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Battlestar Galactica Online

Battlestar Galactica Online

Battlestar Galactica Online


Set in the vast expanses of space, this free to play Sci-Fi MMORPG boasts absolutely stunning 3D graphics. In this FTP get behind the wheel of your very own ship where you are the pilot! Step into a cinematic world, take your ship for a spin and experience the infamous FTL—faster than light—travel.

Developed cooperatively by both Artplant and BigPoint, Battlestar Galactica Online is based on NBC Universal’s ever popular Battlestar Galactic Franchise. BGO is published by BigPoint by way of the Unity Web Player and was released in open beta form on February 15th, 2011. BigPoint is also behind Farmerama, SeaFlight, and Dark Orbit, just to name a few.

Cylons or Colonials???

Players who are not familiar with the Battlestar Galactica TV series will enjoy this game just as much as seasoned fans. Battlestar Galactica Online picks up 40 years after the initial Cylon war. As the story goes, man created the Cylons, they evolved, got too big for their britches, and then revolted. The Cylons attacked the Twelve Colonies with the intention of annihilating the humans and stealing their resources. The Battlestar Galactica survived the attack, gathered a fleet of civilian ships, and headed back to earth—the 13th Colony. For months, the Cylons followed the Battlestar Galactica. When the Battlestar Galactica finally reunited with Pegasus, they were capable of retaliation and destroyed the Cylon’s Resurrection Ship.

Upon discovering the destroyed Resurrection Ship, the Cylons launched a counter attack against the Colonial Fleet. The Colonials were able to jump to safety but endured a serious mechanical malfunction which caused an energy overload of the FTL. That surge triggered an uncontrolled jump which, in turn, tossed them off target. The Colonials are now racing to repair, rebuild, rearm their ships, and escape to Earth before the Cylons are able to destroy them for good.

Welcome to Space

Once you have created an account, you may sign in. If you are a Facebook account holder, signing in through that account will save you an extra step. Next you choose your side, Clyon or Human.

After choosing whether to be Clyon or Human, you will arrive at character creation you’ll choose whether you want to be male or female. You’ll also be given several hair style and hair color options. Then you’ll choose a face, skin color, suit, and whether you want a helmet and or glasses. The character customization in Battlestar Galactica Online seems strangely similar to that of EVE Online—another Sci-Fi based MMO.

You will then choose from one of two battle ships. Now that you’ve decided which side of battle to take and which ship you will be using in combat, you’ll be taken through a brief tutorial which will teach you how to control your ship. This tutorial only lasts a few minutes… it’s short and to the point. Not to worry about which battleship to choose as both ships perform almost equally in all required tasks. As gameplay progresses, you’ll be given the opportunity to pilot more specialized ships. At this point, your choice is based mostly on esthetics.

Once you’ve walked through the tutorial, you’ll be directed to dock where you can walk around and talk to various NPCs as well as receive quests. At that point, a window will open that takes you through all other aspects of the game. While it’s not my favorite form of tutorial, it’s very easy to navigate and gets straight to the point.

Battlestar Browser

Throughout gameplay you’ll have the opportunity to explore various worlds, as well as unlock ships and their parts, and new weapons. Battlestar Galactica Online features a uniquely fun combination or 3rd person RPG components and an arcade style flight simulator. Most of this game is spent operating your battle ship and is a nice addition to the MMORPG genre.

Battlestar Galactica Online has phenomenal 3D graphics and animations like that of a DVD PC game or client based FTP, however it runs on a very small, quick, and simple browser based download—the Unity Web Player. In fact, when switching to full screen gaming Battlestar Galactica Online feels and behaves just like a client download. For those gamers who are familiar with Dark Orbit or Eve Online, BGOs gameplay will feel very familiar.

The UI is clean and very user friendly. Battlestar Galactica Online also has a nice chat system, which is monitored by a live moderator, that allows players to communicate freely throughout the course of the game. To maintain a high level of integrity and cleanliness, foul language is forbidden and will cost you a 24 hour ban from chatting. Also, the moderator has the authority to remove—by banning—any players from chat who harass other players or are deemed abusive.

