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Lay out your faves here. They can come in any genre: flight sim, RTS, etc.

My pics are Master of Orion 2(building an armada! my mentats control everybody!) along with Wing Commander 2 and X-Wing/Tie-Fighter(the reason i got a better machine in 1993).

Oh yes, and Buzz Aldrin's Race into Space. When you grew up a space dork like me(i went on to get an aerospace degree), this game was PERFECT. A neat little simulator of your own space program, mixing in actual video of american & soviet space flights. You can get it here from Underdogs.

kingfish superman ice cream (kingfish 2.0), Monday, 3 October 2005 01:02 (fifteen years ago) link

Starcraft. Great strategy game, compelling plot.

Laura H. (laurah), Monday, 3 October 2005 02:07 (fifteen years ago) link

ihttp://www.emumaniak.zel.pl/info/screeny/Galaxian%20(J)(1).jpg

polyphonic (polyphonic), Monday, 3 October 2005 03:20 (fifteen years ago) link

Let's try that again:

http://www.galaxian.dds.nl/pics/galaxian-part-x.gif

polyphonic (polyphonic), Monday, 3 October 2005 03:20 (fifteen years ago) link

My fave arcade space game has to be Asteroids. With its minimalist vector graphics and heartbeat soundtrack, it's got an otherworldly mystique to it that Galaxian and its progeny can't match.

Playing Tie Fighter back in the day was awesome. I'm hard pressed to think of any space-themed PC game that I've enjoyed more.

Chris F. (servoret), Monday, 3 October 2005 04:08 (fifteen years ago) link

Scroll down and play Asteroids applet here.

Laura H. (laurah), Monday, 3 October 2005 05:01 (fifteen years ago) link

i agree with the x-wing love. i never got tie fighter because i couldn't see how it could be better, despite the fact that everyone agrees it was.

W i l l (common_person), Monday, 3 October 2005 05:42 (fifteen years ago) link

Damocles on the Amiga, I played that game for months and months and months

Ste (Fuzzy), Monday, 3 October 2005 07:10 (fifteen years ago) link

asteroids, yeah

Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Monday, 3 October 2005 11:05 (fifteen years ago) link

defender

cozen (Cozen), Monday, 3 October 2005 11:18 (fifteen years ago) link

i really couldn't play defender, i found it to be the most difficult game ever. Starray the remake was a lot friendlier.

Starglider2 on amiga was also loverly, especially the flying whales.

Ste (Fuzzy), Monday, 3 October 2005 11:30 (fifteen years ago) link

Wow, Starglider! I had that on the Atari, it was brilliant.

Does Arkanoid count? I always assumed that was in space.

melton mowbray (adr), Monday, 3 October 2005 12:07 (fifteen years ago) link

Infact, it had a little scrolling story at the start so if I'd bothered to read it, I'd know for sure.

melton mowbray (adr), Monday, 3 October 2005 12:08 (fifteen years ago) link

i never got tie fighter because i couldn't see how it could be better

I don't think I ever played X-Wing enough to judge one way or the other. I did love being evil in Tie Fighter, though-- running secret missions for the Emperor and crushing the Rebellion and so forth. Sometimes playing the evil side can be more fun, unlike in, say, Fallout 2, where enslaving people and killing children just made me feel really bad.

Chris F. (servoret), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 03:01 (fifteen years ago) link

Also, Freespace 2 is great.

Oh, and Clive Owen starred in the FMV bits of Privateer 2.

kingfish superman ice cream (kingfish 2.0), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 04:30 (fifteen years ago) link

Megatraveller. A very good rendition of the PnP game and full of the stuff that made Elite interesting and with planet based action, so you could shoot innocent people or help innocent folk out. Kind of what a perfect Firefly game would be.

Navek Rednam (Navek Rednam), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 06:11 (fifteen years ago) link

aye, tie fighter pwns this thread.

g-kit (g-kit), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 14:16 (fifteen years ago) link

Oh, and Clive Owen starred in the FMV bits of Privateer 2.

-- kingfish superman ice cream (jdsalmo...), October 4th, 2005.

the experience was probably not too far off from making sin city!

latebloomer (latebloomer), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 17:00 (fifteen years ago) link

Elite Frontier on the Amiga, I never played the original.

jeffrey (johnson), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 17:09 (fifteen years ago) link

i loved the ships and general 3-d navigational things in Homeworld. looked lovely. unfortunately, being an RTS, i sucked at it and didn't get very far. (um, this and the mention of Tron2 makes me think i should boot into Windows more often...)

