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What are the best games for active futuristic space battles?

#1TalesOfGodPosted 2/2/2014 3:35:28 PM
I was checking Star Citizen and I realized that I always wanted to get into this genre but I never found games for what I was looking for.

I'm not looking for games where you simply manage and trade things like Eve Online but games where you can control planes or spacecraft in real time to use them in combat.

Preferably games that would be awesome to use with Joysticks for PC.

Are there games like that?
#2anthrax360xPosted 2/2/2014 3:38:57 PM
SPAZ?
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#3Edavy89Posted 2/2/2014 3:39:36 PM
Active futuristic space battles... Well, my money is that star citizen will blow anything in existance out of the water but that's a long ways off... As far as what's available now... the only thing I can really think of is Star Conflict.
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#4CatToyPosted 2/2/2014 3:40:00 PM
Multiplayer games, not really, not yet. Single player games, Freespace, Wing Commander, X-Wing/Tie Fighter, Tachyon: The Fringe, Elite.
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#5dayne195Posted 2/5/2014 5:18:55 PM
Not in space, but Warthunder is good. Stick compatible, and is recommended in the more difficult
modes
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#6Ikari GendoPosted 2/5/2014 6:01:26 PM
TIE Fighter
Starshatter: The Gathering Storm (one of the best space combat games no one talks about, and it's free now)
Freespace 2
Diaspora (Free Battlestar Galactica game made from the Freespace 2 engine)

X3 can have epic space battles, and you can pilot anything from the smallest ships to the largest carriers and destroyers, but it takes awhile to get into the awesome large-scale battles and you do a lot of trading beforehand.
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#7Revival125Posted 2/5/2014 6:05:59 PM
There hasn't really been a decent space game with large battles recently. It is something we are crying out for. Im hopeful Star citizen will go some way.

Your best bet is older games. I highly recommend Freespace 2 with the texture pack mods which will go some way to bringing it more up to date graphically as well as adding like 2 huge additional campaigns.
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#8PsythikPosted 2/5/2014 6:11:36 PM
EVE looks like some serious s***. I've never played it but the battle reports are so much fun to read. Feels like I'm reading up on actual wars.
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#9polopiliPosted 2/5/2014 6:41:53 PM
Ring Runner is kinda fun.
#10ggf162Posted 2/5/2014 6:53:52 PM
Freespace 2 (maybe 1?) and Wing Commander is probably what you're looking for.
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