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By WES PLATT
© St. Petersburg Times, published November 22, 1999
Independence War is a fine fusion of space combat simulator and science fiction role playing that puts players at the helm of a dreadnought engaged in a conflict with colonial renegades known as Indies.
It's also affordable -- you can find it for $20 or less in most software stores, or $30 for the deluxe edition (which includes new weapons, new crew and new missions).
The game can be played in one of two modes: simulation or arcade. If you play in sim mode, the flight physics are more realistic. In arcade, physics such as they are go out the window and weapons get stronger.
The graphics are excellent and can be played on machines with or without 3Dfx technology. The starship can be controlled either by keyboard or joystick, with a series of easy-to-learn keyboard combinations to handle some functions, such as docking and matching velocity with targets.
Independence War's story line is strong: As the campaign proceeds, you learn there's more going on than first meets the eye.
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