The game is not as fun as GOF 2 with little else to do then shoot down pirates. The story line is not as detailed or interesting either. That being said, GOF 2 was a 5 star game that I still play, so although this iteration of GOF does not live up to my favorite I still give it 4 stars. Piloting and fighting in GOF 3 is less realistic then GOF 2, all of the pirate and fellow wing mates ships are much faster then yours and way more maneuverable which results in laughable and unsatisfying kills more often then not. You run upon the enemy, they whip around, pummel shots into you leaving you standing still then miraculously slow down to allow you to catch up and kill them! To be fare, GOF 2 has some of this but not nearly as much. Artwork is incredible in GOF 3 as per normal for this game with stunning vistas. It is just less; less story, less adventure, less options for something other then fighting, and so less immersive then GOF 2. But I still play...
A pick pocket game
Hands down the game engine, graphics stone solid and amazing. Story line is so so, in my opinion not nearly as good as GOF2. I’ve been playing the GOF series since it’s release. Great game play. Here is the problem with 3 tho. Money. 10 dollars for dlc is outrageous. Especially when you could buy the entire game, all add ons, everything for 10 dollars with GOF2 and GOF2 HD for an additional 10. The originals never pestered you to buy anything, this version how ever is like one of the millions of pay to play games on the market. Sure you can bring your tail off and buy a ship and may get lucky and win the best weapon in the game, but then you never have to work to get it again. Zero replay ability in this aspect. And when the heck are the devs going to add controller support and go live action pvp? And where did the space trading go? Been meaning to review this game for a few years, just thought I would wait and see if they devs would remove some of the ad bs and so on, instead it got worse. This game is just not worth it in my opinion. I hope they make something new in the future, bring Keith back, and go back to the previous game style and storyline. Just so much better over all.
Read this before you buy the game
I played Galaxy on Fire 2 in its entirety even going so far as to take the time to get the best ships and weapons after beating the games final boss. Needless to say I enjoyed every minute of the game wether I was roaming through the vast emptiness of space or fighting any of the multiple factions in the game. When GOF3 came out I was excited I was ready for a better Gof2 better graphics, more content, the works, but what I got was a mission based pay to win game that a two year old could play. There is no challenge in this game, no need for strategic use of cargo space, knowledge of your faction status, or any knowledge at all. To top it all off the graphics aren’t that much better and the controls feel worse. Fish labs had the chance to make another great game. They could have taken a year or two and no one would have asked any questions because Gof2 was so good. What they did however was make a cheap pay to win knockoff version of a better game. So if you want a game with a stifling structure and a pay to win system get this game and waste your money on the 14$ expansion packs, but if you want to enjoy roaming the galaxies, acquiring ships, and doing everything this game is advertised as doing and more then get GOF2 and have fun.
I have to say that this game has alot of good things about it. First the game play is easy to hooked on. Graphics are realky done well.
However, the reason for my one star is the support from the developer. I had a problem with moving to a new iPhone. None of my purchases were transferred and my game progress. So, I asked for help from support. The first time got a response and they told me to try something to fix it and I did. It did not work. Frustrated I just let the issue go for a couple weeks or so hoping there would be a fix. So, i uninstalled the game and tried again. Still no restore or the game or my purchases. So, I reached out a second time to support and this time they took awhile to respond. Long story short is they said they would try to fix the issue in a future release. However, as far as I have seen my money and time were completely wasted. Even, if they had offered to give me a credit for my prior purchases that would have been great. I could replay the game to get back to where I was before and that, would have been cool. But, nothing was offered or done fix my problem. I will give a updated review if this situation is made right and I hope you guys do. At this point BUYER BEWARE!
A major downgrade from Galaxy on Fire 2
After the spectacular gameplay and graphics of Galaxy on Fire 2 HD, I was severely disappointed by this game, which destroys the open, expansive world of the last game and the brilliant economy system which kept the game from being pay-to-win, unlike GOF3. Yes it had expansions, but those added many things, new systems, missions, mechanics, ships, weapons, etc. GOF3 was many, many micro transactions without which it would be impossible to complete the game in a reasonable amount of time. Missions are exactly the same and repetitive, and the only way you get currency, as apposed to GOF2’s randomized loot drops which you could either sell for profit or save and give to a Merchant for more credits. All in all, this game is a severe disappointment for all true GOF fans. If you’re new to this game series I recommend spending your hard-earned cash on GOF1 and 2, two truly fun and absolutely rewarding gaming experiences that are not pay to win in any way and while missions may get repetitive after a long playthrough, you can always become the space pirate you’ve always wanted to be and rob your way to the top!
