Star Wars: Battlefront II (PC)
Action 17 November 2017
Star Wars: Battlefront II is a sequel to the 2015 multiplayer FPS game and the fourth game in the cult series that was started eleven years earlier by Pandemic. Unlike the previous game, Battlefront II offers both a complex multiplayer mode and a single player campaign set right after the destruction of the second Death Star. Iden Versio, the game's protagonist and the leader of the Empire's special forces, is given the task of avenging the Emperor. Different studios developed different parts of the game. The single player campaign was created by studio Motive, lead by Jade Raymond. Space battles were created by Criterion, and the multiplayer mode, key element of the game, was developed by DICE. Up to forty players can take part in online battles and play one of the four available classes. Additionally, we can customize characters, vehicles, and gadgets. It is worth mentioning that the game presents more than the original trilogy (episodes IV-VI). We will meet, and play as, heroes from different eras of the Star Wars universe, like Rey and Kylo Ren from The Force Awakens or Darth Maul from The Phantom Menace.
Strategy 09 May 2016
A real-time space strategy with RPG elements developed by Paradox Interactive – the creators of such renowned series as Europa Universalis or Crusader Kings. The game is played in a procedurally generated interstellar space, where your job is to build a galactic empire. A the beginning of the game you choose one of the 7 playable races that differ in appearance, skills, and ethics. The game focuses on exploration and expansion, giving you the choice to subdue other species by force or ally with them, using an advanced diplomacy system. Either way, the nations unwilling to engage in peace talks will have to be persuaded on the battlefield, where battle-hardened fleets serve as your envoys. The title offers three independent technological trees, allowing you to focus on developing your civilization's society, engineering, or physics, depending on your preferences.
Star Citizen (PC)
A space simulator created by Chris Roberts and the Cloud Imperium Games developer team. The plot of Star Citizen is set in the 30th century. Humanity, united under the banner of United Earth Empire, has begun the colonization of the universe, encountering many alien races in its course. It is a unique opportunity for adventurous pilots to gain fame and wealth, as well as the treasured status of an intergalactic empire citizen. The gameplay combines elements of spaceship simulator, shooter, cRPG, as well as economic strategy. The game offers two modes. Squadron 42 is an offline campaign, in which the player-controlled character joins an elite squadron of star fighters. For MMO aficionados, the developers have created the Galaxy Mode, allowing them to play with thousands of others. Spectacular visuals of Star Citizen are generated by the CryEngine 3 engine.
Endless Space 2 (PC)
Strategy 19 May 2017
A continuation of a 2012's highly-rated, turn-based 4X space strategy game by Amplitude studio. The action of Endless Space 2 takes us once again into the distant future where we can take part in a galactic conflict between the great races fighting struggling for control over a fragment of the universe. Both our empire management and battles take place in a turn-based system, and the player's task is to explore the universe, take control of individual planets, create a functioning economy, develop new technologies, and establish trade and diplomatic relations. The military aspect plays a key role in the game, featuring an advanced ship construction module, allowing us to personally choose the individual components of our ship. The game's virtual universe is randomly generated, providing unique adventures and challenges with each new game.
Elite: Dangerous (PC)
Simulation 16 December 2014
The fourth installment in the Elite series. The game is a space simulator created again by David Braben and the Frontier studio. Elite: Dangerous is set in the far future; after humanity had colonized countless star systems, the Universe is dominated by three superpowers: the Empire, the Federation, and the Alliance. Brave pilots seek easy money working beyond the territories controlled by these entities. The open-world game structure offers the players large amounts of freedom when it comes to exploration, trading or completing military assignments. Instead of the classic division into the solo and multiplayer modes, the creators of Elite: Dangerous allow the player to join their friends or return to single-player experience at any time.
No Man's Sky (PC)
Action 12 August 2016
A science-fiction, sandbox action game with a focus on multiplayer mode. It was created by Hello Games, company known for the colorful arcade production Joe Danger. The game is set in the distant future in the yet uncharted parts of the cosmos, and the gameplay is presented in two forms. We explore the successive corners of the universe piloting a spacecraft, like we do in typical space-sim productions. Upon landing on a newly discovered planet, the game switches to first-person view. The authors emphasize the complete freedom given to the player during exploration. While visiting places featuring different animals, plants, or even varying composition of the planet's atmosphere, we can focus on exploration, acquisition of raw materials, or the combat against various predators. An important element of the game is the system of procedural generation of worlds, which creates their virtually every element, from the smallest features of the surface to the entire star systems and galaxies.
