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VU Games Gives Away Ground Control, Soundtracks

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  • by Talonius (97106) on Saturday June 26, 2004 @03:42PM (#9539023)
    Most of the free games released on FilePlanet I mirror on my website, []. My bandwidth is good and they usually end up there fairly quickly. Fileplanet has me limited @ 215Kbp/s at the moment so Ground Control is taking some time.

    The biggest problem actually comes in with the CD keys. I own Ground Control and I'm fairly damned positive that it used a CD key for installation purposes. Tribes 2 required a key and FilePlanet was the only place authorized to give them out; *that* killed that freebie.

    Tribes can be found at []. Tribes II is on the same page. Ground Control will be listed as soon as it is finished downloading; if you're into game soundtracks the Vivendi Universal soundtracks are available at 8 []; Vivendir's site required Flash to even use the site. (Blech.)
  • by Benedick (737361) on Saturday June 26, 2004 @04:08PM (#9539165)
    I played through Ground Control a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. If you are thinking that a game you get for free must be pretty marginal, think again. This is a tactical game, not really an RTS. You don't do harvesting of resources or anything - it's straight combat all the way!

    I particularly enjoyed the fully 3D camera in this game and the graphics were very sweet for the time. At that time, I was running a P3 600 with 128 MB of RAM and a 64 MB Kyro 2 Graphics card. I had to turn down detail a bit for that rig to keep up so if you've a good modern system, it should look quite sweet. I fired it up on my new machine a couple of weeks ago to revisit the game when I heard the sequal was coming out and it still looks very nice today.

    Anyway, if you've the time and bandwidth, this free game is WELL worth getting.

  • Re:No, it isn't free (Score:2, Informative)

    by Emexies (470069) <warpedeye@gma[ ]com ['il.' in gap]> on Sunday June 27, 2004 @06:16AM (#9541551)
    Well, why don't you just use a service like Spamhole [] to avoid e-mail signups? That's what I use.
    If I remember correctly, none of my FilePlanet info is real. I just use my usual Spamhole address, and then type in random stuff. Works great =)
  • by mutewinter (688449) on Sunday June 27, 2004 @09:41AM (#9542516)
    Read this [].
    I just did it with 0 problems, it took me 5 minutes to get the Tribes 2 CD key.
  • No add-on? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 27, 2004 @10:06AM (#9542736)
    Shortly after the original Ground Control was released, Massive/Sierra released an add-on to the game that they also gave away for free. Alas, by the time I got around to buying GC (a worthy investment; Ground Control is fun. It's sort of like the Myth series...except with tanks!) I couldn't find the add-on anywhere. I guess the offer had expired.

    When I first read the article headline, I got all excited that at last I could pick up this add-on, but I guess it's not to be.

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