|Distributor||Empire Interactive & Destineer|
|Release Date||October 27, 2005|
|Mode(s)||Singleplayer - Multiplayer|
|Rating||PEGI: 16+, ESRB: M|
|System requirements||Windows XP/Windows 2000 Service Pack 2, 2.0 GHz processor, 4 GB of free hard disk space, 512 MB RAM, DVD-ROM drive 8x, 128 MB videocard with hardware Vertex & Pixel shaders, DirectX 9.0c compatible soundcard, 512 kbit/s or greater internet for online play or TCP/IP network for LAN play (2 to 32 players)|
Starship Troopers is a first-person shooter game developed by Strangelite Studios and published by Empire Interactive. The game is based upon the canon of the film universe.
Set five years after the events of the film, the game lets players assume the role of Marauder Zero Six as they assault the planet Hesperus which has been invaded by the Arachnids. The game features footage from both the original Starship Troopers and Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation films for pre-mission briefings and has a small, cameo voice-over from Casper Van Dien should the player fail it.
Plot[edit | edit source]
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Single-player[edit | edit source]
The single-player game features a campaign mode consisting of a series of missions connected by mission briefings. After a level is completed it is then available to play in a Time Attack mode.
Most missions involve a player completing a single objective, with obstacles on the way. For example, the player's ultimate objective is to rescue comrades. The player may have to find the soldiers, protect them, retrieve supplies, fix equipment, and then escape.
During the course of a mission, a player may run into one or more bosses, often a Royal warrior or a bug that performs a heavy support role, such as a plasma bug or a tanker.
Multiplayer[edit | edit source]
Multiplayer in Starship Troopers consists of three different modes; Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Co-op. The most popular mode is Co-op which sees players defending a mechanic from an onslaught of arachnids whilst retrieving parts to repair a dropship to escape in. The network and lobby functions of Starship Troopers were provided by Demonware who have now withdrawn the services.
Promised dedicated server and modification tools were never released, along with the closing of the official English forums player numbers in the multiplayer game were very low. The game also lacked any console or server commands which makes it impossible to execute a variety of necessary admin functions such as kick, ban or a map change. Lastly as the balancing of the weapons is directly inherited from the singleplayer mode this means that deathmatch play isn't very competitive. A player who picks up the rocket launcher for example is likely to dominate the game because it scores significantly more damage compared to many other weapons, has an area of effect, can be fired rapidly and has a very large magazine.
Patches released for the game mainly focused upon improving bringing the game's multiplayer mode. The latest, version 5.24 released in December 2005, introduced 4 new DM/TDM maps and 3 new co-op maps.
Characters[edit | edit source]
- Marauder 06, call sign "Spooky": The player character, with a penchant for partying, is sent on extremely dangerous missions, sometimes alone. He is one of the only Marauders in the entire campaign, and aside from him, only Marauder 01 is ever shown. The Marauder is feared and respected for his position, and is idolized by other troops.
- Commander Harris: The officer in orbit who directs the Marauder on his missions.
- Marauder Dropship Pilot: She flies the Marauder's dropship, and saves his life on a number of occasions. She is extremely brave, risking her own life to aid the Marauder.
- Jensen: A mech-trooper, trained to repair Federation equipment, is seen throughout the game, often to repair defense systems. When he appears, the Marauder has to protect him from the local Arachnid population. He's probably the bravest of all the characters in game, as he repeatedly undertakes the most dangerous of assignments, and asks the doctor for something for the fear.
- General Hauser: A Psi Ops officer who developed the X-Bug. He must be rescued on multiple occasions, and also releases the X-Bug.
Weapons[edit | edit source]
- Morita IV Assault Rifle
- Morita MK2 Scatter
- Morita MK2 Grenade
- Morita MK2 Scoped
- Morita MK2 Carbine
- TAC Shotgun
- M54-S Nuke Launcher
- M56-C Missile Launcher
- Multiple Rocket Launcher
- E-pulse 44 Rifle 
Continuity notes[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- The game was plagued by compatibility issues; it was supposed to be a Windows XP-only game, but by using Compatibility Mode can be played on Windows Vista and Windows 7 and also playable on Windows 10. In addition, not all video cards support it.
Starship Troopers references[edit | edit source]
- Marauder suit is the standard Mobile Infantry Powered armor in the novel.
- Hesperus is a human colony planet in the novel.
Real-world references[edit | edit source]
Reception[edit | edit source]
The game was shunned by most critics, receiving a score of 3.8 (out of 10) on GameSpot and a 5 (out of 10) from IGN, with both sites stating technical issues, problems with the AI and archaic graphics the reason for the low score. Nevertheless, the game was well received and liked by some fans and gamers.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Shoot to Thrill: Casper Van Dien Talks Starship Troopers| Features | Games.net (Retrieved from Internet Archive)
- Game level "Lost Marauder"
- Game level "Outpost"
- Game level "Compound"
- Game level "Command Ship"
- Game levels "Stronghold" and "Bug Hives"