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Offline Fineus

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My best bet for a high quality Star Wars experience (space combat and/or other)?
Ello all!

I made the mistake(?) of re-watching the original Trilogy over the last couple of days and it has re-ignited my love of the Star Wars universe. I fancy some gaming.

What are the current best space combat games set in the Star Wars universe (mods are OK) and what are the best FPS / other games set in the Star Wars universe?

I'm looking for great, modern graphics and game play. So as fun as Tie Fighter was.. it's a bit dated now. High end graphics please!

Suggestions folks? :D

 

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Re: My best bet for a high quality Star Wars experience (space combat and/or other)?
Current space combat games? No such species exists.

I mean, I guess you could wait until SW:TOR and then pay a monthly subscription fee to participate in tunnel shooters in SPAAAAACE, but...
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Re: My best bet for a high quality Star Wars experience (space combat and/or other)?
There's a pretty technically-great Star Wars mod for Freelancer called FreeWorlds and it actually managed to get Direct X 9 graphics in Freelancer. It's not out yet, so you'd have to wait on this one.

There's a mod for Homeworld 2 called Star Wars Warlords.

Another mod for Nexus: The Jupiter Incident called Eternal Conflicts

As for games themselves? I don't think there have actually been any recent ones, although there is a MMO called The Old Republic which is coming soon. I don't know of any more mods and if those aren't what you were looking for, I apologize.
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Re: My best bet for a high quality Star Wars experience (space combat and/or other)?
Ello all!

I made the mistake(?) of re-watching the original Trilogy over the last couple of days and it has re-ignited my love of the Star Wars universe. I fancy some gaming.

What are the current best space combat games set in the Star Wars universe (mods are OK) and what are the best FPS / other games set in the Star Wars universe?

I'm looking for great, modern graphics and game play. So as fun as Tie Fighter was.. it's a bit dated now. High end graphics please!

Suggestions folks? :D

On the FPS side, you're going to want Republic Commando and Battlefront 1/2.  Commando is an excellent FPS in its own right, if a bit short, and it's also mercifully free of Jedi "**** you" powers and stuff.  Battlefront is pretty good and has a really larcadey space combat gametype if you can stomach it.

On the RPG side, Knights of the Old Republic are both very good, the first one in all aspects, and the second one until the end of the game when it really falls apart.  It's basically the Star Wars RPG module put into pseudo real-time and set to a *****in story.

There are a lot more I haven't played or been able to go into in great depth, including Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy, both of which are 1st/3rd person action games with some rather interesting lightsaber combat.

 
Re: My best bet for a high quality Star Wars experience (space combat and/or other)?
I'm a fan of the Phoenix Rising mod for Empire at War: Forces of Corruption.  It attempts to make everything closer to "canon" (no such thing as true canon in Star Wars) with regards to scaling, fighter squadron size, and weapon loadout for ships and weapon damage and range.  There's some new ships added, and everything is relatively balanced.  There's a 1.2 release coming soon, but we all know how soon "soon" really is. :D  Land combat sucks due to vehicles and raiding being completely broken, but who plays Empire at War for Land combat?

And yes, it makes Star Destroyers feel awesome and powerful.
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Re: My best bet for a high quality Star Wars experience (space combat and/or other)?
The other alternative is being patient until Fate of the Galaxy puts out their initial release. :D

 

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Re: My best bet for a high quality Star Wars experience (space combat and/or other)?
If you want to experience the Star Wars universe in game form you should head over to Steam and get Knights of the Old Republic. Best of the best as far as I'm concerned.


 

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Re: My best bet for a high quality Star Wars experience (space combat and/or other)?
On the RPG side, Knights of the Old Republic are both very good, the first one in all aspects, and the second one until the end of the game when it really falls apart.  It's basically the Star Wars RPG module put into pseudo real-time and set to a *****in story.
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Re: My best bet for a high quality Star Wars experience (space combat and/or other)?
Empire at War, now I wasn't particularly expecting much when I bought it but man did it turn out to be so much worse then I could have possibly imagined...  and I can imagine quite a bit.

The space combat was graphically and gameplay wise extremely dated, literally a decade behind Homewold, yet Homeworld was at the time seven years older.  I can't even call it a space RTS with a straight face since it actually took place over a 2D plane with a space background.  No commanding your task groups in a three dimensional battle zone, no sir!  You get to watch your low poly, poorly textured models meander around on a flat plane like they where a wet navy.

The ground combat component was unanaesthetized tooth pullingly painful.  Literally once I had my black nerf hide gloved mitts on a Death Star any planet that was Rebel Alliance controlled was automatically obliterated just to avoid having to fight ground battles they where that friggin' bad.  I couldn't even compare it with any of the contemporary ground combat RTS games from when it was released since it would be like fighting a platoon of M1A2 Tusks with a Renault FT.  2D sprite driven RTS games from 1990 where more enjoyable, it's only benefit was that it made the space component better by comparison.

