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Ronald Held February 14 2013 02:16 PM

Space exploration game
 
I am looking to play one that does not involve combat, I have STO for that. I would prefer just exploring systems, meeting aliens, etc. Anything like that available for current Windows systems. Of course the more trek like the better.

Solstice February 14 2013 03:37 PM

Re: Space exploration game
 
I think you'd be hard-pressed to find such a game that doesn't even have combat, but there do exist some where combat is generally optional. The X series allows you to play without getting involved in combat. Space Rangers is another.

The Mirrorball Man February 14 2013 03:41 PM

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Robert Maxwell wrote: (Post 7682746)
The X series allows you to play without getting involved in combat.

The X series also allows you to play without getting involved in fun.

Solstice February 14 2013 03:54 PM

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The Mirrorball Man wrote: (Post 7682761)
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Robert Maxwell wrote: (Post 7682746)
The X series allows you to play without getting involved in combat.

The X series also allows you to play without getting involved in fun.

:lol: If you really want a space sim devoid of fun, check out the Battlecruiser/Universal Combat series. :p

Ronald Held February 14 2013 05:22 PM

Re: Space exploration game
 
Which x series games? Space rangers is still available?

Solstice February 14 2013 05:25 PM

Re: Space exploration game
 
Well, X3: Reunion is the one I have. I haven't played that far into it, but others have told me you can avoid getting involved with combat if you want.

You can buy Space Rangers 2: Reboot on Impulse. I got my copy on Steam, apparently before distribution was moved to Impulse. You can also find it here.

TheGodBen February 14 2013 05:27 PM

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Ronald Held wrote: (Post 7682491)
I am looking to play one that does not involve combat, I have STO for that. I would prefer just exploring systems, meeting aliens, etc. Anything like that available for current Windows systems. Of course the more trek like the better.

It's not quite what you're looking for, but Kerbal Space Program is a purely peaceful space exploration game. It doesn't have FTL or multiple star systems yet, although the devs have indicated a desire to include those features eventually. Right now it's about exploring a single solar system using mostly realistic physics, and the next update is due to include mining and basic colonisation features.

Ronald Held February 14 2013 08:27 PM

Re: Space exploration game
 
Kerbal is not what I want as well as Orbiter. If the interface on Noctis were better, I might try it. Combat optional might work.

Owain Taggart February 14 2013 09:47 PM

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Robert Maxwell wrote: (Post 7682803)
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The Mirrorball Man wrote: (Post 7682761)
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Robert Maxwell wrote: (Post 7682746)
The X series allows you to play without getting involved in combat.

The X series also allows you to play without getting involved in fun.

:lol: If you really want a space sim devoid of fun, check out the Battlecruiser/Universal Combat series. :p


Isn't that a torture simulator? :lol:

Ronald Held February 16 2013 01:32 AM

Re: Space exploration game
 
No other suggestions? Or maybe maybe games which have mods for exploration?

Solstice February 16 2013 03:07 AM

Re: Space exploration game
 
See if you can get your hands on Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos and then install the Torn Stars mod for it.

smiki February 16 2013 06:06 AM

Re: Space exploration game
 
Not exactly what you're looking for but...

Celestia (3D astronomy program)? Universe Sandbox (interactive space gravity simulator)? Star Trek: A Final Unity (an old Star Trek point and click adventure, has plenty of meeting new species, exploring scenery, plays very much like a Trek episode except better-not limited by makeup/prosthetics etc...)? If you're considering Noctis then maybe Bridge Commander with Kobayashi Maru (you can play it without combat, just flying around scanning stuff)? Uhm... Spore (lots of new aliens to look at)? Err... Mass Effect?

The Mirrorball Man February 16 2013 09:55 AM

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Robert Maxwell wrote: (Post 7682803)
:lol: If you really want a space sim devoid of fun, check out the Battlecruiser/Universal Combat series. :p

Oh, I had never heard of this one, but thank you, I found the reviews very entertaining!

Ronald Held February 17 2013 01:05 AM

Re: Space exploration game
 
comments on Celestia or space engine

Crazy Eddie February 17 2013 02:41 AM

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Ronald Held wrote: (Post 7682491)
I am looking to play one that does not involve combat, I have STO for that. I would prefer just exploring systems, meeting aliens, etc. Anything like that available for current Windows systems. Of course the more trek like the better.

Star Control II (The Ur-Quan Masters). Though not technically devoid of combat, fights are usually easy enough to avoid except for a few critical assignments, unless of course you get chased down by those goddamn slylandro probes that keep trying to eat you no matter what you say to them. Of course, tracking down the Slylandro and complaining to them about their omnicidal space probes is an interesting task on its own.

Also, if you have a gamesave of Mass Effect 2 from any point after the Suicide Mission; almost all of the combat missions are done at that point, so there's nothing much to do BUT explore.


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