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February 14, 2006 1:43:05 PM

I got addicted to Freelancer a while back when it came out, and lately I've been looking for a game that is something like it, as there isnt much word on Freelancer 2.

I saw Earth and Beyond and was just amazed "this is everything I wanted in Freelancer", only to find out it was shut down a few days ago (at the time I looked).

I also tried Eve online, but you can't even manually fly the ship like you could in freelancer?

Anyway, are there any multiplayer space sims that are close with freelancer? Mostly in the fact that you can explore as far as you can, with great graphics (beautiful worlds in freelancer), and all that good stuff.

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February 18, 2006 5:15:41 AM

You should try X3 Reunion - it's not a multiplayer - and has a very boring story line. BUT it has a sandbox nature that allows you to roam the universe and do what you like (VERY FREE FORM), trade, fight and explore.

It has a dynamic universe, and is quite complex. It's one of the best space sims out there, and graphics are second to none. Visit the egosoft website for more info
egosoft.com
February 22, 2006 11:11:03 AM

Agree that X3 is the Daddy of space sims. But if you buy it, be sure to patch it before trying to play - out of the box it's extremely buggy, but it's running great on my PC with the v1.3 patch. Have fun!
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February 15, 2007 7:48:16 PM

Why was this thread moved from space sims to pc gaming?
February 16, 2007 7:53:20 AM

Cos in general this and one other is the major game forum to be viewed. You'll get more answers this way.
February 16, 2007 10:19:48 AM

They're consolidating the games forums down to 4; PC, console, general, etc rather than haivng 20-odd forums.
February 16, 2007 5:53:28 PM

As in the words of the Emperor:

"Good."

Too many topic places.
August 24, 2008 5:02:48 PM

BUMP --- 2.5 years later!

I am still looking for a game that is like Freelancer, but is multiplayer.

Is there anything out, or coming out?
August 25, 2008 4:31:41 AM

You could try Eve Online. I played Freelancer and Eve is about the closest game to it I have found.

Some comments/warnings about Eve Online:

I have found it is excessively time consuming to develop yourself and your skills to a point where you are competitive or even competent at the game (think 8+ months of dedicated learning, training, and development to get your foot in the door).

Furthermore, regardless of your learning, training, and development you will always 1) need to have friends, 2) know when to run, that is if you do not want to die near regardless of what you intend to do.

After time investment, Eve's biggest problem is a learning curve that dwarfs Mount Everest. Not to mention that it is one of the most cutthroat and unforgiving games I have ever played (if you screw up you are really going to regret it) and that most of the player base is even less forgiving and more cutthroat than the game (nearly everyone will steal everything you have and kill you if you give them half a chance).

However, in spite of all my warnings and cautions, Eve has, in my opinion, easily the most intricate, involved, and engaging PvP I have ever come across regardless of genre. The level of detail in preparation, planing, and execution of a fight is unsurpassed in all my experience.

There is nothing that compares:
to baiting your opponent into dropping their cloak or jumping through a gate when your friends are waiting to stomp them,
to flying an interceptor or HAC manually around a brawling mass of ships keeping your enemies from escaping and aiding your friends where ever you can,
when you are out classed and out gunned in hostile territory and forced to engage but your group (by the narrowest of margins) escapes and evades being trapped and killed,
or jumping through/landing on a gate to find a hostile 40 man camp waiting for you where you run and you get away. In those moments there is nothing else that even comes close to what Eve has to offer, but those moments are brief and the time/will power investment to get them is very great.
August 25, 2008 10:24:42 PM

No, there is nothing quite like Freelancer. It makes me sad. Most of the really popular space sims are heavier on the sim than the action and fun. I find them to be a bit too boring generally. And Eve, as you have seen, is a bit too hands off to fill that niche.

I would love a Freelancer based MMO where you actually control your ship like you did in Freelancer, but I know of none in production or available right now.
August 25, 2008 11:52:50 PM

Freelancer is a great game..could have been better but still a great game.
X3 I found too complicated, I love flying games but don't want to spend a week to learn how to really fly a F16/space craft.
Have you tried Freelancer multiplayer? Still servers out there running it?
And a 2.5 year bump? that's hope for you :D 
August 26, 2008 3:24:21 AM

I too love Freelancer and wish they would come out with a second. I haven't played many PC games but that is one of my favorites.
August 26, 2008 9:29:28 AM

jaykup said:
BUMP --- 2.5 years later!

I am still looking for a game that is like Freelancer, but is multiplayer.

Is there anything out, or coming out?


Try Darkstar One.
August 26, 2008 7:35:21 PM

infornography42 said:
I would love a Freelancer based MMO where you actually control your ship like you did in Freelancer, but I know of none in production or available right now.


