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Galactic Assault: Prisoner of Power review

Bellow title for maximum effect


  • Challenging campaign
  • Battles keep you guessing
  • Setting up strategic attacks


  • Nonexistent backstory of the book
  • Low-tech "sci-fi" weaponry
  • Lack of innovation

Nov 7, 2007

A year before the Strugatsky brothers penned the novel that inspiredS.T.A.L.K.E.R.,they churned out the sixth installment of their %26ldquo;Noon Universe%26rdquo; series. Prisoners of Power was a subversive tale of totalitarianism and revolt set on a planet with an atmosphere so refractive the locals had to look straight up to see the horizon.

We%26rsquo;re telling you all this because you won%26rsquo;t learn it from playing the game allegedly based on the book. Galactic Assault: Prisoner of Power is a slick hex war game that wears its theme like a chimpanzee wears a top hat (reluctantly and unconvincingly). Besides the names of the factions, units and characters, there%26rsquo;s almost nothing here of the dark, distinctive, source material.

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DescriptionThis sci-fi strategy game doesn't have much to do with its IP cousin, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. or even its own source material, but it's a good romp.
US censor ratingTeen
Release date12 September 2007 (US), (UK)