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In Freelancer, you'll have to make way in the universe, through the aftermath of interplanetary war & colonization! Explore dozens of different star systems and uncover a hidden threat to the human race Exciting LAN play for up to 16 players
In the open-ended space action/adventure game Freelancer you play a ne'er-do-well with a lucky streak, one of two survivors of a space disaster. Penniless and shipless, you venture around a space dock until you find a ship and a job. You'll encounter a heady mix of canned missions that follow one main quest, and a million opportunities to make money or aggravate the various factions that co-exist in the universe. Like an online role-playing game, or Bethesda's Morrowind, you determine who your enemies are and who your friends are by your own actions, and, in another nod to role-playing, you can customize your ship with guns, rockets, and equipment just as you would customize a RPG character with swords, bows, and magic items. Best of all, you can play cooperatively with friends or fight it out with enemies online.
The backstory posits a future where various countries, divided by both nationality and, seemingly, race, have boarded massive colony ships and ventured into a wormhole that appeared within reach of our crude space technology. They found themselves in a galaxy far, far away and they got stuck there when the wormhole collapsed. They quickly colonized new home worlds and named everything with familiar locales that make navigation a breeze. In the American sectors you'll feel at home entering the New York system and landing at a spaceport called Manhattan, for example. While contrived, this device is used beautifully and it's far better than having to memorize a bunch of sci-fi names and remembering where they are, perfect for a massive universe such as this one.
Though Freelancer is set in space, it is technically not a space simulation. The game was designed to be accessible to casual gamers. For example, Freelancer makes you use the mouse for ship control. This is quite a shift for a game genre normally known to require joystick control. But even old-school Wing Commander or X-Wing fans may find that the sacrifice of verisimilitude is made up for with gains in agility. The mouse controls your guns, while you use the keyboard to maneuver around the rich universe that developer Digital Anvil has constructed. Much like a first-person shooter, you can dodge and weave while precisely blasting your enemies.
Despite the game's age, its graphics are spectacular, as is the sound and voice acting, and in that way, fighting and trading with friends or alone, Freelancer proves worth the wait. Just keep in mind that it is explicitly not a hardcore space simulation, and you'll have to leave your joystick on the shelf. --Andrew S. Bub
This game wants so very badly to be Wing Commander: Privateer...and it just isn't.
Whether or not you like this game will boil down to how many other games like it you... Read more
One of my top three favorite games ever! Good plot line, plenty of action, lots of ships & weapons systems to choose from, interesting characters, and best of all is the 'free... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ernest napolitano
Solid game for being dated. Worth the expense of trying to find it.Published 2 months ago by Aron Linde
Worked, but not without causing major boot problems and DirectX problems possibly also! ..ONLY OK because it did work before I rebooted for the last time before having no programs... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kevin Eidsmore
A real sleeper when it came out, excellent game, will take 60 to 80 hrs minimum has a lot of mods available on the intenet that changes the whole flavor and feel of the game. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this as I prepare for Star Citizen. Don't exactly have a CD drive anymore to run the installer. But this game can be got online as well...Published 4 months ago by swypequay
The game is as fun as it was back in 2003, 12 years ago, and it's hard to find, thus the high price ($30 currently). Read morePublished 5 months ago by Hamster Army
The game is great. The PRODUCT is not. The CD was not recognized by any CD drive I had available. I purchased my copy through Bananzathon. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Yogimus