I just finished the main story arc in Freelancer and I must say I loved the last mission. Dyson Sphere’s have been my fascination for a long time now and I was absolutely thrilled to see one being used in this game.
If you ever played the game, you know that the scale is a tad wonky. Battleships, space stations and planets are much smaller than they should be. But the Dyson is so immense in the game that it makes you forget about all of that. When you first jump into the system in which it is located you don’t actually see a big sphere. You see something like an endless checkerboard wall in front of you. The designers actually put a planet in front of it so that you get the sense of immense scale.
The wall stretches so far and wide that it simply fades out of view. The NPC’s initially refer to it as a “barrier” because that’s what it looks like. To get inside you need to fly Star Wars style above the surface destroying power generators to kill the shield that guards the entrance hatch.
Then when you pass the hatch, you see something confusing. You see outlines of oceans, continents, mountain ranges and etc… In all directions. You roll left, and right, and you see land and sea everywhere. Then you flip around and you see a sun – and beyond it, more land. And then it hits you – you are inside of a Dyson Sphere. This is how it must feel like to enter one of those things. Mind blowing!
And yes, I know. Nitpickers will most likely point out this is not technically a “Dyson Sphere”. The original concept developed by Dyson was for a system of satellites, not for a solid sphere enclosing the sun. What you see in Freelancer is the fictional concept known as a Dyson Shell – a solid shell with a working biosphere on the inside. Apparently such as system would be unstable, and impossible to construct and maintain. But it doesn’t make it any less awesome. :mrgreen:
To bad it is a “special” location in the game. I would love to go back there and just fly around inside of it.
[tags]freelancer, dyson sphere, gaming, games, space sim, awesome[/tags]