Doesn't the old Jumpgate or the upcoming Jumpgate: Evolution fill the niche?
August 26, 2008 8:17:14 PM

Hmm... I remember hearing about that game before, can't remember if I ever got around to looking into it. Sounds pretty neat, but the part on their website where they say the player's skill at docking makes me worry. Something as mundane as docking should never be a significant challenge, but in any space sim where it is not handled automatically, it is a pain in the arse. I'll probably take a look at it this weekend.
September 4, 2008 12:13:18 AM

jaykup said:
I got addicted to Freelancer a while back when it came out, and lately I've been looking for a game that is something like it, as there isnt much word on Freelancer 2.

I saw Earth and Beyond and was just amazed "this is everything I wanted in Freelancer", only to find out it was shut down a few days ago (at the time I looked).

I also tried Eve online, but you can't even manually fly the ship like you could in freelancer?

Anyway, are there any multiplayer space sims that are close with freelancer? Mostly in the fact that you can explore as far as you can, with great graphics (beautiful worlds in freelancer), and all that good stuff.

Im a freelancer addict too, it broke my heart when they shut down the servers, Im glad i found out about eve online, i was gonna get it today, but if you cant control the ship, no need for it. I play freespace 2(which is actually older) starlancer, and freelancer, i guess we are stuck with old games. Sucks about earth and beyond too.
September 4, 2008 3:44:46 AM

I played Freelancer for the first time about 6 months ago and still have it installed on my PC (Office Max still sells it as a jewel box).

I thought the campaign was a lot of fun, just wish there would have been more time to "freelance" between the story driven missions.

I played on for a night or two after it was over but sort of quit after that; I left a bunch of the gameworld unexplored.

Is there any reason to keep playing the single player game after finishing the main plot? Are there cool things out there that are hidden and worth finding? Can you meet up again with the girl from the story (or any of the other characters)?

Or is it just empty leveling and wealth accumulation?

I don't want to spend a ton of time on it if there's nothing else to see.
September 4, 2008 11:18:01 AM

Mostly it is leveling and wealth accumulation as well as exploration.

there are some cool things out there to find. Also getting one of the top tier ships and all the hidden level 10 guns is a lot of fun.

Me and my friends eventually got to the point where we could go from starting ships to fully tricked out gear in about 3 hours though and since that point we just haven't had a reason to go back. I loved that game and so hoped there would be a sequel, but there never was one.
September 4, 2008 9:29:57 PM

Looks like it could be good. I'll have to keep an eye open for it.
September 5, 2008 12:11:57 AM

Ananan said:
Maybe this game would be good for those of us who wanted a Freelancer sequel:

http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3397&p=7

Looks similar anyway.
wow, gonna have to check that out, @ the guy who finished the campaing they have some sweet mods out there for freelancer, you should try them out too.
September 5, 2008 1:07:18 AM

I think I posted my Freelancer questions a while ago but my deteriorating brain can't remember if anyone replied.

So you never meet up with characters from the main plot again? That's too bad.
September 5, 2008 7:11:46 PM

As for people who still like to play freelancer online,

this server http://www.freeworlds-mod.net/ is hosting a completely user-created Star Wars mod and you can easily play online despite the lack of a global server.
To my knowledge, it is the largest Freelancer community in existance.
And the new mod version 18.31 just came out, so if you're interested, check out their forums, because they are always looking for new players :D 
September 5, 2008 8:21:35 PM

infornography42 said:
Hmm... I remember hearing about that game before, can't remember if I ever got around to looking into it. Sounds pretty neat, but the part on their website where they say the player's skill at docking makes me worry. Something as mundane as docking should never be a significant challenge, but in any space sim where it is not handled automatically, it is a pain in the arse. I'll probably take a look at it this weekend.


Is anyone here old enough to have docked with that "cube" thing? :lol: 
http://www.mobygames.com/game/apple2/elite/screenshots/...
It's from the first "Elite" game, the grandpa of the genre.
September 7, 2008 7:40:50 PM

Not quite. My first Elite game was Elite 2 Plus. The cube thing looked a bit better, but not much.

The game that got me most addicted though was Elite 2 Frontier. God that game was awesome.
Anonymous
September 10, 2008 7:46:20 PM

Hy...i am desperate and i don`t know where i can get answers ok so my problem is in freelander on mission 3 part 3 after i have escorted 2 cargos to a lunar station, me and juny are on the way to planet California Minor...and my ship encouters 3 valkyrie and nothing happens (i have looked on mision walkthrou and there said that they are supposed to atack me but nothing happens and if i atack them the game tells me that i have failed the mission)...please give me a response
September 10, 2008 9:46:49 PM

Morton said:
Is anyone here old enough to have docked with that "cube" thing? :lol: 
http://www.mobygames.com/game/apple2/elite/screenshots/...
It's from the first "Elite" game, the grandpa of the genre.


