What is Freespace Open?
[Alas, I ended up just starting to play through vanilla Freespace in all its 640x480 glory while waiting for an answer. Are original saves still compatible? In any case, I'll give this a try and see if I can get it up and running. Thanks for the tip.#Q&_^Q&Q#LINK:11#Q&_^Q&Q# majek:
If you'll live with the game in 640x480 play it that way, since when you port it to FS2 you'll miss all the ambient of the game. Depends on what you want from the game :) Pretty or ambient.
Nothing wrong with FS2 but FS music is IMO better and so is the place where you spend the time between missions.
And no Save games won't work.
The Freespace Open Engine, AKA Freespace_Open, FSO, or as veterans often call it SCP (Source Code Project) was made when Volition, the developer of Freespace 1 and 2 released the source code for the game, Freespace 2.
A team effort was soon made to unify attempts at "refining" the Freespace 2 engine, this was the Source Code Project.
Even after years of development, the team is still goind, with the 3.6.10 version currently undergoing the final bughunt.
The latest stabile version of the game is 3.6.9.
You will need three things to run Freespace 2 under the Freespace Open Engine.
-A legit and installed copy of Freespace 2.
-An Freespace Open "game executable" (either 3.6.9 or if you'd like to help troubleshoot the latest release, one of the new "knightly" executables).
-A launcher application that is used to setup the game the same way the old launcher did.
Finally, you can also download user made in-game-media (graphical upgrades) for the game. This is highly recommended, as they take advantage of the new effects and higher performance of the new engine.
The easiest way to setup FSO is to use Turey's installer, which is available here: http://www.fsoinstaller.com
You can ready more about Freespace Open here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FreeSpace_2_Source_Code_Project Playing Freespace 1 under the Freespace Open Engine
Freespace 1 has been "ported over" to the FSO engine. This version of Freespace 1 is usually called the "Freespace Port".
The basic Port included only the missions and ships of the old game, the FSO interface and several game elements were left unaltered.
Using only the Port and you own Freespace 1 install, you can however "port" several media files from the old game yourself. Instructions to do so are on the Freespace Port homepage.
The more recent (and in progress) version of the Port promise to bring a lot more back to the game: a revamped interface, the ability to use the old animations and movies from the old game (and even some new cutscenes!)
The newest version of the Freespace Port can be downloaded here, on the Freespace Port homepage: http://fsport.hard-light.net/website