This game left the worst taste in my mouth of any Star Wars game I have purchased, after completing the Imperial Campaign I just wanted it gone for good, I never wished I could sell back a game more in my life.  If it weren't for the fact it was hitched onto the Star Wars IP, Empire at War would have been consigned to fade into obscurity like it so richly deserves.
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Re: My best bet for a high quality Star Wars experience (space combat and/or other)?
Well, at least it was super easy to mod. I had a lot of fun ****ing around with the game, but ran into a lot of hardcoded **** :(
I have to thank it for teaching me how to use 3DS Max :P

EDIT:
Warlords has also been ported to Sins of a Solar Empire, but I donno, it just doesn't feel "star warsy".
All Sins mods ultimately still feel like...Sins, due to the game mechanics.
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Re: My best bet for a high quality Star Wars experience (space combat and/or other)?
Well, at least it was super easy to mod. I had a lot of fun ****ing around with the game, but ran into a lot of hardcoded **** :(
I have to thank it for teaching me how to use 3DS Max :P

EDIT:
Warlords has also been ported to Sins of a Solar Empire, but I donno, it just doesn't feel "star warsy".
All Sins mods ultimately still feel like...Sins, due to the game mechanics.
That's really only because the gameplay of Sins is pretty unique.
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Re: My best bet for a high quality Star Wars experience (space combat and/or other)?
I hear X-Wing Alliance has their own SCP-type project, but I know nothing about it.
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Re: My best bet for a high quality Star Wars experience (space combat and/or other)?
X-Wing: Alliance.
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Re: My best bet for a high quality Star Wars experience (space combat and/or other)?
If you haven't played them already, jedi outcast and academy are the way to go. Not modern graphics by any stretch, but nothing yet has come close in terms of emulating lightsabre combat in a game JKA multiplayer is especially fun.
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Re: My best bet for a high quality Star Wars experience (space combat and/or other)?
^

Better to play an awesome game with dated graphics than a crappy game with awesome graphics (it's just my opinion though, if someone prefers graphics over other aspects, suit yourself). If single-player is your thing, I'd recommend focusing on Outcast. Academy may have more lightsaber moves (and lightsabers) and more Force powers, but the story is dumb and is really only really handled in a few missions, which in turn are separated by sets of five missions that are remotely related to the main plot. Outcast story isn't literature bliss either, but at least it should manage to provide a motivation to keep playing.

And Kyle goddamn Katarn: you won't play as him in Academy, so better to invest on Outcast.
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Re: My best bet for a high quality Star Wars experience (space combat and/or other)?
In the RTS section, Empire at War and it's expansion Forces of Corruption. Though you should really only play the mod Phoenix Rising SpardaSon21 mentioned and a select few other mods. If you have Sins you could try out Sins of a Galactic Empire, though it unfinished so it lacks refinement enough to be really enjoyable IMO.

In the FPS section, Star Wars: Republic Commando is the way to go. It's one of my favorite FPS's ever... I can delve into it more, but it's been a long long time since I last played it. Even though the prequel trilogy was pretty horrible, the game did it's best to make the experience as Star Wars-y as possible IMO.

 

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Re: My best bet for a high quality Star Wars experience (space combat and/or other)?
Empire at War? Severe disappointment.

Rebellion (or Supremacy). Really good.

EaW was too different from it, didnt really work well at all. Like, I enjoyed it while I played it but... switched back to Rebellion pretty quickly.

- KotOR 1/2
- Republic Commando (needs a 2 IMO)
- Battlefront 1/2
- Outcast/Academy

Would also be worth some play time.
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Re: My best bet for a high quality Star Wars experience (space combat and/or other)?
As far as pure Tie Fighter style space sim/shooters with modern graphics go, barring a miracle... Help me, Fate of The Galaxy, you're my only hope..
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Re: My best bet for a high quality Star Wars experience (space combat and/or other)?
I hear X-Wing Alliance has their own SCP-type project, but I know nothing about it.

You'll need to search for the X-Wing Alliance Upgrade Project. It's a bit dated looking due to tools and software available to the team, but it looks like a great project. Your only problem now is in finding a copy of XWA.
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Re: My best bet for a high quality Star Wars experience (space combat and/or other)?
There is a beta version of Sins of a Galactic Empire for the latest version of Sins of a Solar Empire: Entrenchment.  It adds quite a bit more to SOGE than the old public release, including new planet types, ships, and expanded research trees.  It is downloaded via SVN, so you'll have to register on the Warlords forums and apply to be a beta tester before you get access to it.  Link.
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[07:57:43] <Caiaphas> i just killed my pilots with a high-g maneuver
[07:58:19] <Caiaphas> apparently people can't take 20 gees for 5 continuous seconds
[08:00:11] <Caiaphas> the plane however performed admirably, and only crashed because it no longer had any guidance systems