(i also suck at Defender despite owning about 5 different versions of it on various platforms. i always miss shooting the landers by the odd pixel and then flying straight into them)

Jetpac, getting the thrust just right so you can do a circuit of the middle ledge without hitting either it or the other two ledges.

koogs (koogs), Wednesday, 5 October 2005 14:22 (fifteen years ago) link

was Frontier available on Amiga? i only ever had it on my pc, and it ran slow on that. it was one of those games where I really really really wanted to like it and i tried to look past all the auto-pilot bugs and jerky frame rate and my shitness in space combat to enjoy it. Alas i just couldn't stick it out to even fly to more than 3 planet systems before dinking that little Quit button.

Ste (Fuzzy), Wednesday, 5 October 2005 14:35 (fifteen years ago) link

A friend of mine worked on this space combat MM game (http://www.vendetta-online.com/) for years and years, and then it finally got released and didn't catch on. I always thought it looked cool though.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 5 October 2005 15:01 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...

AIR FORTRESS

Jordan, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 18:21 (thirteen years ago) link

Anyone ever play Subspace?

http://images.betanews.com/screenshots/scaled/1045207176-1.jpg

I used to be mega addicted to that game.

Z S, Tuesday, 10 July 2007 21:39 (thirteen years ago) link

EXILE

did anyone ever read the introductory novellas that came with elite and exile?

creme1, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 17:21 (thirteen years ago) link

I have to say that I have never been more excited to play a game than I was by both X-Wing and Wing Commander.

Also, props to Zaxxon!

polyphonic, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 17:23 (thirteen years ago) link

star control 2!!!!!!

s1ocki, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 17:44 (thirteen years ago) link

star control 2 ftw

Fennster, Thursday, 12 July 2007 21:08 (thirteen years ago) link

SC2 is great. But Subspace, yeah. I keep meaning to re-downlaod that and play it... it didn't work on my crap-ass computer a million years ago, but it looked INCREDIBLE. It still kind of does... MMO PVP asteroids, yes please

Will M., Thursday, 12 July 2007 21:16 (thirteen years ago) link

anybody play EVE online? What was the whole goon-related lawsuit thing about, anyway?

kingfish, Thursday, 12 July 2007 21:33 (thirteen years ago) link

fuck, PHANTASY STAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

creme1, Friday, 13 July 2007 01:55 (thirteen years ago) link

and metroid!!!!

creme1, Friday, 13 July 2007 01:55 (thirteen years ago) link

did anyone ever read the introductory novellas that came with elite and exile?

I read the one that came with Starglider 2. It was shit. The game was lovely though (Ste OTM in other words).

ledge, Friday, 13 July 2007 13:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Also tried to play exile on my recently acquired Amiga emulator but I couldn't get very far, I think lack of instructions didn't help.

ledge, Friday, 13 July 2007 13:11 (thirteen years ago) link

Anyone play Captain Blood? I recently tried playing it again on an Amiga emu but gave up very quickly, and couldn't understand how I used to spend hours on it.

Ste, Friday, 13 July 2007 13:54 (thirteen years ago) link

Life Force

Mr. Snrub, Saturday, 14 July 2007 03:30 (thirteen years ago) link

two years pass...

name me some really good space exploration type games, maybe even rpg types, but the less combat the better.

old or new

what's megatraveller like ?

Great Scott! It's Molecular Man. (Ste), Monday, 27 July 2009 11:42 (eleven years ago) link

AIR FORTRESS

god i love this game so much!

zappi, Monday, 27 July 2009 13:22 (eleven years ago) link

oh man, me too. i never beat it though. would love to see an air fortress remake (or just have it on xbl).

