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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
In many ways this is the spiritual successor to the earlier Privateer games, set in the famous Wing Commander universe. Although the back story and locations in Freelancer are different, there are plenty of references through ship and weapon names and the gameplay follows a similar structure.

Actually this is a fairly familiar pattern, also seen in the X games and Frontier (Elite II). You start with a small ship and next to nothing and must make progress by either trading (not much money) or accepting random missions, flying to waypoints and defeating enemies (a bit more money). Very closely woven with the freeplay element is the main campaign or story of the game, in fact this is kept much tighter than (say) X3 where you can just go off and play the sandbox pretty much as long as you like. The story is reasonably interesting with plenty of cut scenes.

Graphics and sound are reasonable (even by current standards), though I have seen some criticism as regards the scale of planets and objects. Newtonian physics are not featured nor do orbital mechanics play much of a part in the systems you visit.

You will find yourself having to "level up" quite frequently, the skill of the enemies you face changes very quickly even in the early stages. As this is controlled to some extent by the story missions, you will find yourself being dragged back to these more frequently than you might wish. Before starting a story mission, it's essential you have the best kitted out ship you can afford and enough reserve credits to pay for repairs along the way. Of course once you've finished the main story, as with similar titles, it is a little hard to return to free trading and combat with no real objective.

The one downer with Freelancer (and why I gave it 4 rather than 5 stars) is Microsoft's strange choice of mouse control for space flight - there is no joystick or gamepad option. Now given that just about every space game before or since has offered a variety of control options...go figure. You do get used to it, but that doesn't mean it feels right.

As an older game, you may have to fiddle with your hardware settings to make it run correctly - in particular widescreen monitor owners may need to change the graphics card scaling to display a true 4:3 image (the game resolutions don't support w/s) so the mouse control works properly.

To sum up, a classic game, which has aged well and a bit of a shame that Microsoft never botered with a sequel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2007
This game is serious fun. Follow the story line and then just fly about picking your alliances and occaisionally changing them. I visited Lancersreactor and can now coast about in a Star Wars Y-Wing or the Millenium Falcon. How great is that! The mouse control is fantastic - really ideal for this game, and there's not too many keyboard controls to confuse you. You can download more galaxies and ships from Lancersrector if you want. This is the sort of game that you could spend 4 hours or 4 minutes playing at a time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2008
Here's a game that provides excellent gameplay and fun for hours. Im not going to cover the other reviews,more a take on other things, less mentioned.

It seems that to play a game nowadays, you must install the latest uber cpu and graphics card, this is not the case with FL. The beauty of FL is its able pack a huge punch and still be visually exciting and vibrant with old spec pc's. You can tell they squeezed every ounce on the limited specs thay had to deal with. The audio with doppeler effects, makes you feel your in space, with audio becoming more clear as they approach and dropping off at distance. Play this games with 5.1 headphones/speakers and you will be totally emersed within a few minutes. Ambient music is stunning and not annoying when repetitive.
Using a mouse instead of a joystick is actually a lot easier and for those who are not "game junkies" and looking for a good space game will find it very easy to handle.
Effects are nice and the storyline is compelling, but most of all you do feel as though you are in space, something that many other games can't seem to do.
The longevity of the game is in the multiplayer community.You can jump into Multiplayer Freelancer whenever you want. There are a number of servers with over 100 players online and its all for free,not a penny needs to be spent. Incredibly rare these days!
Its worth adding that there are also a lot of modifications to the game available, a very strong community exists at [...]
The point here is that you buy the game, play it and then have the option of free multiplayer availability AND taking part in large communities dedicated to the Freelancer Game. This game is still very popular regardless of its age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2009
I love this game. It is the only multiplayer game that is action packed and loads of fun to play even now. The storyline is great and the mouse controls converted me from joystick back to mouse.

It's an older game that I dont think any space sim games come close to(graphics are still really good too!). It has a huge universe to explore (for you explorers) with secrets hidden in gas clouds and prototype weapons, alien ships abandon with their equipement ready to be picked and reused on your own ship!

