I was going to talk about fighters in part 2 of this series, but thought better of it. Oh, you’ll still find out more about fighters – it just won’t be from me talking, but through the magic of video. And Fraps. Which is totally killing my desktop, I might add, forcing Starfarer to run at less than the silky-smooth 60 fps. Using Windows Movie Maker isn’t helping much, either – I had to scrounge up some plugins to export the project in HD – by default, you can’t even do that. Ahem.
This video has me setting up some combat scenarios in a sandbox. It lets me spawn ships and fighter wings at the touch of a button, and then they fight it out. In the actual game, you’re controlling a ship – but in this sandbox, we’re just watching the AI fight it out.
As our crack Eastern European video production crew was not involved in the making of this video, please pardon any rough edges.
Ok, I lied about not talking. I’ll just do a brief breakdown of what’s going on in the video.
In the first part, you’ll see a pair of Wasp wings (interceptor drones) taking on all comers with frightening efficiency. They fare well against other fighters, regardless of their type – as they should, being a top-flight interceptor. In the end, two Xyphos wings cut them down to size. The PD lasers let heavy fighters track the fast drones effectively, and shields neutralize most of the incoming damage. The Wasps also don’t do so well vs larger ships (not shown in this video) due to their flimsy armor.
The second part has an overwhelming torpedo strike bring down an unfortunate Venture-class vessel. The moral of the story is torpedoes hurt, a lot, and if you’re too slow to get out of the way, you’re in for a short but painful day.
The third part has a Condor-class light carrier (refitted freighter, really – cut away some of the hull next to a cargo hold for a flight deck, slap on some heavier armor, and it’s good to go) taking on the same Venture. The Venture is tough as nails – it needs to be, in its role as a frontier prospector/trader, but the Condor has a strong fighter escort.
The fourth part… well, think of it as a gratuitous, extended jam session. An Onslaught with all the high-tech toys takes on just about everything, until it eventually goes down.
Enjoy! If there’s something particular you’d like to see on video before the alpha comes out, let us know in the comments.