One of the best space sims with an active online player base.
If you are a lover of Space Combat Sims, this is a classic you'll want in your collection. Fortunately, it will run (flawlessly) in Windows 7. One of the great plusses to Freelancer is that there are loads of people still playing it; meaning there are (free) mods available online that expand your experience. There is an active online community that plays over the internet. To access it you will need to grab the Freelancer Discovery mod.
I love this game for many reasons. There is a lot of freedom to do what you want: whether it be exploring, combat, mining or trade. There are story based missions through which you advance in levels. But they are somewhat infrequent and you are free to do what you want in between.
There are some drawbacks to the game. It was released in 2003; the graphics will disappoint you if you expect the same quality as a game like Mass Effect.
Also, Freelancer does not support flight sticks, etc. I play it on my laptop using my keyboard. A lot of people play with their mouse. If you want a game that supports spiffy flight gear, you won't find it in Freelancer.
Beyond that. you cannot customize your character in the classic game, Edison Trent. You get to choose the missions you wish to accept in order to earn currency to upgrade your ship and weapons. You cannot play as a woman nor can you choose things like age and race. :(
Even though it is a 10 year old game, I find the controls to be quite good. The graphics show their age, yes, but they are still quite captivating. The story line is sufficient to make me feel invested in the game. The best news is that learning curve is not so steep as to be too frustrating to the casual gamer.
You cannot choose the difficulty level when you start the game, however, there are cheats readily available that allow you to dial the difficulty up or down.
This game is a steal for the price it's selling for. If you are a space sim lover yet unsure, pick up the demo. Once you try it out you'll want to purchase the full game. I'd highly recommend this wonderful classic to everyone.Read full review