A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Battlestar Galactica Online is a massively multiplayer online space combat game with player versus player duels. There is no character combat, and hence no blood and gore. But the space vessel combat features lasers, missiles, and plenty of explosions. The game is browser based, free to play, and can be accessed from many different sites, including the SyFy channel site. There is an online store where kids could be tempted to spend real money.
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What's it about?
In BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ONLINE, both the Colonial (human) fleet and the Cylons find themselves lost and stranded in an unexplored area on the very edge of the galaxy. Racing to survive by searching out scarce resources, the Cylons and Colonial fleets are bent on destroying the other. The ultimate goal is the search for Earth, the legendary home of the 13th colony. The Cylons seek to destroy it, while the Colonials strive to preserve it.
Is it any good?
Battlestar Galactica Online is an action combat game rather than a role-playing game. Unlike many MMORPGs, the story is there only for background and setting, with the game being unashamedly a space shooter. Graphically, the game is beautiful and combat sounds add to the fun of space combat. There are two parts to the game: resource gathering (which can be mindlessly boring but encourages players to group in order to chat and also combine efforts) and the spaceship fighting (in which you can upgrade your ships for better fire power and durability). The space combat is fast and furious and with good teamwork, can be quite a kick. Unfortunately, players can't avoid the boring resource gathering unless players buy the upgrades with real cash. This can create an uneven playing field, but player skill still counts for more than good ships and weapons.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about games that are tied into television shows and how they can create interest and sales for both the game and the show. Did the television show make you interested in playing this game?
Online games such as Battlestar Galactica are time-intensive to play. Families might want to talk about setting time limits and playing responsibly, taking breaks, and balancing games with other activities.
- Platforms: Mac, Windows
- Subjects: Science: astronomy, motion
- Skills: Collaboration: cooperation, meeting challenges together, teamwork
Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, strategy
- Price: Free / microtransactions
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Bigpoint
- Release date: December 1, 2011
- Genre: Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
- Topics: Space and aliens
- ESRB rating: NR
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