Galactic Grind

It’s quite unfortunate that the storyline in Battlestar Galactica Online is so shallow. Even the NPCs don’t add much in the way of storyline depth in this FTPMMO. Needless to say, if you’re interested in a story driven gaming experience, you’ll be sorely disappointed.

While player versus player gaming is liberal and generally accounts for most of Battlestar Galactica Online’s gameplay, gameplay does become very repetitive. The quests are quite repetitive as well. I should also mention that there is nothing in the way of public quests or dungeons that initiate teamwork and this is very disappointing in a MMO. There is also no PVE activity or anything resembling a crafting system. All of this combined really makes this game feel almost meaningless.

With that being said, the point and skill systems atone for what this game lacks. Mining and battling enemies are the core of Battlestar Galactica Online as they reward you with XP and the ability to progress through the levels. Training points are also accumulated as you gain XP. Skills are divided into two categories: primary and secondary. Primary skills have no ceiling with the exception of available training points. Secondary skills may never exceed the level of their primary counterparts. XP progression is slow

Currency and Resources

The main game currency in Battlestar Galactica Online is the Cubit. Tylium, water, and titanium are resources that may also be used as currency. Cubits are hard to come by and need to be saved in order to purchase anything worthwhile. This is very unfortunate because it encourages Wallet Warriors to purchase game currency with cold hard cash, and in turn, puts them at an unfair advantage.

The Final Word

While the storyline is lacking in, well… storyline, the PvP based gameplay is flat out awesome! The point and skill systems both help to make-up for what this MMO is missing. What’s more, customizing your ship is a lot of fun and there is a lot of variety and add-ons. Not to mention the incredible 3D graphics, which are a rare find in any MMO.

Putting all those wonderful traits together in a MMO that is solely browser based is quite groundbreaking and really sets the standard for future FTPMMOs. Who wants to download if they don’t have to? I would highly recommend this game for both sci-fi fans and non sci-fi fans alike.

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    November 14, 2012
    Reply #4

    BSGO had (has?) the potential to be simply the greatest science fiction MMORPG in the world. Unfortunately GE Capital bought the game from Heiko Hermann and changed the outlook of the company.
    The original developers have been replaced with unskilled, careless, lazy developers whose rate of success in regard to updates is precisely 0%.
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    EVERY update is designed to increase revenue, despite worsening gaming experience.
    EVERY update come with a list of lies and false promises from dreadful developers. Bigpoint (Bugpoint) should be outed as criminals for their intent to take money without reward. A great shame for what could and should have been a great game