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Monday, 27 July 2009 15:40 (eleven years ago) link

commander keen

Lamp, Monday, 27 July 2009 15:41 (eleven years ago) link

(ha just saw that i already revived this once for air fortress)

also:

solar jetman (frustrating but inventive and awesome)
wing commander 2 (never beat this but loved it)
colony wars (seemed like a great game, never got very far)

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Monday, 27 July 2009 15:42 (eleven years ago) link

another fun 8-bit game similar to Air Fortress is Layla. explore the interior of 8 asteroid fortresses in a Metroid style, with inbetween flying stages that play like horizontal Galaga bonus stages.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9dV5Yj4QuI

zappi, Monday, 27 July 2009 16:30 (eleven years ago) link

oh wow reminds me of wonderboy iv, nice boots too

Great Scott! It's Molecular Man. (Ste), Monday, 27 July 2009 17:09 (eleven years ago) link

one year passes...

man, i would really love an updated colony wars/wing commander-style game

adult music person (Jordan), Thursday, 24 March 2011 20:14 (nine years ago) link

what's megatraveller like ?

It's unbelievably massive & detailed - it's still the gold gold standard for character creation, for me.

Gravel Puzzleworth, Thursday, 24 March 2011 20:19 (nine years ago) link

i have that jacket btw, would buy another but it's SMALL

I just want to give a shout-out to Buzzy Beetles (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 24 March 2011 20:20 (nine years ago) link

four years pass...

3. Hard sci-fi space combat that resembles submarine warfare but with lots of slug weapons! Ship "gravity" entirely dependent on constant acceleration!

― service desk hardman (El Tomboto), Tuesday, January 19, 2016 7:51 PM (1 week ago)

are there any good hard sci-fi space combat games?

the late great, Sunday, 31 January 2016 04:24 (four years ago) link

i am thinking a cross between a flight simulator and star control ii

the late great, Sunday, 31 January 2016 04:25 (four years ago) link

ever played i-war/independence war? no star control 2 in it to speak of but an interesting hard-physics capital-ship combat sim where you move from nav to weapons to engineering to comms on your giant bridge while failing to avoid missiles; it contains some of the only post-x-wing spaceflight-sim ideas and has a flatteringly vertical learning curve.

unfortunately there's no galactic free-roam, just a bunch of missions, and the story is boilerplate and the voice acting is very bad. star control 2 was a strange miracle in all these depts.

denies the existence of dark matter (difficult listening hour), Sunday, 31 January 2016 04:52 (four years ago) link

whoa! sounds cool

the late great, Sunday, 31 January 2016 06:03 (four years ago) link

a lot of my thing about star control ii is the interesting physics of the melee

the late great, Sunday, 31 January 2016 06:03 (four years ago) link

i like the fuel mechanics a lot

the late great, Sunday, 31 January 2016 06:04 (four years ago) link

i like the ship of evil capitalists where you can feed crew into the furnace for fuel bursts.

denies the existence of dark matter (difficult listening hour), Sunday, 31 January 2016 06:06 (four years ago) link

in the single-player i pretty much always used the ship designed by the race of cowards with the rear-facing heat-seeking torpedoes

denies the existence of dark matter (difficult listening hour), Sunday, 31 January 2016 06:09 (four years ago) link

yeah the variety of ships was really something

the late great, Sunday, 31 January 2016 06:20 (four years ago) link

I-war looks pretty excellent

the late great, Sunday, 31 January 2016 08:55 (four years ago) link

for me it was a little like scratching right next to an itch, but it's def worth playing.

the game i want to play is the one described in the opening chapter of this parody of goosebumps--

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/510Y8K9K56L.jpg

--which was either written by someone w a very dim grasp of what computer games were actually like in 1997 or by a total visionary, because the two friends seem simultaneously to be commanding vast opposing armies in a complex galaxy-wide campaign of such granular detail one kid has had to outfit his platoons with special suits to process the atmosphere of one of his friend's planets AND ALSO inhabiting first-person avatars as i guess the physical emperors of their states, aboard giant capitol ships with decks and ladders and bulkheads and enemy boarding parties, ships they are also apparently commanding, so apparently it is also a flight sim, with, we assume, newtonian, if not in fact quantum, physics. that's my game. i-war got the capitol ship part.

denies the existence of dark matter (difficult listening hour), Monday, 1 February 2016 03:34 (four years ago) link

around the same age i pored over the comically thick manual of this

http://iv1.lisimg.com/image/1494913/634full-star-fleet-ii-krellan-commander-cover.jpg

which i'd gotten, complete, from the library book sale and which was on 5'1/4" floppies and which couldn't be coaxed to run even though we did then have a 5'1/4" drive. that was the most amazing manual. i'm sure the game it seemed to describe doesn't really exist.

