So the last space sim I played was X2: The Threat. I dabbled with an indie one where you can go into the atmosphere and buzz cities and clean solar collectors … Evochron Renegades I think it was. Pretty cool but might have actually been a bit too open, as I felt directionless.
I’m in the mind to start up a pretty space sim, hopefully with good atmosphere, and openish world, and some kind of overall plot. I’d prefer something that plays decent without a stick, but if it’s good enough I’ll pick one up. I do have a gamepad.
Are there any that have come out recently that are good? I occasionally see something on Steam that looks interesting but haven’t bit the bullet yet.
Well, I was going to come in here and say X3 or Evochron but … seems you got those covered.
Darkstar One was the linear story-driven one where you upgraded your ship organically, should be able to find that fairly cheap. Supposedly not bad, except for that part where you don’t really get to swap out ships.
I would second those two suggestions: X3: Terran Conflict, I feel, is a very nice upgrade over X2. Also, I’ve heard that Evochron Legends is also a nice increase in playability from its precursor. I wasn’t a huge fan of Darkstar One because of its linearity and the inability to swap ships (my advice: think of it as an RPG, with the ship as your player character), but others enjoyed it.
Otherwise, it seems as if space games have pushed toward 4-X &/or RTS.
Ugh, the man said good. Freelancer felt like a coin-op shooter to me, with a bizarre planets-hanging-in-space-connected-by-subway “universe” that made my brain sputter.
The best ones, in my opinion, are still the Wing Commander series (1-4 if you can stomach old tech, or Prophecy if not), Xwing Alliance (there are many cool graphical mods if you have patience), FreeSpace 2 (also tons of very recent mods), and Independance War 2. I wish I could also say StarShatter but I hit too many strange bugs.
But yeah… recent? The lack of those are what pushed me (very happily, I must add) into flight sims, WW1 and 2 especially. Try Wings of Prey.
Heh, seems like all the bases have been covered. ;) There are some other modern space sims – Star Assault, The Tomorrow War, Darkstar One – but you said good. ;) One recent one I liked is Spaceforce: Rogue Universe. I also love, love, love Parkan 2.
It was released during my gaming hiatus while I traveled outside the country and, unfortunately, it was just one of those things that I never picked up on my radar, despite spacesims being my favorite genre.
Sounds like I’ll need to go pick it up from GOG :)
Dude, totally. Freespace 2 is the pinnacle of the genre. Install that and the FSO additions linked to earlier, and enjoy not only some of the best space combat you’ll ever see, but one of the best stories in the genre…or any genre, really…