Over the past week or so, I’ve been tinkering with Star Wars Galaxies Legends, an NGE emulator for SWG that’s actually pretty polished and has some new bits and bobs too. I’m having fun, although it feels sort of small and the economy is rough. And unlike a lot of other emulators, it has most of the game’s space content in and playable. I took a crappy newbie ship out with my mouse – I’ve got to fish my joystick out of storage still if I want to get serious about it – but even with that terrible setup, it was a blast. I had forgotten how glorious space flight in this game was. Lots of MMOs have that “fleet commander” or “bridge captain” or “on rails” feel, but not a lot offer that visceral dogfighter feel – and SWG does it. And that’s before you get to multiperson ships!
Say you’re hunting for a modern (or living) MMO with this kind of combat. Where would you go? Which MMORPG boasts the best space gameplay?