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Blue Libra Review (Windows PC)

Posted by Pat Gibbons (RedCoatGunman), 11 days ago
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In Blue Libra, the player commands the last remnants blue libraof a once proud civilization as they attempt to reclaim their home world of Tenerna from the ruthless Gardian Empire. To accomplish this, the player is given control of the Libra, a massive carrier that can produce any number of smaller vessels. During a mission, the Libra will automatically construct ships based on parameters set by the player. Captured planets and space stations can also produce ships, as well as increase the population cap. A mission can only be completed when all planets and installations have been captured and all enemy ships have been destroyed.

Blue Libra Gameplay

Blue Libra features a unique system for controlling ships. To move a fleet, the player need only hold down the left mouse button over it, and then draw the path that the fleet is to take. The fleet will then follow the path non-stop until it reaches its destination. Attacking enemies works in the same manner. If a path is drawn to a group of enemy ships, then the fleet will engage them via the shortest route possible. The fleet will pursue the enemy formation until it’s destroyed, unless it is told to go elsewhere. Opposing ships will fire at each other in passing, but they will not deviate from the designated path unless ordered to so. This system is interesting to say the least. I can imagine that it lends itself particularly well to the iPad. Drawingblue libra gameplay 1 paths would probably work very well with a touch screen, though it feels a bit awkward with a mouse.

The drawing mechanic does have a few problems however. For starters, a fleet will always take a straight path toward objectives and enemy ships. To avoid obstacles, the player has to order the fleet around and then redirect them. This problem could be easily straightened out by adding a waypoint system. This would force the fleet to take a longer route to the objective with a single command. It could also be fixed by letting the player add to a path once it has been placed. There is also an issue with the process of dividing fleets. Ships are automatically grouped into fleets when they are built. The player can easily combine fleets by drawing a path from one to anther. To split a fleet in half, the player must draw a line across its diameter. Unfortunately, the game often mistakes this action as a move command, thus sending the fleet a little bit to one side. It almost always took me several attempts to break up a fleet. In the end, I would have to either waste time dividing my forces or advance with one giant attack wing, thus exposing myself to a counterstrike. For all I know, this process could be infinitely easier on the iPad. From my experience, however, it’s just irritating.

 Our Rating for Blue Libra Review (Windows PC)
The campaign doesnít warrant a second play through. Skirmish Mode is more promising due to the random map generator, but it might get old after a while.
The graphics are pretty boring. The ships arenít very unique and are lacking in detail.
There is only one song played on a loop. Sound effects are bland and basic. If playing on the iPad or iPod, you would be better off listening to iTunes.
Both the Campaign and Skirmish Modes provide a decent challenge. The drawing interface is very unique but has some issues. Playing on with a touch screen may bring more to the experience.
Multiplayer/Online Content
Blue Libra is a decent game for a very reasonable price. Itís not the prettiest game, but it is fun to play. A definite buy for any iPad owner.

Rating: 0.0, votes: 0

PC Video Game Review Rig Specifications

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CPU Intel Core i7-2600K 3.40Ghz Intel Core i7 940 2.93Ghz
RAM 4.00GB Crucial Ballistix 6Gb Patriot Viper Memory
Gfx Card EVGA GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB EVGA 560 Ti 448 Core Graphics Card
PSU Xion 800Watt Powersupply
Chassis NZXT H2 Silent Classic NZXT Vulcan Case
Cooling NZXT Fans Cooled by Xigmatek fans
Audio Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1/Sharkoon Xtatic SR Corsair Vengeance 1500 7.1 Surround Headset
Display AOC Ultra-thin 22" LED 27" 3D Asus monitor with Nvidia 3D Vision 2
Mouse SteelSeries Sensei (left), NZXT Avatar S white (right) Logitech G500 mouse
Keyboard Logitech Media slim and Cyber Snipa Flexiglow MadCatz/Saitek Cyborg Keyboard (Modern Warfare 2 edition)


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