First of all, GOF1 & 2 were awesome. However, a lot of this game is really broken despite it looking amazing.
Enemies shoot behind them at you no matter where you are relative to them (some even shoot out of their thrusters!). At certain points in each mission, enemy ships act like a missile attaching themselves to ally ships instantly destroying them. After stunning enemies with an emp, which is supposed to immobilize them, they will do a barrel roll making them magically invincible for about 2-3 seconds which is all the time you have before having to spend 10 seconds to turn around because, guess what, you can’t stop or fly slower than an enemy fighter can turn. Not being able to come to a full stop makes the innumerable collection missions and requirements unnecessarily tedious. Additionally, if the enemy does a barrel roll they get hit with an emp, laser, or missile, guess what they are invulnerable so no hit there and no stun there. Guess the devs took Star Fox to heart with how a barrel roll DOES NOT work in reality. Btw the barrel roll does not allow players to be invulnerable, but only allows a slight increase in dodging capabilities.
Great Game, wanders too far from GOF 1 and 2
I love this game, but it really strays way too far from the first 2 games, and having a “home” really takes a price out of the fun. After the WAYFARER update, though, the game took itself to the next level. The KAT. and other laser beams have much increased look and reaction when they lock on, and things like the Dismantler have MUCH better graphics. I also think, though, that freelance mode should have groups of enemies, and you should be warned about it via Jalen. If there was an update to make GOF 3 more like GOF 2 where you can travel around but you have to return to Manticore routinely. If my suggestions were added, I think GOF 3 would not stray too far from the other games and get better reviews. Great game overall. I highly suggest it to anyone who likes space 3rd person shooters with stories.
To be fair, I haven’t played for long. But I really hope you’ve played galaxy on fire two, ‘cause I’m gonna reference it a lot. First of all, the graphics are amazing. GOF2 had good graphics, and thus has great graphics. Second, it’s a much better landscape to fly around and fight in. Hands down. I also prefer the controls on thus version, though I do think the turning should be more gradual relative to the joystick. It’s a good game, but I have some complaints. This game is mission or level based. That means that it doesn’t have quite the same rpg feel to it that GOF2 had. Second, it has upgrades. For better or for worse, it has a far different way of improving your ship than GOF2 (I think worse, but maybe that’s just me). And finally, it needs WiFi. C’mon, that’s totally unnecessary. I shouldn’t have to be connected to WiFi to play. There’s no real multiplayer aspect, so it’s just an arbitrary thing they added in. I’d still try playing it if I were you though.
Problems and once and your done
by Just trying to play the game
There is no way to start over again. The price for the full game play is not worth the one time you get to play through. I also agree that the lack of a market is a serious draw back compared to GOF2. In addition, one of the exploration missions bogged down my iPad mini 4 to the point where I was getting maybe one frame about every five seconds. There have also been some other slow-downs. Beyond all that, maneuvering your ship for any significant length of time at slow speeds is pretty much impossible. There is also WAY TOO MUCH emphasis on flying through dark debris fields, structures, and asteroids. There is very little flying in open space. The very small size of the available universe is also disappointing. Also, the exploration is limited to the cluttered space mentioned above. There is no exploration to find new systems or planets. In order to build anything, you have to scavenge parts during battles. Unfortunately this games feels like little more than an arcade shooter game with a railroaded storyline.
Not What We Expected, but great game!!
Yeah, I have to say I was a little disappointed at first. I've waiting years for this game in anticipation of a mass-multiplayer open world. But after giving it chance I have to say it is enjoyable to play. The game itself is gorgeous, everything about graphics and controls is what you'd expect. I haven't made any in app purchase and seem to be moving along just fine through the game. If they could throw in an arena battle or coop missions, something to satisfy the desire to dogfight in a community and really face off these ship we spend so much time upgrading.... that would help redeem the GOF reputation, since I see a lot of people share my disappointment. It really is a great game so give it a try...it's free