This view of Earth was very shocking to the young teenage mind of mine as it went against the optimistic view of shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation and movies like The Fifth Element and Independence Day. While Colony Wars was a great game it did tend to be a little long and its narrator was a random guy who sounded somewhat like James Earl Jones (most likely intentional), Colony Wars: Vengeance was a better game in every respect. The first game was impossible to beat and Vengeance, while extremely difficult in its own right, was easy enough to get to the end boss. What really set the second game apart were the story and the new narrator, Mertens.
Vengeance takes place 100 years after the first game. After the League of Free Worlds makes it to the Sol System, they are unable to defeat Earth’s Navy outright and decide to escape and seal up the warp hole to the outer colonies trapping the Sol System which reverts to civil war. Here’s the awesome part of the story, you take over as Mertens, a pilot in Earth’s Colonial Navy, set on revenge against the League. Unlike the first narrator who was just there to move the story along, Mertens is someone who you really endure yourself to throughout the game. Quint Boa, the voice actor who portrayed Mertens, does a great job of exuding the character’s sadness and cautious optimism throughout the game. My only gripe is that they did not continue Mertens’ story into Colony Wars: Red Sun. Instead we get the generic miner, Valdemar.
Best portrayal: Colony Wars: Vengeance
Favorite moment(s): Mertens defeats the Widowmaker who killed his friend Klein in an earlier mission.