A sci-fi classic
Acting as something like the spiritual successor to the classic space shooters Freelancer
and Wing Commander
while mixing in light elements of elite, Starpoint Gemini 2 is a superb game which is well worth investing some time in. It follows on from the original Starpoint Gemini
and even features story missions from that game reimagined in line with its newer, flashier look and feel. The story isn't spectacular and feels like pretty much any generic pulp sci-fi stuff, with its tales of a brutal Empire and a bunch of freedom fighters struggling to overthrow them. However, what it lacks in narrative thrust (although what is present isn't bad, just not very original), it makes up in sheer gung-go space flying thrills. There's a massive range of ships to fly, a huge area with loads of planets to explore, some deep but easy-to-use RPG mechanics and a whole lot of space combat to enjoy. There's a lot of freedom in how you play as well, so you can be a cocky fighter pilot, a sturdy miner, a combat commander, a trader or a pirate, whatever you fancy. Anyone looking for a superb bit of space action needs to add this to their collection. The visuals are absolutely lush, with a real sense of the epic about them and with beautiful detail at every turn. The gameplay too is wonderful, with a little bit of everything to please just about everyone. The combat is truly thrilling, while the RPG elements and sheer variety give you plenty to sink your teeth into. The game has seen frequent updates too and continues to evolve so if you want to see how a Star Wars game should be done, then check this out.