Star Wars: Empire At War (PC)
Strategy 16 February 2006
A real-time strategy developed by Petroglyph. The action of Empire At War takes place two years before the events seen in the fourth film, with some parts of the plot invoking the story from Revenge of the Sith. The game itself enables us to control both Rebel Forces and Galactic Empire in a quest to control the whole galaxy. The campaign consists of two phases: turn-based planning and real-time battles in three-dimensional environment. The available locations include numerous planets such as Alderaan, Dantooine, Endor, or Hoth, as well as outer space areas that see the clashes of powerful fleets. Both faction sport trademark units, including Star Destroyers, AT-AT and AT-ST walkers, or agile snowspeeders. Aside from a single player campaign, the developers introduced a number of multiplayer modes.
Star Wars: Empire at War - Forces of Corruption (PC)
Strategy 24 October 2006
First official expansion for Star Wars: Empire at War developed by Petroglyph. This add-on continues the story from the base game – Tyber Zahn takes advantage of the turmoil caused by the destruction of the first Death Star in an attempt to become the most influential villain in the whole galaxy, surpassing even Jabba the Hutt. In Star Wars: Empire at War – Forces of Corruption players get an entirely new faction at their disposal, which is at war with both the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance. The aforementioned faction, called the Underworld Organization, is able to spy and sabotage hostile factions e.g. by limiting their unit production. This expansion also features new options for land skirmish battles such as customizable and upgradeable base structures, guerilla warfare, and additional units for all factions (Rebel B-wings, Imperial TIE interceptors, Darth Vader's Executor Super Star Destroyer and more).
EVE Online (PC)
Simulation 06 May 2003
Set in science fiction realities, an MMO simulator developed by Crowd Control Productions from Iceland. The action of EVE Online takes place in a universe called New Eden, which consists of over 5,000 star systems. On the beginning of the adventure you create your own hero by choosing his/her e.g. face, past, and origin. At first you get just a small spaceship and some credits. Your mission is to explore remote places of the universe in order to complete various story missions given by NPCs. These independent characters represent a broad spectrum of factions in which you gradually build up your position. With progress, you successively develop your avatar by acquiring new skills. The game also features ship customization. You can also upgrade vessels with new modules that influence performance, weaponry, and armor. There is no idleness in space, as creators constantly add new missions and challenges.
Action May 2018
A competitive free-to-play multiplayer game that combines the characteristics of a space simulation, action game, and strategy. It was created by Yager Development, a team known for the FPS Spec Ops: The Line. The game takes you into the future, putting you amid a heated rivalry between powerful factions that aim to colonize space. As a mercenary you pick up various jobs from whoever pays the most. Gameplay focuses on battles fought between the players both in space and in the atmosphere of nearby planets. One of the title’s characteristic features, is the fact that instead of a fast and agile fighter you command a massive space dreadnought and are given the control of every element of your vessel: starting from individual mechanical parts through weapons to her crew. You can also assembly squads of smaller ships and command them in battles. Dreadnought boasts excellent graphics that translate into great visual experience.
Endless Space (PC)
Strategy 04 July 2012
A science-fiction turn-based 4X strategy game and a debut of Amplitude, a studio created by former employees of EA and Ubisoft. The game takes place in the distant future, in a galaxy inhabited by 8 rivaling civilizations. The player assumes the role of one of them and is tasked with leading his faction to domination over the others. The gameplay focuses on exploration of a randomly generated galaxy, developing economy, technology and diplomacy. The game also features epic battles of powerful armadas of spaceships which can be freely modified – the player can decide about the ship's engine, weapons and other systems. The skirmishes – similarly as the whole game – are turn-based and the player’s actions are limited to supporting his troops or weakening the opponent with special action cards. Heroes, who can belong to one of five different classes with unique technology trees, have direct control over our fleets.
Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars (PC)
Strategy 25 August 2016
The fourth installment in one of the most famous 4X space strategy series. Conquer the Stars goes back to the roots of the franchise, marking the series’ reboot. It was developed by the creators of World of Tanks - Wargaming, who bought the IP rights from the bankrupting Atari company. In terms of gameplay, the game is close to what the previous installments accustomed us to. Using turn-based mechanics you have to colonize planets, develop various technologies, and establish diplomatic relations with alien races – 13 of them in total (all of them appeared in previous games). In the game you get to visit 20 planetary systems and over a hundred stars. There are also nearly 100 unique technologies to discover and 24 buildings to construct. In comparison with the previous editions, Conquer the Stars features modern audiovisuals and slightly modified user interface.
Planet Nomads (PC)
Action 12 March 2018
A survival sandbox game, in which the player assumes the role of an astronaut, who is trying to stay alive on a desolate planet. Developed by Craneballs, Planet Nomads offers the player with a procedurally-generated open world. One has to tend to his character’s basic needs - this means satisfying both hunger and thirst, as well as taking care of his general health condition. The main protagonist can fall ill, get a concussion, and break a limb, so one has to take notice of the threats posed by the environment, in the form of the planet’s fauna and flora. Additionally, one has to avoid poisonous gases, extreme temperatures, and radioactive radiation. In comparison to other games from the survival genre, Planet Nomads stands out in terms of its gameplay mechanics, allowing the players to erect structures using over a hundred different segments; this is also how one can create a vehicle to explore the planet more easily, and a spaceship to set off to a space voyage. All of this, however, requires resources - in order to find them, a player has to venture beyond the safe areas and scavenge the planet’s recesses that are much more dangerous. As the game progresses, one gains access to certain gear improvements - the multi-tool used for gathering resources, the protective space suit, and the jetpack. The game offers an additional treat in the form of the ability to destroy elements of the environment, composed of voxels. Planet Nomads offers support for mods.
Galactic Civilizations III (PC)
Strategy 14 May 2015
The third installment in the popular space 4X strategy game series which is the flagship franchise of Stardock Systems, previously known mainly for developing utility software. The action takes place several years after the events presented in the expansion to the game’s predecessor. Thanks to this, we can make use of all the previously featured races, factions, and technologies. The gameplay mechanics follow the rules of 4X strategy games, and the fun revolves around developing all aspects of your galactic empire. Depending on the player’s preferences, we can base our power on trade and diplomacy or aggressive military conquest. Apart from significant visual improvements, the developers also completely revamped the ship design system and options connected to management and diplomacy. The game’s map is divided into hexes which allows us to apply completely different strategies. For the first time in the history of the series, the title features a full-fledged multiplayer mode.
Space Engineers (PC)
A sandbox simulation game developed by the independent studio Keen Software House. The action of Space Engineers takes place in space, and the players assume the role of engineers whose task is to build bases, gather resources, and ensure the colony’s survival. The title was created based on the NASA forecasts concerning the conditions of space colonization in the coming years. There are two game modes to choose from: creative mode and survival mode. The players are given a lot of freedom of action in both cases, including the ability to construct their own spaceships and machines as well as to transform the environment. Space Engineers is powered by the in-house VRAGE 2.0 engine, featuring an advanced physics simulation module.
Action 26 May 2017
A space-themed shooter game with roguelike elements and the first production by the team at Rockfish. The members of the studio used to work for Fishlabs, the creators of the mobile series Galaxy on Fire. Everspace is set in the far future, when humanity has colonized myriads of planetary systems. The plot, which is an important element of the gameplay, was written by Falko Löffler, the writer of Jack Keane or the Ankh series. Unlike other space shooters, whose mechanics are focused on complex simulations, Everspace features an easy, user-friendly controls model and dynamic battle system. You observe the world both from the cockpit perspective and through a camera lens placed above your ship. During the game, you explore the open-world galaxy, gather resources, fight enemies, and complete quests. You also have to take care of repairing your ship when its gets damaged in battle and upgrading it. It's very easy to die in Everspace and the world around you changes as you respawn.
