It’s been awhile since I have done a good “What are you playing” post so I thought it was about time to bring it back. Now, you may notice the difference in the title, and with good cause. If you have been listening to the Retro-Nick podcast that we have been doing, you may have a feel for the types of games that I enjoy. One of those types of games is the Space-Sim. I have loved the space sim since space sim’s started to get big. The concept of flying around in open space, exploring, dogfighting, etc. It’s all awesome.
One of the biggest Space Sim’s out there was a series called Wing Commander. There is something about the story based saga that led me down the career path of Commander Blair that just made me feel like it was my story. When the Tigers Claw was destroyed, I was devastated. (if you played, you know).
So when I heard that Chris Roberts, the creator of the WC games, was working on a new game, I got excited. The best part about it is that it’s the game I have always wanted to play!
Let me explain that last bit. I love space games in general. the physics, the concept, everything. I love Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, and nearly every other space adventure show/movie. (still struggling with Babylon 5) The idea that a game could allow me to experience that myself, instead of just watch it, is amazing. A great example of this was in the early beta of a game called Star Wars Galaxies. The beta was for the space combat portion of the game where you could pilot ships like the X-wing, and YT-1300 (look it up). My friends and I were in a YT-1300 and I was piloting. One friend was navigating, one in the Turret, and one running around the ship repairing damage that was happening in the fight we were in. The experience was outstanding.
Sadly, the actual game didn’t live up to the initial experience. Those of you who played SWG, know that Sony Online broke all the best parts of the game while emphasizing all the crap.
Chris Roberts is a gamer. He knows what we want because that’s what HE wants. I have faith that this will be the Go-To space sim game. Go check it out! http://www.robertsspaceindustries.com/
In the meantime, I have been brushing up on my space skills by re-installing Freelancer on the PC, playing Galaxy On Fire on the iPad, and I just picked up Evochron Mercenary, on Steam. I am waiting for my Saitek X52 Flight Control System to arrive today.
Oh, and a little Borderlands 2 to mix it up.
What are YOU playing?