Battlecruiser Millennium is an update to Battlecruiser 3000 AD V2.0. The game now sports a Windows native engine, as well as updated graphics. New features include 3D cockpits, new campaign missions, a new galaxy, and so forth.
Battlecruiser Millennium also sports an all new multi-play feature where up to sixteen "Commanders" can link to a server and fight, talk, and trade their way through the dynamic universe they will inhabit, bringing a whole new facet to the gameplay -- the Commander will not only have to deal with whatever NPCs the game might throw at them, but other humans as well.
Battlecruiser Millennium includes support for a module called the Strike Pak, which allows Commanders to wander around their ship, other ships, bases, and planetary installations in a full first or third-person 3D view, bringing the game to an up close and personal level.
Battlecruiser Millennium can be described as a massive intergalactic RPG. There are two modes: Roam and Campaign. Campaign mode presents specific missions to go on, while Roam is self-explanatory - you traipse around the galaxy getting into all sorts of conflicts without any real purpose or overarching story. The lack of story got to me after a while because what was the purpose of trying to change things when there was no real point - no way to change an outcome? Mining ore for fun and profit is great but even miners like to be able to affect what's going on around them (even though NPCs move around on their own errands). Because of the strong RPG aspect of Battlecruiser Millennium, one would have expected some kind of story, even in Roam mode.
It doesn't seem to matter what role you assume (Commander, Space Force Marine, Elite Force Pilot, the list goes on), what race you pick (there are 12) or what caste you enter (such as Mercenary, Raider, Scientist, the list goes on) BCM has something for everyone. What other game lets you go from piloting a ship to exploring a planet's flora then being court martialed for doing something stupid? Not many. Of course, moving from one mode to the next isn't all peaches and cream.
"Learning curve" takes on a new meaning (for me) with BCM. It is the proverbial mountain to be climbed. So when I say "BCM has something for everyone" I really mean for people that don't mind sitting down with a game and really learning it inside and out. Getting a handle on everything could be considered a game in itself, but fortunately, once the controls become comfortable (I never had the Game Commands card more than three feet away while playing) there is quite a lot of enjoyment to be had, especially commanding a big ship. BCM is so wide open you can do practically anything you want to - so if that's your idea of fun (i.e. not being funneled from one point to the next by some whim of the game's designer) - BCM should satiate you for at least a few years. But for some, boredom will set in.
Graphically, BCM isn't shaky, but it's no Quake 3 - it seems to run the middle ground but I never found it to be distracting. Yeah, some buildings I could walk through but as BCM is funded without the deep pockets of a major publisher, I'm willing to let this slide. Besides which, 3000AD is supporting BCM with regular patches and updates (one of which is multiplayer). Sound although limited and a bit generic isn't too bad either. It doesn't grate on the ears, which is probably as much as one can expect from most games.
I could go on and on about Battlecruiser Millennium because, honestly, I'm having some fun with it still (after putting in the initial time to learn the essentials which was frustrating at times regardless the tutorials). It's a game where I can do what I want (for the most part) in a massive universe complete with wormholes, alien races, and fancy ships to command (lack of story, and all). It's got its flaws and it's share of bugs, but being able to have free reign almost cancels them out.
People who downloaded Battlecruiser Millennium have also downloaded:
Battlecruiser 3000AD (a.k.a. BC3K), Freelancer, Battle of Britain (from TalonSoft), B-17 Gunner: Air War Over Germany, Comanche 4, Armored Fist 3, Bang! Gunship Elite, Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe
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