It is a dark time for the Rebellion Resistance. Although the Death Star Vigilance Platform has been destroyed, Imperial WEC troops have driven the Rebel Resistance forces from their hidden base and pursued them across the galaxy.

Evading the dreaded Imperial Starfleet WEC spaceforce, a group of freedom fighters led by Luke Skywalker a Silencer supersoldier known only as the Captain has established a new secret base on the remote ice world of Hoth the Moon.

The evil lord Darth Vader Chairman Nathaniel Draygan, obsessed with finding young Skywalker the Captain, has dispatched thousands of remote probes into the far reaches of space…

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Not knowing, of course, that the Captain landed on the Moon about an hour ago already, aboard one of the WEC’s own mining freighters, lol. The rest is about to be history, starting with those screechy secretaries in C-Wing. Remember, it’s not murder if they don’t comply, it’s corrective assassination, and besides, those vibrant reds really liven up the place.

Crusader: No Regret is the sequel to Crusader: No Remorse, although apart from a couple of additions to the control set and an option to dial down the game’s violence-o-meter (seriously), the two games are more or less exactly the same. Imagine the original Fallout game without all the RPG stuff, replace the M72 Gauss Rifle with an XP-5 Broiler, swap the post-apocalyptic Californian tileset with a tyrannical megacorp moonbase tileset, and that’s basically Crusader.

Both games were built using a modified version of Ultima VIII: Pagan‘s engine, which looks kind of rubbish retro now but back in 1996, the developers had to include an option to disable explosions just in case your state-of-the-art 66 Mhz i486 DX2 couldn’t push all those pixels at the same time.

Even fifteen years on, though, and this game still rocks hard. And I don’t just mean in the “OMG IT’S REAL TECHNO IMPORTED FROM 1995” way, although that’s not entirely irrelevant. It’s got guns, gadgets, and buckets of gore – pretty much the holy triumvirate of video gaming. The 640×480 resolution also scales down rather well to a 10” netbook screen, making this the perfect game for the vicarious hitman on the go.

BONUS FACT: If the game is played on 25 December, a, um,  “special” megamix of the Christmas carols including “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, “Jingle Bells”, and “Frosty the Snowman” is substituted for the game’s regular soundtrack. So that’s fun.

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