Trading is excellent fun, with huge varienty of pirate goods and government materials to make a good profit from. Can you find the best profit route?

Combat, as simple or as complex as you like. The more skilled you are the faster you can take down ships and make loads of money from missions or just taking their loot to equip sell or otherwise.

Arrr, I want to be a pirate! Sure but watch your back, a pirates life isnt an easy one. Pirate, police, navy, civilian, trader, tour guide, escort, missionary, junker... who do you want to be?

Upgrade ships, armour, weapons, thrusters and more, make lots of money and even take on the universe, but I suggest you make some friends because you never know what else is out there.

You dont have to spend hours playing this at a time, but you will!

Multiplay offers a large range of multiplayer mods to have fun with including star wars, Stargate, Startrek and a range of truelly epic mods like Discovery and Crossfire (my favorite). Multiplay is Cooperative or Player vs player, or fleet vs fleet or race vs race or any combination of these.

If you're bored with the run of the mill games? Try this, you wont be dissapointed!

-T
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2007
This game is superb. it's the modern day Elite. if you want to loose time flying around in space, saving mankind, becoming the best, then FREELANCER is for you! start from nothing and end with everything! the first part of the game trains you for when the universe has been saved (by you), you can then go on to trade or be a pirate, or even play online, you'll need to be skilled for that. buy it, this game is a winner !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Freelancer has been available for PC for a good few years now it has had a massive following online and the mod makers have used the game for some fantastic mods, from new weapons and ships to complete universe makeovers.
The only downside is,IMHO,because MS bought the game just before it was due for release they under utilised the storyline,engine and gamecode in order to rush the game to the market,as a result there was soooo much more that could have been done,and also they have never,despite thousands of us signing petitions,commisioned Freelancer 2,I also believe at the risk of getting shot down by my peers online literally when ingame :-) that it would have also made a fantastic Xbox game,the other space sims available at the moment just don't cut it for me .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 April 2008
You have to speak as you find and I found this game to be excellent. No pathway laid out, it's down to your choice. Some minor problems with graphics card but that was overcome (due to game being 5 years old). Probabably not for the heavy gamer, but we can not all game permenantly but it will make you game a lot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2007
When I got this game I couldn't wait to play it.The gaming controls were difficult to to get to grips with but after a while it became easier. Graphics are excellent, a game with plenty to do. You have the freedom to explore, 150 unique places to land. Storyline is good and intresting. Overall brilliant game.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 22 March 2009
Some people have rated this game average or worse,i think they need to google some mods for freelancer,free multiplayer online servers,graphic updates,whole new systems to explore more things to trade,hundreds of new ships and items.ok out of box its abit limited and the story is the normal kinda sci-fi thing.but if you download the mod manager and the discovery mod then this game opens up alot.there are lots of other mods,want starwars ships,you got them,want all the ships from the firefly series there is a major mod in the works now.
I liked this game alot before I found the mods, with them its a whole new game.with mods its probably the best spaceflight sim at the moment,without them its probably second after darkstar one.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2005
where do i begin? EXCELLENT game from microsoft here. rather than being a direct sequel to Starlancer, it's more of a future storyline, so you don't have to have played Starlancer to know what's going on. - as is the case with far too many other games produced now.
fair enough, the game control is mouse only, which does get irritating if your playing it on a touchpad, but otherwise, it's MUCH better than joystick control, once you get used to it.
the single-player storyline is fairly linear, but the variation of what you can do is pretty wide - mostly in terms of the different starships that you can fly - any from 25-odd fighters and 5 freighters. and don't even get me started on the weapons - guns (of 7 different types), missiles, mines, torpedoes... the list goes on.
there are over 40-odd different factions that you can ally yourself with - pirates, smugglers, police, navies, bounty hunters, traders, miners...
once you get the hang of piloting, you can try you luck in only of the many multiplayer internet servers out there. Freelancer lets you do this really easily, and drops you into the universe as it is at the beginning of single-player - but now, you can do pretty much anything!
Here's hoping for Freelancer 2!!
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