Space Games I’m Thankful For

Spaceship...Autumn...Thanksgiving...get it...?

This picture made me think of a spaceship Thanksgiving, okay?!


Tomorrow here in the States is our yearly Thanksgiving holiday, where we give thanks for the special people in our lives and the events that improved our year. While I’m thankful for many things – a wonderful girlfriend, amazing friends, gainful employment, and of course this blog – I thought I’d discuss which space games I’m most thankful for, and why.

Space Pirates and ZombiesI’m thankful for this game because it seems that lots of folks who don’t normally play space games are playing this game, so I’m thankful for its success and accessibility. This will hopefully help spurn other developers to make more space games that are just as good, if not better. J

Freespace 2 – For still being the best space combat sim on the market, for constantly being updated with better graphics and new features, for Volition in releasing the source code, and for the passionate community that keeps it all going, Freespace is one of the Cinderella stories of space gaming.

Space Rangers 2 – For being one of the most complex, yet still accessible space games ever made. The sheer variety of ways to play this game keeps people coming back over half a decade since its release, and we’ll likely keep playing it until Space Rangers 3 gets released, if ever. *crosses fingers*

Master of Orion II – For still being one of the best turn-based 4X grand space strategy games ever made, and for being on every hard drive I’ve had since it was released so many years ago. Even though it’s getting close to two decades old, few games, if any have come close to beating its combination of accessibility, gameplay and variety.

Wing Commander IV: The Price of FreedomFor being the Wing Commander game with the best story, as well as the best use of full-motion video, especially at a time wherein most folks were butchering the use of FMV. Oh, and also being the game with the best fighter ever, the Dragon. ;)

HardWar – For being one of the best fighting and trading games taking place in what felt like a living environment. Sure, it’s not REALLY space, but it’s close enough. ;) This is one of those games wherein you’d have to pull the disks from my cold, dead hands before I’d give them up. ;)

The Rules of Engagement Games – Whenever I think of fabulous, detailed capital ship combat, I think of the RoE games. These games made me feel more like a real starship captain – whatever that would feel like since there haven’t been any – than really any other game before or since. The detail of the universe, the wonderful combat and so on kept me playing these games for years.

The Starflight Games – I don’t know how I COULD’VE FORGOTTEN two of my favoritest games ever, but I’m thankful for these games because they gave me a whole universe to explore — at least it felt like that — and gave me a sense of wonder and discovery that honestly hasn’t been replicated.

So what about you folks? What space games are you thankful for? Have a wonderful holiday to my friends in the States!


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  1. NightmareGWJ
    Posted 11/23/2011 at 3:05 PM | Permalink

    I'm thankful for

    - Reach for the Stars (the original, not the remake) for giving me my first taste of space grand strategy

    - Star Trek (the BASIC game based on Star Trek 73) for kindling my love of programming

    - Star Fleet I for showing me persistence doesn't end at the top of the stratosphere.

    - Elite for giving me infinite playability.

    - Wing Commander for letting me live out my Star Wars fighter jockey fantasies.

    - Privateer for showing me that there could be more to a space sim than lasers and missiles.

    - Master of Orion for giving me the grandest of grand strategy games.

    - Distant Worlds for showing me that space strategy was not dead, it was merely hibernating.

    Also, I loved Rules of Engagement + Breach 2. Fight ship to ship then board to fight man to man.

    • Brian Rubin Brian Rubin
      Posted 11/23/2011 at 3:52 PM | Permalink

      All excellent pics, to be sure. :) And yeah, Breach 2...and Breach 3 with RoE 2...sigh...

  2. Posted 11/23/2011 at 7:32 PM | Permalink

    Elite: for blowing my mind about what a game could be

    Star Flight: for making the Star Trek concept work how it should work

    Supremacy: Sure it wasn't MOO, but it was the closest I could get to it at the time

    Star Control 2: for making aliens fun

    Homeworld: so much atmosphere

    FreeSpace: shooting has never been so much fun

    X-BTF: for reminding me how great Elite actually was

    Oolite: for being the Elite II & III that the Frontier games should have been

    Eve: for giving me a job for the last 7 years

    • NightmareGWJ
      Posted 11/24/2011 at 1:17 AM | Permalink

      Ah man, Star Fight was so incredible. Since game makers seem to be remaking certain old franchises, I wish someone would make a modern version of that. Although, please not as an FPS. :)

      • Brian Rubin Brian Rubin
        Posted 11/24/2011 at 3:09 AM | Permalink

        Hahahahaha, exactly.

  3. Pogue Mahone
    Posted 11/25/2011 at 1:53 PM | Permalink

    It may not exactly fit the category but I'm a huge fan of the Mass Effect games. May be the closest we ever get to a Captain Kirk simulator.

    • Brian Rubin Brian Rubin
      Posted 11/25/2011 at 2:03 PM | Permalink

      They are on the list I believe. :-)

      • Pogue Mahone
        Posted 11/25/2011 at 8:22 PM | Permalink

        They are now that I mentioned them!

        • Brian Rubin Brian Rubin
          Posted 11/25/2011 at 11:12 PM | Permalink

          Feh, nuh uh! Been there the whole time!! :-P ;-)

          • Pogue Mahone
            Posted 11/27/2011 at 10:51 AM | Permalink

            Dude, now you're just screwing with my head. I even ctrl-f'd Mass Effect to make sure.

            • Brian Rubin Brian Rubin
              Posted 11/27/2011 at 3:10 PM | Permalink

              Whu? Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 are on the list.


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