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Missing an extinct type of game: space sims

kishekishe aitooPosts: 1,961Member Uncommon

Are there anything except the X-series for fans of space sims to look out for anymore?

 

I'll forever hate Micro$oft for canning Freelancer2

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  • stragen001stragen001 ReadingPosts: 1,720Member

    The Homeworld series is pretty good, but getting old now....

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  • outfctrloutfctrl Jacksonville, FLPosts: 3,619Member

    Originally posted by kishe

    Are there anything except the X-series for fans of space sims to look out for anymore?

     

    I'll forever hate Micro$oft for canning Freelancer2

    I am playing Venetta Online.  Nice looking game for only four Devs who created it.

    Does have a monthly charge of 9.99 USD and is an mmorpg.

    Another one you can try is Evochron Legends.  This one is just a multiplayer or single player, not sure

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  • LobotomistLobotomist ZagrebPosts: 5,055Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by kishe

    Are there anything except the X-series for fans of space sims to look out for anymore?

     

    I'll forever hate Micro$oft for canning Freelancer2

    Ah yes...freelancer :(

     

    But : Infinity

    This was (and maybe still is) a space MMO to end all other space MMOs

    http://www.infinity-universe.com/Infinity/index.php

     

    But it was too ambitios I guess...

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  • OberanMiMOberanMiM Chicago, ILPosts: 236Member

    Too bad Interplay went under & took with it the Descent: Freespace IP. 

    Those games were fun :) (heck even the normal Descent games were a blast imho)

  • SolarstrikerSolarstriker Odense NVPosts: 26Member Uncommon
  • nyxiumnyxium Posts: 1,222Member Uncommon

    Star Trek Online? It's arcadey.

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  • WarmakerWarmaker San Diego, CAPosts: 2,231Member

    Originally posted by stragen001

    The Homeworld series is pretty good, but getting old now....

    Homeworld 1 & 2 are strategy games, they're not space shooters / sims.

    As for Space sims, the genre is quite dead.  The last good space sims were Freespace 2 and X-Wing Alliance, IMO, and they came out in '98 or '99.

    I wouldn't even call the Rogue Squadron series of games as part of the space sim family.  You fly around in a tiny bubble.  Talk about a lack of freedom in flight...

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  • AdamTMAdamTM Frankfurt Am MainPosts: 1,376Member

    Originally posted by kishe

    Are there anything except the X-series for fans of space sims to look out for anymore?

     

    I'll forever hate Micro$oft for canning Freelancer2

    Evochron mercenary?

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/71000/?snr=1_4_4__103_4

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  • myrmxmyrmx ste-catherine, QCPosts: 93Member

    privateer was one of my favorite game and i don't see why they stopped doing these game .. they require so little.

  • AristabulusAristabulus , AKPosts: 6Member

    Originally posted by OberanMiM

    Too bad Interplay went under & took with it the Descent: Freespace IP. 

    Those games were fun :) (heck even the normal Descent games were a blast imho)

     

    Freespace 2 saw its source code released (2003 iirc), and still has a dedicated community that maintains it. Don't know where to go, but Google is right over there. :)

  • PhaserlightPhaserlight Boca Raton, FLPosts: 867Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by outfctrl

    Originally posted by kishe

    Are there anything except the X-series for fans of space sims to look out for anymore?

     

    I'll forever hate Micro$oft for canning Freelancer2

    I am playing Venetta Online.  Nice looking game for only four Devs who created it.

    Does have a monthly charge of 9.99 USD and is an mmorpg.

    Another one you can try is Evochron Legends.  This one is just a multiplayer or single player, not sure

    Vendetta Online is quite possibly the best thing to come along since... the internet.

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  • BrenelaelBrenelael Warren, MEPosts: 3,996Member

    I've actually been playing Galaxy on Fire 2 on my Android Tablet lately to get my space sim fix. It's a surprisingly very good 'Freelancer' type game. You need a pretty beefy 'droid device to run it though. Runs smooth as silk on my Lenovo K1 nVidia Tegra 2 Tablet. Very nice game for any of you Android/iOS people out there.

     

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  • BrenelaelBrenelael Warren, MEPosts: 3,996Member

    Originally posted by Phaserlight

    Originally posted by outfctrl


    Originally posted by kishe

    Are there anything except the X-series for fans of space sims to look out for anymore?