Stationeers is a simulator set on a space station with certain elements typical for survival games. The game has been developed by a small team comprising sixteen people called RocketWerkz led by Dean Hall - the creator of the original DayZ. In the game, a player assumes the role of a space station manager tasked with constructing and attaching new modules to the station, as well as overseeing the life support systems (e.g. food production and producing a breathable atmosphere). In Stationeers, one can play alone; however, the game gains impetus in both the cooperative and multiplayer modes, in which players can share the responsibilities of running the space station. The game features colorful and original visuals resembling the style of another popular game - Minecraft.
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada (PC)
Strategy 21 April 2016
A space real-time strategy game set in the popular science-fiction universe created by Games Workshop, initially for tabletop battle games. It was developed by Tindalos Interactive, an independent French studio known mostly for Stellar Impact. The action takes us to the war-torn world of Wahammer 40,000, where 4 powerful factions — Imperium, Chaos, Eldar and Orks — fight for dominance in the Gothic sector. The players assume control over a fleet of the chosen side. Available units include vessels of various size and purpose – from fast frigates to majestic warships. The gameplay focuses on fighting large-scale battles, during which our units and their personnel gain experience that can be then traded for new special abilities as well as enhancements for weapons, defensive systems, and the like. The game offers attractive graphics powered by Unreal Engine 4.
Sins of a Solar Empire (PC)
Strategy 04 February 2008
A space real-time strategy game by Ironclad Games, a studio founded by former employees of Rockstar Vancouver. The plot tells a story of the war between the Trader Emergency Coalition and two aggressive nations known as the Advent and the Empire of Vasari. The players can side with any of the said factions which are characterized by different technologies, weapons, and strategies. The core of the gameplay involves exploration of the enormous space, colonizing planets, and acquiring resources, all for the galactic dominance of our faction. The game offers extensive trade and diplomacy options that allow us to form alliances and trading agreements with other players. We can also make use of an advanced technology development tree and the possibility of enhancing our units. Apart from the main campaign mode, the title features an extensive multiplayer mode that allows up to 10 players to fight epic battles at the same time.
Elite: Dangerous - Horizons (PC)
Simulation 15 December 2015
A set of official expansions to the space simulator released back in 2014 by the Frontier Developments studio. The package has been collectively named Elite: Dangerous – Horizons, and comprises of several consecutively developed add-ons, which will enhance the game by adding additional content. The first expansion is called Planetary Landings and allows the players to land on the surfaces of specific planets, which have been designed in an extremely credible manner and scale. Before we choose the area of our landing, we can conduct a scan of the surface, revealing any crashed machines, resources or enemies. Additionally, the developers have supplied the players with a special vehicle – the Scarab, which preforms extraordinarily in a variety of environments and can be used both for exploration and combat. When it comes to technical matters, the Frontier Developments studio has made sure that we can transition fluently between the surface area of a planet and vastness of space, without any in-game loading screens.
Homeworld Remastered Collection (PC)
Strategy 25 February 2015
Homeworld Remastered Collection is a remastered edition of the space strategy that wast first developed in 1999 by Relic Entertainment. The game was rejuvenated by Gearbox Software, studio known for the game series Borderlands and Brothers in Arms. We follow the history of Kushan, a forgotten race that was attacked by an alien civilization and almost entirely wiped out. However, over six hundred thousand of Kushans survived in the hypersleep chambers of a gigantic Mothership. They decided to rebuild their civilization and face the old enemy. In terms of mechanics, Homeworld Remastered Collection is a classic real-time strategy game that takes place in 3D rendered space. In the new version of the game, visuals were significantly improved (now the game uses HD textures). Cutscenes were also redrawn. Multiplayer mode was improved, and the game's OST was remastered under the watchful eye of its composer.
Stellaris: Synthetic Dawn (PC)
Strategy 21 September 2017
Stellaris: Synthetic Down is an expansion to 4X strategy Stellaris from Paradox Development studio focused on enhancing content of the game with revolutionary changes to gameplay. DLC requires the base version of Stellaris and enriches it with the option of playing machine empire – a civilization consisting solely of robots. Developers prepared four types of factions, some with neutral approach towards living creatures, others thinking of them as a plague that must be purged, and yet another that will think of them as adorable pets, taking care of their needs, but not letting them make major decisions. Add-on also introduces a new Fallen Empire in form of ancient mechanical race and changes the course of robot rebellion, letting us choose to stay with our current race or lead mechanical rebels.