Cube thing? I will have you know thats a coriolis station, and yes Ive docked with that many many times... Still drag that old game out and dust it off. Now the real question is how many people here have ever reached elite :D  and how many times :D  Yes I played that game when it was new out :D  and that was on about my 5th computer system, which we still ahve and still works :lol:  AND still have the original saved game going from back in the 80's although one side of the disk no longer works :( 

Elite 4 is allegedly back under development, but dont hold your breath on that one. Still from what tidbits have been released over time its going to be one hell of a game. I dont doubt it, what David Braben done in the past was nothing short of incredible given the limitations of the systems of the day first there was the original elite 3d graphics, AI, 1000's of completely unique systems with their own stock market in 22k...

Frontier elite 2 on a single floppy disk managed newtonian physics 3d models of an entire galaxy of planets, genuine solar systems in complete motion, orbits moons asteroids the works. All of which worked with a 7mhz processor and just 512kb of ram :lol: .

I actually still play fronter elite 2 through an emulator I play the amiga version (I dont count this as piracy as I still own myoriginal PC frontier elite 2 game disk) Theres oolite which is a modernised version of the original elite which works fine on macs or windows (even vista) and elite plus still works fine under dos box :D .
September 11, 2008 8:22:36 PM

I have my elite 2 frontier save still on my old Amiga 3000. I have the best ship with the second biggest gun (because there is absolutely no need for anything bigger) loaded up with shields and I was at the point where, for fun, I would occasionally fly into the Sol system, shoot at one of the three big stations around Earth until all three stations unloaded all of their police cruisers after me, blow them all to kingdom come, eject, pay my fine, dock, and buy a new ship leaving the old one in the hands of my loyal crew to do with as they please.

I think I can say with confidence that I beat the HELL out of that game.
September 12, 2008 9:40:12 AM

infornography42 said:
I have my elite 2 frontier save still on my old Amiga 3000. I have the best ship with the second biggest gun (because there is absolutely no need for anything bigger) loaded up with shields and I was at the point where, for fun, I would occasionally fly into the Sol system, shoot at one of the three big stations around Earth until all three stations unloaded all of their police cruisers after me, blow them all to kingdom come, eject, pay my fine, dock, and buy a new ship leaving the old one in the hands of my loyal crew to do with as they please.

I think I can say with confidence that I beat the HELL out of that game.


Did you ever do the military all the way to top rank? on either side? did you find the thargoig space ship? did you become a top class assassin? The game had some very interesting missions on the military side, although it was a grind up doing all the courier ones to begin with - but even those can be a challenge working out a perfect load out to give you a long jump range , enoughto carry fuel for the full jump plus the haul into the station and with enough space to spare to load out some weapons shields and basic equipment for when you get attacked, and being proficient enough with that equipment to make it work against far bigger ships! My favourite courier ship was a viper :D 

Money making was easy a panther clipper and small plasma can come after 2-3 hours of playing if you know what you are doing (sol barnards star - lucury goods one way robots and computers the other and keeping an eye on the bbs for double price deals). Of course with 100 shield generators and a small plasma you can feel very incincible, But thats normally the starting point for me whenever I go back to frontier, Then I like to try kitting out small ships and running missions I like to pick up the "older" ships like the krait and the like and see what I can do with them, work out loadouts to maximize jump routes for courier work, spend time bounty hunting in a small fighter etc etc. I still go back to the old game.
September 12, 2008 5:46:16 PM

I know I played around with the missions, not sure if I ever beat them. It has been over a decade and a half since I played the game.

I did find the Thargoid invasion ship after reading about it online, but never just stumbled upon it. I basically loaded up the game and went out in search of it specifically.

My favorite ship was the Imp Courier. It was fast and maneuverable and able to equip pretty much whatever you needed.
September 12, 2008 7:29:41 PM

Yeah its not a bad ship at all, just didnt quite have the jump range I wanted for missions, but it did make a nice combat ship even one of the medium beam lasers in one of those took things down pretty well. From what I remember you needed good shields with them they were pretty big and took a battering at times. I still go back to most of the old elite games every couple of years. I just like sandbox style games and I like space games. The X-series is ok but just wasnt "big" enough or "free" enough. Although of course building your own complexs and fleets was very cool :D 
September 12, 2008 7:36:35 PM

I never got into the X games. I found them to be unnecessarily complex and obfuscated. I wanted to like them, I really really did, but I couldn't even complete the early intro missions because they wanted me to do something that they could not be bothered to explain how to do.

I spent an hour trying to figure it out and then gave up the game in disgust.
September 12, 2008 7:52:01 PM

Yeah the interface could be a real pig to work out, The last of the series was the best once they patched it up, But even that one takes some real figuring out. Combat in the second one was disastrous constant ramming... Although they had some nice looking pirate ships in that one :D .

