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Offline Jeff Vader

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Re: RELEASE - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius
Just finished the campaign and I think I can sum it up to one word: Wow. The story, even though a bit spooky at the beginning, really dragged me with it. The cutscenes and fadeouts gave it a unique atmosphere since both of them are rarely seen in use. And the new music tracks. Fantastic work. They too gave a tremendous boost to the atmosphere and it's' always nice to hear something new. Also, I'm not normally into this trance sort of stuff, but this time I actually had to extract the tracks so that I could listen to them outside the game. Particularly the Machine track, that ShafowGorrath already mentioned, is kick-arse.

The end was a bit sad, but then again it makes me happy, since it practically screams 'Sequel!'.
23:40 < achillion > EveningTea: ass
23:40 < achillion > wait no
23:40 < achillion > evilbagel: ass
23:40 < EveningTea > ?
23:40 < achillion > 2-letter tab complete failure

14:08 < achillion > there's too much talk of butts and dongs in here
14:08 < achillion > the level of discourse has really plummeted
14:08 < achillion > Let's talk about politics instead
14:08 <@The_E > butts and dongs are part of #hard-light's brand now
14:08 <@The_E > well
14:08 <@The_E > EvilBagel's brand, at least

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01:07 < achillion > penis infection?
01:08 < T-Rog > Chlamydia
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01:09 < achillion > well
01:09 < achillion > I guess that happens
01:09 < T-Rog > at least it's curable
01:09 < achillion > yeah
01:10 < T-Rog > I take it you weren't actually expecting it to be a penis infection
01:10 < achillion > I was not

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14:05 < achillion > until stuff explodes
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Offline Koth

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Re: RELEASE - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius
Two sentences:
Definitely one of the best campaigns I played in a long time. :yes:
And
Make a sequel!
« Last Edit: October 05, 2007, 03:27:30 pm by Koth »
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Offline Snail

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Re: RELEASE - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius
It crashes on the first red-alert mission. (I have the patch)

Is this a known problem?

 
Re: RELEASE - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius
Well I'm at the Force Entry mission, the only real trouble is protecting the Tamerlane(or whatever its called). The Ravana destroys it way too quickly. :mad: I can't get to the beams on time.   

 

Offline Cobra

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Re: RELEASE - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius
Also, Darius, M12-2 had the same cutscene issue, so I fixed it. Fade-in doesn't seem to work like you'd want it to. :(

Uploaded.

Well I'm at the Force Entry mission, the only real trouble is protecting the Tamerlane(or whatever its called). The Ravana destroys it way too quickly. :mad: I can't get to the beams on time.   

Use [/spoiler] tags. :blah:

Also, it's Temeriere. :p

Well, since it's FS2, you have foresight, so adjust your loadouts for stuff like that. :)

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« Last Edit: October 05, 2007, 07:37:03 pm by Cobra »
To consider the Earth as the only populated world in infinite space is as absurd as to assert that in an entire field of millet, only one grain will grow. - Metrodorus of Chios
I wept. Mysterious forces beyond my ken had reached into my beautiful mission and energized its pilots with inhuman bomb-firing abilities. I could only imagine the GTVA warriors giving a mighty KIAAIIIIIII shout as they worked their triggers, their biceps bulging with sinew after years of Ivan Drago-esque steroid therapy and weight training. - General Battuta

 
Re: RELEASE - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius
Yeah I found using a Myrmidon helped. Thanks for teaching how to do the spoiler tags also.  :P

 

Offline Mad Bomber

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Re: RELEASE - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius
Spoiler:
Using an Aurora I can do it. Saving a couple Trebuchets for that helps, but even without them I did it the first time through just by being near the Temeraire and going full-burn to the Ravana the second it jumped into range. (I thought it'd just be more bombers, frankly, but caution did help.)

Tho I will note that on my first time through the Lambouchere got disabled by Taurvis and just sat there until the mission ended. Apparently it got through okay regardless, according to the debrief. *shrug*
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Offline Darius

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Re: RELEASE - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius
Thanks Cobra, updated fix to include 12-2.

I might also make a new mission pack without red alerts if more people are experiencing the dreaded Red Alert bug.

