Ship Of The Iceberg: Starpoint Gemini 2

By Adam Smith on September 9th, 2013 at 12:00 pm.

As we cast our ever-vigilant gaze to the starboard bow, we raise a brow to the sight of Starpoint Gemini 2 gently docking with Steam Early Access, a wild frontier station. We haven’t heard from the space sim/RPG since 2011, when it first appeared, causing Jim to express conflicted thoughts (interesting, but not necessarily enjoyable or robust). The game is now in full 3d and the Gemini system is a cohesive area, with no loading screens to break up the gaps between stars. Players captain one of around seventy ships, controlling a single vessel rather than a fleet, although wingmen will be added at a later date. The developer’s descriptions suggest there will be freedom to explore, salvage and fight, but it’s not entirely clear how early this early access is. Trailer below.

The discussion boards on Steam may help with your decision as to whether it’s wise to access the Gemini system at this early stage.

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  1. Prime says:

    …causing Jim to express conflicted thoughts (interesting, but not necessarily enjoyable or robust)

    That’s a harsh critique of Master Rossignol if ever I heard one!

    Starpoint Gemini was one of those games I bounced off of, which made me sad as it promised so much that I normally enjoy. From playing the demo it felt like a sub-standard Starfleet Command. Hopefully this new one will be to my taste. There aren’t enough space games out there doing the RPG-ish, ship-focused adventure thing and any new one should be made welcome.

    • Ny24 says:

      Isn’t it meant rather as a summary of the game, not of the review?

      • Prime says:

        It wasn’t much of a joke, granted, but it’s cruel to ignore it completely. There there, little joke. Don’t cry.

  2. Maxheadroom says:

    So this is nothing to do with Nexus: The Jupiter Incident (aka Imperium Galactica 3) then?

    Why am I getting these two confused?

    • Rich says:

      How were Nexus and Imperium Galactica 3 linked? Same dev?

      • Theory says:

        Same game. The name changed.

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        strangeloup says:

        Far as I know, Nexus IS Imperium Galactica 3, to all intents and purposes. It’s been a while but I seem to recall there being some issue (rights dispute, maybe?) with using the name.

        • Apocalypse says:

          At least if you ignore that it actually is a completely different game that should become at development start imperium galactica 3 and become instead a game much more like homeworld.

        • Sharlie Shaplin says:

          It was actually called IG3 at one point.

  3. trjp says:

    The original game is one of those games which shows-off Metacritic at it’s best AND worst at the same time.

    It’s Metacritic score was 46 – that’s not good news – but it consists of an 80,73,69,57, 55, 45 and *rolls drums* an 18!!

    So that’s 5 above average and 2 below – one WELL below. That 18 came from PC Gamer UK – looking at their details on Metacritic they generally score games lower than other outlets – they also have a scarily neat above/below average score – but 18 – EIGHTEEN – is telling you something, isn’t it?

    I mention this because if you buy the early access you also get the original game – which may or may not be a good thing!!

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      stahlwerk says:

      And that’s why you never omit median and standard deviation in any averaging statistics-game.

    • Awesumo says:

      For many reviewers these days 60% is a devastatingly bad game, and they don’t believe in the existance of sub-50%. I imagine that this comes from the American system of School/Exam marking… where a pass mark is ~70%.. meaning that describing how well everyone who is even half competent did has to be crammed into the top 30% – which is just silly.

  4. SuicideKing says:

    Beams, ships and weapons like FreeSpace 2!

    But heck i say that for 80% of space related games out there.

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    Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

    It makes for a low-impulse single-use reaction mass when you need to get around. Just fling it in the opposite direction to the one you wish to travel. You’ll probably still end up face first against the air vent, though.

  6. Heavenfall says:

    Noone should ever turn to the steam forums for anything. It’s a cesspool of the greatest magnitude.

    • trjp says:

      I disagree you should never use it – you simply have to understand that 90% of the content is negative but that doesn’t mean there isn’t useful information in there.

      You have to weed it but there are usually solutions to common issues and often some genuinely useful insights into games from people’s own perspectives.

      It’s just a case of being a bit realistic about what you’re likely to find – and remembering that few people make threads entitled “I love this game and it has no bugs whatsoever”…

      • Caiman says:

        But using it makes you feel dirty, like driving a nice car where the seats are covered in dried vomit. The experience of one so taints the other that it ruins the experience (in this case, interaction with humans).

    • Sharlie Shaplin says:

      Steam forums, we need to nuke it from orbit before the negativity destroys us all!

  7. TaylanK says:

    A compass pointing in all directions might mean:
    1) You need a new compass
    2) You’ve just found Cthulhu
    3) You’re confusing a religious symbol with a compass

    Two of those might make an interesting story for a RPG set in space.

  8. AlmostPalpable says:

    Gyroscopes.

  9. geldonyetich says:

    The game certainly looks pretty. I thought the original game had potential, too. I think the main thing wrong with it was they made all the weapons fire on a single key, and that just felt really kludgy. Here’s hoping this sequel has a bit more finesse to it.