One of the most underrated, unknown classics ever made for the PC, Star Saga: Two - The Clathran Menace is the second and unfortunately final in the short-lived Star Saga series of epic science fiction adventures. Designed by Andrew Greenberg (creator of Wizardry), Rick Dutton, Walter Freitag, and Michael Massimilla, Star Saga: Two like its predecessor is a very innovative and well-written game that combines the best aspects of a pen & paper RPG game, an outstanding plot, and Choose-Your-Own-Adventures books with the complexity of a computer RPG, resulting in an incredibly immersive gaming experience. |
The story takes off where Star Saga: One left off. You still play as one of the same six explorers from the first game, only this time with different motives. The game is decidedly more challenging than Star Saga: One: in addition to the usual space exploration, interaction with aliens, trading commodities, and upgrading your ships, you will have to engage in many space battles. There’s also a time limit – the game’s name refers to a threat from the Clathran, a mysterious evil race that’s going on an unstoppable rampage across the galaxy.
If you have no prior experience with the Star Saga games, check out the review of the first game to get an impression of how they play. If you are a fan of pen & paper RPGs, or if you are a fan of space exploration games (such as Starflight) who wants a more involving plot, Star Saga: Two is simply a must-have. If you’ve never played a Star Saga game, I recommend you start with Star Saga: One first, because this one is considerably more difficult and less forgiving of leisurely exploration. Two thumbs up, and an unquestionable entrant into our Hall of Belated Fame. Although Star Saga was to be released as a trilogy, Masterplay went out of business before part III was finished, so only Star Saga: One and Star Saga: Two were released.
Note: be sure to download the hefty documentation. In addition to all the rules, passages, and character booklets, there also exists a "Map Kit" program made with Game Factory that lets you move around the map, record your discoveries, and share it with friends so you no longer have to sit face-to-face with five other players to enjoy the experience :) Big thanks to JJ Sonick for this cool kit and Ranger55 for the excellent HTML-based passage finder!
Reviewed by: Underdogs