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Freespace 2 is one of the best games ever made. Don't really know about the other games mentioned; I don't have a lot of experience with the genre.
I will add another voice for the X series games as they are easily my long-term favourite games on the PC. However, if landing on planets is your thing then I can also recommend Evochron Mercenary. The flying mechanics are a bit more involved than in the X series games, but the game is very open and freeform. It also looks great considering it is from an indie developer.
I will add my voice for Space Rangers 2 because while it's not a space sim, it's a fun space-related game in its own right. I would play that while waiting for that space-sim you are looking for, OP,
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Popinjay: Eve Online is sweeet...
Agreed
If you're really looking for a simulator and not a shooter, get Independence War.
This. When it's finished.
O_O

Holy shit! DO WANT!
Thanks Guys! I love both simulators and space shooters so you guys have given me a lot of choices! These look great and that youtube video that TheJoe posted is pretty incredible.

EDIT: I began to try to mark all of you guys as Solutions but it only let me do one! Sorry! Everyone here has been really helpful!
Post edited October 02, 2011 by BobBlusoe
Woot! This was so awesome, I actually watched it all, couldn't tear my eyes away...WIth a game this amazing, I could just fly around that planet for days, and not even care when the next combat was going to be...Thanks for sharing it TheJoe. :D
Do you guys know the game, Evochron Mercenary? <- Nevermind, I just saw that Lobsang1979 mentioned the game in his post.
Post edited October 02, 2011 by macuahuitlgog
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BobBlusoe: ....
You sound like you want to play OGame, from what I hear it's EVE with more spreadsheets and less having to pilot your ship.
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BobBlusoe: ....
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orcishgamer: You sound like you want to play OGame, from what I hear it's EVE with more spreadsheets and less having to pilot your ship.
Actually, I love the piloting part as a huge Flight Simulator fan. I mostly like games with the "in cockpit" view too. I'll check this one out as well!
Want...
If you're proper old-school, may I direct your attention towards...

Oolite

A port of the original Elite, but with better everything in it - some of the ship models and missions are becoming huge...
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Robbeasy: If you're proper old-school, may I direct your attention towards...

Oolite

A port of the original Elite, but with better everything in it - some of the ship models and missions are becoming huge...
Wow! I always wanted to try elite but couldn't find it...this looks very exciting though. Thanks!