Freespace 2 Source Code Project
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While Some May remember FreeSpace 2, we won't be surprised if some don't It was a game doomed to obscurity by the mysteries of time, and because of Interplay's sale of Volition toTHQ.
In 2002 Volition released the source code to the world, and it's spawned various mods such as Babylon 5: I've Found Her (a total conversion based on the TV series's backstory - ifh.firstones. com) and Beyond the Red Line (based on Ronald D Moore's revamped Battlestar Galactica ), while owners of the original can still upgrade and play FS2s fantastic main campaign. The excellent work that people have done to make the core game graphically capable in today's gaming climate is utterly incredible, and more importantly totally free for anyone with an internet connection.
In FreeSpace 2 you play a rookie pilot in the Galactic Terran-Vasudan Alliance, fighting against the annoyingly whiny Neo-Terran Front terrorists and the angry red Shivans. It's happily playable with a mouse, but to get the feel for the speed and immerse yourself in the space combat, you'll probably want to invest in a good joystick. Though, to be fair, the top class ones in 1999 are probably a tenner now.
The thing that sets apart FreeSpace 2 from the rest of the genre is the scale of the thing - you're fighting against gigantic ships that make you look like a giblet in comparison to their mighty guns, and, yes, you have to blow them up. You both fight against and alongside these monstrosities, and it makes the whole experience that bit more exhilarating. And it's one of the tightest space combat sims ever. While you still require the original FS2 to play the original campaign, it's easily tracked down from online retailers.
The FS2 Source Code Project has led to a great deal of the engine being spruced up, with all kinds of shaders, mipmapping and texture upgrades that bring it about as far up to date as the engine can handle. Installing it is as simple as downloading a specialised loader that the project developers have created, with which you can select all the different bits and bobs you'd want added to the game, including some excellent map packs and the ability to play the original FreeSpace using FS2s engine.
The FS2 SCP site includes several tutorials for customising the game for your system, as it can be a bit fiddly when you first start out to make it look perfect, but once you've learned the ropes, you can look forward to playing one of the greatest space games of all time with a glorious up-to-date sheen.
Our hats are off to Edward Gardner and the rest of the FS2 SCP team - good work people. Sadly, we can't put FS2 on the disc for you, so you'll have to get it directly using the project's downloader program from the FS2 SCP website.
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- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP