Escape Velocity works on Windows?
Has anybody on this forum seen this thread? Funny How-To Guide http://www.ambrosias...owtopic=132405. Well, you can click on the guide from that thread. Anybody that has played Nova can see how bad the guide is. How many problems it has or perhaps it can be said how wrong it is?
I found a another guide on eHow while reading it about Escape Velocity. It can't be a another game with the same name, because as far I know, no other game with this name exists.
It comes with missing instructions, and wrong instructions for firing your secondary and primary weapons. It also calls a ship aircraft.
Think carefully about what the guide says and actually play EV enough to see if the instructions are correct, and you can see a LOT of problems. Either wrong or missing instructions.
First paragraph says: "Escape Velocity" is a game designed for the Windows operating system
Except everyone here knows EV only is for Mac.
Step 1: The instructions seem to be correct. However, the guy calls your ship aircraft. So he uses the term aircraft instead of ship. If anybody on these boards finds the instructions in step 1 to be not correct, tell me. I did however try pressing the arrow keys in EV Nova.
Step 2: The "Enter" key fires whatever weapon is currently labeled as your primary, the guide says. Except that pressing Enter does nothing. The Enter key seems to do things like leaving a planet and making you stop hailing a ship. The "Spacebar" key fires your secondary weapon, says the guide. Well, except the space bar actually fires your primary weapon.
Step 3 in the guide says: Pull up your map of the galaxy using the "M" keyboard key. Your current location will be marked with a small yellow icon on the map(...) Except that the ball symbol (or is a dot?) is blue in color. It continues: Pressing "M" again hides the map. As you approach a planet, press "L" to radio ahead and request permission to land.
That M hides the map is correct. I only press Done instead. Well, except by pressing M after opening the map accomplishes nothing. To do something with the map you have to click the system next to where you are now, or Shift- click a hyperspace route to more than one system away. Why does the guide not tell these things? You have to jump to pretty much do anything in the game.
The guide did not tell that you have to press L again (you have to press L twice). Plus, you have to: a) be close enough to be able to land (otherwise the game will say you are too far away on the second L press). b ) be slow enough to land, or the game will say you are too fast to land on the planet.
Step four says:
Press the "J" button to activate the hyperspace features of your aircraft. This allows you to travel quickly between two points within the game.
Except that the guide does not tell what you have to do first - select where you want to go on the map. Pressing J will do nothing if you just press it without first having selected where you want to go.
The game comes with a manual that tells you everything about the game - everything you need to learn in order to be able to do everything in the game. It comes with pictures. And a story. Even the game itself instructs you better than the guide when you do a new pilot. It will tell you how to do a hyperjump. And how to land.
Why was this guide written?
And I didn't even write about things you need to do in the game. You pretty much must learn how to buy ships, because the Shuttle is so weak it easily gets destroyed. It can get destroyed by Pirates when trying to go somewhere (for example, while hyperjumping) and you can't fight with it. Finally, I am not sure it has enough cargo space to do all missions that are part of some kind of storyline. Outfitting is something you need to do too - ships are not powerful enough for all fights with the weapons it comes with. Boarding is something you must do too in some missions, and I don't know of any way to make money faster than boarding Pirates.
This post has been edited by General Cade Smart : 22 June 2013 - 02:06 PM