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Soldat 1.4 Released 78

FliesLikeABrick writes "Soldat 1.4 has finally been released. After 19 months since the announcement, this version adds multi-byte language support, many new features available to registered players, a ton of bugfixes, and a new lobby server and protocol. It took a lot of time and effort, but the largest update to Soldat has finally been posted and made available. While there are surely going to be some new bugs introduced, the new version is available for free at the game's site. From the site: 'Ladies and Gentlemen, I know you have all been (im)patiently waiting for Soldat 1.4. Thanks to all that contributed to this version. This version was a collaborative effort and it wouldn`t happen without you. ... So without further delay, it is with your encouragement, criticism and support from you all that I can happily release Soldat 1.4 to you all to enjoy. Please use the torrent link provided to help distribute Soldat 1.4 for others and ease server load, and seed for as long as you can.'"
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Soldat 1.4 Released

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  • Zonked (Score:5, Insightful)

    by TiCL ( 1063546 ) on Monday April 30, 2007 @12:40AM (#18923993)
    A little one liner about what Soldat is would have been helpful.
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by bssteph ( 967858 ) *
      And risk actually being informative to people who didn't likely already know because they care about the game?

      This isn't convenientinformationinausefulmannerdot...
    • Re:Zonked (Score:5, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 30, 2007 @01:12AM (#18924149)
      Soldat is like multiplayer Quake but it's a 2D platform game. You run around the level, bounce from platform to platform, use jetpacks, and shoot other online players.
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Meadowhog ( 1094993 )
      It's a 2D FPS which I'm terrible at and quit in frustration a while ago. It's a neat idea though, it's like if someone crossed Counter-strike with Worms. It's pretty fast paced with low gravity but with realistic-style weapons.

      (I just realized that 2D FPS is kind of an oxymoron, but just go with it)
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      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        by KDR_11k ( 778916 )
        It's more like someone crossed Counterstrike with Abuse []. Heh, I remember playing Abuse over LAN in the school CS lab way back when. I don't think those computers would even have run Doom.
    • Re:Zonked (Score:5, Informative)

      by Bibz ( 849958 ) <seb2004&hotmail,com> on Monday April 30, 2007 @01:16AM (#18924183)
      Here is the main page: []

      Basically it's a 2D side scroller multiplayer shooter with lots of weapon.
      Never played it, but it seems like a lot of fun :)
    • A 2D online multiplayer shoot-em-up. Only game I play since I'm on a laptop without good 3D; I've been waiting for this for ages. :-)
  • In high school we'd all play this game on fridays after quizzes in the computer lab
  • Mac, anyone? (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Has anyone been able to get this working on a Mac? I'm not about to install Windows on here just to run Soldat.
    • Re:Mac, anyone? (Score:4, Insightful)

      by i kan reed ( 749298 ) on Monday April 30, 2007 @01:11AM (#18924137) Homepage Journal
      It's not even open source. I ran the installer after seeing on slashdot expecting to see the friendly "GPL v2.0" message. No such luck. I don't know why a version increment of some freeware game gets to the main page.
      • Re:Mac, anyone? (Score:5, Insightful)

        by seebs ( 15766 ) on Monday April 30, 2007 @01:18AM (#18924193) Homepage
        Because Zonk is some kind of dysfunctional AI bot. I was just surprised that the post didn't end with a massively insipid question making it clear he didn't understand TFA. Maybe that's why there was no explanation of what it is; he didn't even look at TFA.
      • Why would it matter if it's open source or not? This it under the Games section. It's game news. Just because it's not a game you're not interested in doesn't mean others aren't. I used to love the game and was happy to hear it brought up again so I can get some more kicks out of it. Why is any game update posted on /.? Because some subset of the readers is interested.
      • by Leto-II ( 1509 )
        It's not even freeware -- it's shareware.
        • by MoHaG ( 1002926 )
          I used to play it until became shareware....

          They used real drug dealer sales techniques: Get you hooked on th nice freeware game, then change it to shareware...
      • Re:Mac, anyone? (Score:4, Insightful)

        by physicsnick ( 1031656 ) on Monday April 30, 2007 @06:41AM (#18925611)
        We've had a dozen front-page posts about Starcraft 2, and it doesn't even exist yet. Should we ignore articles about it just because it's not going to be open-source?

        Soldat is important because it doesn't rely on cutting-edge graphics; it revitalizes the 2D sidescroller genre from the days of Duke Nukem, long thought to be dead due to 3D graphics. The fact that Soldat is popular should come as a reminder to game development studios that we care about gameplay and fun more than graphics.
        • by 7Prime ( 871679 )
          Umm, since the 2D metroid games on the GBA failed so misserably... 3 years ago.

