8.27.2012

Doom Stars, because Death Stars are for wimps

What's a Doom Star? This:
The big green ones.
Doom Stars are warships from the popular - and to be honest, epic as hell - computer game, Master of Orion II. Specifically, it's a planetoid-sized ship that, when armed with a stellar converter (or several, if you're sadistic), become the most powerful ships in the entire game. Really, though, the Doom Star is a Death Star knockoff, right down to the planet destroying uber weapon, the stellar converter. Hit the jump for a demonstration of the technological terror you can construct:



As you can see, the difference between the Death Star's super laser and a stellar converter is that while the former blows a planet up, the latter busts right through it and causes the planet to break apart. Another difference: you can build a stellar converter on each of your planets, to bolster its defense should an enemy fleet come a knocking. You can also use converters in ship combat and even outfit your Doom Stars with multiple ones - I think the max is eight per ship. Per ship. Mamma Mia!
Stellar Converter.

It's use in-game involves capturing an enemy colony world and if any of your DS's are packing a converter, you're given the option of either taking the planet or breaking it. Most of the time, I'd take the planet, especially if it was a good one (ultra-rich, good climate and size. Basically, not a shithole), but I would occasionally break it. Usually, it would be a planet with pisspoor mineral wealth, horrible climate, or otherwise not worth terraforming into something decent. Plus, it's nice not being a genocidal maniac.

Pictures via Master of Orion 2 Strategy and Giant Bomb.

2 comments:

  1. probably my favorite computer game.
    not as powerful, but a lot of fun, is to equip it with nothing but fighters- send out waves of 122(or so) fighters- nothing can stop them.

    a fun goal in the game I'd sometimes do is to 'gaea-form the galaxy- capture every planet (and make planets out of asteroid belts) and give it a radiation shield if needed and terraform up all the way to the green gaea planet, but toxic planets can't be fixed so those you stellar convert those ;)

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  2. Great game. I played Master of Orion I back in the day. Doom Star sounds like an epic weapon.

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