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I recently played Freelancer (I know, I'm not on the cutting edge) and enjoyed it immensely. After that I tried Eve Online, but didn't like it at all. Can you suggest a game for me? I don't have a joystick, I use a mouse to play. Thanks.
4th September 2005
X series. Can't go wrong with 'em. They're as close as you'll get to this century's equivalent of Elite.
X: Beyond The Frontier (and it's expansion pack, X-Tension); X²: The Threat, and X³: Reunion. If you're big on space sims, you'll love 'em all.
I use keyboard and mouse too, and have more luck playing them like this than I had when I tried using a joystick, so don't worry about that.
There's also an upcoming one named The Tomorrow War, but details on that are few and far between.
If you want to look into older space sims: Tachyon: The Fringe is the first one that springs to mind. Klingon Academy also shows up on the scales, but if you don't do what it tells you, when it tells you, game over so...
I don't know how, and I don't know why, but this is totally Sheep's fault.
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17th June 2003
I'm pretty sure I was able to play the first two with mice, but I can't be certain. The third has full mouse support.
Freespace 2: A classic space shooter. Since its source code was released, the modding community has made a great game even better.
Independence War 2: Some of the most realistic Newtonian-based flying I've seen in a space shooter. While the combat can be a challenge at times, it was a lot of fun. The story was pretty good too. The only downside is that the vanilla game doesn't allow you to continue play after the end of the main story like Freelancer.
X Series: While I have only played X2, the open ended play truly makes for an excellent game. It's hard not to become addicted to controlling an entire fleet of all sorts of ships ranging from scouts to carriers and battleships. A small touch, but EVA is also a lot of fun. :p
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30th December 2002
If you liked Freelancer, try Darkstar One (reviews link). Similar type of gameplay. :)
No joystick may be an issue though, don't know of any games that utilize the great mouse control scheme that Freelancer had. You may want to look up some of the Freelancer mods as well. There are supposed to be some decent ones, I can't say first hand though.