Space Sims/Strategy Games Catch-All

Veloxi wrote:

Hay guise, I made a space game buying guide if you know spacey game fans and need help finding 'em a gift:

http://www.spacegamejunkie.com/1279/...

Enjoy!

Hey I noticed Sword of the Stars 2 wasn't in your buying guide!

Sorry, I couldn't say that with a straight face.

Seriously though, nice work, as always!

Nightmare wrote:

Hey I noticed Sword of the Stars 2 wasn't in your buying guide!

Sorry, I couldn't say that with a straight face.

Seriously though, nice work, as always!

Hahahaha

Yeah, I want people to keep coming back, not TP my home.

I dug through the Kerberos forums for a few minutes yesterday to see if this week was the magic week yet and the fanboys were ripping into Skyrim for bugs after slapping the TROLL label on someone complaining about an issue with SotS2.

LiquidMantis wrote:

I dug through the Kerberos forums for a few minutes yesterday to see if this week was the magic week yet and the fanboys were ripping into Skyrim for bugs after slapping the TROLL label on someone complaining about an issue with SotS2.

Oh that is just saaaaad.

The Paradox forums are a little better. The complaining threads are sliding into the forums depths and the actual useful information is rising to the top. However, a lot of that useful information sadly ends with "well, it *should* work but it's still bugged".

MoonDragon wrote:

@polypusher, did you ever try Sins of the Solar Empires?

I did. I could appreciate the game but I didn't play it for more than a few days. I'm a notorious game tourist these days. While in the 90s I could play the same game for 6 months, its a rare game lately that stays active for more than 2 weeks. That's a comment more on my own attention span more than it is on game quality.

Right now, I'm hooked on sandboxes. Terraria and Skyrim are the only two games that have passed the 2 week high bar this year.

Hey guys, RPS has a little article about a new space game called The Wreckless:

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011...

Looks kinda neat.

MoonDragon wrote:

@polypusher, did you ever try Sins of the Solar Empires?

Sins of a Solar Empire is good. If you ever enjoyed Homeworld 1 or 2 you will like Sins. There's lots of explosions.

Homeworld was fantastic. Ive never thought of Sins in the same way. It has similarities but not so many to really feed fans of one game to the other.

Also, I really got into the story of the Homeworlds, especially whichever one ended with a scenario very much like the end of Enders Game (giant sphere formation of ships) That was very memorable gaming.

polypusher wrote:

Homeworld was fantastic. Ive never thought of Sins in the same way. It has similarities but not so many to really feed fans of one game to the other.

Also, I really got into the story of the Homeworlds, especially whichever one ended with a scenario very much like the end of Enders Game (giant sphere formation of ships) That was very memorable gaming.

I'm a simple man. The story I forgot about in both games. All I remember was, 'Boom-boom-kaboom' and loving every minute of it.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

I can understand people not getting/liking X3: Terran Conflict. It suffers from some translation issues as well as flawed design decisions.

My enjoyment of X3 was hampered mostly by the lack of a printer for the keyboard diagram and the lack of a joystick.

There's a game I desperately want to love in there, but mouse+keyboard just doesn't cut it.

cube wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

I can understand people not getting/liking X3: Terran Conflict. It suffers from some translation issues as well as flawed design decisions.

My enjoyment of X3 was hampered mostly by the lack of a printer for the keyboard diagram and the lack of a joystick.

There's a game I desperately want to love in there, but mouse+keyboard just doesn't cut it.

I found an Xbox Windows controller worked fine for the game. Plus it was more comfortable than my old joystick.

Spoiler:

Great, talking about X3:TC is making me misty eyed. Maybe I could try again? I'll give it some thought. /confused emoticon

Strangeblades wrote:
Spoiler:

Great, talking about X3:TC is making me misty eyed. Maybe I could try again? I'll give it some thought. /confused emoticon

Why is this spoiler'd?

I would say wait for the next X3 game due out soon. Then you can experience the game as it is now meant to be played. And by that, I mean kill the Boron.

Kill the Boron, Strangeblades. It is your destiny.

Grubber788 wrote:
Strangeblades wrote:
Spoiler:

Great, talking about X3:TC is making me misty eyed. Maybe I could try again? I'll give it some thought. /confused emoticon

Why is this spoiler'd?

I would say wait for the next X3 game due out soon. Then you can experience the game as it is now meant to be played. And by that, I mean kill the Boron.

Kill the Boron, Strangeblades. It is your destiny.

