Paragon is a sandbox space sim set in an alternative future heavily inspired by classic 80s sci-fi. Fight, trade and explore in a massive procedurally generated galaxy of millions of planets and stars. Amass money and power, upgrade and purchase new ships, and one day create your own small fleet with a base to call home.
User reviews: Mixed (94 reviews)
Release Date: May 12, 2014

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“Paragon is still in early alpha, lots of features are unfinished, bugs abound and the rough edges might poke your eye out! Take the leap though and you'll find a rapidly evolving experience with lots of updates and constant improvement built on community feedback and participation. (completion Q4 2014)”
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"This is a really fun Elite-style game which values efficiency and style over sim-style gameplay. I've put a lot of hours into it, and it's been a blast."
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April 2

Alpha 10.6 Live

First OSX Steam Release!
Paragon now supports OSX 10.7+ on Steam.

Summary of Changes:

UI:

  • Positional and boundaries changes
  • Hyperspace UI changes
  • Changed default display mode to 1280x720

Game:
  • OSX support is back!
  • Loading time and memory usage is greatly decreased
  • Changed Hyperspace clouds gameplay features
  • Added new permanent hyperspace clouds that allow cheaper hyper jumps
  • External and sidereal cameras use new angles as default

Graphics:
  • Post processing system supports multiple layers of effects
  • New separate effects for GUI
  • Fixed issue passing model material shininess correctly

Art:
  • New ships
  • New sound effects and music
  • HUD changes
  • Polish for ships, starports and cities


Input:
  • New control binding for deselecting nav and combat targets (default: Y)

Fixes:
  • Fixed crash caused by MapInternal returning NULL in rare cases
  • Several small fixes

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Paragon is a sandbox space sim set in an alternative future heavily inspired by classic 80s sci-fi. Fight, trade and explore in a massive procedurally generated galaxy of millions of planets and stars. Amass money and power, upgrade or purchase new ships, and one day create your own small fleet with a base to call home.

Features


A Vast Universe - An enormous universe built to a realistic scale; a galaxy thousands of light years across filled with millions of planets and stars.

Completely Seamless - Transition through hyperjumps between stars, transit across star systems and land on planets, all with no loading screens to get in your way.

A Fully Realised Starfaring Civilization - Across inhabited space freighters run the trade lanes, stations orbit lonely planets, and individual star captains wander the space between.

Deep Backstory - In an alternative future in which the Cold War never ended, the player takes on the role of an independent ship captain trying to make their mark in an unforgiving galaxy riven with intrigue and conflict. From dropping special forces into hot zones to kidnapping weapons scientists, assassinating dissidents to gun running, take a side in the conflict between power blocs or make a fortune by playing both sides.

Individual Player Focus - An emphasis on creating a strong single player focused experience and the sort of universe that players can lose themselves in.

Engaging Gameplay - An intuitive and visceral gameplay experience centered around giving players the freedom to achieve their objectives via whatever means they decide.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: ntel® Core™ 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom™ X3 8750 processor or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 3.0 Graphics Card with 256MB of Ram or Intel HD 4000 Integrated
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7
    • Processor: Intel Core i dual core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD 4670 256MB, NVIDIA GT120 256MB, Intel HD4000
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.10.2
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 dual core
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD 6970 1GB, NVIDIA 650 1GB,
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS or equivalent Debian Based OS
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD 4670 256MB, NVIDIA GT120 256MB, Intel HD4000
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Early Access Review
Paragon is great.

This is a fork of the Pioneer Space Sim project, with considerable enhancements that make it worth charging for their efforts. If you're undecided about Paragon, dip your toe in Pioneer then come back and show these guys some money.

Essentially this is a remake of Frontier Development's "Frontier" games, the sequel to Elite. If you want to play Elite, check out Oolite, which is a free project as well.

If you're a player of Elite Dangerous, you might consider picking up Paragon as well, because while not multiplayer enabled (someday please?) this is a spiritually similar experience, albeit with much more "space trucking" and less of an action component. It's a pretty chill, relaxing game, and autopilot handles the majority of navigation tasks for you.

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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Early Access Review
Sitting in my ship. My beautiful ship. Listening to the music, the beautiful music. I take off. I fly around. I come back. I take a job for $25. I'm too slow, no pay. I learn how t use my jump drive and book it to a random system. Autodock at station. Leave station, smash into another ship. GAME OVER.

This game is everything I ever wanted since 1983.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Early Access Review
Development is dead, 15$ down the drain.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Early Access Review
It's a good game altough its a bit hard to control the ship without a controler.
It's absolutely worth a try it looks nice plays nice(even without a controler) and i hope the developers keeps updating the game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
Early Access Review
Fun game but during landings on planets and othe large objects some lag can start up if you don't have a good computer. I believe that any one who enjoyed the game "Starflight" then you will most likely enjoy this game.
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