"Most ancient generals died or
vanished in the last 15 years..." And the story only gets more
confusing in the German version of Nectaris. Currently, I only have the text
introduction and the ending available. Hopefully, as folks progress further into
we will find out if there are any further developments in the story
(doubtful) or any
cinema scenes ( please send screenshots ! ). Yes, although this is a German game, the text is in
English! The decision to make all in-game text (i.e. the
story, the weapon descriptions, and the user-interface) English-language
was done with the European market in mind, I'm sure, but I do not know if
the game was ever distributed outside of Germany. Scouring
international auction sites over the years, I have yet to find any
evidence that this game was sold or marketed outside of
TRIVIA: This would not be the first
time that a Nectaris game featured English-language text : the cover art for 1992's PC-98 and X68000 ports
of Nectaris -- ports clearly designed exclusively for the Japanese market
-- prominently features a synopsis of the Nectaris storyline in English.
COMMENTARY: Well, the ending sequence is pretty short and generic. At least
the production credits are included (although they do not credit the
Japanese composer for the soundtrack). The opening sequence, while
still generic, takes some liberties with the basic Nectaris storyline.
The setting has shifted from the Sea of Nectaris on Earth's moon to the
"resource moon" of Triton. In the German story, which is
totally confusing to me, "Nectaris" is simply, well... the name of
clandestine military force under your command? I am confused.
Unlike previous games, there is no mention of Base Nectaris (the Empire's
Lunar stronghold, and your ultimate objective). Plus, what's up with
the "technocons on Mars" ? ASIDE: The technocons seem to be
arms suppliers, developing and selling weapons as a "neutral
party" ... performing the role that the Quintessons are known for in
the Transformers universe.
As always, if you can provide
any further information or screenshots, please contact
me. Thank you!