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Good Free free-form style MP-capable space sim game

where can I find one on the net

By on August 10, 2009 12:17:58 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

well, I've been looking around, and I have a free-form style game (I can't for the life of me figure it out), but I would like something more in depth. For Free. <- that right there is probably the biggest problem I'll have, so I may have to suck it up and try and get Evochron Legends (played around with the demo for a few minutes, still have time left ), since that looks good.

But, something on par with Legends, and free, would be nice. What I really would like is something similar to it, graphically, gameplay, and interactivity wise, but free and also SP/MP capable. I am not into MMOs, as my Internet to my laptop is usually iffy.

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August 10, 2009 1:22:02 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

You might try looking into the X series. It's not free, but there's no monthly charge. X3: Terran Conflict 2.0 should be available for cheap. X3 wasn't really my cup of tea, but it might be what you're looking for.

August 10, 2009 4:14:12 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

thanks for the tip

August 10, 2009 5:11:26 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I don't think the X series is MP tho...

August 10, 2009 10:09:26 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

No multiplayer in X3TC, though you would never know it. 

August 11, 2009 10:00:49 AM from Demigod Forums Demigod Forums

There really aren't many large free MP games. Especially with space games.

August 11, 2009 11:43:30 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

what about free singleplayer-oriented space sims? I'd like something with good graphics, an excellent universe-exploring option, good combat/trading features.

And something where I can use inertial movement.

August 11, 2009 12:31:55 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Get Freelancer or Freespace series, Darkstar One from Also this is not a good game but you can try Dark Horizon.

August 11, 2009 4:35:36 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Yeah, thanks for catching that, everyone. My mistake. X3 is singleplayer only. Otherwise, it meets your criteria.

August 11, 2009 6:33:09 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

well, I'm looking for something that's also FREE. SP is the biggest thing I'm looking for, with MP being a bonus I'd like.

I looked at Freespace/Darkstar One, they both cost money. Dark Horizon also costs money, and I read a review on it that makes it look like crap.

August 16, 2009 7:38:45 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Freespace 2 is only like $5.99 on  Plus there's this huge, massive community project known as the SCP that is constantly upgrading the engine and graphics behind Freespace 2 (glow maps, shine maps, normal maps, you name it).  Not to mention Freespace 2 has a shitload of custom campaigns and mods for it.  If you can spend $9.95 on Entrenchment, you can defintely spend the $5.99 on Freespace 2.  Unfortunately, it isn't a big open space-trading game, instead focusing on excellent fighter combat (and lots of it!).  Or you could wait a few years and pick up some of the free games that are currently in development using the FS2_Open engine such as Fate of the Galaxy and Diaspora.

August 16, 2009 8:10:48 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

well, I've found one that I REALLY liked, called Vega Strike.

Pros- it's open source (FREE!!), and it can be used in an MMO-style MP (not quite what I wanted, but I can probably make do); plus, if I so desire, I can use it to make my own open-source game

Cons- semi-good graphics, and it's still under development, so it has a FEW bugs (none of which I've so far spotted).

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