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VU Games Gives Away Ground Control, Soundtracks 30

Thanks to an anonymous reader for pointing to the free download page for PC RTS title Ground Control over at FilePlanet, "released for free" to help promote newly released Ground Control II, in a similar move to the recent free availability of VU Games' Tribes I and Tribes II. VU Games has also released the soundtrack to The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay for free download, as composed by Gustaf 'Lizardking' Grefberg, and previous free MP3 soundtracks have included Metal Arms: Glitch In The System and The Hobbit.
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VU Games Gives Away Ground Control, Soundtracks

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  • by Talonius ( 97106 ) on Saturday June 26, 2004 @04:42PM (#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 @05:08PM (#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 ) <> on Sunday June 27, 2004 @07:16AM (#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 @10:41AM (#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 @11:06AM (#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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