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Old 01-23-05, 08:05 PM   #1
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Default What happened to space combat sims?

I'm confused here. I'm pretty sure that about 5 years ago, space combat sims were some of the highest rated and most popular games around. I remember playing X-Wing, TIE Fighter, XvT, Freespace, Freespace 2, XWA, Wing Commander, etc. for HOURS at a time and loving every second of it. I really miss that genre - why the hell did they stop making those games? Can you imagine how awesome an original trilogy Star Wars space combat game would be (do NOT mention the horrendous Jump to Lightspeed)? Or another Freespace game? I mean, these were as sacred to me as the old FPS's of the time. PC gaming really has changed a lot over the past decade. It's almost depressing. It's just a competition between devs to see who can make the most advanced first person shooter now. I'm sick to death of first person shooters. I MISS MY SPACE COMBAT SIMS!
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Old 01-23-05, 08:07 PM   #2
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Did you ever play X2 The Threat? It was a bit heavy on the micromanagement side of things though.
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Old 01-23-05, 08:11 PM   #3
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the new starwars galaxies jump to light speed has the feel of xvt and has fully customizable ships.... i have found it very enjoyable
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Ever played Freelancer? I was a big fan of XvT, but Freelancer owns space. (M$ did a damn fine job)
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Ever played Freelancer? I was a big fan of XvT, but Freelancer owns space. (M$ did a damn fine job)
Crap, I did leave that out. Yeah, Freelancer was pretty awesome.

X2 was OK but didn't really interest me all that much, it was lacking the immersion that Freespace, for example, had.
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Old 01-23-05, 08:14 PM   #6
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I'm confused here. I'm pretty sure that about 5 years ago, space combat sims were some of the highest rated and most popular games around. I remember playing X-Wing, TIE Fighter, XvT, Freespace, Freespace 2, XWA, Wing Commander, etc. for HOURS at a time and loving every second of it. I really miss that genre - why the hell did they stop making those games? Can you imagine how awesome an original trilogy Star Wars space combat game would be (do NOT mention the horrendous Jump to Lightspeed)? Or another Freespace game? I mean, these were as sacred to me as the old FPS's of the time. PC gaming really has changed a lot over the past decade. It's almost depressing. It's just a competition between devs to see who can make the most advanced first person shooter now. I'm sick to death of first person shooters. I MISS MY SPACE COMBAT SIMS!

I was wondering what happened to space combat sims the other day. i used to love the orginial X-wing, the CD version was like the first computer game i bought with my own money,
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Any expansion or sequel for Freelancer in 2005/2006?

I preferred the original Tie Fighter to anything. There was Admiral THRAWN!!!! Soon to become Grand Admiral. The coolest character in the whole SW universe.
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Yes, TIE Fighter was undoubtedly the best of them all. I still play it occasionally, though the wavetable sound emulation in VDMSound is all messed up so I can't enjoy the extremely awesome musical score like I used to.
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I think I got sound to work, not sure though, but I can't get the 3D to work, it works only in software. I don't even think there was sound... no.
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I haven't found a space sim that's really interested me since Freespace 2. Although, that may be because the genre has practically been dead since then. I honestly don't think there's any space shooter in existance that has as many features as that game, from the massive capital ships to the beam weapons. It's like space sims suddenly wen the way of adventure games. I didn't get into Freelancer much...Starlancer was OK, but not really that exciting.

Great, now I want to go play Freespace 2 again...
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Seems to me that the popularity of games in the adventure and space sim genre are cyclical. I'm not sure why, but it's as if there will be none to really speak of for few years and then a rash of them will come out all at once.
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Freelancer's multiplayer definitely kicked ass, especially when you play with a group of friends over a Ventrilo server so you could voice communicate while you played. The freedom was very nice, and it was rewarding to save up for that killer ship, fully decked out with class 10 weapons.
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