Battlestar Galactica Online

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Updated: 31 Mar 2019 23:00

PBBG: Battlestar Galactica Online [3D]

Site: Battlestar Galactica Online
Genre: Space PvP, FvF
3D Game: Yes
Free To Play: Yes
Premium Pay Option: Yes


Sadly, this top ranked PBBG is getting retired due to the fact that the game was shut down on Feb 1st, 2019. Aside from my personal opinion, this was probably one of the best PBBG's ever developed.


Battle Star Galactica Online (BGO) is a browser based MMO played in 3D space and set within the Battle Star Galactica universe. Being a fan of space games, MMO games, and Battlestar Galactica, this game works for me on many levels so this review is sure to be somewhat biased. The game is fully 3D yet in a browser making it one of just a small handful of true 3D PBBG's available at the time of this writing. New players start out with a brief tutorial to get the basics of space flight and combat.


Advancement is based on XP and typical for most MMO's. XP is spent to increase skills which reminds me a little of old school MUDS (as well as Asheron's Call) which tends to give XP value beyond just determining level. As you gain XP you decide how best to spend it to raise skills while at the same time advancing in levels. As you become stronger and wealthier there are additional ships that can be purchased along with lots of gear that can be installed. All craft have specialization bonuses allowing you to install more components of one type over another. For example, a Viper can be fitted with additional engine components while a Raptor has room for more computer components.

The World

The game world is set in space that is divided into chunks identified as sectors. Each sector may contain planet(s) and asteroids which can be mined for material as well as debri. Encounters with NPC ships will keep you on your toes while exploring. Jumping to other nearby sectors (zones) in performed via FTL (faster than light) drives that are installed on all ship and ship types.


PvP comes in the form of FvF (faction versus faction) making it much like WoW with just two factions, Cylons vs Humans. Or if you prefer an in-character reference, then it's Toasters vs Colonials. Any apposing faction member can be attacked at any time and in any sector (members of the apposing team cannot enter home sectors). The sectors of the world can be controlled at any given time by the ruling faction creating a FvF system in which the objective is to control more sectors than the apposing faction.

Epic Battles

BGO has been noted for its epic PvP battles involving hundreds of players, but these battles are infrequent and these days it's more common to see lone wolfs or small packs of around 3 players. There is no such thing as a better ship type, all ship types are designed to have an advantage over one type of ship and a weakness against another. Skills, gear, and ammo can however give you an edge and retreating is a fair option, assuming you can outrun the hunter. Real world piloting skills lend to your success so choose a camera that gives you the most the control because if you're struggling just to keep the enemy in view, then you probably don't have long to live.