Space Combat Sims?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by jedolley, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2009
    I recently started playing Galaxy on Fire 2 and have been really enjoying it. However, I haven't been playing that long and have discovered there isn't much in the way of ships, weapons, equipment to upgrade to.

    I was wondering if there are any other Space Combat like games with deeper customization, world, and even story (optional)? I purchased X3: Terran Conflict, but so far it's been a little too much. There does not appear to be any sort of tutorial and I haven't had a chance to RTFM.

    I would prefer the game to be native for OSX, but if it's a game I should really check out then I would not hesitate to play via bootcamp or parallels. Also, not a deal killer, but I would prefer the 3rd person perspective similar to GoF2 rather than the 1st person cockpit view (I like to see my ship).

    Thanks in advance!
  2. macrumors 6502


    Nov 7, 2010
    San Antonio,Texas
    Here is the lowdown.

    I figured I would take a stab at this one too. Being that I am a Space Sim and FPS junkie I have always tried to find a melding of the two. (WingCommander anyone? Buller?).

    - While Galaxy On Fire 2 is close. The story line is at best meh. The mining missions? For the love of CAIN! You twitch and things get all explodie back to try again. Though the graphics and music are pretty good overall.

    - Freespace gets a bit closer, but you take a hit when it comes to graphics, missions and people around to play with/and/or against. Though that might have changed since the last time I gave it go. While there is a pretty active player base and dev community. Things are progressing slowly here. But hell, it might be worth a look.

    - Craziness ensues here. Vega strike has more mods that you can really shake a stick at, from the vanilla game to Star Trek to Star Wars and beyond. If you are truly a space combat geek? You have found your mojo here. While it's a bit linear when it comes to combat and ships. I found the community to be vibrant, friendly and apt to show you the ropes. It is worth a look.

    - But for the true customize, do what you want, how you want when you want? EvE is your crack of choice. Be careful it was my crack for almost 5 years! :D While it is pay-to-play. It is truly the be all end all of space based games. You can honestly do whatever you want in this game. The possibilities are endless, the community is huge. Be wary though, the learning curve is steep. Taking 4 real hours for a worm hole to take a protues in not knowing what you will find is an intense adrenaline rush to say the least.:D:D:D

    As a side note there is:

    - But in my experience? It sucks. Avoid it like the plague. This game? I have no idea why it is still around.
  3. macrumors 65816

    Feb 11, 2008
    I fell in love with the genre based on Freelancer a long while back. It's a fantastic genre IMO, and I started a thread on it a while back. There are a few mentioned there that are good. Here:

    Some worthy - VERY worthy - contenders include the X3 series (Albion Prelude is the newest one, and the one before that, Terran Conflict). The next installment isn't out yet - X:Rebirth. Very worthy of a look. It's available on the Mac App Store for $19.99 IIRC.
  4. macrumors member


    May 31, 2012
    I agree, EVE is pretty good, but as I recall (haven't played it in a loooong time) the space combat really wasn't particularly satisfying. I can't remember the reason why (again, it has been a while!), but I just remember feeling like EVE's combat was lacking somehow. Is the combat more RPG-like than twitch / skill-based?
  5. macrumors 6502


    Nov 7, 2010
    San Antonio,Texas

    Indeed, the combat in EvE is more tactical, third-person combat. No WingCommander or X3 twitch. Out of the one's I suggested, VegaStrike can kinda full fill that need for first person combat
  6. macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2012
    Space Combat Sims

    I know this is an old thread; but I hope folks are still paying attention. I was surprised no one posted one of the best space combat games EVER. It is Mac compatible (in fact, compatible with Mac, Windows, Linux, and now will play on an android phone). It even runs (beautifully) on my Kindle Fire:

    Vendetta Online

    Yes, it is subscription based. If you pay month to month, the cost is $9.99 per month. The cost decreases if you pay for bigger chunks. I am a big fan of Freelancer and, as such, truly enjoy Vendetta. An MMORPG, it employs a twitch based combat system. It is not a strategy game (YAY!!!!!!) - it does not require the micromanagement that such games require. In VO you can pursue mining, trade, you can be a BADA$$ combat pilot, or even a pirate. Some players are very into the RPG angle, some are more dedicated to combat. If you like this kind of game, there is something for everyone.

    For big fans of space games, here are two additional resources to investigate:


    Both are comprehensive, up to date, & well researched. Have fun. See you in space! :p
  7. macrumors 68000


    May 17, 2012
    You can buy a number of the classic Wing Commander games on inexpensively. They have a lot of cool old games that would run well with Boxer (for old MS-DOS titles) or Wineskin, depending on the game of course.