1) It's in a spoiler quote because I am ashamed. Of what I don't know.

2) Your words have convinced me to see the new X game. That and the vodka-cranberry juice mix I just made. That too has swayed me.

I think you may have had too much vodka-cranberry juice drink if you are swaying.

BadKen wrote:

I think you may have had too much vodka-cranberry juice drink if you are swaying.

/brief derail has started

Lies! The vodka-cranberry mix speaks truthiness into my ears. Your evils words of doubt will be expunged from the record! I love exclamation marks!

/derail has ended - resume spacey talk

Vodka cranberry is a girly-Boron drink. Are you are a girly-Boron, Strangblades?

Think about your destiny. What would a Boron-slaughterer drink?

The answer is

Spoiler:

anti-freeze. If you survive, you are man enough to take on the biggest fish

Wow, Starpoint Gemini II was announced!

http://www.spacegamejunkie.com/1323/...

Yes! No loading points and 3d. Now if they could just make it procedurally generated I'd be in heaven.

Maybe that'll be in the 3rd one. I'm glad the first game -- which I really enjoyed -- did well enough to warrant a sequel.

Hey you nerds, X3: Albion is out. I'm going to be playing tonight, I hope. No matter what, expect some silly stories come Monday.

Edit: Veloxi, if you can't get into Albion, I'd be happy to write an essay for your site about my experiences as a pirate

Has anyone tried the Armada Online Alpha, yet?

http://www.armada-online.com/screens...

I've installed it, but haven't had a chance to play. Appears to be a top-down, multiplayer space shooter with some upgrade options for your ship. Looks like a cross between subspace, rogue trader and a few other things. I'll post some thoughts if I get to play any of it.

BTW, I still really like Black Prophecy and wish I had more time for that, too.

Grubber788 wrote:

Hey you nerds, X3: Albion is out. I'm going to be playing tonight, I hope. No matter what, expect some silly stories come Monday.

Edit: Veloxi, if you can't get into Albion, I'd be happy to write an essay for your site about my experiences as a pirate :)

You let us know Grubber. Myself and my friend Cranberry Vodka are standing by to be convinced.

I messed around with Armada back in the early days, like five or six years ago. At that time at least it was more of a competitive game. I think there were plans to level up your pilot but that wasn't implemented yet. You'd go to a sector and do the usual loot grind type stuff to power up for a Capture the Flag type fight but that was only for that session and your equipment reset. It wasn't the Dreamcast Armada that I was hoping they were going to remake.

Mixolyde wrote:

Has anyone tried the Armada Online Alpha, yet?

I played it for quite a while a couple years ago. Its made by a couple indie devs. AFAIK Armada was actually a Dreamcast game. Its pretty fun, but the development has been super slow. The last major update this year was at the end of July and they have been working since 2005. It hasn't changed much since then.

Its still worth a look if you like space tradey games. I'm especially fond of the music.

Fair warning to you though. Its one of the most bloomerific games I have ever set eyes upon. The ratio of pure white screen space often got the point where I was considering playing with sunglasses.

Armada is my favorite Dreamcast game. I still load it up every so often. Loooooooooooved it.

Armada Online I played for maybe 2-3 days before getting bored. Totally not the same feel at all, at least during the beta years ago.

Well, so far X3: Albion looks like a standard expansion, at least if you do one of the old starts (bankrupt assassin in my case).

I think it looks prettier than TC. Some time this weekend, I will play one of the new starts. Probably as a Terran. I have never played a campaign in X3 despite 100+ hours of game time. Should be an interesting experience.

Grubber788 wrote:

Well, so far X3: Albion looks like a standard expansion, at least if you do one of the old starts (bankrupt assassin in my case).

I think it looks prettier than TC. Some time this weekend, I will play one of the new starts. Probably as a Terran. I have never played a campaign in X3 despite 100+ hours of game time. Should be an interesting experience.

Are you saying I'm gonna need a bigger boat..filled with more Cranberry Vodka than expected?

Hey guys, please enjoy my latest -- and last -- article covering Arvoch Alliance (spoiler - it didn't end well):

http://www.spacegamejunkie.com/1340/...

Next up: Distant Worlds - Legends!

So I wanted to try Black Prophecy, got the beta client downloaded and installed, but when I run the launcher it loops into patching infinitely. Downloaded again, same result. Nothing on their forums about this issue. This is why I don't like PC gaming. And do you know how hard it sucks to be a fan of this genre and not like PC gaming?

BLAHHHH.