There are a lot of great space games out there. We even have a list of the best new space video games coming out or recently released this year. However, if you’re really after some fun space simulation games to play today, we’ve got you covered too. In this list, we’ll highlight ten great games that we think you should follow or at least try at some point this year.
No Man’s Sky – space simulation
No Man’s Sky didn’t have the best debut. It’s a space simulation title we’re all familiar with at this point, especially with the game having such a poorly received launch after having such great anticipation that building the title before release.
Of course, since the initial launch, the developers have tried to come up with and deliver a number of updates that help turn the tide. It’s a massive game in which worlds are procedurally generated as the player takes the role of an adventurer. You will take risks and help build the cliff by discovering new planets, animals, and even alien species.
Every time you visit a planet, you’re greeted with a flurry of facts about what’s likely to happen in terms of toxicity and temperature. From there, you can go out and mine resources, build bases and search the planet to use anything before you take off.
Meanwhile, in space, you can go to stations to sell goods or participate in battles where the winner will receive useful goods and equipment from the wreckage. With that said, there’s still plenty of support for this game with more updates likely coming this year.
Kerbal Space Program
One game that we can still recommend trying for a fun little space simulation title is the Kerbal Space Program. We know that a sequel is in the works wherein the game was originally scheduled to launch in 2021 but has been delayed to 2022.
In the game, the player is controlling a team of Kerbals which are small creatures are working towards interstellar travel. Much of this game is based on physics and knowing how to properly build a ship that can not only successfully take off into space, but also land safely. As a result, there’s a lot of creative trial and error as you build rockets, planes, and ships.
Although, since this game came out, we have seen quite a few amazing creations from players. From there, you’ll manage your team as you continue to develop new technologies and gather useful resources. This could be the game’s last big year with a large active player community before the sequel launches next year, 2022.
Eve Online – space simulation
Finally, we have Eve Online, a game that players can’t play even years after its release. The game is another MMO title where players are building a community economy with an ever-expanding game world.
This is a unique sandbox universe where you’ll join a mix of thousands of other players, all building the game. Whether you’re after intense PvP, trying to get ahead by trading in the economy, or focusing on your ship and gear, it’s all here.
Since this game was released in 2003, there have been countless updates with expansions to provide more activities and gameplay for longtime fans as well as newcomers. You can also play the game for free but there are also premium tiers where you can pay a monthly fee for a little incentive.
It’s amazing how some of these classic MMO titles are still actively loved years later, and if you haven’t played the game before it became a free-to-play title, it won’t cost you anything. What is the fee to play?