PC Moonbase Alpha (PC Steam game)

Tim

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Next month a Steam game is coming out that is promoted as putting the players in "realistic Nasa exploration scenarios". It appears to be single player and cooperative with VOIP!!!

Created hand in hand with a games company and NASA you get to return to the moon, where the US government has called an end to that dream.

One mission is listed, a meteor strike causing an emergency. I don't see from the details if it is just the one scenario, or a series of major scenarios. with Steam games the option for Downloadable Content (DLC) is high so it could be upgraded with asteroid belt missions, Mars, or ISS. This could be interesting actually. Good graphics, logical actions, teamwork, no quick fixes, no aliens or conspiracies. Good for the kids and families all round? This is where gaming needs to be. Let's see if it lives up to the hype we all feel when considering it.




Main website and trailer for the game:

https://www.nasa.gov/moonbasealpha/

What is Moonbase Alpha?

A game featuring:

  • Realistic NASA exploration scenarios
  • Immersive 3D graphics
  • Solo or team play
  • VOIP chat
  • Alternate voicable text chat
Moonbase Alpha is a game where players step into the role of an exploration team member in a futuristic 3-D lunar settlement.

Their mission is to restore critical systems and oxygen flow after a nearby meteor strike cripples a solar array and life support equipment.


...COMING JULY 6th!
 

Tim

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Re: Moonbase Alpha (Steam game)

It has been released!

NASA Games Moonbase Alpha was released on Tuesday, July 6th, 2010 and is part of NASA's Summer of Innovation program!

Visit https://www.nasa.gov/moonbasealpha for the trailer and more info.

In Moonbase Alpha, you assume the exciting role of an astronaut on the lunar base in the year 2025. Returning from a research expedition, you witness a meteorite impact that cripples the life support capability of the settlement. With precious minutes ticking away, you and your team must repair and replace equipment in order to restore the oxygen production to the settlement.

Team coordination along with the proper use and allocation of your available resources (player controlled robots, rovers, repair tools, etc.) are key to your overall success. There are several ways in which you can successfully restore the life support system of the lunar base, but since you are scored on the time spent to complete the task, you have to work effectively as a team, learn from decisions made in previous gaming sessions, and make intelligence decisions in order to top the leaderboards.

Additional Links:

http://twitter.com/NASAgames
http://www.facebook.com/NASAgames
http://www.youtube.com/user/NASAgames
http://www.moonbasealphagame.com/

Minimum System Requirements

  • Win XP SP3
  • 2.0+ GHZ Single Core Processor
  • 2 GB of System RAM
  • NVIDIA 7000-series or ATI Radeon X1900 Video Card
  • 2 GB of Free Hard Drive Space
  • DirectX 9.0c
Recommended System Requirements

  • Win XP SP3 / Vista / Windows 7
  • 2.4+ GHz Dual Core Processor
  • 4+ GB of System RAM
  • NVIDIA 9000+ or ATI Radeon 3600+ Video Card
  • 5 GB of Free Hard Drive Space
  • DirectX 9.0c for XP/Vista, DirectX 10 for Windows 7
"Our focus on Moon Base Alpha is to provide an accurate and immersive depiction of a lunar experience, a high level of replay value, and a test bed for multiplayer interactions that will be used in a much larger NASA game," said Jerry Heneghan, founder and CEO of Virtual Heroes, which was recently acquired by Applied Research Associates. "We currently are expecting for each game session to last approximately 15 minutes, but this will depend on player actions and extensive game tuning. our lead-in module will have several selectable maps geared toward providing players with several options that will cater to their own gaming experience, including maps geared for just two players or for just four players."
 

Tim

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Re: [RELEASED]Moonbase Alpha (Steam game)

Moonbase Alpha update released!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/39000/

Moonbase Alpha Updated with New Level, Features and Fixes


August 6, 2012 -- Virtual Heroes has released an update to Moonbase Alpha which features a new level "Moonbase Madness" with a brand new competitive mode. The level has two separate moonbases and two teams of three astronauts each are competing to repair their bases. Additional features and fixes are also included in the update.

In Moonbase Alpha, you assume the exciting role of an astronaut working to further human expansion and research. Returning from a research expedition, you witness a meteorite impact that cripples the life support capability of the settlement. With precious minutes ticking away, you and your team must repair and replace equipment in order to restore the oxygen production to the settlement.

Team coordination along with the proper use and allocation of your available resources (player controlled robots, rovers, repair tools, etc.) are key to your overall success. There are several ways in which you can successfully restore the life support system of the lunar base, but since you are scored on the time spent to complete the task, you have to work effectively as a team, learn from decisions made in previous gaming sessions, and make intelligence decisions in order to top the leaderboards.

New Features
“Moonbase Madness” level (including new competitive mode)
Open gameplay level (aka “sandbox” level)
Fixes
Intermittent hose crash fixed
Text-to-speech crash fixed
Settlements now report the correct Oxygen percentage when hovering over them
Cheaters get a HUD message saying cheats have been used
Lobby UI color selection cosmetic improvements
Easter egg is easier to access in the command center
Fixed bug where host cannot kick 6th player in game
Beacons no longer disappear when deactivated

Download Moonbase Alpha for Windows free at
http://store.steampowered.com/app/39000/

Updated Dedicated Server Guide is now available!
http://goo.gl/Q5T6e

Moonbase Alpha Online
http://twitter.com/virtualheroes
http://facebook.com/virtualheroes
http://youtube.com/virtualheroes
http://virtualheroes.com/products/nasa-moonbase-alpha
About the Developer

The Virtual Heroes Division of Applied Research Associates, Inc. creates collaborative interactive learning solutions for healthcare, federal systems, and corporate training markets. Advanced Learning Technologies (ALT) leverage simulation learning and digital games-based training paradigms to accelerate learning, increase user proficiency, and reduce training costs. Virtual Heroes is located in Raleigh, North Carolina, and in Orlando, Florida in the Central Florida Research Park.

Press Contact

Mitch Gross
PR & Community Manager
mgross@virtualheroes.com
 
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