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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 3:55 pm 
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Is Freespace 2 still the best space sim?

Or is there a game in the genre that is better?

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Never played 2, but the first Freespace was one of the best games I'd ever played. And I don't usually like flight sims much.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 9:29 pm 
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fs2 was just like fs1 except the graphics aare better, the fighters are stronger, cap ships are bigger, and they are armed with flak as well as beam cannons. I think multiplayer support is better, but you can't really tell by playing.

FS2 is a worth successor to "one of the best games ever"...

I just installed it on my linux box. Native version, they released the source code a while back and it got ported to *nix and osx. You can download all 3 disks, but it takes a while. A long while.

As for gameplay... well. It is awesome. same as before but blindingly fast. I remember load screens. I don't see loadscreens any more. Click on 'next' from the briefing screen and you are in the cockpit, flat out. Crank the detail and resolution all the way up and watch intense 100 fighter furballs between some ov the biggest capital ships ever rendered in 3d without skipping a frame.

Granted, I'm only on a p3, so it might just be fluxbox/linux kicking out the speed. But the gameplay is just as good on any system.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 1:36 am 
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well, freespace is pure combat. the single player campaigns are tree based; most ov the time loosing will not force you to replay a mission, but winning will make the next mission easier.

For example, there is a mission where you have to take 3 wings and 2 cap ships up against a really big enemy cap ship and it's fighters. IF you loose a cap ship, your command tells you to abort and everyone jumps system. In the next mission, you will only have 1 cap ship, and have to fight the big enemy cap ship, as well as whatever else was already there.

But, the big draw to fs2 is the multiplayer. there are the dogfight modes, objective modes, and co-op missions. It is fun.

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The screenshots really don't do it justice. The scale ov things in this game are epic. That ship in the bottom ov the screenshot is about 1.5km long. and rendered to scale. you can full burn across it's bow for an eternity when it's flack cannons are blazing and beams light up the void...

System Requirements :

Pentium 200MHz
32 MB RAM (64 recommended)
3D accelerator (Direct3D, Glide) required
Mac, Linux, or Windows

I used to play this game on my pentium MMX. I bet if you can read this post, you can play this game, online. and get good framerates

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 12:27 pm 
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Here is a link to a download on HOTU. It has no movies or high-res textures. "One of the best 3D space combat games ever made" :
http://www.the-underdogs.org/game.php?id=4150

It IS one of the best . Maybe that is why amazon.com is selling new copies for 100$ each. The game is so good that people WILL pay it.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/st ... videogames

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The screenshots really don't do it justice
Uh... they do a pretty satisfactory job, along with your praise, of making me find this thing! :D

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Mort, if I may ask, where did you find the CD images?

Linux version, of course - I don't begin to imagine you'd have the Windows version.

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cykotek : There are no linux disks. There is a linux installer that installs a linux binary executable, but it uses the windows disks to extract the game resources.

Windows Disks:
http://www.freespacezone.com/

Linux Installer :
http://www.icculus.org/freespace2/

TTuren : Check the link above. Otherwise you might have to check ebay. Like i said. FS2 is one ov the best games ever. You can tell by the fact that unlike 99% ov games ever released, it has *increased* in value. There are very few games that can boast this.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2006 12:36 am 
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yup.

:)

Hurry up and get it installed - I want to start a squadron!

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Hmmm... Sounds good.

But what the heck is that website talking about? I understand some basic stuff about computers, but I know nothing about burning CDs (which seems to be what it's talking about). I do know that I have a CD burner on my computer, so that's ok (if it really is talking about burning a CD).


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An ISO is a save file for CD burning software. It contains a disk 'image', or copy ov a CD. Download the iso and use CD burning software to burn it to disk.

But I would not try to download it unless you have a fast internet connection. There is always ebay.

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Or don't bother burning it, mount the image file in a virual CD-ROM applet like Daemon Tools - http://www.daemon-tools.cc/dtcc/download.php

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if you use linux you can mount the ISO to the filesystem with the command :

"mount -t iso9660 -o loop image.iso /wheretomount"

Just another example ov linux providing more out-ov-the-box functionality then windows.

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mortishroom wrote:
An ISO is a save file for CD burning software. It contains a disk 'image', or copy ov a CD. Download the iso and use CD burning software to burn it to disk.

But I would not try to download it unless you have a fast internet connection. There is always ebay.


Ok, thanks for telling me.

But ebay isn't an option for me. Too young. No job, no money.

So I think I'll just get all of my stuff for free. Or at least try. :D


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well, in that case, i'd try bit torrent. That way you can resume your download is teh line fails.

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