Experience one of the most beautiful, open-ended space simulation games for the PC. As a starship pilot, explore the universe with one of 14 unique and powerful ships. More than 2000 missions await you within 46 star systems in the Milky Way galaxy.
User reviews: Mixed (85 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 5, 2007
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Experience one of the most beautiful, open-ended space simulation games for the PC. As a starship pilot, explore the universe with one of 14 unique and powerful ships. More than 2000 missions await you within 46 star systems in the Milky Way galaxy.

Discover, trade and fight your way through the galaxy - it is up to you to become one of the most famous or infamous pilots in the known universe. It's your life - get out there.

  • Intriguing and exciting gameplay: non-stop action awaits as you explore and battle your way through the constellations in a variety of star vessels.
  • An open-ended, beautiful, and innovative 3D space environment populated with stars, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, black holes, star bases, floating cities - all ready for exploration, development, trade, diplomacy, or conflict.
  • Explore the galaxy as a member of one of 10 civilizations placed on different starting locations across the universe.
  • Customize ships in your own creative style by upgrading speed, targeting systems, jammers, shields, armor, weaponry, afterburners, cargo space, and weight.
  • Stunning visuals powered by true 64-bit High Dynamic Range Rendering (HDDR) on supporting video cards for spectacular lighting and special effects.

System Requirements

    Minimum: Windows 2000/XP/Vista, 2.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent/ faster processor, 768 MB of RAM, 3 GB of hard disk space, DirectX 9.0c or higher, DirectX 9 compatible video card (Radeon 9500, GeForce 5800), 16-bit sound card, mouse, keyboard, speakers

    Recommended: Windows 2000/XP/ Vista, 2.6 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent/faster, 1 GB RAM, 3 GB of hard drive space, DirectX 9 compatible video card (Radeon x800, GeForce 6800), DirectX 9.0c, 3D compatible sound card, mouse, keyboard, 5.1 speakers

Helpful customer reviews
6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
great little space shooter silly main story but very in depth content and a huge amount of quests to keep you busy as well as a very large galaxy to openly explore at your leisure
Posted: June 29
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Great game! Especially now, since I got a far far better computer than I had when I first bought this years ago, and I can crank up the graphics to max. There is plenty of things to do. You can mine and use the metals to upgrade your ship in many possible ways, while you can also buy plenty of stuff you can sell in other sectors. While the controls are not the best, it's challenging, and not to mention, that you HAVE TO upgrade your ship to have your ship be manuverable and faster etc. You can make factions like you if you do their missions, but pi$$ off others if you get into their domestic issues with other races (shooting down their enemies, which may be neutral to you) . You can get friendly with the pirates and get their ships and do their missions. There are jumpgates and you can even bookmark locations in sectors , where you can jump to with autopilot. The galaxy is huge, there is plenty of things to do.
Also the music is top notch (maybe a few songs aren't, while a few are fantastic), voice acting is not the best, but this was a budget title (and a very good budget title) so I don't mind.
The game is far far better than what they offer today with (half of functionality and depth than this), even though when this game came out, it was measured against Freelancer and even the reviews said it's a "diamond in the rough". Today - unfortunately - this diamond in the rough is a better gem, than anything else in similar category.
There were even mods for this game! Updated planet textures and better starfield etc. Not sure if they are still around on some deserted websites.
I can see it's been offered for a few bucks. If nothing else, it's worth it. Just have patience for the first half hour and learn the controls (works great with both mouse control or joystick) .
For the question that comes up in your mind (in 2014), if it's better than X: Rebirth the answer is Yes.
Posted: July 14
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
i didnt see any issues. i like it all. just wish there was a sequel or ability to own starships or planets haha
Posted: June 11
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Worth spending time in until you get Star Citizen or Elite: Dangerous. Basically IS elite, but with some simplification to flight, a tech tree and some more advantages over the original. There is a story progression, but it is optional. Summing up: If you like Elite, click the buy button.
Posted: July 23
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
41.8 hrs on record
One of the classic space simulator games, with plenty of fun ways to play. In fact, this was for me the first space simulator game i played, and the one that transformed me into a dedicated fan of this genre. Dog fighting is pretty tough, but you will soon get the hang of it. Avoid more than 3 adversaries at once and you should be safe. If you start looking for fight from the beginning of the game, then adversaries will get soon too tough for you; instead i suggest you concentrate on mining and trading, then upgrading your ship. The only downside is that it does not have multiplayer .
Posted: April 20
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57 of 63 people (90%) found this review helpful
28.3 hrs on record
I think this game is not bad if you play it as a RPG.
If you're looking for a space simulation game, don't buy this.
This is NOT a good simulation game.
However, you can just play it like Mass Effect.
Doing quests, shooting bad guys, selling loots, and upgrading your ship.
You can feel totaly free to playing in this game (although some people are too free to understanding how to play it).

Pros:
Free style RPG
High C/P value (it's very cheap)
Easy controlable - it's not simulation game, you don't neet to press a lot of key for just a simple action (such as yaw or U turn)

Cons:
Bad trading design - I need to remember all item prices by myself?!
Bad documentation - and it cause some player hard to know how to play, and they may think this game is trash
No friendly quest list (for reminding)
Posted: January 31
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