The Malus are a product of their planet’s harsh environment. Scarce water, extremely high temperatures, and a volatile climate forged a stout and rigidly disciplined culture based on strength and triumph over adversity. They have come to see themselves as the rightful rulers of the cosmos. The Alyssians are an independent, self-sufficient and fatalistic race, who forsook their individualism for the greater good. They are democratic and egalitarian. However, in an age of scientific progress, those who excel in the military sciences are esteemed above all. Both races will soon discover they are not alone...
O.R.B., the acronym for Off-World Resource Base, is a real-time strategy game that involves the desperate struggle between the forces of two planets for control of the Aldus solar system. You command the military forces of both the Malus and the Alyssians - two radically different races with fundamentally different cultures and motives. Extract resources from asteroid belts throughout several systems to expand and build upon your fleet. Research new technologies to upgrade the capabilities of your existing ships and test your enemies by building new prototypes. Capture enemy ships and steal their technology to open up new research branches.
Multiplayer notice: The game's official multiplayer servers have been taken offline and the only multiplayer options available are LAN or Direct IP.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: EVERYONE with Animated Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9.0c, Mouse, Keyboard
Posted on 2013-01-15 08:52:00 bywvpr:
It's been a while since I played this, and I didn't get all the way through the campaign. But I remember enough to comment here.
ORB is essentially a Homeworld clone, but with more focus on resource gathering and territory control. In campaign missions, you tend to leapfrog from one asteroid to another, setting up mining networks and defenses before you push farther. Like Homeworld,read more ORB places caps on how many of each ship class you can build, and they are pretty low for the portion of the game I finished. A lot of your attention goes to squad formations and careful targeting of closely matched enemy groups.
The game engine looks good, the interface does a reasonable job of offering advanced options while keeping everything manageable, and the gameplay is decent if you like this sort of game. The biggest strike against the game is how generic everything feels. Most of the ship designs are uninspired and look very similar to each other. Despite wildly different backstories and visual themes, the two faction fleets play nearly identically, with only a couple of specialist ships keeping them from being exact clones of each other. There is a good-sized storyline tying all the missions together, but there's nothing memorable about it either. It feels like the main reason the game exists is to offer an alternative to Homeworld.
But it's not bad at doing that. Worth a look if you've finished Homeworld and Nexus and want another tactical space game along those lines.
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Posted on 2013-01-15 14:51:56 byFaithful:
ORB is a HW knock-off that did not do a great job if it. It had the idea of resources that orbited from your area into other areas that you then had to defend and protect. You have to search for resources and then build to harvest them.
The ship designs are uninspired, dark, and boxy.
I played through the entire single player campaign but it is even hard to remember it as itread more was more a push to simply "complete" the game.
You will spend much time on the space map zoomed out and it ends up playing in this mode many times of Your ships represented by dots fighting the other dots on the map. It comes down to green dots fighting red dots...what fun!
This game could have been so much more, but it never received the love or patches it really needed.
If you love RTS games, and love space games then maybe you like me, will play through despite its flaws, but for the rest of players this a basic game that only warrants buying when it hits 50% or better 75% off.
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Posted on 2013-01-17 10:32:55 bylonewolfgk:
I remember the days when i was looking so hard for games like Homeworld. ORB came the closest to it. It was not Homeworld but in a sense it also was not too bad game. I enjoyed it then and i am glad GOG got it here. Now all GOG need to do is get Homeworld here, lol.
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