VEGA Conflict is a sci-fi strategy MMO where players stake their claim in space, commanding fleets and engaging in epic space wars to take the galaxy back from the evil VEGA Federation.
PvP: Open World
Release Date: December 13, 2015
Pros: +Cross-platform play. +Detailed structures and spaceships. +Intense strategic battles.
Cons: -Pay-to-win elements. -Slow pacing in higher level play.
VEGA Conflict Overview
VEGA Conflict is a free-to-play real-time strategy game available on multiple platforms: PC, Mac, browser, iOS, and Android. Players take the role of rogue miners in space seeking total control over the dwindling resources found in each sector's asteroids. Manage a fleet of massive, distinct space ships and command centers to take down the villainous VEGA Federation that threatens to control and abuse the remaining resources for their own gain. Fight against other players for victory in real-time and be prepared to defend your territory at any time, similar to the intense strategic gameplay of Clash of Clans and Game of War.
VEGA Conflict Key Features:
- Real-Time PvP – attack enemies in real time, demanding strategic decision making.
- Strategic Gameplay – form a massive fleet based on your knowledge of the enemy's strengths and weaknesses, commanding your ships to attack weak points and maneuver carefully away from threats.
- Alliances – join a group of like-minded players in alliances to discuss game strategy and form teams to work against other players and the VEGA Federation.
- Multi-Platform Play – continue your game progress on mobile, tablet, browser, and PC.
- Ship Customization – craft and upgrade your ships to continually create a more powerful fleet.
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VEGA Conflict Review
By, Marc Marasigan
Vega Conflict is a sci-fi themed strategy game set in the outer reaches of space where humans have begun to build their own colonies. Players take on the role of a rebel commander put in charge of a new base and tasked with taking on missions to counter the influence of the tyrannical Vega Federation. The game features browser-like 2.5D graphics reminiscent of the first StarCraft game, which isn’t surprising considering that the game is a mobile port. The graphics, however, work quite well with the casual nature of the game. The sound effects and background music also resemble generic versions of those in the the first Starcraft, which isn’t bad but not definitely not ground-breaking either.
Are You Ready Commander?
Players start out with a quick tutorial that walks them through the basics of controlling their ship and targeting enemy structures. The tutorial also serves as a prologue where players rescue their “kidnapped” AI. After a brief exchange of laser beams ultimately ending in the destruction of the Vega base, players are then given their own base to take command of. Players then have to go through another tutorial that brings them up to speed on how to collect Helium-3 and Mineral Ores (resources harvested from asteroids), build ships, and construct and improve base structures or modules as they’re called in-game. After which they go through a final tutorial on space combat. Three tutorials might seem like overkill to some players but are actually very effective in making sure that players are familiar with every basic aspect of the game before things get complicated.
After the tutorial, players are given a quest line to follow and complete which also serves as a guide to help players progress through the game. Aside from guiding players, these quests also reward players with resources, items used for research, along with occasional coins which are mainly used to instantly construct structures, build ships, and complete research queues. Players don’t necessarily have to complete each and every quest in order. Quests will auto-complete if you accomplish their requirements even if they haven’t been listed in the quest log yet. So if you have a strategy that works for you such as focusing on base defenses first then by all means follow it.
The base-building aspect of the game is similar to Clash of Clans and happens in real-time. Constructing a building is fast early in the game but can take as long as a week as the game progresses. It’s also important to keep in mind that the placement and position of certain structures will have a big impact on how defensible your base will be in PvP.
Prepare To Engage
Aside from taking out Vega bases, players are also tasked with disrupting supply trains by taking out cargo fleets as part of the quest line. This happens in the World Map where players can see nearby Vega bases and cargo fleets, as well as other players’ bases, or visit other sectors to look for more tempting targets. To initiate combat, players simply deploy their fleet and order them to approach their targets, once the target is in range, the game will give players the option to engage. Combat happens in closed-off instanced environments and is pretty straightforward: select the ships in your fleet using the mouse or the number keys and attack the enemy ships by clicking on them. Players also have the option of turning on the combat AI to make their fleet move and fight on their own. Micromanagement, however, is the way to go since it effectively minimizes damages sustained by your fleet but takes a while to get used to.
Love Thy Neighbor
As mentioned earlier, PvP in Vega Conflict is a lot like Raiding in Clash of Clans. When attacking another player’s base, the attacking player is given a limited amount of time to destroy the enemy base using his attack fleet and are given stars depending on how much of the base they destroy. Players can attack any player base in the world map as long as their attack fleet can get to it. Fleets can be tailor-fit to your specifications including each ship’s weapons, armor, and payload and are customized in the Fleet Bay building found in the player’s base. Fleet changes must be made before they’re deployed in the world map since any changes can only be made from the Fleet Bay. Fleets roaming around in the world map must first be recalled to base before changes can be made. Fleets also move in real-time so getting to that ripe-for-raiding base over in the next sector might take a while. Hitting your next-door neighbors might be tempting but might not be such a good idea considering that it’ll be just as easy for them to attack you in return. Creating alliances is a good way to survive in the game but isn’t necessarily required.
Money Is Power
Like Clash of Clans, players can use Coins to instantly complete just about anything in the game whether it’s construction, research, or ship-building. Coins can be bought using real-world money or acquired as quest rewards which makes it possible to play the game without spending a dime of your hard-earned money. However, considering that base construction is the core of Vega Conflict’s gameplay, the free-playing community will almost always be at a disadvantage against coin-users who can instantly build and research almost anything at a whim. A fact that makes the game pay to win by most of the gaming world’s standards.
The Final Verdict – Good
Vega Conflict’s success can probably be attributed to the recent town-building, resource-grinding bandwagon started by Clash of Clans. The game, however, is a solid strategy game in its own right with simple gameplay mechanics and surprisingly addicting combat that’s perfect for casual and hardcore players alike. The graphics and sound effects could use a bit of a facelift but works quite well as it is. If you like Clash of Clans and in the mood for something other than medieval-themed strategy games then this game might just be what you’re looking for.
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VEGA Conflict System Requirements
PC Minimum Requirements:
Operating System: Windows XP, Mac OSX 10.7
CPU: Dual Core 1.8GHz
Video Card: DX9 capabilities
RAM: 4 GB
Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
Mobile Minimum Requirements:
Operating System: iOS 7.0 or later, Android 4.2 or later
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VEGA Conflict Additional Information
Game Engine: Unity3D
Open Beta Release Date: August 2013
Release Date: December 13, 2015
Development History / Background:
VEGA Conflict is developed and published by KIXEYE, a game developer founded in 2007 to create online strategy and combat games. They have developed games such as Backyard Monsters, Desktop Defender, and War Commander, and focus primarily on social games that target hardcore audiences. VEGA Conflict began as a Flash game in April 2013, enetering open beta in August 2013. The game went through some significant changes when it was ported to Unity on June 2014, thanks to the team's desire to create a class-platform gameplay experience. It came out on multiple platforms throughout 2015, with its Steam client-based version releasing on December 13, 2015.