Elemental Games, 2004
Elemental Games, 2004
《太空游侠 2（Space Rangers 2）》便是最有力的证据，它几乎涵盖所有内容，融入了街机类的太空战斗、资源的经营管理、即时战略游戏般的战役、势力间的人气系统、游戏书（Choose Your Own Adventure gamebooks，CYOA）玩法等元素。乍看之下这种游戏设计本不应成立，因为就体验而言它貌似很难作到把这些紧密地结合到一起。但是这种假设大错特错，这里面所包含的多样化的开放世界体验是相当的有趣。
I have to hand it to the Russians – when they make video games it feels as if they create something they really wanted to play, rather than a soulless product designed by a marketing committee.
Space Rangers 2 is solid evidence of this. A space exploration RPG, it takes a kitchen sink approach, tossing in arcade space fights, resource trading managers, real-time strategy battles, a faction popularity system, Choose Your Own Adventure gamebooks and more. Game design such as this shouldn't work, as it appears to lack a tightly woven, cohesive experience. But how wrong that assumption is, and how fun is the diverse open-world experience contained here.
The game is set in a fictional universe where several alien races are fighting for their survival against the Dominators – three factions of a robotic species intent on ruling over all organic life. It's not as if the alien races are providing a united front, however, as often each race runs its own defined territory, and each planet inside these territories has its own focus on industry and system of government.
Since the planets in the game are so diverse, the prices of their goods and commodities also range greatly from planet to planet, resulting in a significant amount of trade in legal and illegal materials despite ongoing interstellar war. Piracy is also a factor, and it is not rare to see one trade ship with decent guns and shields target a richer, but less armed trade ship.
Amidst this chaos, the aliens races create a loose confederation in order to deal with both the growing presence of pirates and the invading forces of the Dominators, forming an interstellar police force known as the Space Rangers. This is where the player comes in, creating a character who is a trainee seeking graduation into the ranks of the Rangers. After some tutorial missions, the player is set loose into the open universe in order to do... well, whatever the player feels like doing really.
As mentioned before, Space Rangers 2 is quite open-ended and full of diverse activities. Initially the player will want to earn funds in order to beef up his spaceship or to purchase a new and better vessel.