Galaxy on Fire 2™ Review
- Epic storyline with tonnes of side-missions.
- Huge game world with detailed environments.
- Streamlined control system with tilt options.
- Retina ready.
- Auto-pilot not always a safe option.
Galaxy on Fire 2 tries to bring a console level of content to the App Store in a genre that guarantees a huge amount of gameplay time even before factoring any side-missions you partake in.
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UPDATE (17th Feb, 2012): With update after update pushing Galaxy on Fire 2 further and further forward, there's no question that this title represents the best the platform has to offer in the Privateer-style of games currently available. From its numerous tweaks including visual overhauls and content updates (with Valkyrie), you'd be hard pressed to find a better example of the genre for handheld devices. As such a score deserving of these updates has now been awarded to Galaxy on Fire 2.
Galaxy on Fire 2 by FISHLABS isn't lacking for scope, indeed it challenges the established 'short and sweet' style that has dominated the App Store, but when a game tries to tackle something as complicated as an interstellar sandbox it's going to be the small things that get under your skin.
Something that may be overlooked by some is just how smooth the transition between badass space pirate to galaxy faring trader can be thanks to the streamlined controls. Depending on your ships equipment you will be able to scan areas for valuable ore or salvage and should thing heat up you can break off and engage your enemies instantly. However, the streamlining can get in the way of the combat and without more control over the speed of your ship and variety of weaponry the fights become a bland mix of seemingly low-speed twists and turns followed by short bursts of whatever exotic weapon you have equipped.
The true meat of the game comes in following the story of Keith Maxwell as he explores a large and complex galaxy filled with dangers. The variety of environments is wonderful and even without exploring all the game has to offer you'll be set for hours wasting time on trading and improving your diplomacy with various factions.
Other smaller issues like having the autopilot slam you in to the occasional asteroid or losing precious ore to a random swing of the drill can pull you out of the moment as well, but it's the voice acting that really gets jarring only a couple hours in. Still, Galaxy on Fire 2 aims for the stars and despite small questionable moments it succeeds in creating an epic world filled with adventure. Worth grabbing if you're after something with real lasting power.
Description[ Galaxy on Fire 2™ is the award-winning space shooter that set a new standard for sci-fi gaming on the App Store. If you have an iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad 2 or new iPad, we’d recommend you to download the graphically overhauled HD version of the game. If you have an older iOS device, the regular version of GOF2 would be best for you! ]
# # # AN UNPRECEDENTED OUTER SPACE ADVENTURE # # #
Galaxy on Fire 2™ is a premium-quality 3D space combat and trading simulation with adventure and RPG elements. Take over the role of the hot-headed space war veteran Keith T. Maxwell and save the galaxy from its impeding destruction by the hands of devious alien raiders, ruthless space pirates and power-crazy madmen!
# # # A CONTINUOUS STREAM OF NEW ADVENTURES # # #
Take on new adventures and face new challenges with the extensive new expansion pack Supernova™ and the critically acclaimed first add-on Valkyrie™ (available via in-app purchase)! Fly new space ships, mount new weapons, meet new characters, visit new star systems and experience new campaigns with a combined playing time of more than 20 hours!
In addition, you can also purchase your own space station, the infamous Kaamo Club, in order to store tons of items and park or even pimp your favourite ships.
# # # TRUST THE MEDIA # # #
The international press loves Galaxy on Fire 2™ and calls it "the best space shooter in the App Store" (148 Apps, 4.5/5 points), "a Freelancer for the iPhone" (Gamedot 10/10 points) and "a must-have for the heavy gamer on the go" (AppCraver, 5/5 points).
# # # TRUST THE FANS # # #
The fans have given Galaxy on Fire 2™ thousands of 5-star ratings! According to them, "the graphics are ridiculously good and the controls are smooth as silk" (Obijon6). Among others, they have called it "one of the best games in the App Store" (Dikano) and "a great space adventure" (Sparksinva).
# # # HUNDREDS OF UNIQUE FEATURES # # #
• A vast galaxy with over 20 star systems and more than 100 individual planets and space stations
• More than 30 customizable spaceships and hundreds of different weapons systems, power-ups and commodities
• A unique mixture of story-driven, mission-based and sandbox gameplay
• High-quality visuals including detailed 3D models, hi-res textures and breath-taking Special FX
• 3D sound, orchestral soundtrack and full voice-acting
• Action Freeze™: Take screenshots from any perspective and share them on Facebook
• Native support of the Retina Display of the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S and new iPad
• Synchronisation of save games via iCloud between SD, HD and Full HD (Mac) version
# # # JOIN THE COMMUNITY # # #
Get in touch with thousands of other Galaxy on Fire 2 fans through our official website, forums and social media profiles! We’re looking forward to hear from you!
Official GOFA Homepage - http://www.gofalliances.com/
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Official Fishlabs Forums - http://forum.dsfishlabs.com
Official GOF2 HD Trailer - http://bit.ly/gof2-hd-trailer
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# # # HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS # # #
Galaxy on Fire 2™ does still run smoothly on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3G, iPod touch 4G, iPod touch 3G and on the first iPad. If you’ve got a newer iOS device, we’d recommend you to buy the graphically overhauled Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD instead.
What's New in Version 1.2.0• ATTENTION: OpenFeint features removed due to OpenFeint shutdown. Please transfer your OpenFeint save game before installing the update
• Galaxy on Fire 2™ SD now natively supports the resolution of iPhone 5
• iCloud save issue of Galaxy on Fire 2™ SD resolved: It's again possible to transfer saves between game versions.
• Minor Bugfixes and Enhancements