BEST STARTER SHIP? | MISC Freelancer Ship Review | Star Citizen

"In this Star Citizen review video, I’ll be looking at the Star Citizen ship, the MISC Freelancer. My review forms 5 parts, set against a backdrop of gameplay footage.

00:00 Introduction
01:14 Ship Tour & Deck Layout
02:51 Combat Performan"

In this video review of the MISC Freelancer ship in Star Citizen, Forrester starts by explaining that Star Citizen is currently in public alpha testing and the Freelancer is one of the flyable ships in the game. While it is the smallest ship he has reviewed so far, it is still a multi-crew ship with room for a few friends aboard. The Freelancer is described as a long-haul merchant exploration ship with medium cargo capacity. The review is divided into five sections: ship tour and deck layout, combat performance, handling and visibility, operating costs, and a verdict.

The ship tour and deck layout section begins by explaining that the Freelancer has a single deck with three entry points: the cargo ramp, an airlock door on the side, and an airlock at the top of the ship. The cargo ramp gives access to the rear manned turret and the main cargo storage. Moving forward, there is a docking section, followed by a living section with amenities and crew beds. Finally, the cockpit has four seats, making it reminiscent of the Millennium Falcon.

In terms of combat performance, the base model of the Freelancer is armed with four size three weapons and a rear-mounted turret with two size two weapons. It also carries a range of missiles. While it is fairly well-armed, the shields are only reasonable for a ship its size, and it is recommended to try to escape from more formidable opponents. The missiles provide some additional firepower for engaging at range.

The Freelancer’s handling is described as fairly nippy and responsive, with a good traverse rate and the ability to make precise movements. It accelerates and decelerates quickly, making it suitable for both experienced pilots and those flying it for the first time. However, visibility is a challenge, particularly due to the relatively small front window, which can make certain maneuvers more difficult.

In terms of operating costs, the Freelancer has modest to cheap expenses. It burns through hydrogen fuel at steady rates and has a good range with its stock quantum drive. With a cargo capacity of 66 units in the base model (up to 120 units in the Freelancer MAX), it is relatively easy to make profits by running cargo. This, combined with the ship’s easygoing nature, makes it a solid choice for new players looking to build up their capital.

In the verdict, Forrester acknowledges that choosing the right ship can be difficult due to the competition in the space. While the Freelancer can be a good buy at its price point, it faces strong competition from other ships like the Caterpillar and the Cutlass. However, he still recommends the Freelancer to new players who are less interested in combat and more focused on exploring and making their way in the Star Citizen universe. The ship’s forgiving flight model, ability to turn a modest profit, and range make it an appealing choice for exploration, with the added bonus of being able to bring friends along.