What is Freespace 2?
Freespace 2 is a very awesome space flight combat simulator released in 1999 to many awards and nice reviews. However, it was marketed not at all, and thus, did not sell too well. Which is a damn shame. If you have something you like in flight simulators, be it taking down giant capital ships, taking down enemy fighters in dogfights, flying escort for bombers, or just want a good story in your game, this is what you should play. See the above intro if you want a taste of the game's story.
Yes yes yes we know what FS2 is (or do now). What's your point?
Now, many of you do NOT know about the Source Code Project.
What's that? What's that got to do with Freespace?
The Source Code Project was formed in 2001 when Volition basically said: "Guys, we aren't going to get to make a sequel to this game like we would have liked. SO have the source code! GO NUTS!"
The community was overjoyed. However, they were also not idiots. So, instead of EVERYONE making a derivative of Freespace 2, they only made ONE. What we now know as Freespace Open.
So fucking what? It's a 1999 game and I played it then. It probably looks like ASS now.
LOOKS LIKE ASS?!
Thought so. Doesn't look like ass.
Now these are with the .10 Media VPs, which are still IN BETA, so they are occasionally BUGGY AS HELL. I can't get the normal maps on my copy to work properly so YOUR MILEAGE MAY VARY.
Okay fine it looks pretty. But what ELSE does it do?
The Source Code Project also removes some limits on the campaign editor, and fixes some bugs within the engine itself. Which allows for some pretty cool things.
Like Beyond the Red Line.
Or Inferno (may contain FS2 Campaign Spoilers)
Or Blue Planet (contains FS2 Campaign Spoilers)
They even set up a PXO-alike called FS2NETD so you can play multiplayer
MUST HAVE MUST HAVE MUST HAVE
The easy way now no longer requires mod approval as it no longer provides Retail FS2 files!
You can get Turey's Freespace Open installer provided you have an install of FS2 to begin with!
Get it here!
For those who like the manual touch, this is how you go about it.
YOU WILL NEED :
One (1) Retail Copy of Freespace 2
One (1) Copy of the FSO Launcher Version 5.5D
One (1) Freespace Open EXE
*You may either use the 3.6.9 Official Release
, which will ALWAYS WORK, OR
*You may use A relatively stable Trunk build
which allows you to use the .10 media VPs which have the fancy effects.
One (1) Set of Media VPs for fancy graphics
*Note: The game WILL WORK without them you just don't get the fancy effects.
*Use either the 3.6.8 Zeta Media VPs
which don't look as nice but are stable
*OR Use the 3.6.10 Beta Media VPs
which are somewhat buggy and require a few fixes (read the topic).
If you HAVE all of these parts we may begin construction.
STEP THE FIRST
Install Freespace 2. Use the Maximum Installation option.
STEP THE SECOND
Extract the Launcher into the Freespace 2 Folder, in my case it was E:\Games\Freespace 2
STEP THE THIRD
Extract the EXEs into the Freespace 2 folder.
STEP THE FOURTH
Extract the Media VPs into a NEW DIRECTORY called mediavps in the Freespace 2 Folder.
STEP THE FIFTH
Open the FS2O Launcher and CONFIGURE IT. Check the tabs, make sure you're happy. Under the Mod tab switch your mod to mediavps to play with your new fancy graphics. In the Welcome tag make sure you aren't running a debug build (designated with _d or _dbg). This will break things.
STEP THE SIXTH
Hit the APPLY button. HIT IT. HIT IT.
STEP THE SEVENTH
Hit the RUN button. This will run the game. Once you have applied the settings, however, you can run the EXE you modified without running the launcher. I still do just for old time's sake but it's not required. You can just run the modified EXE.
Yes we can play multiplayer. Kickass, right? There's a bit of work to it, though. And a few notices. If you play with the 3.6.8 OR 3.6.10 Media VPs, STATS ARE NOT STORED, and you will have a HACKED TABLE NOTIFICATION when you play. This does nothing. It doesn't mean you're a cheater, it means you're playing with prettyfied game. This guide also assumes that you have already installed FSO. If you haven't, get to it.
Another major notice:
3.6.10 is FUBAR'D in relation to multiplayer! DO NOT USE IT. USE A 3.6.9 EXE.
First, you need to make an account here
. Write down the info or something.
Second, find the file named fs2open_pxo.cfg Open it, and make sure it contains the following lines
If this file does NOT exist, fire up notepad and create it. Make sure the EXACT SAME FILE is also in Freespace2\mediavps\Data !!! Otherwise it WILL NOT WORK.
Third, if you want to host, make sure port 7808 UDP+TCP is forwarded.
Fourth, make a multiplayer pilot using the handy multiplayer pilot button at the pilot select screen.
Fifth, go into the FS2 Preferences, go to the Multiplayer tab, and type in your FS2NetD info.
This is an example. Squadron field can remain blank.
Sixth, get the multiplayer mission pack from here
, and put it in the root FS2 folder. (Mine was E:\Games\Freespace2)
Seventh, GAEM ON MANS.
Well you're a lazy bastard and don't want to do all that silly FS2NetD stuff. I feel for you. It's pretty annoying. So I made a Hamachi network for all you lazy bastards out there. Including myself.
We are using Hamachi 184.108.40.206
, as Hamachi 220.127.116.11 has committed suicide on my computer. Maybe it will be compatible, maybe it won't. You're welcome to try 18.104.22.168 with me, who will be running .3.0.
1)Download and install it. Once you have it installed, go to preferences (the gear icon) and set up your nickname, etc etc.
2)Then go to the network button, the triangle with the three dots on the points. Go to "Join an Existing Network" there.
3)In the Network Name, type PAFS2. This is CASE SENSITIVE. Password is wang. Per usual. You are now a member of my virtual LAN. You can now play LAN games with other network members. Congrats!