|Dev: Ironclad Games|
|Release: June 12, 2012|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Fantasy Violence, Mild Language|
There are several new ships, too, but by far the most impressive of them is the Titan class. These ships are tough to build—they're expensive, and you have to create them in several different stages—but they are immensely powerful. This forces players to decide whether a big investment will pay off before it's too late.
Fans of the previous games will also notice Rebellion's fresh coat of paint. While the franchise is known for its low system requirements and Rebellion continues this tradition—it still runs on the Iron Engine, takes up only a few gigs of hard-drive space, and will work with most computers—this expansion is a step forward visually. It's not the best-looking title in the game industry by any stretch of the imagination, but given the small download and the ability to run on old computers, it looks decent enough. My only significant complaint with the graphics is that there are long load times, both when you start the game up and when you begin an individual match.
The sound doesn't fare nearly as well, unfortunately. Thanks to the sheer size of the game (and perhaps as a nod to the scientific fact that sound doesn't travel through space), Sins doesn't honor each individual laser blast and explosion with a sound effect. What you do hear are the obnoxious, poorly acted comments your team makes all the time: "Show me the path!" "I seek knowledge!" In fairness, though, the epic orchestral music is a nice fit for this franchise.
So what does all this mean? In a way, it's a gutsy move for Ironclad to release an expansion for a four-year-old game, especially when the marketing team for Legends of Pegasus is telling gamers to "forget your Sins… become a Legend." Rebellion leaves plenty of room for a competitor to improve on its formula; personally, I would like to see cutting-edge graphics, a story campaign, and faster and more gripping gameplay. But Rebellion is easily the definitive game of this series, with lots of new content and all the old stuff thrown in too—and if Legends of Pegasus wants us to "forget our Sins," it had better give us something truly great.
Date: June 20, 2012