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January 14, 2011

Oolite

Filed under: Adventure & RPG, Free, Linux, Macintosh, WindowsHeath @ 09:09

Don't. Crash.

Oolite

If there is no way to win, are you really playing a game? Oolite is a open source space sim game where you fly around being a productive member of society. Or being a pirate. Your choice.

Gameplay

Okay so a little background. This game is an open source version of the 1984 game Elite. So, the graphics are a bit clunky. But don’t let that deter you. This game has an intense level of depth.

The first thing you’re going to need to do is get used to the controls. This is a bit tricky. The up and down arrow keys are inverted. The left right control your roll. Read that again. It’s not strafe. It’s not yaw. It’s roll. W and S control your speed.

Don’t run into anything. If you run into anything, you’ll die. You’ve been warned.

Now you’re going to want to get used to the HUD. It is also in 3D. I’ve found that getting an object into the up/down part of your crosshairs and then pitching your way until it gets into your screen is the way to go. If you’re motion-sick at this point, just take some deep breaths and get some water.

This is a pirate attack. It is a lot more exciting than it looks.

That’s all I’m going to tell you, because it gets complicated from there. You’re going to want to learn how to dock, because that’s how you’ll get missions, buy equipment and get commodities.

Technical

One of the major drawbacks of space exploration games is that they are often clunky or take up a massive amount of space (heh). Well this game sacrifices graphics for complexity. Each step is a new learning curve. First you learn how to dock. Then you learn how to fire lasers. Then missiles. And so on and so forth.

It is a huge game. You can even explore the inside of your ship. If you were a fan of the show ‘Firefly’ then you are definitely going to like this.

I mentioned earlier that the graphics are kind of bad. Well, you can change this. There are tons of 3rd party mods all over the place. Your processor and imagination is the limit.

Final Verdict

This is one that I didn’t think I was going to like. I’m not a fan of space games. However, learning the new control system and traversing the wild black yonder was pretty cool. I wish that the developers would take this even further. But that’s just a pipe dream. A dream about pipes.

Oolite

 ★★★★★ 

Gameplay:★★★★★ 
Technical:★★★★★ 
Space Adventures! Pew! Pew! Pew!

Game: Oolite | Developer: Open Source, Yo

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    A most important information for a site with the word “multiplayer” on its name is that

    —-> Oolite does not have a multiplayer mode, and to make it it’d be necessary to re-write it from scratch, so don’t even bother to ask the devs…

    In any case Oolite is so satisfying by itself that while a multiplayer mode would be nice, it’s not really necessary.

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    Comment by Maegil — December 31, 2011 @ 18:17

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