A short post on the Frontier Forums, by Dante80, woke me up to just how rich a vein of space-sim games we have coming over the horizon. Aside from Elite: Dangerous (ED), which I clearly love, and the much vaunted and eagerly-awaited Space Citizen, there are at least 5 other great prospects to engage sci-fi, space-sim, and gaming fans.
I thought I’d take a quick spin through the 6 mentioned by Dante80, giving a brief summary of each, and some links for those who might wish to research further. It’s been great fun following these fruitful leads, and I feel I’m likely to add more detail to this post, or write more detailed posts on each title, as I learn more about each. I would like to represent each game accurately and fairly, so if you think I’ve missed something, or made errors, please let me know and I’ll edit as appropriate.
I’ve seen a few comments around asking the question; “Isn’t Elite: Dangerous just an EvE clone?” Although most of these comments are off-the-cuff remarks, or simply trolling, usually in the comments to YouTube videos of Elite: Dangerous (ED) Alpha game-play, I thought it a good hook for a discussion of the differences and similarities between the two.
I love EvE, and I also love the Alpha 1.1 and what I have seen of, and read about, the later Alpha releases and the planned developments for ED. My EvE characters, however, hung up their helmets nearly a year ago, and may have retired for good. EvE will always have a place in my heart; it’s just that I seem to have found the limits to the type of game-play I enjoy there and the pull of ED is too strong to resist.
I tend to side-step the fan-boy/girl arguments about which game is objectively best, and would rather encourage people to research and/or play both to discover their own truths.