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New Evochron Mercenary

This downloads page now offers an updated version 2.288 of Evochron Mercenary, the space combat and exploration game from indie developer StarWraith 3D games. Here are the changes in the new version, which is also available as a trial version:

  • Improved rendering performance for most systems.
  • Mod placement options added for text chat/message log.
  • Improved activation performance for the dynamic cube mapping system for planetary water (eliminating the 0.5-1 second pause on planetary descents).
  • New loading mechanism applied to planet meshes and city meshes to better support systems with limited/restricted hard drive performance/functionality (ie file error 105).
  • Fix for loading issue causing stored custom weapons in hangars to have removed stats.
  • Updated collision system for planetary terrain to reduce overall memory use.
  • Training mode can now be completed using profiles saved in other systems.
  • Adjusted click ranges in configure controls menus.
  • Improved lens flare masking for capital ships.
  • Several minor bug fixes.

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12. Re: New Evochron Mercenary Jan 18, 2013, 20:17 Aero
 
Overall I like it (largely because it doesn't have much in the way of competition these days), but it is definitely let down by the VERY clunky UI. As stated previously, that's very nearly a deal-breaker by itself. You get used to it, though, and it's functional once you learn all its idiosyncrasies, but it should be much, much better.

I also agree that the factions have no character to make you really care one way or the other about them.

My biggest gripe is with the combat AI. They never attempt to close the distance or press an advantage, so battles always end up the same: you thruster up to high speed, and then slowly maneuver to pick them off one by one at the extreme range of your weapons while trying to stay out of their gun range and picking off their missiles. It's much more like capital ship combat than fighter combat. Quite frankly, I think I'd like it to be a little more arcade-like in this regard. I like realism generally, but the Newtonian model kind of just presses home the fact that space "fighters" aren't really on as a realistic thing. Nonetheless, that's what I want. I'm willing to give up some realism for that...or, alternatively, more realism, and model g-force effects on the pilot, which would put severe limits on how the ships could change direction and accelerate. I'm not sure if this would work, but it might.

All that said, the real die-hard fans are mostly in it for the multi-player, which bypasses a lot of these issues.

 
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