Spaceships Ahoy - Dark Horizon

Paradox Interactive announces that Dark Horizon is now warping into North American stores, and space-based combat game will show up at European retailers on Friday. Word is: "Dark Horizon calls upon heroes from every corner of the universe to determine the fate of a galaxy plagued by the all-consuming, dark force called the Mirk. By assuming the role of a valiant warrior of the Guardian race and defending the Vatar'Amdan orbital fortress against the Mirk’s great De'Khete invaders, players can save billions of lives and take part in an epic fight for survival." The game is also available for online purchase and download through GamersGate.
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Sep 26, 2008, 14:11
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Sep 26, 2008, 14:11
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However, there is debate on the subject, so if you buy FS2 on GOG you can at least feel like you did the "moral" thing.

Wouldn't waste the money. It's not like Interplay exists to get a cent from it, and Volition probably doesn't get anything either.

Do you have a single fact to back that up?
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Sep 24, 2008, 07:40
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Sep 24, 2008, 07:40
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Check out this page: http://www.hard-light.net/wiki/index.php/FreeSpace_Open_Installer

Thank you!

I got the installer and it says I need openAL drivers. But my sound card is Sigma based. I didn't find it listed as supported?

Thanks again!

edit: Also trying to figure out how to get the installer to talk to the FS1 files...haven't had a chance to scout for an install doc...maybe tonight.

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Sep 24, 2008, 00:26
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Sep 24, 2008, 00:26
 
Freespace 2 is an absolutely brilliant game.

I installed the FSO on a hackintosh and it worked. I believe I tried some of the all-in-one builds out there. I was under the impression it was abandonware, but six bucks is definitely worth it.

I want to try the Battlestar Galactica and Babylon 5 conversions as well. But the pure campaign is loads of fun. Works great with a mouse too.

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Sep 23, 2008, 22:27
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Sep 23, 2008, 22:27
 
Where's the best place to grab that? Is it easy to setup?
Check out this page: http://www.hard-light.net/wiki/index.php/FreeSpace_Open_Installer

The installer is the easiest way to do it, but I'm not sure how the GOG install is set up (I only have the original version on CD). Technically, you don't need to buy Freespace 2 on GOG, since the installer at that page includes the full retail game (as well as Freespace 1 & expansion). This is due to some strange wording in the original FS2 EULA that some people interpret as making the game essentially freeware. However, there is debate on the subject, so if you buy FS2 on GOG you can at least feel like you did the "moral" thing. Anyway, depending on how the GOG install is set up, you may just want to use the installer by itself and not actually download and install it from GOG. Using the installer is really easy, to answer your question. The manual way is a little harder to do I guess, but I haven't tried it.

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Sep 23, 2008, 20:56
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Sep 23, 2008, 20:56
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but I'll give you a short preview: it's not good.

Awwwwww...fuck.

Thanks, I guess.



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Sep 23, 2008, 20:51
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Sep 23, 2008, 20:51
 
My full review of Dark Horizon is not going up until next Tuesday, but I'll give you a short preview: it's not good.

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Sep 23, 2008, 20:15
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Sep 23, 2008, 20:15
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Definitely get the Freespace Open engine to play it in. The original Freespace and expansion are supported as well as Freespace 2.

Where's the best place to grab that? Is it easy to setup?

I'll set up my gog download now...

Thanks!

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Sep 23, 2008, 20:14
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Sep 23, 2008, 20:14
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none of you guys even come close to the topic about the halo mmo. i think it would be cool to have one

why even post if your not even going to talk about the subject.

I've seen you do this several times now. Are you just a really bad troll, or an epic fucking moron? I can't tell.

Do you have a single fact to back that up?
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Sep 23, 2008, 18:50
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Sep 23, 2008, 18:50
 
none of you guys even come close to the topic about the halo mmo. i think it would be cool to have one

why even post if your not even going to talk about the subject.

