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Games Like Freelancer - Play As A Space Mercenary
Games Like Freelancer - Play As A Space Mercenary
Want to play a space mercenary in games like Freelancer? There are plenty of other great space based adventures waiting for you on this page.
I love space based video games because you aren't limited to just a small area you truly have an entire universe at your fingertips. It's a genre that unfortunately I don't think gets enough love either so when I finally find a game in the genre that I like I guarantee you that I play it more than once.
As you might have guessed Freelancer is my favourite of this genre and so the hunt for games like Freelancer has been a long one for me. If you share my views on the space based genre I'm sure you'll find another space adventure on this page that you'll enjoy just as much.
If you know of some other games where you can explore a galaxy, play a space mercenary, trade with planets and more then be sure to stop by the comment section.
Star Conflict is an impressive space MMORPG that lets players live their dream of leading a faction in space to victory. For those that would rather go it alone players can be a freelancer, choosing to explore space by themselves with their own agenda.
In Star Conflict players will be joining hundreds of other players as they explore dozens of galaxies, fight pirates, attack battle cruisers, trade and upgrade their ship. With so much to do in the world of Star Conflict it is easily one of the most impressive space titles around.
While the core gameplay has plenty of missions for players to follow through there is nothing stopping players from filling up their shop and exploring the vast reaches of the galaxies of Star Conflict. With many randomised elements to the game and a healthy player base it's a journey that can always be different.
The exploration and freedom in Star Conflict will pull players in but it is the hundreds of missions, large number of ship options and dozens of skills that will keep you playing to develop your ultimate space pilot.
Galaxy On Fire Series
I first encountered the Galaxy on Fire series when I was sick and looking for a mobile game that could help keep me sane in those long days spent resting in bed. At the time the games were a paid experience but now they've gone free to play with some additional (but definitely not necessary) content available for purchase.
After playing them both I much prefer the second game in the series because the controls were refined more and the graphics received a significant boost that made exploring the universe much more enjoyable on the whole. The games are loosely linked with story though so I do recommend you play the first game regardless, it will probably make you appreciate the refinements in the second game that much more anyway!
So what happens in these games? It's kind of a mixed bags of goodies with space combat, trading, faction relationships and general mercenary like questing. As you jump around the universe you'll also get to mine asteroids, upgrade your shop and so much more it really is a universe waiting to be explored and it's in your hands (literally).
As far as games like Freelancer go this one is definitely my favourite option by far and with the free price tag it's an obvious first choice on my list.
Wing Commander Series
One of the classic games in this space is no doubt the Wing Commander series, personally I always preferred the Privateer inclusions into this genre (two games) because you had more freedom rather than being a military officer. The games are set across a range of timezones but are mostly centred on the 27th century.
For much of the series you'll take control of Christopher Blair as you complete a range of heroic actions for the good of the human race and the galaxy. Some of the older games aren't readily available these days (the series started in 1990) but these days you can get some through the popular GOG.com website for only a few dollars (best money you'll ever spend).
The Wing Commander name isn't limited to just games either with films, novels and even a card game also carrying the name which might be why you find it slightly familiar.
In terms of gameplay you'll get to engage in space combat, trade from time to time and ultimately turn your simple ship into something capable of going toe to toe with multiple foes at once. The games are very mission focused with only a few of the games choosing to let you truly loose but the gameplay in all of them is of such a hig hquality it would be a crime not to include them.
If you're a graphics kind of gamer then the X series will definitely blow you away, especially with the more recent games in the franchise. It started all the way back in 1999 with the most recent edition being X Rebirth in 2013. The universe for these games have slowly evolved over time and let you explore various sectors that are connected to jumpgates.
In addition to exploring planets you'll get to mine asteroids, explore space stations, enter dogfights, trade, engage in piracy and go on diplomatic missions. With a large number of races (around half a dozen) and humans having several factions within them you have plenty of relationships to manage (or factions to fight against if you prefer that path). With certain sectors under different faction control this more aggressive path can be very difficult but also very satisfying if you can pull it off.
One of the features that has stayed with the X series throughout the game is the way that the world stays active even when you aren't in it. This means that you can return to the world after being away from it and see real changes which is always a fun experience of discovery.
I also really like the wealth accumulation process of the game that lets you go from a sole pirate in a large universe to the leader of entire fleets and space stations. If you're on the fence about the game then there are a handful of demos available through the official website.
The Evochron series is a continuation of the StarWraith series of space games and focus mostly on space based combat. The developer has been great at evolving the series based on feedback and it's something I really appreciate when I play an entire series of games.
The games offer a mixture of freeform gameplay, story elements and multiplayer depending on the game so there are options available for all tastes. The games are notably also lacking in loading screens which makes it a very seamless experience during exploration.
I consider the series to be one of the more difficult games to learn but it is a rewarding learning curve despite that. It's not that the game is poorly designed it's simply that there are many mechanics to learn with keyboard shorts, inventory, combat, space docking and trading elements to master.
DarkStar One is one of those games that markets itself on an insane amount of choice (much like the other games like Freelancer here). It is slightly more story focused than the other options here though with much of the choice revolving around how you approach and direct it rather than a complete sandbox experience.
The story guides most of your progress in the universe and slowly takes you deeper to discover all sorts of new technologies and races. The game combines everything that you loved in Freelancer with piracy, smuggling, trading and more with your main goals mostly revolve around powerful and ancient artefacts while also upgrading the Darkstar One (your spaceship).
With hundreds of different weapons, shields and other equipment you really get the sense that you can create your ship the way that you like it. There is also room for some great strategy choices in weapons with the likes of mines and special weapons.
It's really only let down by it's generic elements but other than that it's one of the great options in this genre.
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