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Master Geek

#195347 16-Apr-2016 22:11
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Hi all,


At the risk of showing my age, I miss the days of wing commander, or Klingon academy etc.


Where you could come home from work, jump on your PC and fly a few missions and blow stuff up.


If life got busy and you didn't get back to it for a week, no matter, the rest of the world hadn't passed you by, you could just pick up where you left off.




I'm really impressed with the lock of Elite Dangerous and the like, but there is no way I would have time in my life (full time job, and dad of 3) to spend the hours and hours to explore the universe while incrementally expanding my ship at snails pace while everyone else races ahead.




So, can anyone recommend me:


A) A story based offline space sim that is modern, and


B) an arcade type space sim where you can just jump on and blow stuff up for a bit when you have time (which is also modern and doesn't look like it has graphics from the 1980's)


C) PS - Prefer not to require a combat fighter pilots license to be able to operate said game either. FYI - PC based required - and if it supports eye affinity across 3 screens all the better :-)


Thanks :-)

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Uber Geek

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  #1534161 16-Apr-2016 22:52
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Last non online game like this that I know of would be Freelancer

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  #1534164 16-Apr-2016 23:07
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The Mass Effect trilogy is some of the best sci-fi story telling I've ever experienced.  There's some ups and downs of course, it's a long story so there's bound to be bits that don't appeal to everyone, but overall I think it's great.  The missions lend themselves well to casual gaming in that most of them are around 1-2 hours long and progress the story and skills of the character quite consistently.  


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  #1534316 17-Apr-2016 11:14
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Freespace Open!


Volition released the source code for Freespace 2, and the folks over at the source code project have been keeping the engine up to date ever since...


If you never played Freespace before, then the games have been widely considered to be among the best in the genre (especially the second). If you have played it before, then there are always the mods and campaigns, some of which are very good.

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Master Geek

  #1534334 17-Apr-2016 12:23
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Thanks for the replies, I'll check them out.

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Master Geek

  #1541559 25-Apr-2016 11:37
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I just came across this free 'space simulator': star-raid [] 


Does anybody know if they are safe software suppliers?


Or what kind of software quality they have on offer?


I'm a little wary of downloading and running installers from unknown sources, tho the site seems to have a large range of legit looking games.


 -edit- on further searching it seems they just mirror the freebies that all the other download sites are pushing. prolly ad-ware or something.



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