     

    I'll forever hate Micro$oft for canning Freelancer2

    I am playing Venetta Online.  Nice looking game for only four Devs who created it.

    Does have a monthly charge of 9.99 USD and is an mmorpg.

    Another one you can try is Evochron Legends.  This one is just a multiplayer or single player, not sure

    Vendetta Online is quite possibly the best thing to come along since... the internet.

    Been playing that on my Android tablet as well. image

     

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  • Loke666Loke666 MalmöPosts: 18,028Member Uncommon

    Elite on C-64 was the best of them all... Loved that game.

    This is a genre that have been lying low for a long time but it might pop up again any time, it do have plenty of potential.

    And well, now I am talking about the "trading space sims" alá Elite and Freelancer, not the Space combat sims like Eve and Planteside.

  • ReaperUkReaperUk Cambridgeshire, UKPosts: 657Member Uncommon

    I played Black Prophecy during the European beta last year. That was pretty good. It reminded me of Jump to Lightspeed. It's a freemium game so you can try it out for free. It's in the mmorpg.com game list if you want to check it out.

  • soulmirrorsoulmirror Jax, FLPosts: 112Member

    Jumpgate Evolution is on hold indefinitely.

     

     Jumpgate is still out there http://www.jossh.com/join_today/index.html however the game was bought out and they seem to not care about adding players.  I played the game alot and enjoyed it immensely.

     

      I would love to see another space sim with Neutonian physics.

  • Yep, this is a genre that could really use a revival. I've been looking for good space combat sims in the last few years but so far haven't been able to find any. JGE sounded interesting but it went into development Hell ages ago.

    Evochron Mercenary has the right idea but the production quality of it is just too low for me.

  • DeolusDeolus DoncasterPosts: 392Member
    They should reskin Uncharted Waters with a space theme and instead of going from port to port you fly from planet to planet. Add some new fluff and that would be awesome :)
  • VesaviusVesavius BristolPosts: 7,645Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Loke666

    Elite on C-64 was the best of them all... Loved that game.

    This is a genre that have been lying low for a long time but it might pop up again any time, it do have plenty of potential.

    And well, now I am talking about the "trading space sims" alá Elite and Freelancer, not the Space combat sims like Eve and Planteside.

     

    Well, I played it on teh 48k Speccy, but yep agreed. It is hard to convey the impact that game had. Just epic, which wasn't easy to achieve on the hardware back then lol.

    Loved Freelancer as well.

     

  • jpnzjpnz SydneyPosts: 3,529Member

    There's been a couple released by Eastern European developers.

    It has that unfamiliar vibe but most are very interesting.

    Starpoint: Gemini

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/108110/

    Space Rangers2 (probably the best game that capture's Elite's spirit even if you play it differently)

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/46330/

    Evochron Mercenary (made by 1 guy from the US)

     

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/71000/

     

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  • RefMinorRefMinor MyTownPosts: 3,452Member
    If you have iOS Traveller AR has released in beta,it's only 99c and very space simmy. It is based on the Traveller pen and paper RPG rule sets. It's Beta and still buggy and not all the functionality is released yet but it has a great deal of potential. It has regular GM run events and communities are starting to build up and characters are starting to become famous. I am having a blast.
  • MumboJumboMumboJumbo LondonPosts: 3,221Member

    This thread is full of win!

    @ RefMinor: What happened to Outer Empires? I was travelling for a while so could not continue with that game and seems to have vanished? I remember Traveller AR being advertised, but was not interested in AR so ignored it, but watched the gameplay trailer (non-ar) and for an iOS game looks - brilliant!!

    Infinity looks very interesting - they should start a crowd/free-sourcing scheme by the looks of interest/potential for this type of game.

    Well doing alright with some indie-games: (unepic, hacknet, stealth bastard, spacechem) atm but have been looking for a space sim for a while (EvE eventually continue with!). Not a space sim, but a space-ship management sim both nearing beta: Starcommand (pc after iOS/android) and also Faster Than Light

  • IsasisIsasis San Diego, CAPosts: 416Member

    I'm guessing X3 series (Terran Conflict being the newest) isn't mentioned in any post, because everyone who likes space sims already knows about it? It is one of the more popular space simulators...unless you guys are talking about something different.

     

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  • AtheenahAtheenah UddevallaPosts: 58Member

    Did anyone of you play TradeWars? Its was an online game back in the BBS era.

    It was all text based, but still really fun!

     

     

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