S4 is a very different style of game.
You do just about make your own plot through the variety of missions, the
different events that can happen, and the different outcomes of those
for example, I was returning to the finis federation system after
successfully deffending new ireland to receive a mission involving an
uprising on finis prime.
getting there, i found that rebels had captured some ships, so required me
to take them out. For that service, the federation awarded me the
governorship of the planet sargoth, --- just next door to Finis prime.
then, with reports of near by aggression in the baiten system, I had to go
and try my best to blockade the baiten jump point. Traveling to this
blockade i caught up with an enemy Vip, ---- who I subsequently attempted to
capture, ---- and failed.
and so on. The game has so many flexible events and factors when you get to
the later portions of the game (especially with a battleship fighting in
fleet battles), that you don't need some specific gamebook style plot.
the fact that everything is also done through news reports of the war just
adds realism and atmosphere to things.
Beware the Grue!
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