High-Resolution Frontier Elite 2

Tom Morton has re-written Frontier Elite 2 to work under the OpenGL graphics system, and the result is a great-looking game which will run under Windows and other systems. The game shows a considerable improvement in the quality of the graphics, as the screen grabs below illustrate.

glFrontier

As with the hi-res version of FFE, GLFrontier remains essentially the same game as the original version, but the visual side of things is of a much higher quality. The cockpit is the same as the original, but this is no problem as it has always worked so well.

In this program, the ships do not benefit from the increased resolution as much as they do in glFFE, although there are some details visible for the first time. The major work has been in the rendering of planets and stars, which have changed almost beyond recognition.

Playing glFrontier on your Windows PC


If you already have FE2 running on your computer you can go straight to point 2 below, otherwise...

1. Download and install shareware FE2 from here
2. Go to the GLFrontier page and click on the Windows Binary link to download the main program.
3. Extract this to the default directory (C:\glfrontier)
4. Click on the Sound Effects & Music link to download these items
5. Extract these files into the same directory (C:\glfrontier)

Tips


• The icon to select the orbital system map does not appear to work. This feature can be accessed using the F2 key
• The option to switch on filename extensions is reversed ie. deselecting it turns the feature on
• The keyboard shortcut to exit the game and return to the desktop is Ctrl-Q