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- Experience a vast, open-ended universe filled with an infinite number of adventures
- Experience endless action as you make your way through 48 known star systems and 38 different levels.
- Money makes the world go round. Mining planets churn out valuable minerals, agriculture planets cultivate grain. Secure the best trade routes and reap the profit.
- Greed, morality, compassion, anger... whatever motivates you, the dynamic universe will respond. Take the first step. The universe is waiting.
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Freelancer knows how to rule the Universe! Freelancer delivers the exact combination of addictive and accessible gameplay that the genre has needed for a long time. Gamespot
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Once you complete the core missions, Freelancer is as close to a true sandbox space game as you can get. Initially, you're limited in where you can travel, but as you play through the missions, more and more areas open up. After "beating the game" (which doesn't take long), you can choose to just keep playing. In my opinion, the game truly starts after it's finished. At that point, you have access to around 50 different star systems and dozens of factions for each "region" of space, many of which were not even involved in the core missions. There are four "nations" that each control several star systems (Liberty, Bretonia, Kusari, and Rheinland), but they only cover about half of the systems in the game. The rest are independent "hives of scum and villainy," or isolated outposts, for the most part. You can do mining, piracy, privateering, trading, whatever you like.
The modding community for this game is still running strong even after 7 years (the Amazon release date says 2007, but the game came out in 2003), and there are still a few multiplayer servers out there. Mods run from unlocking ships you can't normally play to practically recreating the entire universe. One even turns this into a "Star Wars"-like game with X-wings and Imperial Cruisers. Various servers run different mods, so there's some choice out there. For that matter, you can create your own server for you and your friends to play on, and choose which mods you want running for that server.
Many add-on modifications are available (for free "as in beer") on the web and greatly enhance the fun of single-player mode. That's a good thing since it's getting hard to find multi-player servers available.
It's not the space game I've always wanted, but it's not suddenly deadly PVP (like Eve) either, and it's easily the best $10 I've purchased in a long time.