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Sep 23, 2008, 18:06
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Sep 23, 2008, 18:06
 
Why should we have to play 9 year old games when every other genre has been leapin & boundin into next gen territory
Because the genre stopped being feasible from a sales standpoint. Sales for Freespace 2 were far below expectations, and I doubt the genre ever sold really well to begin with. The games industry is a business, so it's primary concern is making money. While other genres were still doing really well in terms of sales, space sims were doing worse, so the industry let the genre die. It sounds like you helped ensure its death, by dismissing the major sims that came out after Freespace 2 but before the genre died altogether.

If you didn't even care for a decent chunk of the games in the genre back when publishers still cared about it, how do you think new space sims would measure up? I doubt publishers would think "how can we improve on past space sims and make them even more hardcore" if they ever revisted the genre. No, they'd figure out a way to make them accessible for consoles.
edit: That does it...after all this talk I gotta play through the FS series, starting with the original.
Definitely get the Freespace Open engine to play it in. The original Freespace and expansion are supported as well as Freespace 2.

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Sep 23, 2008, 17:24
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Sep 23, 2008, 17:24
 
none of you guys even come close to the topic about the halo mmo. i think it would be cool to have one

why even post if your not even going to talk about the subject.

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Sep 23, 2008, 16:53
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Sep 23, 2008, 16:53
 
ok I knew someone was gonna be anal about it yea not quite 10 years but I stopped counting in 1999 after Freespace2 all those other games where less than 'Stellar' Iwar2 was a huge let down after the excellent original. Why should we have to play 9 year old games when every other genre has been leapin & boundin into next gen territory

X3 is boring, great graphics but Im trapped between jump gates. the flight model is piss poor and the combat along with it

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Sep 23, 2008, 16:36
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Sep 23, 2008, 16:36
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and it was every bit as good as it was 9 years ago when I first played it

My god, I can't believe it's been that long.


edit: That does it...after all this talk I gotta play through the FS series, starting with the original.





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Sep 23, 2008, 15:51
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Sep 23, 2008, 15:51
 
uh where have you been -its been like this for the last 10+ years...
It hasn't been quite that long - just looking at major releases that had a lot of press back in the day:
1999 - Freespace 2, X-Wing Alliance
2000 - Starlancer, Klingon Academy, Allegiance
2001 - IWar2

The combat space sim genre has never had more than a few big games a year, so the genre didn't really die until 2001 or so. Still, 7 years is almost as bad as 10. If there's one genre I'd like to see revived before I die, it's this one. Stranger things have happened, but I'm not counting on seeing any major space sims again.
Not sure how this is, but if you have been jonesing for a good space flight sim, I'd recommend the re-re-re-release of Freespace 2 on GOG.com (Good old games). All of $5.99 and it works just peachy under Vista right from the download. It even still looks pretty damned good.
Seconded. It looks even better if you play it with the FreeSpace Open engine, which works fine with the GOG version. I recently played through the main FS2 campaign using FSO under Vista, and it was every bit as good as it was 9 years ago when I first played it.

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Sep 23, 2008, 15:46
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Not sure how this is, but if you have been jonesing for a good space flight sim, I'd recommend the re-re-re-release of Freespace 2 on GOG.com (Good old games). All of $5.99 and it works just peachy under Vista right from the download. It even still looks pretty damned good.

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Sep 23, 2008, 15:22
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Sep 23, 2008, 15:22
 
uh where have you been -its been like this for the last 10+ years...

"my guess is that the space sim genre is about to enter a really - really - cold spell."

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Sep 23, 2008, 15:12
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Sep 23, 2008, 15:12
 
Considering that it is a renamed Tarr Chronicles 2, not sure you can expect much to be different from the original.

Anyway with this and X3, my guess is that the space sim genre is about to enter a really - really - cold spell.
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Sep 23, 2008, 14:24
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Please be good please be good please be good...


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Sep 23, 2008, 14:21
 
Any good?
I can't find any reviews.

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