Colony Wars Red Sun
Genre Action -> Action
Today's Rank 2201
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Publisher Midway
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Retail Box ArtAny fan of seat-of-your-pants space combat (think Star Wars, minus the license) simply must get their hands on Red Sun, the third chapter in the Colony Wars saga. Fans of the first two games (Colony Wars and Colony Wars: Vengeance) will immediately know what to expect: fast and furious dogfights, spectacular graphics and an always cool orchestrated musical score.Assuming the role of interplanetary gun-for-hire Valdemar, you find yourself in the middle of a great mystery involving warring empires, mysterious "allies", and a chase after a mysterious superspaceship known as the Red Sun. As Valdemar completes missions, he earns money that can be used to upgrade weaponry needed for each increasingly difficult mission. Red Sun serves up an impressive array of weapons, including lasers, missiles, shields and other countermeasures.Red Sun really doesn't add new gameplay elements that haven't already been seen in the first two games, but then again why fix what's not broken? Still, some innovation would have been nice. Despite the flaws, Red Sun is still a class production that pushes the ageing PSX hardware as few other titles do. This game is worthy of your time and credits. Even if you missed the first two chapters, Red Sun's ease of gameplay during the initial levels makes this the most accessible title of the series. No doubt about it, even if you think the best space dogfights took place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, you shouldn't miss Episode 3 of the Colony Wars series. Colony Wars veterans and newbies alike will find that Red Sun, despite some issues, could make even Luke Skywalker green with envy. --Mark Brooks
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