Elite 4 is supposed to be going again, I really think that will redefine space games as much as its previous versions have, but its gotta be a couple of years away yet.
Anonymous
September 17, 2008 11:50:05 AM

Microsoft Game Studios has made the decision to retire player matchmaking services for Freelancer. We are proud to have hosted these services and would like to personally thank you for being loyal to our games.
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SuperBabyGuide
September 19, 2008 9:59:06 AM

I am still playing FreeLancer today, it's on this computer and I have just finished the missions and am having fun getting all the cool upgrades
September 19, 2008 6:52:08 PM

Man that was a game.

I remember some friends of mine at a LAN party saw me playing it and they wanted in. We setup a server and 15 hours later...where still playing it. They figured out a route to maximize income by buying some commodity and selling it on a planet on the other end of the map. That planet had a commodity that could be sold at the first planet for a good profit.

One guy got a freighter and everyone else got fighters...they did this run over and over and over again.

Talk about a game that I would have never thought would be the 'popular' game at that LAN party.
September 19, 2008 6:59:39 PM

as i said before, despite the global server being down, you CAN still paly Freelancer online with other people. I'm playing and having a lot of fun :D 
September 25, 2008 8:00:42 PM

I didn't play freelancer but you can try Space Rangers 2....from what I've heard of freelancer and the hundreds of hours I spent playing it, you should like it :) 
September 27, 2008 8:27:23 AM

completely different style, but definitely a good game. You can get it off of Stardock Impulse relatively DRM free.
September 28, 2008 1:56:35 AM

Whatever any of you do, dont think of playing eve online, it sucks huge dog dick, so slow paced i fell asleep
October 10, 2008 7:17:10 PM

You know, the official servers might be down, but that doesn't mean the game is dead as far as multiplayer goes...

http://the-starport.net/

Check that site out, it's a huge resource for the game; especially look at the top navbar, has links to a LOT of Freelancer-related sites, both community sites and server sites.

There are also alternatives to the MS-hosted GLS:

http://fllistserver.com/

http://www.moddb.com/games/freelancer/downloads/freelan...

http://the-starport.net/index.php?option=com_serverring...

FL's community is exceedingly stubborn and we won't let the game die off just because the publisher and developer have let us down!
Anonymous
November 6, 2008 3:40:47 PM

All

Freelancer is alive and well and although a new version would be wonderful there are some great mods out there that have made it survive the years.

I would seriously recommend going to www.discoverygc.com and getting the freelancer Mod manager. Add the v4.84 mod pack and go play on the discovery 24/7 RP server. This server can host up to 200 players at once and regularily has over 150.

The forums are full of good advice on getting started and make sure you know what the RP rules are all about. If you follow them they really add to the game.

These guys are serious about role playing and have added dozens of new worlds and ships to explore. It's not all about PvP so you are not going to get annihilated at every turn. I spent weeks trading my way up to a seriously large trading ship and have made millions.

Now I own a fleet of Bounty Hunter ships and regularily go looking for bounties placed on the pirates that hang out in the darker corners.

There is nothing quite like finding a pirate, engaging in some role play and then engaging him as he tries to run away!!!!

Enjoy!
November 12, 2008 7:46:13 PM

Hi all.
www.colourselite.co.uk

Is an excellent server, plenty off added systems, a maze. Great ships including Cylon raider MkII, Gryphon , Dark Eagle, Rebel SHF ,Reble INT. and all Coallation ships too pBSGDOW server. its all going on

Really guys this mod is the bomb. Nothing touches it, not even close. i have played for 3 years here and never been bored. Get registered to forum, Drop me a PM my forum name is HenryMorgan. and ill get ya guys going.
November 15, 2008 1:14:33 PM

Kabobi said:
as i said before, despite the global server being down, you CAN still paly Freelancer online with other people. I'm playing and having a lot of fun :D 

How do you do that?
November 16, 2008 12:01:15 PM

have to say (although very old now) Privateer 2 is still one of the best do what you want space sims out there. I was gutted that freelancer couldnt live up to it. If you can stomach the ancient visuals well worth checking out.
November 16, 2008 3:59:02 PM

Privateer 2 was a good game, but the second to the last campaign mission was ... absurdly hard.
December 13, 2008 8:39:47 AM

Hi everyone, I am a big fan of freelancer I believe it is the best space sim .... the controles of the ship are great but I am also a big fan of adventure game. I wish we could also explore the cities and interact more with the other characters in the game instead of having all the time the same anim and voices. I watched firefly the series and heard they were doing a mmo.. I was so excited to the idea of a good space game with some good fight in a pub. But no news of it. Does anyone no any game where you can control your ship in the air but also control your character om land.... Maybe I am asking too much.
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