 

Offline Cobra

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Re: RELEASE - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius
OK, Darius? Hear that sound? That's the sound of my jaw hitting the floor with the weight of a ****ing sun. Screw it, you're right up there with CP5670 and Blaise Russel and Agetheron and Kellan. Excellent campaign, and excellent music choices. You have to PM me the "whole" versions of those songs. ;)

Not really sure I liked the ending though. :nervous:

Thanks Cobra, updated fix to include 12-2.

I might also make a new mission pack without red alerts if more people are experiencing the dreaded Red Alert bug.

Played through the entire campaign and the only problem I had with mission bugs was 12-2.
To consider the Earth as the only populated world in infinite space is as absurd as to assert that in an entire field of millet, only one grain will grow. - Metrodorus of Chios
I wept. Mysterious forces beyond my ken had reached into my beautiful mission and energized its pilots with inhuman bomb-firing abilities. I could only imagine the GTVA warriors giving a mighty KIAAIIIIIII shout as they worked their triggers, their biceps bulging with sinew after years of Ivan Drago-esque steroid therapy and weight training. - General Battuta

 

Offline Mehrpack

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Re: RELEASE - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius
hi,
impressive work  :yes: 9/10 points and the soundtrack wow.
i hope its possible that you can release the tracks.

but i have there one thing:
Spoiler:
the end doesnt seems so right logical, i mean they want to invasion earth?
thats like the usa wants to invade the united kindom, i mean that will splitt most of the humans of the gtva and some of the vasudans too.
if we take a look at the NTF a lot of people chance the side but if the people must fight againts earth, thats seems cracy for the gtva.

yeah i know propanda and so, like: they open fire first, but i think its hard for the gtva to substantiate why the leader of the that fleet defection to the earth.

i think for the gtva its easier to blow up herself :D.

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Offline ShadowGorrath

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Review - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius
I finished the campaign and decided to write a review  :) .

ShadowGorrath's review of the Darius' 'Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius' campaign :

Creativity: 100 - no story/campaign I know has such awesome ideas !  ;)

Gameplay: 99 - it's great , challenging and makes you feel like the character you play as . It's easy to die in some missions though . And you can fly through some of the ships ( but this one's not your fault I guess ) .

Story: 100 - unlike in other campaigns , everytime I finish a mission I want to play the other to find out what happens . And that's a good thing .  :nod:

Sounds: 95 - not much stuff new in the sounds department ... But they fit perfectly and that's all I care !  :yes:

Music: 100+ - OH YEAH ! I bet that if not for the music fitting well with the awesome story , the campaign would look slightly dull .

Graphics: 99 - enough to make you forget that you've got a few hundred missiles incoming , and make you look around instead .

Feel: 100 - you made the campaign have a very nice feel .

Overall : 100+ - Honestly , I have to say this is the best non-FS2 campaign I have ever played ! It easily beat my previous favorite - Sol: A History campaign ( I didn't like the others as much ) . No offense to other campaigns , but they feel dull when you play them . They feel like it's a regular thing - nothing speacial . And all missions are similar to other ones . But the Blue Planet campaign - it's totally different . It gives some special feel to the player . The only 2 campaigns that have that special feel are the FreeSpace2 main campaign ( when you first play it ) and the Blue Planet campaign . ( the overall isn't based on the score the other parts got )

So my final words :
   1.Darius - congratulations on making such an awesome campaign . It was a long time I played a really good campaign .
   2.I really recomend people to download and play this campaign .

 
Re: RELEASE - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius
An excellent I downloaded and played it with the fixes some of the guys put up and I have to say WOW great work.

The Story line was really well thought out (though the end didn't 'seem' right...) and the music was brilliant, I agree with Cobra you've got to put up the full versions of those tracks somewhere.

Anyhow great work and looking forward to Episode 2  :yes:
I feel like a one legged man, in ass kickin' contest!

 

Offline Herra Tohtori

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Re: RELEASE - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius
Just finished the campaign. Thanks for an all-round exellent gaming experience, without any diminishing towards the end. :yes:

Now I'm eagerly waiting for the next chapter.