          Sorry dude, 2D gaming is very much alive, and progressing.
      • by ozphx ( 1061292 )
        This is news for nerds.

        Not just news for rabid GNU/Hippies.
    • by MoHaG ( 1002926 )
      You might try it under Wine (see someone else's reply below...) if you have an Intel Mac. You need the latest Wine source code and the latest XCode. Simply extract it, open a Terminal window and follow the README / INSTALL instructions. Wine compiles go pretty fast on a Core Duo processor (A few (not more than 30) minutes...)
  • Dosent work in wine (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward
    0.9.33 in ubuntu fails. so sad 8( panda is not amused.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Wow, this game got a 9.8 from gamespot and a 9/10 from gamearena? (so says their main website)

    Go to gamespot... no official review.
    Go to gamearena... no official review.

    Hmm, they really seem on the up and up, don't they.
  • Imagine the heated firefights of Counterstrike in a 2D sidescrolling, ragdoll kungfoo -esque package. It's nothing like that. (or is it?) But it's still fun.
  • Linux client? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Lisandro ( 799651 ) on Monday April 30, 2007 @01:32AM (#18924249)
    I know i might be asking for too much... but does anyone knows if this gem of a game will ever have its own linux version? I LOVE Soldat, but have mixed sucess trying to run it under Wine.

    Anyway, it's well worth a go if you never tried it before. It's not mentioned anywhere in the story, so, for those who haven't tried it, it's fast paced online deathmatch game, a-la-UT... in 2D, sporting "realistic" weapons (most borrowed from Counterstrike). It's easy to play, has very low hardware requirements, and its' gameplay is devastatingly addictive. That, and you can't beat bots that lay Arnie movie quotes [] every time they frag you :)
    • Re:Linux client? (Score:4, Interesting)

      by EvilGoodGuy ( 811015 ) on Monday April 30, 2007 @01:40AM (#18924289)
      "Known problems:
      - Soldat crashes after starting or joining game.
      If your video card does not support rendering to texture technology (really old cards pre-Geforce era) then the only way to run Soldat is by checking Video Compatibility in Soldat Setup (under `More` tab).
      Checking Video Compatibility means that you won`t take advantage of the new font rendering engine (UNICODE and shadows won`t be supported). Also the minimap won`t work. This is also the current way to run Soldat on Wine."

      So no Linux client, but it appears to run in Wine.
      • It runs (both in regular and 'video compatibility' mode, in my experience, though better in the latest), but nowhere as good as it should. Framerates sometimes drop for no particular reason, and i've had quite a few random crashes. It's a shame, as Wine can run some newer, fancier 3D games with no hitches...
    • Sadly this game is only freeware. If it were open source, I'm sure there would be enough people interested in porting it to Linux for there to be a native client. I don't understand freeware games. Why limit it to just being freeware? Why not make it really properly Free then the community can fix problems, can port code, can bring new features to the table. However that is the right of the author, to choose under what terms they can disclose their software. I just don't understand it. If you give th
      • Because despite what everyone in this thread is claiming, the game is not freeware. It's a form of shareware. The distinction is small as someone who hasn't paid for the game gets all of the gameplay related features for free. But if you pay you get a few ancillary features, such as the ability to set up multiple user profiles with unique key bindings etc. I paid for my copy because I felt the self satisfied feeling I got from supporting the author more than offset the tiny monetary price tag.
    • by gatzke ( 2977 )

      It is not open-source and the graphics look like they were done in MS Paint.

      2D? Crazy retro idea. I pull out the Super Mario on the Wii occasionally, but for like five minutes at a time if that.

      And they are not even considering linux or mac support (from the FAQ).

      How did this make it on /.? This is digg quality tripe.
  • Oh wow I'm excited. I used to love this game! To bad it had to come out during finals week haha. Screw graphics, I'd rather play a 2D scroller!!
  • Torrent? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by kestasjk ( 933987 ) on Monday April 30, 2007 @01:42AM (#18924295) Homepage
    It's strange how they want you to use the torrent to download this, and then seed, even though it's an online multiplayer game that surely you'll want to play the moment you've finished the download without having torrents running in the background.
    • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Many torrent clients allow you to limit your upload speed. Also, ever heard of QoS []?
    • Resume seeding when you're not playing? Surely you won't be playing 24/7.
  • couldn't find any server compatible with the new version of the client. Anyone has a server running for this new version?

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