How's it going everyone? This time around I am playing FreeSpace 2, the sequel to the pivotal game by Volition, Inc. In this first episode we get to see the Galactic Terran-Vasudan Alliance's newest weapon, the Photon Beam Cannon, in action against a damaged Neo-Terran Front Deimos-class Corvette, as well as one of the GTA's newest fighters, the GTF Myrmidon.
I use the FreeSpace Open MediaVPs version 3.6.12, which has graphical and audio improvements over the original game.
The Story: 32 years after the end of the Great War with the destruction of the Shivan Lucifer-class Destroyer, the newly formed Galactic Terran-Vasudan Alliance, or GTVA, must attempt to maintain peace in the galaxy as a rebel Terran group, the Neo-Terran Front, or NTF, wishes to separate from the GTVA. You are a GTA pilot stationed on the GTD Aquitaine, the flagship of the GTA's 3rd fleet, working to take down the rebel forces and restore order to the galaxy.
Explanation of factions/races:
The GTVA is an alliance between the GTA and GVA that was provisionally formed during the Great War and is now a formal government. The NTF is a renegade group of Terrans that believe alliance with the Vasudans will end with the destruction of humanity.
The Terrans are what humans refer to themselves as in the FreeSpace universe, they tend to use ships designed with practicality in mind. The Vasudans are a race of skeletal but muscular humanoids that the Terrans were at war with for 14 years before the Great War, they tend to use aesthetically pleasing or smooth reptilian designs for their ships. The Shivans are an ancient race that have been space faring for a unknown amount of time, and the first records we see of them are from around 8,000 years before the FS1 timeline. The Shivans are considered to be semi-biological as they have an exoskeleton made entirely out of metal, and have 5 extremely strong limbs that can crush through any Terran or Vasudan alloy (Fun Fact: The Shivan's exoskeleton has a built in laser). The Shivans use black and red ships with occasionally green or purple bits, many of which tend to look like arthropods. The Ancients are an extinct race that was destroyed 8,000 years prior to FS1, which puts their extinction date somewhere around 5,500 BC. Important to note is that the Ancients, instead of subjugating the Vasudans like it did with other species, actually helped the Vasudans reach a higher level of intelligence quickly, my personal belief being that the Ancients chose the Vasudans to carry on their fight against the Shivans.
Links for FSO and mods: http://scp.indiegames.us/
Links for the Hard-Light forums, where you can get help downloading and installing mods and other features available under FreeSpace Open: http://www.hard-light.net/f...
OS: Windows 8 x86, 64-bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3337U CPU @ 1.80 GHz Quad-core, x64-based
RAM: 6.00 GB
GPU: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000