denies the existence of dark matter (difficult listening hour), Monday, 1 February 2016 03:39 (four years ago) link

yes, that's right, five-foot floppies, gather round, kids

denies the existence of dark matter (difficult listening hour), Monday, 1 February 2016 04:34 (four years ago) link

commanding vast opposing armies in a complex galaxy-wide campaign of such granular detail one kid has had to outfit his platoons with special suits to process the atmosphere of one of his friend's planets AND ALSO inhabiting first-person avatars as i guess the physical emperors of their states, aboard giant capitol ships with decks and ladders and bulkheads and enemy boarding parties, ships they are also apparently commanding, so apparently it is also a flight sim, with, we assume, newtonian, if not in fact quantum, physics.

yeah but do the ships have bathrooms, though? Otherwise the title seems moot

i was hoping the shitlords would not take this quietly (El Tomboto), Wednesday, 3 February 2016 22:05 (four years ago) link

3. Hard sci-fi space combat that resembles submarine warfare but with lots of slug weapons! Ship "gravity" entirely dependent on constant acceleration!

though a straight action game Colony Wars on PS1 ticks a lot of these boxes. You had the sense of the massive scales involved in space, and the massive distances required to slow down or change direction, and the battle advantages of certain angles of drift, from which you could strafe targets etc

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 3 February 2016 23:32 (four years ago) link

DLH: Interstel also made Starflight. i unearthed the manual/disks last summer at my parents' house (note copy protection override hack in evidence):

http://f.cl.ly/items/2b251A1F0r0Z2s0S340m/starflight.jpg

just look at those guys. i studied that photo for hours.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 3 February 2016 23:36 (four years ago) link

yeah but do the ships have bathrooms, though? Otherwise the title seems moot

this was all an irrelevant opening fakeout. after that it was suburbia and aliens were coming thru the toilets i think.

thanks forks! i think i tried it from home of the underdogs somewhere in the mid-00s but never got that running either, not sure if it was "v1.5" or not. the manual, anyway, remains glorious:

If you have just purchased STAR FLEET II or have never played the game before, please read carefully Sections 2 and 3 of the Star Fleet Officer's Manual, Volume 2 (the companion volume to this book) before you attempt to load or use the playing disks.

the companion volume!

denies the existence of dark matter (difficult listening hour), Wednesday, 3 February 2016 23:53 (four years ago) link

starfleet looks great. to be one of those men. my elvish-to-dwarvish copy-protection code wheel for pool of radiance is a treasured possession, but it's not space.

denies the existence of dark matter (difficult listening hour), Wednesday, 3 February 2016 23:55 (four years ago) link

flight.

denies the existence of dark matter (difficult listening hour), Wednesday, 3 February 2016 23:57 (four years ago) link

I always thought Homeworld was beautiful looking. Pity I sucked at it.

koogs, Thursday, 4 February 2016 02:44 (four years ago) link

four years pass...

The 5th Gen poll reminded me of the game Star Control 2 and I had a huge rush of long-unaccessed memories flood into my brain. It has to be in my top 5 of all time... the music, the melee, the genuinely funny plot, I still feel creepy feelings about the VUX (and the mysterious Androsynth genocide), the Druuge and their slave trade, and the bizarre Mycon.

My first play through was mildly stressful, watching the Pkunk try and reunite with the Yehat once, twice and then finally a third time and I was deprived of my favourite melee ship and had to restart

The second time was enormously stressful... I was a diligent miner and took my time until the Kzer-Za sphere of influence suddenly started waning and winked out and the Kohr-Ah began their cleansing-- again, a restart

I definitely needed a walkthrough and definitely used a "here are where the good planets are" guide... there are few games that have enthralled me as so deeply as this one

flamboyant goon tie included, Sunday, 25 October 2020 00:28 (one month ago) link

theres a very good free fan-made remaster of that game if you want to play it again http://sc2.sourceforge.net/

ciderpress, Sunday, 25 October 2020 00:51 (one month ago) link

Oh yes, I played through that remake! It's excellent

flamboyant goon tie included, Sunday, 25 October 2020 11:40 (one month ago) link


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