  • JumpinJackFrak
    May 17, 2013
    Reply #5

    is this a fair game!? dont think so…
    This is my LAST message;
    I’ll first give my respects to friends, then spell out the truth to your face.
    I have no reason to lie to any of you; And i’ll speak the truth.
    So, be CIVIL and let me explain myself and the UGLY TRUTH.
    —————————————————————————————————–
    * I am BANE. The one you hate the most, OR the friend who would never let you down.
    * I have been playing since BETA; And -you are free to deny yet statistics never lie- i had been on the top of food chain since then. When i am into something, i don’t stop until i reach #1.
    * And i had actually reached the unmatched status and statistics on my active playtime.
    * Thus it was actually a good timing of my leave, i left at the peak. #1 on PVP Kills, #1 on Strike Arena, #1 on Liner Arena, #1 on LEGIT PVP K/D Ratio. There aren’t any stats better.
    * Then i left.
    ——————————- *** ———————————
    MY RESPECTS
    * There are tons of good players that i know and helped of training. We had GREAT time.
    * Apart from my legendary Red Sharks team (God bless you all for your hospitality, civility and loyality) and my Spanish friends (Leading Velesar and Kouga), i must give one name : CaptnChaos A.K.A. Gernot. He and i started at almost the same time and been friendly rivals since then. I must thank him the most for his undying support.
    * But there’s one person who had been the greatest mentor, friend and competant to me in my entire gamer history : Dooh. — Like him or not, hate him or respect him, with Dooh on your side, you’d NEVER lose. A great friend, a wingman, a chieftain-in-equal-basis and a great BSGO player. I know i’d do good, but i’d never reach where i was if it wasn’t for you, Ilya. Thanks for everything and remember that you can always reach me through Facebook and Skype whenever you need me for anything, and i’ll see you soon at GoW (Along with my GF XD).
    * My RedSharks (And TopGuns) team : Thank you all for staying on our side at all times. We never lost, we always brutally won, and actually been the ones who brough BALANCE into LIBRAN. Cylons were cying in Muspell and protesting before our formation, for frak’s sake!
    * Colonials : I know i pissed you guys off for a long time, sue me. For the ones who had fought like a man, thank you. Rest, go play super mario.
    ——————————- *** ———————————
    WHERE IS BANE?
    * Bane currently plays LoL and WoW with his gamer GF and prepares to go GoW and troll Dooh’s face.
    * I’m always available in Facebook if you need ideas or whatever.
    —————————— *** ———————————
    WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR SHIP?
    * Banned by Imperial-ISM himself! (I’ll explain later in this post)
    * I’d fight for it, or use one of my many “uhuhu” accounts and regain almost every of my former statistics – yet i won’t. This game is bound to DIE, and i’m bored of the lack of competition.
    ——————————- *** ———————————
    WHAT’s GOING ON?
    * You might know, BigPoint has a weird “to do” list for hackers, cheaters and exploiters.
    * You know what they do? => NOTHING.
    * NOTHING. I’m serious. Use ANY hack and ANYTHING => Unless someone important points at you and gives more-than-enough evidence, ONLY THEN, you MIGHT get banned => Which is mostly ignored too!!!
    * No rain-checks, no log-checks, no stat-checks, NOTHING. I can count AT LEAST 50 ships in Libran with hacked equipment and stats, give names, evidences, but BP would do NOTHING. You know why? I’m not important to them. Perhaps, not anymore.
    * Or maybe perhaps that they CANNOT find these people? Oh hell yeah, they cannot. They would’ve, if they could.
    ——————————- *** ———————————
    WHAT’S UP WITH YOU?
    * From June 2011 to May 2012, i’ve worked as a Board Admin for Turkish Board.
    * I’ve worked my ass out, did ALL the reports, translations, announcements, notifications. Never gave up, never got tired. In forum i gave more Guides to tons of dimwits along with all the cleaning work, more than you’d imagine. I was the person who kept the TR board and forum going.
    * All the talks -to upper boards- and all the translations were MY job. You know why? Because Turkish Team Leader knows only a little of English! A TEAM LEADER, for frak’s sake. But whatever. Who cares, right? Not even BigPoint does.
    * But that was not the only thing i did : I worked as a double-agent, in favor of Big Point.
    ——————————- *** ———————————
    A DOUBLE-AGENT?
    * Yes. BSGO had and still has TONS of loopholes; Which people STILL exploit and make tons of $$$ from it.
    * Without someone -who works as a double-agent- to inform BigPoint, how could the former loopholes could be sealed?
    * Who helped BigPoint to find tons of exploits for to prevent more and more people from cheating?
