The redefined Battlestar Gallactica series is a work of TV genius. With great actors, brilliant story lines and dialogue, it’s one of the shows that my Sky+ is always set to record. But is this arcade game just a cheap money grabbing tie in? Well, in a way, yes. It is fun, but it’s not value for money.
The single player missions are largely based around events in the TV show. Your are put in the cockpit of many ships from the game such as the Vipers or the Cylon Raiders. The missions vary from having to defend Galactica from a Cylon nuclear attack to escorting some ships. The missions, however, are too short, although quite fun. There are only 10 missions and you can finish them in around an hour and a bit. When your ship is blown up, you respawn after 5 seconds, so there isn’t a real element of challenge.
As with quite alot of Arcade games lately, hardly anyone is playing online. I played one game, but that was terribly laggy because the hosts connection was appalling. I don’t know whether lag is a common thing, but I hope not. If you just want to jump into a battle, you can go to instant action, which throws you in a game with AI controlled characters.
The graphics are pretty good for an arcade game and the game faithfully recreates the quick zoom camera of the TV show. However, there is no talking whatsoever and none of the characters from the show are in the game which is a huge disappointment.
Overall, this game is good. I don’t know what multiplayer is like, but the single player is fun, if a little short. If the creators had added some dialouge and some cinematics featuring characters from the show, this would have been an essential purchase. Unfortunately, it isn’t. If you have 800 MS points and are a fan of the show, this would be a good buy.