what happened to space combat?

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hearing about star trek online  gave me this sudden urge to play a space combat game, then realized i haven't heard about any decent ones in a while, just wondering if anyone knows of any relatively new entries to this genre or news of any upcoming in the near future. (i heard X3 is good, can anyone confirm?)   

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#2  Edited By KowalskiManDown

There are alot less (if any) these days. I think they only interest a very niche market, so publishers consider it too high risk to put one out.

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#3  Edited By warxsnake

Freespace 3 please
homeworld 3 please
wing commander 5412 please
tie fighter 2010 please
Privateer 3 please
Starlancer 2 please
 
Thanks microsoft for killing some of these franchises.

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#4  Edited By Evilsbane

Darkstar One was fun while it lasted it isn't super old you could give it a try.

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#5  Edited By Matfei90

If you don't mind paying for an MMO, go for EVE online. It's slow paced and it wont hold your hand, but it's seriously fun if you fall in with a good crowd.

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i haven't played a space combat game in almost 10 years since tachyon: the fringe. This is kinda depressing because i love the whole space opera thing  

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#7  Edited By warxsnake

tachyon was awesome too, you play aas Bruce fucking Campbell in space.

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#8  Edited By Video_Game_King

I'm guessing it's one of those genres that died off in the 90s, only to give way to what we have today: FPSes and JRPGs as far as the eye can see. Also, some other, decent genres.

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#9  Edited By damswedon
@warxsnake said:
" tachyon was awesome too, you play aas Bruce fucking Campbell in space. "
sir you just sold me on that game.
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#10  Edited By M31

I'd give anything for FreeSpace 3. I had so much fun with FreeSpace 2 back in the day, bombarding that epic Lucifer cruiser. 
 
Is there really no appeal what so ever for this genre? I just can't imagine it.

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#11  Edited By laticsfan
@masterpaperlink: I quite like X3 though when it was released it was extremly buggy so I think a lot of people skipped over it.the biggest problem for me is that it can be fairly slow at the start as you get yourself set up with a business and ships (especially if you start as a trader). A bonus is that theres still a decent community there that make scripts/mods to keep it entertaining. And you should be able to get the Gold edition for £15 which includes the expansion pack. If you can find it at this price I would highly recommend picking it up.
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@Matfei90:
yeah i really want to pick up eve but haven't had the time or money to start another mmo
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God of War III has your back, my friend.
 
I hear in his final battle with Zeus, Kratos zips forward in time, hijacks a space shuttle (all during a breathtaking quicktime sequence) only to return and hurl that thing down, straight into Zeus' fucking face.
 
...IN HIS FUCKING FACE!!

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#14  Edited By super_machine

I'm still holding out hope for another star wars franchise space sim. The originals were amazing for their day. xwing and tie fighter both had lengthy campaigns with expansion packs. Both games had cool rank systems where by you gain access to better ships and equipment. Even tie fighter had side quests for the emperor which gave you special ranks. They need to do that with todays technology and make it online co-op. Million plus sales!

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#16  Edited By MikkaQ

Freespace 2 happened and then it made every other space combat game prior or following look shitty. 
 
But in all seriousness, it's just kindof a dead genre, due to the classic PC style game starting to die off. It was just one of the first victims. I'd rather see RTSes go, this is totally my favorite genre of PC game. 
 
Though Darkstar One is absolutely awesome, great visuals, and sharp gameplay. 
 Lame story and voice acting though haha.

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#17  Edited By evanbrau
@masterpaperlink:  X3 is absolutely insane, it has the learning curve of running into a brick wall but if you dedicate time to it (and it will be a lot of time) you'll have a great time, eventually. Don't play EVE, to do well you'll be spending time looking at spreadsheets and mining rocks. Its player base are also the most neckbearded of the neckbeards.
 
Freespace 2 is probably my favourite game and I'm starting to think that even with the open source project I've gotten as much from it as I'm ever going to get. Volition hasn't forgotten about it (that achievement in Red Faction) so maybe someday the IP will be released from legal hell and we'll get something new, I doubt it though.
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#18  Edited By ryanwho

Maybe Lucasarts should stop expanding on their shitty expanded universe nobody cares about and make a game with x wings fighting in front of the Death Star.

