Compiling a List of Space Sims

So I have a goal, call me crazy, but I like this goal. It’s to own all of the space-based flight sims ever made…primarily for the PC. That being said, I’m trying to put together a comprehensive list of all the space sims, and so far this is what I’ve come up with:

Ares Rising
Arvoch Conflict
Bang! Gunship Elite
Battlecruiser 3000AD
Battlecruiser Millennium
Bridge Commander
Codename MAT
Colony Wars
Colony Wars: Vengeance
Colony Wars: Red Sun
Darklight Conflict
Dark Horizon
Dark Star
DarkStar One
Deep Space
Descent: Freespace
Deep Space: Operation Copernicus
Elite 2: Frontier
Elite 3: First Encounters
Evochron Alliance
Evochron Legends
Evochron Renegades
Federation of Free Traders
Forbidden Planet
Forced Alliance
Freespace 2
I-War 2
The Last Dynasty
Linewars 2
Microsoft Space Simulator
Millennia: Altered Destinies
No Gravity
No Gravity: The Plague of Mind
Parkan 2
Project Sylpheed
Renegade: Battle for Jacob’s Star
Rules of Engagement
Rules of Engagement 2
Starfleet Academy
Klingon Academy
Space Empires: Starfury
Spaceforce: Rogue Universe
Space Interceptor
Space Rogue
Space School Simulator: The Academy
Star Assault
Star Crusader
Star Raiders
Star Rangers
Starshatter: The Gathering Storm
Starstrike II
Star Trader
Star Wars Galaxies (Space Sim Component)
Star Wraith
Star Wraith 2
Star Wraith 3: Shadows of Orion
Star Wraith 4: Reviction
SunDog: Frozen Legacy
Tachyon: The Fringe
Tarr Chronicles
Tau Ceti
The Tomorrow War
Tie Fighter
Universal Combat
Vega Strike
Vendetta Online
Void War
Wing Commander
Wing Commander 2: Revenge of the Kilrathi
Wing Commander 3: The Heart of the Tiger
Wing Commander 4: The Price of Freedom
Wing Commander: Prophecy
Wing Commander: Special Ops
Wing Commander: Armada
Wing Commander: Academy
Wing Commander: Privateer
Wing Commander: Privateer 2
Wing Commander: Arena
X 2
X 3
X-Com Interceptor
XF5700 Mantis Experimental Fighter
X-Plane: Space Combat Sim
X-Wing Alliance
X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter

Can y’all think of any to add that I might not have on that list? Thanks!

Again, we’re looking for simulation games…i.e. flight simulators in space.

Edit: Games like Nexus: The Jupiter Incident or Space Rangers don’t count because they’re tactical combat games, not space sims, FYI. ;)

Eve Online

Hhmmm, would you call Eve Online a sim? I’m not sure because you’re never actually IN your ship, nor do you have direct control over it, you know?

Do you want to list Universal Combat separately?

The other space titles I can think of offhand are strategy games and not sims.

If Star Rangers is a space sim, Eve Online is. Simulating the experience of commanding a capital class vessel is one area Eve does pretty well. Sure, it’s not very granular and is highly abstracted, but it feels about right. For more of a “hands on” feel the Interceptors come fairly close. Then there’s the whole space economy. Space politics. Aesthetics. Etc.

Space Rogue

Universal Combat is lumped in with the BC300AD series.

I honestly don’t think Eve is a sim. It’s more of an abstracted tactical combat game rather than a flat out simulation. Star Rangers is totally a sim, you know, the one Interactive Magic made a while back. If you’re thinking Space Rangers than no, that isn’t a sim, IMO.

Space Rogue, good pick.

No Starflight or Starflight 2? You’ve got the sort-of sequel to those in Protostar listed…

Star Crusader; kind of fun WC knock off from the mid-90s.

That title deserves a gold star for its amazing cover art.

Pfft, Star Crusader, good call, how could I forget that one? I actually OWN it. headdesk

Protostar is more of a sim, I think, because you have a cockpit view of sorts. Starflight might me walking a fine line, but I think that’s more on an RPG. I honestly don’t think of it as a sim, honestly. Could I be wrong?

Yup, dead sexy:

Well, in Starflight, most of the action happens in your ship, you explore and exploit resources on other systems, you fight other ships, etc.

True, and you do have more direct control over your ship. I guess it fits in there, just kinda barely.

Star Raiders and Star Voyager might be called proto space sims.

You can’t just list the Wing Commander and Xwing series as one item! I’m sure there’s parts of that series that you don’t have. List them all!

Gordon, good pics, I’ll add 'em.

Rock8man, should I list all of the expansion packs too? :P Nah, I’ll just list the base games

Here’s another: Federation of Free Traders, a 16-bit-era Elite derivative. More info at LemonAmiga.

Oohh, nice one Gordon, never even heard of it. I’ll add it, thanks!

Ah, that’s where I was confused. Does the space sim element in Star Wars Galaxies count as part of the X-Wing/TIE Fighter series? They’re really not the same thing but very similar. And it is a real space sim with joystick controls and all that good stuff. Even fully rendered multiplayer ships.