It’s a good time to be a yearning space pilot, as Elite: Dangerous is already on the field and titles like Star Citizen and Dual Universe are on the way. Yet as I’ve been looking for a space sim to scratch my particular itch for adventure and exploration, I’ve run into problems that fall under the categories of “complexity” and “inaccessibility.”
For example, I’ve struggled with Elite’s tutorial series every time I’ve tried to break into that game. I simply can’t get a hang of the combat, and that frustrates me. What I want is an easy-to-control vessel that I can make better through a combination of combat, exploration, mining, and cargo runs. Really, I just want Freelancer done right, but I don’t quite see it out in the field yet.
Assuming that you do want to play these kinds of games, what do you want to get out of space sims? What’s the appeal and the purpose for you? And have you found a game to meet those needs yet?