Venstar is looking for a space MMO, not Sci-Fi themed but one where you literally control a ship in space. Venstar writes I want there to be spacebattles versus other players! Very straightforward criteria so let’s get to it.
Our first recommendation is EVE Online. When you think of a Space MMO this game is most likely the first thing that comes to mind as this game has been the prominent Space MMORPG for the last decade. Even though this MMO was released more than 10+ years ago there is still a strong player base due to the quality of the game. EVE Online is not free to play, so you do have to buy a copy and pay a monthly subscription fee. They do offer a 14-day trial which is a reasonable amount of time to see if this game would be a good fit for you.
Players travel the galaxy in customizable ships through 7,800 star systems. A majority of the star systems are connected to other star systems by stargates. The star systems have moons, planets, stations, wormholes, asteroid belts and complexes. While traveling, players can dock their ship at stations, which are safe spots. There you can use station services such as repairing, refitting, and the regional market.
Combat in the game consists of players locking on to their opponents and commanding their weapons to fire. The result of the attack is determined through calculations based on factors such as range, velocity, and weapon tracking.
One unique thing about EVE Online compared to other MMO’s is that when you are training your skills there is a process that continues in real world time. Players enjoy this aspect since they are able to improve their ships even when they are not online.
The in-game economy in Eve Online is largely player-driven. You can think of this as an open auction house where you purchase and sell between players rather than through NPC vendors.
Our second recommendation is Elite: Dangerous
Elite: Dangerous is the fourth release in the Elite video game series. Each of the Elite games are considered space trading and combat simulators. Elite: Dangerous is actually the first game in the series that is massively multiplayer.
In the game, players pilot a spaceship and explore a realistic 1:1 scale open world galaxy. What is cool is that the galaxy is based off of the real Milky way. Gameplay is open as in players can steal and extort from other players, and block off star systems via a blockade. Basically the mantra of this game is ‘Do whatever it takes to earn the skill, knowledge, wealth and power to stand among the ranks of the Elite.’
Your game experience and story are affected by each action and decision you make as everything is uniquely connected. Travel through the galaxy between giant starport trading hubs, where you can buy new ships, trade, take on missions and upgrade your spacecraft.
You are able to not only work on one ship but build a fleet of ships and customize every component as you hunt, explore, fight, mine, smuggle and trade. Team up with other players to go on joint adventures or fly throughout the galaxy and find people to fight against.
Our final recommendation is Star Conflict.
In Star Conflict you command a variety of different types of battleships. You can either control a heavy frigate with guns and rockets or a smaller scouting ship. Eventually you will be able to command an entire fleet of ships. There are one of three sides you can play on: Empire, Federation and Jericho.
Once you leave the station you can travel around space colonies which have been invaded by aliens. You can complete quests, collect valuable items, craft modules and ships, meet other players to fight or team up to resist pirates and evil aliens from deep space.
Being able to choose which ship you use for which situation becomes very important. Depending on what you are trying to accomplish, whether it be exploring a certain area or trying to hunt down your enemies, every ship is different! You are able to customize your ship and figure out which weapons and gadgets each ship will have to suit your purpose.
You can form corporations to tackle on PVE missions or battle other players for territorial control.
So those are our 3 recommendations: Eve Online, Elite: Dangerous and Star Conflict. Try them out and let us know what you think. Until next time!