| Ground Control II |
North American cover art
|Release date(s)||June 23, 2004 (North America)|
June 25, 2004 (Europe)
September 3, 2004 (China)
February 25, 2005 (Japan)
|Ratings(s)||ESRB Teen, PEGI 16|
|Media/distribution||Retail, digital download|
Ground Control II: Operation Exodus is a 2004 real-time tactics video game developed by Massive Entertainment. It is the sequel to the award-winning Ground Control. Ground Control II improved upon its predecessors graphics and game mechanics.
The story of Ground Control II takes place in that same universe as that of the original game but starts 320 years later and has little in common with the original game. The human race has discovered faster than light travel and has colonized the galaxy. There are two groups of colonies in this universe, dubbed the Inner Sphere and the Outer Sphere. A fictional physical phenomenon causes the communications between the two area to be only possible through a network of special relay stations built at the border of the spheres. Intergalactic travel is also impossible due to a fictional unexplained barrier between the galaxies.
After the battle of Krig-7b that took place in the original video game, Major Sarah Parker (the original game's protagonist) destroyed the Earth's early warning relay station, commandeered a battlecruiser called CSS Astrid (seen in the original game) and escaped. In the next centuries, a stellar war that lasted 70 years changed the political layout of the colonies. A colony called Draconis Empire subjugated the Inner Sphere and established the Empire of Terra. It destroyed the communication relays, severing communications with the Outer Sphere. The next two hundred years was the age of strife for the Outer Sphere, for they had to rediscover the precious knowledge to which they no longer had access. Eventually, the Outer Sphere colonies formed two interstellar states: The Northern Star Alliance (NSA) and the Intergalactic Trade Guild (ITG). After the two hundred years however, the Empire of Terra invaded the Outer Sphere and began taking over the NSA. In 40 years of battle that followed, the Empire took most of the NSA territory and finally invaded the Morningstar Prime, the capital of NSA.
The game begins with Captain Jacob Angelus becoming a field commander for the NSA. Despite Captain Angelus's "exceptional" battlefield performance, it is clear that NSA cannot win this war and it is only a matter of time before the Empire overwhelm them. However, an unknown spacecraft crashes on Morningstar Prime which Captain Angelus secures. NSA scientists who study the craft reveal that Major Parker outfitted CSS Astrid with an ancient device called a Singularity Drive that enables the ship to bypass the intergalactic barrier and travel to other galaxies. NSA plans to use the ship to evacuate NSA citizens to another galaxy, where the Empire cannot follow. Angelus is sent to find CSS Astrid but his search is complicated by Imperial forces in pursuit. Eventually, CSS Astrid is recovered and brought back to Morningstar Prime.
On Morningstar Prime, Captain Angelus must deal with the treachery of an NSA general as well as the arrival of fresh Imperial reinforcements. A tragic final battle takes place in which Captain Angelus and his allies help evacuating anyone they can to CSS Astrid and see to their safe departure. Despite all the efforts, the Imperials destroy an entire detachment of NSA forces as well as an NSA shuttle, presumably loaded with passengers. Captain Angelus himself does not make it to CSS Astrid and is stranded on Morningstar Prime.
Cast and CharactersEdit
Northern Star AllianceEdit
- Captain Jacob Angelus (voiced by Chris Edgerly)
- Sergeant Tai Han Rho (voiced by Hank Jacobs)
- General Aranis Warhurst (voiced by Duane R. Shepard Sr.)
- Major Douglas Grant (voiced by Charles Dennis)
- Alice McNeal (voiced by Traci Lords)
- Lieutenant Michelle LaCroix (voiced by Kath Soucie)
- Imperator Vlaana Azleea (voiced by Kath Soucie)
- Centurion Dracus (voiced by Scott Bullock)
- Centurion Cezarus (voiced by Brian George)
- G'Hall Vi'Cath (voiced by Steve Blum)
- Drahk'Mar Vi'Cath (voiced by Ron Canada)
- Khau'Nir Vi'Cath (voiced by Steve Blum)
- Major Sarah Parker (voiced by Jennifer Hale)
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|Games and Complications||Ground Control (Dark Conspiracy · Anthology) · Ground Control II: Operation Exodus|
|Content||Characters · Factions · Maps · Missions · Timeline (Conflicts) · Units|
|Developers||High Voltage Software · Massive Entertainment · Sierra Entertainment · Vivendi Universal|