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You can play Star Citizen's Arena Commander module without spending a penny until August 19th

As part of a Gamescom promotion, Star Citizen is letting anyone who wants to sign up for and download the Arena Commander module of its current beta client. This is the part of the game that lets you fly around a bit and shoot others online or bots in single-player. It's still early on, but it'll give you a handle on the flight module and possibly convince you to drop some star credits, if you've held off so far. To do so, simply use the code GAMESCOM2015 on that page as detailed in this Reddit thread.

Naturally I decided I'd give it a shot, since I enjoy both spaceships and laser beams, and fired it up. After downloading the launcher it took complete hog of my fairly meaty internet connection for a good twenty minutes while I got dinner. Then while I ate dinner I watched a loading screen. Just as I finished, my screen cut to black for ten minutes before I pressed the power button. It then took another ten minutes to get to the shut-down screen, where an error dialog hiding behind it was preventing the computer actually powering off. Now it's rebooted, Chrome no longer seems to be recognised as a web browser or, indeed, a functioning program.

Star Ctizien has so far received over $87,000,000 in crowdfunding.

Clearly still an alpha test, and one my aging rig can't handle the weight of. Star Citizen had a fairly big Gamescom, announcing multi-crew ships and a social module plus good old Chris Roberts letting us know what he thinks of Derek Smart. Spoilers: it's not a lot. There's also been significant moves made on the Star Marine front, the FPS portion of Star Citizen.

What do those of you who've had more access think of the current state of Arena Commander? Most people outside of the official Star Citizen forums (which, last time I was there, were a bit of a hive) seem quite happy, if anxious to play more and see it evolve further. You can tell us what you think of Derek Smart or, indeed, Chris Roberts too, if you like.

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Targetdrone Avatar
2 Years ago

actually quite fun to play...

even though i don't have the most powerful rig in the world the game is running smooth and is a lot of fun. Personally i totally dig the flight model, but it might be an aquired taste.

As for Chris Roberts, he is a quite decent guy (but i might be biased, after all he is working on realizing the game i dreamed for the last 30+ years ...), Derek Smart... not so much. He had chances to work on my dream game but botched it.

midimaker Avatar
2 Years ago

shiny but it runs like a hog-tied pig and i hate the flight style, not worth the 25GB download at the moment. i think the official forums would be happy with anything CIG give them cos they've invested so much time and money into star citizen.

some good ideas, whether it will all come together and perform well remains to be seen.

xNuke Avatar
2 Years ago

Horrendous flight controls make the game completely unenjoyable for me.

dsmart3000AD Avatar
2 Years ago

After raising $86m, releasing this crap to the public makes sense, since it's unlikely any sane gamer will buy it now.

Wonder why the control scheme sucks? Here's why:

Meanwhile, back at the hive..

Only the whales - you know, the folks who forked out $350 for 1000 virtual ships for a game that does NOT yet exist during GC2015 - are doing that now.

Yeah, we're all doing it wrong, apparently.

Meanwhile, these White Knights keep pointing at an indie game, in Alpha, and laughing. We'll see who has the last laugh. Just wait and see.

-PRO]II[ZAC- Avatar
2 Years ago

Malind Avatar
2 Years ago

SC Arena Commander alpha is fun most of the time but with lot of bugs and unbalanced ships it might throw off new people due to the complexity in getting used to it. As a backer I am very satisfied with the game and progress. Yes it needs lot of work but to me it offers good enough game-play to keep me interested in alpha test participation.

PS. About D S-mart at first I thought he had a argument due to being a seasoned game developer. But after few weeks I must say my perspective on him has changed to being a very narrow minded person that only see one side of a coin. Any project has its ugly side (take his own game) but so does a positive side one should evaluate both side if they want to be respected. So far Chris has earned my respect.

brmorgen82 Avatar
2 Years ago

Who cares what proven and known liar Chris Roberts says? The difference between what garbage that this guy spews on a daily basis and reality are very, very, very far apart (Roberts is a Kilrathi)