Are we seeing the resurgence of space combat simulation games?


A few decades ago, games like Wing Commander, Privateer, Star Wars: X-Wing vs TIE Fighter and countless others were everywhere. It was the glorious golden age of space flight simulation games, and if you were a fan of the genre, you were in heaven. Then, for some reason, those games faded away. Either due to other genres such as RPGs, fighting games and others, attracting the attention of gamers and developers. Or some other reason, honestly, I don’t know. Anyway, space flight simulation games died out, and I always thought it was a loss for all of us.

Fortunately, the drought seems to be over. With titles such as Elite Dangerous, No Man’s Sky, and Eve Online already available, we’re looking forward to the games coming out in 2021. I’ll highlight several, some you may have heard of and some you may not. you may not have. I can’t wait to experience all of these titles on PC, console, or both.

Okay, on to the games!

Although I wasn’t a fan of the original Everspace title, I thoroughly played the early access version of Everspace 2. If you haven’t checked out our coverage of the game, please do so. . Everspace 2 takes everything the first game did and polishes it up. For me, it does a better job in terms of in-game story, combat mechanics, and more. Lots of ships to acquire, a better upgrade system, and the locations the game takes place in are much bigger. And that comes with a lot of interactions, such as encountering derelict space stations, massive ships, and it allows for some interesting exploration, among other things. Although the early access game is limited at the moment, it still has over 20-25 hours of gameplay. Highly recommend it if you’re looking for an enjoyable yet challenging space combat simulation game.

Everspace 2 is currently in development for PC (Steam). There’s no word if this will see a console release. That said, the first game did, so this will likely get a console release as well.

Since I’m Chorus (stylized as Chorvs), there hasn’t been much information released about the game. Of course, I’m flirting with the Official Chorus Twitter account, but they did not fall for my trap and did not release any new information about the game. We know that players will take on the role of the character Nara as she embarks on a mission to destroy the same organization who created it. And she will do it with a sentient spacecraft called Forsaken.

Chorus: Rise as One will be available on Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC.

I admit I hadn’t heard of this game until I saw it at the Future Games Show Spring Showcase. In development by Merge Games and Italian Games Factory, Haunted Space combines the traditional elements of space combat flight games and the horror aspects typically found in games like Resident Evil and Dead Space. Lots of “stuff that jostles in the night” with in-game narrative; Haunted Space should be unique from other games in the genre.

Here is what the Steam Store Page has to say about Haunted Space.

In the distant future, the Second Age of Human Civilization reached the distant Neterun Galaxy and discovered a powerful energy called Sonic Matter. Millions of settlers have arrived in the systems of Neterun and a vast factory called the Metal Mother Facility has been built to harvest this precious resource. But humanity soon discovered that it was not alone…
Take on the role of a Raider, serving the Human Empire, as you traverse a treacherous galaxy in the far reaches of space. Go on quests across multiple systems or go it alone to fight, explore, and collect resources and credits. Trade, craft, customize your ship and fight to survive while uncovering the mystery of a galaxy haunted by an ancient civilization.

Experience the next generation of space combat in HAUNTED SPACE. Sci-fi intertwines with horror elements in a story-rich adventure based on exploration, fast-paced dogfights, trading and shipbuilding, with customizable flight simulation and intense boss battles in several stages.

Sounds exciting and is on my list of games to watch right now. Haunted Space is in development for PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S

Were there any on your radar? If so why ? And if I missed one that I should review, let me know in the comments.


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