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Star Fighter 3000 revamp revealed

Published: 29th Mar 2008, 19:34:29 | Permalink | Printable

New textures and more

The new SF3K title screenPopular 3D shoot-'em-down flight simulator Star Fighter 3000 has been treated to a facelift, as these screenshots show. The game has undergone a graphical spring clean, been given a new title screen and gained some new music.


A screenshot from the new SF3K
A screenshot from the new SF3K
A screenshot from the new SF3K
A screenshot from the new SF3K
A screenshot from the new SF3K
A screenshot from the new SF3K
A screenshot from the new SF3K
A screenshot from the new SF3K
A screenshot from the new SF3K
A screenshot from the new SF3K
A screenshot from the new SF3K
A screenshot from the new SF3K
And how the game once looked:
A screenshot from the new SF3K


Originally developed in 1994, Star Fighter 3000 was created by Fednet Software, which also produced other Acorn gaming greats including Stunt Racer 2000 and Chocks Away. Like Stunt Racer 2000, SF3K pits players against each other in a fierce, futuristic and televised world controlled by the media. In its latest form, dubbed Star Fighter 3000: The Next Generation, the game is 450MB in size.

It's understood efforts to tidy up the game have been on-going for the past five years, and Chris Bazley has been behind various updates and enhancements. The new title screen was drawn using Composition and Top Model, we're informed.

• The sparkling new version of Star Fighter 3000 is bundled with the latest issue of RISCWorld, a bi-monthly subscription magazine that comes on a CD, along with an article on how it all came together. See the link below for more details and prices. The magazine is published by APDL, which also sells copies of SF3K under the iSV brand.

Links


RISCWorld website
A Star Fighter support website Read this thread if you're having problems running the game from the magazine's CD

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This gives me another reason to subscribe to RISCWorld at the forthcoming Wakefield show.

 is a RISC OS Usersa110 on 29/3/08 7:58PM
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I can't take any credit for this at all. It looks to me like a port of the 3DO version, which was rewritten from scratch by Fednet in C rather than ARM code.

 is a RISC OS Userthesnark on 29/3/08 8:46PM
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This looks awesome! Always nice to see some game development, so thank you to those involved. Do we know what spec RISC OS box is required? Might have to get a copy of this just to see the new 3D superness.

 is a RISC OS Userfylfot on 30/3/08 12:44AM
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Wondering if this is an early april fool if Chris isn't involved.... :(

 is a RISC OS Userarawnsley on 30/3/08 11:52AM
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fylfot: Well if you want a copy the new RISC World Compilation DVD should be on sale at the Wakefield show and it will be included on that.

And it's certainly NOT an April Fool - it's very real :)

 is a RISC OS Userapdl on 30/3/08 12:15PM
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Wow. Another reason to try and make it to Wakefield!

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 31/3/08 1:21AM
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I have to say, the tower blocks look awful. They remind me of wooden toy blocks that we had at first school. Considering that everything else looks much improved, its showing these up even more now.

The windows are too close together and too dark, they need a bit of shortening, and some form of texture applied to them, give them a bit more realism, and a bit less Fisher Price.

Apart from that, this game was always great fun, especially the asteroid belt missions. If this works on VRPC, I'll have it right now :-)

 is a RISC OS Usersascott on 31/3/08 3:58PM
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Well AIUI the authors of the game were Lee Noar and Chris Bazley. Given that both I think are still active in RISC OS and Chris has been updated SF3000 for a long time then there's maybe a very good chance that a new texture can easily be applied and even some lighting effect patched onto it as well.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 31/3/08 7:22PM
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Just to set the record straight, the authors were Tim Parry and Andrew Hutchings.

I don't know who is responsible for this latest version.

 is a RISC OS Userthesnark on 31/3/08 8:32PM
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Simon C- too right.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 1/4/08 9:22PM
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Snark - Lee Noar did most of the work and that's confirmed on the DVD.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 26/4/08 8:29PM
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