to be a fantastic space-based tactical turn-based strategy game set during the First Cylon War. For those new to the franchise, the First Cylon Wars took place 30 years prior to the events of the most recent Battlestar Galactica series and for those fans of the franchise you will find all manner of little tidbits that will be instantly recognizable. To finally get a licensed title that is shaping up to be an excellent strategy game, one cannot help but be eagerly awaiting the full release that comes on August 31, 2017.
http://store.steampowered.com/app/544610/Battlestar_Galactica_Deadlock/ if you want to see this title on the Steam store.
To start I do want to reiterate that this is an Early Access title and as such issues are to be expected. Some of the primary points that are still a work in progress (and should be addressed by the time the game fully releases) are items such as campaign balancing, achievements might not work, or more mundane things like … Cylon Nemesis will occasionally go suicidal and simply ram one of your ships (the first time that happened in my game my jaw hit the floor … though I do not think that it is bad enough that Black Lab Games needs to patch it out completely; it adds to the sense of danger and tension). Note too that this preview is incredibly short, primarily due to the fact that release is in a few short weeks and I do not want to give up too much away!
Those out there that have played the super excellent Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy will instantly recognize its command/control combat interface as it is nearly identical. The fact that the interface is being reused is a non-issue as the interface is clean and incredibly easy to pick up and run with. Quickly changing elevation or orientation is fast and easy (careful with changing elevation too rapidly as you might damage your thrusters!) as is selecting various systems on the your ships that may need repairs or to select a different weapon system to use (missiles are AWESOME).
Between your combat missions you will be in the command where you can build new ships, check out your officers, review the economy and select your missions. As you continue to take on new missions and roll back the Cylon threat you will gain additional resources that can be spent here. I personally found that resources were pretty limited, but when comparing it to the source material it fits right in with the lore of the title.
With deep tactical combat, an utterly fantastic user interface, and set in one of science fiction’s greatest settings (SPACE!), Battlestar Galactica Deadlock is turning out to be a potential wonder hit that takes the space-based genre by storm. Even with its suicidal Cylon corvettes and weaksauce missiles, Deadlock is a blast to play. I don’t want to delve too much more deeply into the game’s mechanics right now, because I’ll have a lot more to talk about in a couple of weeks. I cannot wait for its official release on the 31st of August so keep an eye out for the upcoming fully scored review!Score: N/A