Discussion in 'Gaming' started by Civ001, Jun 24, 2014.
As it says on the tin. What are some of your favorite science fiction video games?
Mega Man and Phantasy Star.
Mass Effect trilogy, Halo series, Killzone series, TimeSplitters Future Perfect, Darkstar One: Broken Alliance.
How about SF board games? In the late 80's and early 90's, I was addicted to Cosmic Encounter.
Alpha Centauri for strategy, and Mass Effect for its great universe.
Ha ha...and I'm probably one of the few that actually liked the Hammerhead APC in Mass Effect. I was sad to see it get snubbed by the majority of ME players.
'Mass Effect' for the space opera and high adventure that took all the cliches and borrowed from just about every IP going and made it it's own.
'Homeworld' for conveying the scale and sense of incomprehensible vastness of space with the austere Dune/Foundation style of storytelling.
Starting with the 90s i adored the Tie Fighter/X-Wing games as well as Wing Commander which were awesome.
Then they started making Star Wars roleplaying games where you finally could whirl around a lightsaber be a Jedi culminating in the excellent Knights of the Old Republic games.
Currently Mass Effect seems to be the best game series, wonderful world building and very entertaining characters on top of good and ever improving gameplay.
Halo should be mentioned for story and one of the most iconic gaming SF character but i found the actual gameplay not that world shattering, a basic shooter.
In terms of the (extended) universes, Mass Effect and Halo are my favorite franchises. I certainly enjoyed the stories and world-building enough to read most of the novelizations.
Halo also introduced me to Larry Niven's Ringworld and his Known Space universe.
I've only ever played the first Halo and a little of the second (never owned an XBox) but I thought the lore and setting was highly derivative and unlike Mass Effect, didn't do anything all that interesting with it. The characters were fairly bland too IMO.
Don't get me wrong, it's the first game to really make FPSs workable on consoles, has a great soundtrack...but as a sci-fi game, I feel it's pretty mediocre.
Forgot to mention; the Deus Ex games are fantastic cyberpunk sci-fi games. Both in terms of gameplay and story/character/setting etc.
Not sure if 'Beyond Good and Evil' counts as it's more of a fantasy in a sci-fi seting...but then I suppose so is Star Wars.
I like the Halo universe and its story. I liked that humanity was slowly being wiped out, and then they found something that somehow made the situation even worse. The cutscene at the end of The Storm still gives me chills. It's not nearly as good as Mass Effect, but I still think it's a good space opera adventure.
What I don't like is Halo's extended universe, especially the way it was implemented into the story of Halo 4.
^ I have to admit I can't say too much about the newer extended universe (I suppose you're referring to the Forerunner books) as I haven't read much of it, my appreciation largely stems from the earliest couple of novels (Fall of Reach in particular). That was very solid, entertaining military sci-fi.
I still play Galactic Civilizations II. I'm in the middle of a game now, but I only have 4 planets after several days due to the universe seeding, so I'll either be conquered, start a new game, or give myself top weapons and defense and go full evil empire against everybody.
I like GalCiv2 as well, but I play it as Civilization in space and didn't bother with the story missions or lore.
Yeah, I don't have a problem with the early books, but the lore of the later novels just doesn't fit with the Halo games as I imagined them. I thought the story of Halo 4 was a confusing mess and it caused me to lose interest in the future of the series.
Oh for sure, Halo 4 appeared to be very much guilty of not including all relevant aspects of the story in the game to the point of being indecipherable to anyone who wasn't already knee-deep in the more current novels and other accompanying material.
Interesting you said that. I use the ANNO series of games minus the war aspect and play them as better versions of Sim City.
Homeworld, Alpha Centauri, Anno 2070, Deus Ex, Independence War, Tachyon: The Fringe, Final Fantasy VIII, Borderlands, Fallout, Planetary Annihilation, Distant Worlds, Master of Orion, System Shock, XCOM.
Oh God yes, Deus Ex is a phantastic near-future, dystopian setting.
Anachronox, which is an underrated classic. If Douglas Adams were to have designed a humourous sci-fi RPG, it would be something like this.
Some great scenes such as this:
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