History VideoGame / EscapeVelocity

17th Jan '16 1:17:08 AM LordInsane
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** In all three games, Mars was the first planet to be terraformed. And it always [[GoneHorriblyWrong Went Horribly Wrong]], and the next few hundred years are spent trying to fix the mess.

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** In all three games, Mars was the first planet to be terraformed. And The success depends on the game, though -- while none of the games have Mars as really all that habitable, in the first it always [[GoneHorriblyWrong Went Horribly Wrong]], just didn't seem to have entirely taken, and Mars remains a dry, harsh world. In ''Override'' Mars is also dry and harsh, but this is implied to be simply because the next few hundred years are spent trying terraforming hasn't being going on for all that long and isn't really a priority anymore with hyperdrives allowing access to fix more easily colonizable worlds. In ''Nova'', the mess.terraforming went wrong, souring people on terraforming for generations to come (although there ''is'' still a human population on the planet).
8th Jan '16 3:59:25 PM foxley
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* KangarooCourt: In ''Nova'', judges presiding over major [[{{TheFederation}} Federation]] trials are typically Vell-Os, a race of evolved humans endowed with {{Telepathy}}. Defendants do not mount a defense or get to testify, do not get a defense attorney, and do not stand before a jury; rather, a list of charges against them is read and they enter their plea. The Vell-Os judge then reads their mind and history, and is able to determine the truth and issue a ruling in seconds. This would in itself be questionable enough, but it doesn't stop there! Unbeknownst to the general civilian population, as well as most prominent political and military leaders, the Vell-Os are enslaved via mind control chip implants by the Federation, which is in turn puppeteered by the [[{{SecretPolice}} Bureau of Internal Investigation]], a shady organization that officially serves as military intelligence but in fact control the Federation entirely. Enemies of the state, particularly those who speak out against or get in the way of the Bureau, tend to end up in court with extensive lists of unlikely charges leveled against them and are invariably found guilty.
20th Sep '15 10:16:49 AM MrUnderhill
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* GuideDangIt: One otherwise innocuous Federation mission to Earth in ''Nova'' is actually [[spoiler: the start of the Vell-os storyline]]. If you complete it, you better hope you never have to go to Earth again, or you'll be forced to either [[spoiler: follow the rest of the Vell-os storyline (locking you out of all the others) or get chased out of Federation space by the Bureau for the rest of that playthrough]].
27th Aug '15 7:05:20 PM nombretomado
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* ForkliftFu: An EasterEgg LethalJokeItem lets you launch forklifts at enemies, which explode ''massively'' on contact. It is a direct reference to the {{MST3K}} episode ''Film/FugitiveAlien'', complete with soundbite.

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* ForkliftFu: An EasterEgg LethalJokeItem lets you launch forklifts at enemies, which explode ''massively'' on contact. It is a direct reference to the {{MST3K}} ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode ''Film/FugitiveAlien'', complete with soundbite.
26th Feb '15 8:48:06 AM MrUnderhill
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** This makes a bit more sense when you consider that, unlike the first game, the Rebels are only opposed to the Bureau, not the lawfully-elected Federation government. They recognize that there are [[PunchClockVillain plenty of Federation officers doing legitimate police work]], and obviously frown on anyone killing them for the heck of it.
5th Feb '15 11:21:17 AM MamaLuigi
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*** Also possibly justified in that [[LaResistance the Rebellion]], being a RagtagBunchOfMisfits, isn't exactly flush with highly trained military leaders.
8th Jan '15 10:13:19 AM Arancaytar
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** The biggest reason for this is that they can't strafe, which is one of the most important parts of fighting. They're reduced to using turret-mounted weapons or jousting.
7th Jan '15 11:41:22 AM MrUnderhill
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* EveryoneHasStandards: In ''Nova'', there's a system that is technically owned by the Federation, but the Rebels use it as an undercover base, and Rebel ships are frequently seen there. If you're trying to boost your reputation with the Rebellion, however, do ''not'' start [[KickTheDog wantonly shooting Federation ships]], or you'll anger everyone in that system, Federation ''or'' Rebel.

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* EveryoneHasStandards: In ''Nova'', there's a system that is technically owned by the Federation, but the Rebels use it as an undercover base, and Rebel ships are frequently seen there. If you're trying to boost your reputation with the Rebellion, however, do ''not'' start [[KickTheDog wantonly shooting Federation ships]], or [[MoralEventHorizon you'll anger everyone in that system, Federation ''or'' Federation]] ''[[MoralEventHorizon or]]'' [[MoralEventHorizon Rebel.]]
7th Jan '15 11:34:48 AM MrUnderhill
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* EveryoneHasStandards: In ''Nova'', there's a system that is technically owned by the Federation, but the Rebels use it as an undercover base, and Rebel ships are frequently seen there. If you're trying to boost your reputation with the Rebellion, however, do ''not'' start [[KickTheDog wantonly shooting Federation ships]], or you'll anger everyone in that system, Federation ''or'' Rebel.
5th Jan '15 12:06:25 PM Faradn
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** Partial aversion. Ships don't magically stop when they shut off their thrusters, and you can turn your ship in any direction without affecting your direction of movement, but all ships have a maximum speed, and a disabled ship will slowly drift to a halt.

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** Partial aversion. Ships don't magically stop when they shut off their thrusters, and you can turn your ship in any direction without affecting your direction of movement, but all ships have a maximum speed, and a disabled ship will slowly drift to a halt.
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