Spoiler:
And I hope that in the future we'll learn a bit more about the motives of GTVA high command... Need to boost economy with increased war industry (and itäs hard to do that without a war to fight), or some ominous political/ideological agenda?
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Re: RELEASE - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius
Yeah I totally didn't expect the campaign's ending to be like it was.  My whole world was turned upside down. I haven't experienced such a WTF ending since the season two finale of Battlestar Galactica. Good Job.  :yes:

Though I must say, you have to make a sequel. There has to be closure. :warp: 
« Last Edit: October 06, 2007, 09:47:55 am by MarsNeedsWomen »

 

Offline Darius

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Re: RELEASE - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius
Not to worry, I fully intend to expand upon and explain the final events of the campaign in the next chapter. While it may not be to everyone's tastes, there was a reason for the ending to happen as it did :)

Also, one thing that I'd like to throw out as well, in case it wasn't picked up.

Spoiler:
If the mishap with the portal hadn't occured and the original orders went through as planned, would the GTVA crews have been more willing to carry them out? After all, "BETAC dismantled the governments of the Terran blocs and recognized the General Assembly, the Security Council, and the Vasudan Imperium as the supreme authorities of Terran-Vasudan space." Perhaps Admiral Morian's blunder with the order to stand down may have pre-empted the mass defection of the 14th Battlegroup, something that could have been avoided with more diplomatic handling under Admiral Bei.

Let me know what you think ;)

 

Offline Herra Tohtori

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Re: RELEASE - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius
Spoiler:
If the mishap with the portal hadn't occured and the original orders went through as planned, would the GTVA crews have been more willing to carry them out? After all, "BETAC dismantled the governments of the Terran blocs and recognized the General Assembly, the Security Council, and the Vasudan Imperium as the supreme authorities of Terran-Vasudan space." Perhaps Admiral Morian's blunder with the order to stand down may have pre-empted the mass defection of the 14th Battlegroup, something that could have been avoided with more diplomatic handling under Admiral Bei.

Spoiler:
I'm not quite sure - definitely the events in the campaign changed a lot in how Admiral Bei behaved and acted, but did it change everyone else in the battlegroup as well? I think the general consensus would still have been against it, but it all boils down to how the leaders of individual ships were affected, and how many of them actually knew of the actual orders in the beginning.

One thing I missed (or wasn't clear) - how much of the battlegroup actually followed Admiral Bei aside from Alpha Wing and the Sanctuary? Was the exact amount of defectors meant to be hidden until the next chapter, or did I just miss it?

Also, I didn't fully comprehend the last sentence, partially due to that unclarity I descriped... was there a mass defection or was it pre-empted by Morian's blunder? :confused:

The campaign invoked almost as many questions in me as the FS2 campaign... :drevil:
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Offline Darius

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Re: RELEASE - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius
Spoiler:
"Within 12 hours, half of all personnel in the Sol Expeditionary Force had either resigned from service, or actively defected to Earth." Yes, it's not quite clear how many followed Admiral Bei to Earth, but the loss of so many personnel would have hurt the initial invasion fatally. I'm also trying to imply by this sentence that the journey has affected a lot of personnel in the fleet, making them disillusioned with the orders to fight their own people.

Heh, yes I should have been a bit more clear with the last sentence. I was just saying that Bei may have made a better leader than Morian and may have sustained the invasion towards a successful conclusion by saying something more diplomatic than: "You are ordered to stand down and prepare to be boarded." When you're doing something as risky as starting a civil war, it would be advantageous for your soldiers to be happy to be fighting for your cause and for them to feel it is a just one.

 

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Re: RELEASE - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius
This was one of the best campaigns I have ever played.:jaw:
The end seems to be what started Inferno. ;7
Make a sequel!
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Offline Snail

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Re: RELEASE - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius
It crashes on the first red-alert mission. (I have the patch)

Hello?

 

Offline Cobra

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Re: RELEASE - Blue Planet: Age of Aquarius
Darius, who did Joshua 2?
To consider the Earth as the only populated world in infinite space is as absurd as to assert that in an entire field of millet, only one grain will grow. - Metrodorus of Chios
I wept. Mysterious forces beyond my ken had reached into my beautiful mission and energized its pilots with inhuman bomb-firing abilities. I could only imagine the GTVA warriors giving a mighty KIAAIIIIIII shout as they worked their triggers, their biceps bulging with sinew after years of Ivan Drago-esque steroid therapy and weight training. - General Battuta