Best Space Games on PC 2016-2017

BY ADAM FERRARESI   |   Ah, outer space. The final frontier that humankind has yet to break is the inspiration of countless niches, novels, movies, and of course - video games. There’s something special, mysterious and magical about being the one to explore the great unknown and its many wonders and calamities, and even be a part of them. That being said, it’s no wonder that games of the science fiction genre are so popular these days. There are all kinds of games that take place in space, and the objectives vary: you’ve probably heard of the classics such as Star Wars: Battlefront, Starcraft, and Mass Effect, but the list doesn’t stop there. On the contrary, there are tons of fantastic games in similar settings that you should check out if you’re a fan of the science fiction genre. Here are some recommendations from us:

1. Shallow Space Insurgency

If you’re a fan of RTS and you think Starcraft is one of the best games ever, check this one out. This modern, 3D real time strategy is all about bringing back the traditional setting of RTS in a very fresh way. The basis of the game is building up your army and fight enemy forces for territory and resources, but it doesn’t stop there. Through the game, you will find that you also have to construct space stations, locate certain blueprints and so on, in order to finish certain objectives and make your army more powerful. It’s really immersive and complex, and you can customize virtually every part of your fleet (or battlegroup) so you really get the feeling that you’re the commander of an army, whose success and very existence wholly depends on you.

Shallow Space Insurgency

Shallow Space Insurgency on Steam

2. Eve Valkyrie

This is basically Battlefront on steroids. You’re put in your own spaceship and are sent into a massive space battle in the Eve universe, where you’ll face the fight of your life. The best part – it’s all one hundred percent VR. So, naturally, the graphics in this game are beyond superb, with every miniscule detail tended to, including the destructible terrain and debris. This game is proof that this genre has come a long way since its flight simulation roots in the past decades. You can play the game without a VR-ready computer, but it’s really recommended that you try it with VR first because it truly looks and feels phenomenal.

Eve Valkyrie

Eve Valkyrie official website

3. No Man’s Sky

So you want to explore the Universe? Well, look no further. No Man’s Sky presents you with 18 quintillion planets to explore (and try to survive while exploring them, of course) and do basically whatever you want while exploring them. Countless life forms and ecosystems both friendly and hostile, and the ability to warp away at any moment and go somewhere else make this game tantalizingly fun, and we guarantee that it’ll take quite a long time for you to get bored of it. It’s essentially a sandbox game, so if you liked Minecraft or Garry’s Mod and are looking for a space version of that, check out No Man’s Sky.

No Man’s Sky

No Man's Sky on Steam

4. Battlefleet Gothic: Armada

Set in the Warhammer 40k Universe, this RTS, based off the tactical board game of the same name, puts you in the middle of the constant conflict between the Imperium, the Eldar, the Orks, and Chaos, and immerses you in breathtaking space battles. Every inch of your fleet is customizable, including the weapons, the shields and other defense systems, your crew and then some. You gain experience by winning and surviving battles, which makes your fleet and your empire grow ever more powerful and more prepared for serious future conflicts. The story itself is set during the conflict between the Warmaster of Chaos named Abaddon the Despoiler and the Imperium, also known as the Gothic War. Both fans of the Warhammer 40k franchise and newcomers will enjoy this game and the story, so be sure to check it out.

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada on Steam

5. Homeworld Remastered Collection

An RTS classic from the nineties that many of you probably remember has finally been remastered by Gearbox Software, and we’re pleased to say that it‘s better than ever. Your species is on the verge of collapse, and its last glimmer of hope lies in your mothership, the Pride of Hiigara. Create ships, build up your fleet, gather resources and help your empire rise again. If the Pride should fall, all is lost.
It’s an incredibly challenging game, and the slightest mistake could mean total defeat. However, that is exactly what makes this game so fun and immersive. Every unit is valuable and every military campaign has to be seen through with the utmost care. You’ll spend some time “relearning” the RTS genre, dividing your units and ships into control groups, and learning about their strengths and weaknesses, such as size, speed, and so on. Homeworld is exactly what we’d expect from a sequel like this, so if you liked the original we highly recommend that you give this one a try.

Homeworld Remastered Collection

Homeworld Remastered Collection on Steam

Upcoming Space Games

If none of these games that we've mentioned appeal to you, fret not: there are a lot of cool space games that are yet to come out, such as Star Citizen or Everspace. 2016 was definitely a great year for this genre and a lot of cool games are coming, and you might even be eligible to get early access for some of them. Video-game companies tend to have different release dates to certain regions, so you might need a good VPN to get a game early. Simply connect to your VPN, choose a server that’s located in a country where the game is already available, and download it. Just note that if there’s a multiplayer mode in the game, you might want to refrain from using it until the game is actually available in your country.


About the Author: Adam (23, Dallas, TX) knew that everything connected to the internet was always appealing to him, which is why he opted out for a career of web developer. He’s been rather successful in his endeavors, so he can offer great insight in the world of internet through his articles published at wefollowtech.com.

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