    * That person, was me.
    * Yet i’ve been betrayed. By my own Team Leader and Imperial_ISM, -who cannot even comprehend who’s the good guy and who’s the bad-.
    ——————————- *** ———————————
    YOUR TEAM LEADER?
    * You know there’s one significant player who changes his name on a daily basis in Libran, while many of you had been rejected for asking.
    * Capt_Serkan, Poacher, Turrkish, SharonValerii… All, the same guy. You noticed it, havent you?
    * Protected by his ICM (Upper board Manager), he was (still is) able to do ANYTHING to his ship since Beta. Loading 20000 Tuning Kits onboard? No problem. Change name anytime? No problem. Chatban anyone you want? No problem. DELETE ACCOUNTS OF YOUR ENEMIES? No problem. Any of you guys ever wonder what happened to Turk’s account? DELETED. Because he fought with him.
    * And he also protects his Anatolian_Wing team, which is COMPLETELY consisted of Turkish Forum/Chat Moderators group!!! Go and say “noob” to ANY Anatolian_Wing player => You get 30 day chatban.
    * And when he finds out about any cheats? What do you think he’d do? Turn it in without using?
    * Definitely NOT.
    ——————————- *** ———————————
    YOU MEAN YOUR TEAM LEADER HAD CHEATED?
    * BIG time. Apart from all the Tuning Kits he received from the ICM, he used EVERY. SINGLE. CHEAT. that i had reported before it was prevented.
    * What’s more? HE USED ALL OF THEM ON THE ENTIRE ANATOLIAN_WING TEAM TOO!!!
    ——————————- *** ———————————
    HOLY F**K. BUT, WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH YOUR BAN?
    * Our deal was simple : I turned in the cheats, warned BigPoint. He used them on his ship too. Thus BigPoint was letting us go. Becuase we were actually helping them MUCH more than the damage we caused! (Try to cover up this if you want, Imperial_ISM; I still have the Skype chat logs.)
    * But there was one problem out of the deal => Anatolians.
    * I told him PRECISELY that NOT to help Anatolians because they’d damage the Libran Balance, as Colonials were already outnumbering the Cylons.
    * He said he wouln’t, but he did. He gave FULL-15 BUILDS + TONS OF MERITS to EACH of them. Aren’t you guys aware of the recently-overpowered ships of EIEN, Akdeniz, Wolf_61 and 61_oflu_61 and others? You think that “magically” happened?
    * I told him : “Either you’ll logon to these ships and delete their equipment or i won’t be taking responsibility when upper board, especially Richard (Imperial_ISM) finds out”
    * For several reasons; He chosed them instead of me; Made me the “one to blame for everything” to save himself and his team; And for to get rid of me (And drop me to an “unimportant person” level for BigPoint) he accused me of the thing that BigPoint hates most : Selling Accounts. Thus i’d both be banned and anything i’d say would be unimportant for BP.
    * I had been given a false accusation and Richard (Imperial_ISM) banned me and ignored my messages, while MY TEAM LEADER WAS STILL USING/DISTRIBUTING THE HACK BEHIND HIS BACK.
    ——————————- *** ———————————
    UGLY TRUTH
    * ENTIRE TURKISH BOARD TEAM (Team Leader + Anatolians) are using heavily-cheated ships, used from the hacks THAT I’VE TURNED IN for BigPoint’s favor. (You KNOW that this is TRUE, Richard. I’ve warned you that this would happen.)
    * BigPoint had lost its prime hack-finder and one of the best players because of a false and non-proven accusation.
    * There are still 2 more actively-used hacks going on ingame and BP has NO IDEA of it. Guess why.
    * There are HUNDREDS of HACKED ships on ALMOST ALL servers. And it’s increasing rapidly.
    * Turkish Team Leader is using the most heavily-hacked game of the entire BSGO player database, and he’s protected by an ICM.
    * You guys are playing and wasting your money on a both DYING and a heavily-unfair game.
    * BigPoint had refused and still refusing to listen to my warnings => YOUR LOSS. Everyone’s loss.
    ——————————- *** ———————————
    MY FAREWELL
    * I did my best for everyone that had trusted in me. Never turned you down, never lied to you.
    * I’ve said the truth, yet nobody listened to me. I don’t give a damn. Not my loss. I left at the #1 place anyway.
    * Good luck to BigPoint for finding out these hacks while noone’s reporting them. They’ll need it.
    * I’d hope that you’d have a more developed thought before accusing your only source for reaching hacks, Richard.
    * Everyone else, Have a Good Game (If you can) and have a good life from this point.
    After all, i have no regrets. I have did my best for EVERYONE (Including BP) yet sometimes there are d**ckheads who understand NOTHING from the term “appreciation” and wait for any chance to backstab you for their own gain.

    Farewell.

    Bane out.

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