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#20  Edited By veektarius

 Oh hey, N64.  i was thinking of buying one of those.  How does it compare to an XBox 360? 
 
I love me some flight/space opera games.  Unfortunately everyone has been more interested in atmospheric flying and all that bullshit.  Actually I'd frankly have a lot more interest in a game with STO's style of capital ship combat than another Freespace fighter game.  Of course, STO is stripped down and stretched out to make it a grind to get a decent ship, and lacking a compelling story to boot, I'd imagine.  I have this farfetched hope that in Mass Effect 3 you'll be given a dreadnought and will have to do a bit of fortress development on defense with it, and get to fight Reapers.  Who wants to give odds on that happening?

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#21  Edited By MikkaQ
@Br3adfan: Hell yeah! 
 
This game rocks. 
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#22  Edited By Driadon

X3 is an awesome game, though, as stated, it will take a LOT of time to really get going in. There's an MMO coming out soon from NetDevil called Jumpgate Evolution, that uses classic space combat elements (including flightstick support).

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#23  Edited By Metroid545

Star wars battlefront 2 perfected it so much everyone else gave up 
 
speaking of space combat how long has it been since a Starfox game was out?

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#24  Edited By EVO
@Video_Game_King said:
" I'm guessing it's one of those genres that died off in the 90s, only to give way to what we have today: FPSes and JRPGs as far as the eye can see. Also, some other, decent genres. "
JRPGs? Don't you mean TPS?
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#25  Edited By Video_Game_King
@EVO: 
 
What about SPS? Where's the love for 2nd person shooters?
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#26  Edited By Diamond
@masterpaperlink: X3 is good, but it doesn't really focus on combat at all.  The game has a lot more depth than that.
 
I too wish for a Tie Fighter or Wing Commander game of today.
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#27  Edited By EVO
@Video_Game_King said:
" @EVO:   What about SPS? Where's the love for 2nd person shooters? "
Last gen, Halo popularized FPS.
 
This gen, Gears of War popularized TPS.
 
Therefore, next gen...?
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#28  Edited By citizenkane

Whenever I play space combat games, it makes me sad when I realize that real combat will be entirely different than what we see in movies and video games.

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#29  Edited By Video_Game_King
@EVO: 
 
Will it be Shooty Stabby on the PS5? (They had to skip the PS4 because of bad press.)
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#30  Edited By harris

I've heard good things about X3. Also, that jumpgate game was looking pretty good, but it's been delayed indefinitely.

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#31  Edited By EVO
@Video_Game_King said:
" @EVO:   Will it be Shooty Stabby on the PS5? (They had to skip the PS4 because of bad press.) "
Yes. Featuring moral decisions such as:
  • Shoot
  • Stab
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#32  Edited By Driadon
@harris said:
" I've heard good things about X3. Also, that jumpgate game was looking pretty good, but it's been delayed indefinitely. "
From what I've read recently, they're having a hell of a time with QA. Lets hope we hear some news on a release day sooner than later.
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#33  Edited By Video_Game_King
@EVO: 
 
And the best quick time events in the history of gaming:
 
PRESS X TO STAB! PRESS Y TO SHOOT!
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#34  Edited By threeve

Does sins of a solar empire count?

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#35  Edited By penguindust

I think the MMO Jumpgate: Evolution is supposed to be heavy in space combat.  Faster paced than Eve Online, as well.  I believe it is supposed to come out this year. 

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#36  Edited By metal_mills
@warxsnake said:
" Freespace 3 please homeworld 3 please wing commander 5412 please tie fighter 2010 please Privateer 3 please Starlancer 2 please  Thanks microsoft for killing some of these franchises. "
Homeworld 3 is coming but I sure hope Freespace 3 comes with it. Imagine those huge capital ships with the geomod physics, they'd get ripped apart by those huge beam weapons.
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#37  Edited By ApertureSilence
@warxsnake said:
"wing commander 5412 please tie fighter 2010 please Privateer 3 please "

This.
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#38  Edited By Belonpopo
@masterpaperlink:
There was once a thing called Gundam...It was awesome. Space combat went with it.