|Volition FreeSpace 2 Review - Page 7
The single player campaign starts off with 3 training
missions to familiarise you with flight controls and hotkeys.
Advanced training missions will be available later in
the game to teach better management of your fighter/bomber.
These missions are very similar to those in the original
FreeSpace. FreeSpace veterans will find these missions
redundant. For those who are new, however, they are of
Another Battle In The
earlier, you play the role of a space jockey who has a
vital role in the fight against the NTF and the Shivans.
The storyline is conveyed through a regular status update
by the ship's captain and in-flight chatter. As usual,
complete each mission well and commendations will be yours.
Not that you would really care though. It's the thrill
that counts! As you progress into the game, more ships
and weapons will be available to you. You even get to
fly Vasudan and Shivan fighters.
of the Titans
One of the
main attractions of FreeSpace 2 is the overwhelming sight
of epic battles being consummated. Can you picture 3 capital
ships tearing at one another with tens of fighters squaring
off in the background? The resultant light displays, fireworks
and audio fest are spectacular! Streams of light traversing
the void of space, shockwaves from detonated bombs, exploding
fighters and aspect-seeking missiles streaking in front
of you are impressive sights to behold.
The Colossus Battles
characteristic of a titanic battle really gives one the
thrill of battle in the cockpit. Gone were the days when
a measly fighter jock like you was the bane of capital
ships. I still remember the times when I could take out
a few destroyers using just a Hornet in Wing Commander.
In FreeSpace 2, you never want to get anywhere near those
warships, les you get blasted to oblivion. Leave the capital
ships to do their own battle and watch the fireworks from
a safe distance. Respect their power and fear their presence.
2 follows a linear plot and allows little detraction.
Special assignment opportunities are given from time to
time but ultimately, you will still have to complete the
same missions in the main plot. However, the staple missions
are themselves already quite varied and I believe you
will have little to complain here.
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original ways are offered on how to take on a superior
foe instead of the standard bomber strike tactic. Overall,
the story line is quite engaging and the ending doesn't
disappoint. The atmosphere in the game is rather moody
and fatalistic but there is a determined touch to it.
The good guys win the battle but lose the war. This makes
the plot all the more credible. As a result, the ending
leaves the player with a pang of regret that the game
is actually over.
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