What Moo3 SHOULD HAVE looked like

Someone really should call these fools

http://moo3.quicksilver.com/about/team.html

The architects of the atrocity against gaming called master of orion3

and show them this

http://www.positech.co.uk/gratuitousspacebattles/index.html

Basically if Moo3 had this engine for its combat system, the Moo2 collective would have borne them children, paid $199/copy for the game and probably hand ground altars to their loving gratitude, and offering free rimjobs to their unborn greatgrandchildren for creating a work of gaming art.

But no…we got paper rock scissors in space…

Maybe this should be in the pit, but meh.

Bah! MOO 3 was terrible before you even got to fighting anyone. Planets divided into DEAs? Prohibitively expensive terraforming upkeep? Heavy foot of government negating any benefits of expansion? Tech advances that hardly give any benefit? Fuck that.

I still play MOO 2, and it is still sublime. Pity they lost all of that magic in MOO 3. MOO 3 was a essentially a Pax Imperia ripoff, and Pax Imperia was terrible.

Ok plug that battle system into moo2 … nerdgasms ensue.

I tried MOO3 and it was craptacular. Almost as incomprehensibly designed as a Sims game.

I’d like to try GSB, because it sounds like fun, but alas, he has no Mac version.

Personally, I always wanted MOO2 with the Homeworld combat engine.

On a related note: Master of Magic with the Total War combat engine.

Yeah, I’d say Homeworld is the best for simulating giant space battles. I wish I could get the Battlestar Galactica mod to work but I could never figure out what was wrong. I believe there’s also a Gundam mod out there.

There was also a B5 mod, you don’t even bother attacking earth alliance destroyers with small craft, they are like a fracking bug light for fighters/bombers.

And you still have a game with WAY too much micromanagement. I’m sorry, MOO2 was good in its day in no small part because it had no competition. There’s no way I’d want to go back to building a hydroponic farm on every planet at this point.

I forgot about MoM and now I miss it. The game would rock with an updated combat engine.

But (in my ideal imaginary world) not a real-time one, pretty please!

(I’d be more interested in something like the Battle for Wesnoth turn-based system, though I doubt anything like that would be commercially viable).

You guys stopped playing Moo2?

“Stop” is a relative term. After all, when you are playing Civ IV, you can’t be playing MoO 2, now, can you? :confused:

Or EU2, or RRT3, or SoaSE, or …

I gotta disagree with you on that one. The autobuild ain’t great, but it works. Rush build a defensive or production building on a new colony’s first turn, and forget about it until it starts building trade goods. A few dozen “fire and forget” colonies will develop into a new galactic heartland sooner than you’d think, with minimal player effort.

MOO2 had Autobuild? I don’t even remember that feature. What I do remember is that the AI you’re competing with is such ass that it probably couldn’t do any better than that for itself anyway.

I find the game, in hindsight, having played other products, to be micromanagey, unbalanced, and, well… lets just say it hasn’t aged well.

Name another space-based turn-based strategy game that was better? :dubious:

Also, MOO2 was massively epic scale if you had a dedicated group to play multiplayer with. Turn down the research rate, huge galaxy, and damn that was a semester worth of fun at two hours a night or so.

Galactic Civilizations II

Great, but you’re off by about 10 years.

Seconded. GalCiv 2 is everything that I ever wanted from MOO3.

MOO3 might have been my biggest gaming disappointment of all time.