Silent Fury release thread (cloned from PlanetDescent)

This is something of a passion project that was long ago abandoned. I always wanted to get it done, but various factors got in the way.
Over the years I've worked on numerous mods for games, but I have to say that the stuff I did for Descent 3 holds a special place in my memory.
So 10 years since my last Descent 3 project, I've finally gotten off my ass and worked through an idea that I thought would never work.

After a whole year in development (sort of) I am pleased to announce the release of Silent Fury, a 5-level Hyperspace campaign for Descent 3.
Based on a concept from way back in 2006, Hyperspace: Silent Fury is a unique FreeSpace style space shooter using the Descent 3 engine.
If you are familiar with the multiplayer only 'Basewars' (aka Hyperspace: Genesis) from a decade ago - this is basically a single player version of that.
Using a wide range of new and former assets, this campaign is basically entirely different from what you'd normally see in Descent 3.

The Hyperspace/Basewars series was heavily influenced by various shows and games including Babylon 5, FreeSpace, EVE, Star Trek and others.

Here are some of the features, both old and new:

* 5-levels plus one secret bonus mission
* Tons of new objects including custom enemy ships, stations, turrets, drones etc
* A whole bank of new textures and sound effects
* A fully rebalanced set of Basewars weapons
* Features a music score from Dan Wentz (FS REDUX)
* The only Descent 3 campaign to be fully voice acted (nearly 400 lines of dialogue)
* Custom scripts including recharging when idle, repair/refuel support ship and other cool gadgets
* Some basic story to enjoy!

Overall, I am pleased with how the project has turned out this time around - This is not the first time I took a stab at this.
It's not perfect, there are some issues here and there - I spent countless hours bug fixing, and getting things to this stage was a lot of work.
You can expect to get about 2-3 hours of gameplay from it, so it's not a particularly long campaign.
The missions aren't too difficult, but you should expect a few bumps along the way.
I've added some tiny variations to keep things interesting which should give some replay value.


Before playing, you should consult the readme and make sure your game is setup correctly.
The 32-bit patch is highly recommended, along with custom command lines such as:

width 1920 -height 1080 -aspect 1.78 -usesmoothing -himem -hividmem -subpixelcorrect -nocompress
-nosparkles -nomotionblur -nomultitexture -z32bit -framecap 100

Adjust these accordingly to your requirements and tastes. WARNING: Do not use a high framecap. This will crash the game!
You will need a good computer - an old PC isn't going to cut it. SOME systems may not be able to play this at all.
I've tried to isolate as many issues as possible (D3 is a nightmare to mod!) but I cannot guarantee it will work on all setups.

This is how the game should look if you have setup correctly:

Some Initial Tips & Info:

* Ingame cutscenes cannot be skipped due to the way they are setup
* The first mission is a training/introduction mission
* Be conservative with energy and secondaries. Learn how to use the support and gadgets at the right times :)
* Set music to about 30% if sound is 100%
* Use the PING feature to make it easier locating your team

Known Issues

* The readme file lists most of the known problems.
* If you find a new issue, let me know - include your setup information (system specs, D3 settings etc)
* Multiplayer is NOT supported due to the way these missions work
* Only critical bugs will be addressed, if a fix is possible

Download Link ... ntFury.exe (160MB)

Questions, thoughts, comments, problems etc just post them here or at PlanetDescent.
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Re: Silent Fury release thread (cloned from PlanetDescent)

No, it's not possible to get lost (well, you could lose direction for a minute or two if you weren't paying attention). Descent 3's engine doesn't have the capability to create true space environments. It's merely the illusion of such using large rooms. The inside-Hyperspace segments are actually very short, since you can't do much there. It's merely to give the universe a little more world building.
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Re: Silent Fury release thread (cloned from PlanetDescent)

A note to GOG users: You should disable or turn off the nGlide wrapper (3DFX Voodoo) for Descent 3 when playing Silent Fury. You will most likely need to switch to OpenGL, unless you have an old system that has good Direct3D support. I've noticed when playing with the glide wrapper that the nebulas / planets are all wonky (probably something about the depth rendering)
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