Freelancer (in Off-topic)

PearsonTritonRaveshaw September 24 2008 1:25 PM EDT

Anybody play it? It's Microsoft's space combat sim that was released in 2003. Lots of ships, systems, stations, so much to explore. Factional wars make the game interesting. Become a trader, police officer, bounty hunter, smuggler, pirate, terrorist.... Fun game I think. Don't believe me?

Gamespot review

Also, there is a very fun multiplayer mod called Discovery. It adds many ships, including gunboats, cruisers, battleships, destroyers, juggernauts, dreadnaughts...

A basic overview and a list of features

Discovery homepage

Yukk September 24 2008 4:19 PM EDT

I played the single user game. It wasn't bad. My all time favourites of that genre were the Privateer games. I tried the XP mod for Privateer 2 a while back but half way through the game I ran into an insurmountable problem, so Freelancer has an edge in the "works on XP" stakes.
By the way, I'm sure that it's no fluke that the name is basically a synonym of the original. So is the gameplay :)

PearsonTritonRaveshaw September 24 2008 6:03 PM EDT

I haven't played a huge amount of space sims. Really, it's just Freelancer and X3: Reunion. I tried Darkstar One, but it was crazy slow on my computer (heh...) and... I just didn't like the whole feel of the game.

I was recently pointed in the direction of the two Freespace games which I'll look into.

Did you like Privateer 2 Yukk?

Goodfish September 24 2008 6:12 PM EDT

Get Masters of the Ur-Quan.


It's a computer port of Star Control 2, which is probably the greatest game ever.

PearsonTritonRaveshaw September 24 2008 6:17 PM EDT

Uhh... What do you do?

Goodfish September 24 2008 6:30 PM EDT

It's a space simulator with an epic scope. My favorite of the genre- granted, I've only played that and some junky MMO-esque one.

Although I'm looking for another good space simulator, preferably free!

/thread hijack

Goodfish September 24 2008 6:38 PM EDT

Oh, and Masters of the Ur-Quan is free. :)

PearsonTritonRaveshaw September 24 2008 9:11 PM EDT

Are there more features and stuff compared to X3 Reunion? That game was huge!

Goodfish September 24 2008 9:20 PM EDT

Never played it, can't really compare them. =\

Windwalker September 24 2008 9:32 PM EDT

This one is free and very addictive.

Zoglog[T] [big bucks] September 24 2008 9:53 PM EDT

I once played Freelancer years ago, considering I'm not a fan of the genre I quite liked the game but I just find it hard control-wise when it comes to battling enemies.
I also had the same thing with Homeworld 2, although I've always had difficulties when it comes to massive amounts of keys for different options.

Goodfish September 25 2008 1:00 AM EDT

Dark Orbit looks like t3h sux. Web-based graphical games FTL.

PearsonTritonRaveshaw September 25 2008 1:16 AM EDT

I'm forced to agree with borgin on this one...

PearsonTritonRaveshaw September 25 2008 6:57 PM EDT

Well, if any of you to play freelancer on the Discovery roleplay 24/7 server, I could so totally hook you up with some cash to get a decent ship and weaponry. Also I can show you the best trade route in the game (debatable of course), and some other ones with a much lower chance to be pirated. (Pirates like to hang out on the best trade route and charge people for passage)

Mirick September 26 2008 1:42 AM EDT

Star Control is a lot different from Freelancer/Freespace/X3. To begin with, it's control topdown, not in-cockpit.
I was gonna say it's very confusing and pretty hard but then again you played X3 so I guess you'll be fine. :p

Mirick September 26 2008 1:42 AM EDT

An edit function would be sweet!

I'll get Freelancer when I get home and look you up, Raveshaw. :)

PearsonTritonRaveshaw September 26 2008 3:27 AM EDT

Haha cool =)

I use the same name on whatever game I play. Unless it is taken... If that's the case, oh man... you better watch out! o.O

PearsonTritonRaveshaw September 26 2008 3:32 AM EDT

"I was gonna say it's very confusing and pretty hard but then again you played X3 so I guess you'll be fine."

Yeah, X3 did kind of plunge the player into a gigantic universe with almost nothing to act as the guiding hand... However, after just fooling around for a while, reading up on the internet about what is possible and stuff, it was an extremely fun game. Construct space stations, "cap" ships (shoot them until their HP is low and the pilot bails out and you can claim the ship as your own), fly carriers, battleships, construct an empire and a massive fleet of ships to defend it... That game was awesome.

Mirick September 26 2008 5:58 AM EDT

Argh, you're making me want to try it again. :(

Mirick September 26 2008 12:38 PM EDT

Stupid question time but you need a legit copy of Freelancer to play Discovery online, right?

PearsonTritonRaveshaw September 27 2008 6:40 PM EDT

No, you do not need a legit copy. Freelancer does not have any serial key protection in any way, shape, or form.


Goodfish September 28 2008 4:32 AM EDT

I'd really like to try X3. Is there a way I can get either a trial copy or... just download it? I looked around and it's 20 bucks on Direct2Drive or however many dollars on eBay. I'm not sure it's that exciting.
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