Beyond the Red Line

For all you Battlestar Galactica fans out there who are distraught about there being no new episodes until 2008, here’s something to tide you over.

Beyond the Red Line is a 100% free space combat game set in the BSG universe, built by fans as a total conversion of the game Freespace 2 (which you don’t need to play, Beyond is a standalone game). It drops you into the cockpit of a Colonial Viper and lets you take a whack at the Cylons yourself.

The graphics and sound are amazingly well-done, and capture the BSG ‘atmosphere’ perfectly. (Here’s a gallery of screenshots and gameplay videos to whet your appetite.) There’s a short single-player campaign and online multiplayer too. And it’s available for Windows, Mac and Linux. What more could you ask for?

(About the only thing I don’t like about it is the voice acting, which is a little over the top — but thankfully you can toggle that off in the options.)

While there’s only a few missions in this first release, Beyond the Red Line is an ongoing project, and based on the quality of this demo it’s definitely one to watch!