    For the Wing Commander titles you'd need to use Wineskin to run their Windows installers and get the files for Boxer to use to run the game but they should work just fine since Boxer provides DOSBox for Mac.

    Also, you might want to google for FSOpen for info about the mod that updates the graphics and makes Freespace and Freespace 2 playable on the Mac.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2012
    I really really enjoyed sins of a solar empire. I don't know if it works for macs or is the type of space combat you are looking for. But it is an amazing strategy rts game. The space combat is just amazing and has a lot of strategy to it.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2008
    Hey there, thanks to linking to my blog, Space Game Junkie. Always appreciate the mention and support. :)
  10. macrumors G3


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    Thread revival!

    I recently started the Eve Online Trial and while I think it has great potential, I fear it is a huge time sink with a subscription, I am wondering if there is an equivalent solo play non-MMO, but maybe multiplayer that focuses on empire building and includes battles, but is not a twitch dog fighter.

    Suggestions? Thanks! :)
  11. macrumors G3


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    Although it's impressive, I've decided that Eve is not for me. I'm giving Starpoint Gemini 2 a shot. This is "early access", anyone playing it?
  12. macrumors 68030

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Hah, I started around the same time as you with EVE, and I've more or less come to the same conclusion!

    The first week was fun, but after the beginner quests, the missions become soooo boring, and you really need to farm or join a corp to get to the interesting ships.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2013
    Star Citizen.

    Not for MacOs, but maybe in the future...
  14. macrumors 68000


    Jul 25, 2004
    Gloucester, UK
    Elite: Dangerous

    Accurate model of the Milky Way galaxy with 400,000,000,000 procedurally generated stars.

    Multiplayer or groups/friends only or single player in the same persistent universe.

    Play as trader, miner, explorer, bounty hunter, assassin, smuggler, pirate or any combination as it takes your fancy.

    Align with The Empire, The Federation, The Alliance or an independent system. Or play both ends against the middle.

    Everyone starts at (roughly) the same ship/credit level, although perks were available via the original kickstarter campaign.

    Currently in alpha, beta starting soon, release later this year (hopefully) and a Mac client promised three months after the Windows release.
  15. macrumors G3


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    Also I really felt like I was way behind the curve for a game that has been around for as long as this one has.

    My impression was that it has not yet been released.

    $150 for beta participation? I think not. Will this be a monthly subscription based game?

    Back to Starpoint Gemini 2. If anyone is playing it and knows of a good getting started guide, please shoot a link to this thread. I saw a "getting started" guide in the Steam forum, but there really just no guide, just some getting started general info with no specific in-game getting started tips.
    Thanks! :)
  16. macrumors 65816

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    Vendetta looks amazing... everything I want in a game/sim, cap ships, turrent control, economy... BUT does it have planet fall? Can I land on a planet or are they just pictures on a backdrop of stars?

    No planet fall, no purchase.

    I played the old Elite / First Encounter! Cannot believe they are bringing it back! $150 beta, I'm in.
  17. macrumors 68000


    Jul 25, 2004
    Gloucester, UK
    No, there's no subscriptions. It's £35 to pre-order the game. I don't know what that is in dollars but probably $50. Minor updates will be free but major ones, such as a planetary landings expansion, will be paid for. An expansion pass is available for a further £35 that will cover all these expansions for the life of the game.

    I have fond memories of playing the original to death on a BBC Micro in the late 1980s so I backed it via kickstarter back in December 2012 and bought the expansion pass as soon as I heard about it.
  18. Huntn, Apr 29, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2014

    macrumors G3


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    Anyone playing this? Subscription?

    This link says there is:
  19. baloothebear197, Jun 10, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2014

    macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2014
    Space combat game for OSX

    [/COLOR]Until they release Elite Dangerous for OSX which according to there website wont be for a "three months later on Apple Macintosh computers" please let it be native :mad:, ill keep using Oolite :cool:

    If you liked the original Elite game you will love Oolite, its opensource and has a truck load of customizations for it i have 112 mods loaded into my game at the moment. They add everything from better textures, more weapons, ships etc. Give it a try it is brilliant.

    There are even mods that add extra missions such as assassin, go out an hunt down and kill a certain individual.

    The galaxy conisist of 8 galaxys and there are hundreds of hours of gameplay to be had. The best thing it free just download the game from the site

    and then follow the link to the OXP list to start adding the add-on expansions. The game is great you wont regret it.

    Below is the link to the Wiki OXP list

    Also check out Smivs online for some more OXP's
  20. macrumors member

    May 16, 2011
    Been reading through and see that X3 is on Steam Sale for the next bit. Been curious about it for a long while. I'm assuming it will run fine on the current gen of rMBP, but can anyone confirm this for me? Looks like it'll be a fun time sync for awhile.

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