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The Darkstar One is a prototype, biological long range interceptor, it's new pilot, Kayron Jarvis, begins his journey to find the killer of his father - Jack Forrester. Meanwhile fragile peace amongst races grouped in Galactic Union is endangered by attacks of Thul drones on research stations of all races. Soon Kayron finds that all these attacks happen moments after Jack leaves the stations, and in this way he slowly involves himself more and more into conflict with enemy far greater than he ever thought.
Game is divided into few types of missions player can freely choose from. These are main storyline quests, side quests, and variantly of missions which can be taken from Space Stations. Those are divided into two groups - freighter escort missions - in which player have to defend freighter from pirates - and other missions which include transportation, escort, bounty hunting, spying or shooting photos of space objects. Additionally player can trade, mine, or liberate star systems from pirates.
Darkstar One upgrades
Darkstar One can be upgraded in two ways: biological and mechanical. Standard, mechanical equipment includes: weapons (standard, turrets and missiles), energy devices (such as shields, thruster, generator, cargo scanner) and equipment (one time use, as plasma refuel or shield recharger). These have 9 levels, and higher one can be bought only on most wealthy worlds. However to gain furtherer levels of weapons or energy devices player must upgrade his ship by collecting alien artifacts - these lead to biological upgrades which are essentially hull upgrades and plasma cannon upgrades. Hull can be upgraded in 3 directions - Hull, Wings and Propulsion. Each one of these up to 10 levels. Each next upgrade gives player more hull resistivity, as well as certain upgrades, such as shorter recharge times when upgrading Propulsion or more agility when upgrading Wings. What's more - hull and wings upgrades give additional weapons capability, up to 5 turrets (10th level of hull) and bow weapons (10th level of wings). Also each few upgrades Darkstar can use higher levels of weapons, energy or equipment. Plasma cannon can create shield, emp blast, shield overwhelming shot, stop the time for nearby units or even create impenetrable plasma shield.
Artifacts can be collected by searching asteroids in systems where Artifact is on targets list, by liberating systems taken by pirates or by completing quests (both side and storyline can bring these).
Galaxy is divided into 23 sectors which contain 331 systems. There are seven races in the galaxy, however only six have territories. These are Terraner, Mortok, Raptor, Oc'to, Arrack, and Thul. In Terran territory there is Galactic Union council in Sol System, Alpha Centauri cluster.
Terran were those who created the Galactic Union after the great galactic war in which they suffered severe looses. However even now there are still disputes between Oc'to and the Arrack about the borders, and sightly mistrust between Raptor and Mortok who not far ago end the war between each other. And now, because of drone attacks the Thul become isolated in their two sectors from the rest of galaxy which slowly prepares to war with them.
Game contains numerous references to other sci-fi universes. For example two story missions resemble final Death Star run from Star Wars or the Thul Cruiser saying "We are the Thul. Resistance is futile." like Borg did in Star Trek.