Windows - 2003
Description of Freelancer Windows
Freelancer is a direct sequel to Microsoft’s mission-based space combat simulator Starlancer. However, unlike its predecessor Freelancer combines combat and trading within an open world environment. Due to the involvement of Wing Commander's creator Chris Roberts it is largely considered to be the spiritual successor to Origin Systems’ Wing Commander: Privateer.
Set 800 years after the events of Starlancer, the game revolves around the adventures of freelance pilot Edison Trent, survivor of an attack on the space station Freeport 7. Having lost the deal of a lifetime (worth a million credits) in the attack, Trent teams up with Jun'ko ‘Juni’ Zane, of the Liberty Security Force, and together they begin to investigate events connected to the attack.
While the story progresses through the completion of specific storyline missions, Trent is free to spend time exploring, trading, or even smuggling. He also has the option of taking freelance combat missions offered by the many factions that inhabit the 48 star systems within the game.
The star systems themselves are beautifully detailed. A vast range of planets await exploration, along with brightly burning stars, nebulas, treacherous asteroid fields and vast expanses of space junk (often home to hostile outcasts).
One striking feature of Freelancer is the way it is controlled. A joystick is not required as the game is keyboard and mouse driven. Keys control the forward movement of the ship while moving the mouse with the left button held down allows the ship to change direction. At the same time the targeting crosshair is dragged across the screen by the movement of the mouse and the right mouse button is then used to fire the ship’s guns. This works surprisingly well making it an instantly accessible game.
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Patches, mods and much more can be found here: http://www.moddb.com/games/freelancer
How to play Freelancer Windows
- Download the ISO Version. Extract and mount Freelancer.iso
- Run SETUP.EXE from the mounted image and do a full install of the game to the default directory e.g C:\Program Files (x86) > Microsoft Games \ Freelancer
- The Freelancer.iso contains various cracks, patches and enhancements. Navigate to the Crack & Tools > FreelancerTools folder.
- Extract Freelancer.exe from the Crack.rar to the EXE folder in the install directory e.g. C:\Program Files (x86) > Microsoft Games \ Freelancer\EXE. Overwrite the existing file when prompted
- The remaining patches etc. are optional – follow the instructions within the archive files to install them. A useful guide to further patches and enhancements can be found here
- If using Windows 7 or above then DirectPlay will need to be enabled. To do this open Control Panel and navigate to Programs and Features > ‘Turn Windows features on or off’. Expand ‘Legacy Components’ and ensure the box next to ‘DirectPlay’ is ticked
It should be noted that using alt-tab to switch between applications can cause the game to crash when attempting to save – otherwise the game should work without any issues.
Comments and reviews
Jman 2018-08-05 0 point
Man it has been years since I have played this game. I can't wait till it finishes downloading!
Nahadoth 2018-07-23 0 point
I've been telling my wife about this game recently and over the years. I am so happy to have finally found it. I hope to get her into as well. It kind of reminds me a preamble to Eve Online, but this game is not about mining. :P
LawnGnome 2018-06-09 3 points
This Link Allows you to play the game and overwrite the No CD .exe file given with this download on any version of windows.
To do this, type the following commands at an elevated command prompt. You should press Enter after
you type each command.
To disable the driver's service, type the following command:
sc config secdrv start= disabled
To set the driver's service to manual, type the following command:
sc config secdrv start= demand
To enable the driver's service (and to set it to automatic), type the following command:
sc config secdrv start=auto
To manually start the driver's service, type the following command:
sc start secdrv
To manually stop the driver's service, type the following command:
sc stop secdrv
Here is another good explanation of required steps.
LawnGnome 2018-06-09 3 points
Very rich Easter egg content. Love the smuggling and missions fighting the rouge factions. many advanced weapons to be found on abandoned spacecraft, hidden worm holes for fast travel. No matter the age, the immersive setting of this game is unmatched.
Araconus 2018-04-26 1 point
Freelancer is one of my all time favorite games. I have played the original version from beginning to end many times varying how I played the free build up time and how I played the after game. Some of the mods have been great for changing even the campaign making it more challenging and spicing it up with different ships. After all these years, I still keep coming back to play the campaign about once a year. I hope I can get it to run on my latest platform.
Pogrom 2018-03-31 4 points
Downloaded, followed Read Me instructions to install no cd exe and patches. Working as intended with Windows 10 OS. Pure nostalgia. Amazing game for it time. Had a hiccup with first mission where I lost mouse and keyboard control, but restarted game and all is well.
Jefferson 2018-01-26 3 points
Thanks for this upload , it works perfect !!
The hardest part was installing deamon tools lite , that took over 1.5 hours .
But now i play one of the finest games with much joy .
Aardvark 2017-12-06 1 point
@ Ryan P
I Googled that problem, and found a "fix". It's a bit complex. But try reading this link.
Ryan P 2017-12-05 0 point
Thanks for the quick response. Unfortunately it didn't. DirectPlay was already active on my PC. I'm tempted to resurrect my old desktop that I used to play this game years ago. Not likely to work after all this time, but maybe it will. My other option is to buy a 3D capable video card.
Aardvark 2017-12-05 1 point
If Freelancer can't start, fx. in Win10, then go to Control Panel, find Programs and Functions, click "Turn Windows functions On or Off".
Find Legacy Components, and enable "DirectPlay".
Hope this will work for you :)
Ryan P 2017-12-05 0 point
Can't get it to run on Win 10. "Freelancer did not detect a 3D capable video card in your system"
I didn't have a 3D card on my old computer which was 7-8 years older than this one.
Mixis Spittlelick 2017-12-02 1 point
https://discoverygc.com NEW Remade new systems and online play pvp/pve. also get the retexture mod ... looks GREAT !!
Aardvark 2017-11-15 0 point
I got it to work on Win10.
If anyone has that problem, just comment here.
Aardvark 2017-11-10 -1 point
Its one of the best Space trader sims, despite its shortcomings.
BUT, can't get this version to work on Win10, and I have used the crack etc.
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