One of the best - if not THE best - modern remake of Atari's classic Asteroids, Subspace takes the concept and makes it even more addictive by turning it into a multiplayer space combat game. How good is the game? Let's hear it from the folks at Subspace.net, the #1 source of all things Subspace: |
"The thirty-second description (which doesn't do the game justice at all) is that it is sort of like the classic game Asteroids, except all the asteroids are other people and they can shoot back.
There are obviously a significant number of differences that can get very complex, such as needing to make your ship more powerful by eating power pellets In addition, you get to choose the type of ship you fly. Each ship has a different set of abilities. You also have teamates to help you out. In addition, you may choose to have squadmates, who may or may not be teammates (I told you this gets complex). Lastly you can choose the scenario (or zone) you wish to play. Each scenario is like a different version of the game, with different goals to achieve. Examples... The Alpha Zone is a shoot'em up for beginners, The Chaos Zone is similar but for more advanced players. The other zones hold different versions of Capture the Flag, which works something like paintball. The last important thing to note is that your game never ends. If you die you come back to life, but need to refill your ship with power pellets or greens. This may seem dull, but the game keeps score. Each player has a win/loss record, which is basically how many people you have killed, compared to how may times you have been killed. There is also an average kill ratio which everyone can see, and is the average strength of the ships you have killed. (This way everyone can see if you pick on weak ships!).
Leagues, squads, events, and tournaments are what made the Subspace/Continuum community a great one. There are literally thousands of people all over the world playing this addictive game. You will make a lot of friends and maybe a few enemies. Download this free game now."
First released by Virgin in 1998 at a retail price of $29.95, the game has been made freeware and fans are continuing to release new versions of the classic. The latest incarnation of the game is now called Continuum (made by fans who rewrote the whole thing and changed its name to avoid copyright violations by modifying the client), which you can download from Subspace.net.
Note: Of the two sites linked below, Subspace Continuum is the more recent one, though both are now defunct. Look for a 2015 revival on Steam instead.
Reviewed by: Underdogs