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There are many wonderful mysteries the world over, but for many of us, the true adventures are located outside of our little, blue marble and past the moon and beyond.

While we may never get the chance to explore all the deep corners of the universe, there are plenty of video games that can help quench that thirst and we wanted to go over a handful of them here.



No Man’s Sky
While No Man’s Sky may have had a turbulent launch, Hello Games has stuck with the title and the game is now an even more brilliant open, procedurally-generated sandbox game that is great alone or with friends.

Follow the story missions across the galaxy, pilot awesome ships on a variety of quests, and find the perfect planet to build a base, or just planet-hop and bounty hunt, you can do it all in No Man’s Sky.

Also, if VR is your thing, No Man’s Sky recently added the feature and it will truly take your experience to the next level!



Stellaris
Turn-based 4X grand strategy more your style? Love the Civilization series but looking to be not restricted by the confines of Earth?

In Stellaris, you create a new race and play against a variety of other civilizations as you manage your people and fight others for your place in the galaxy. Featuring both on-planet and fleet management and huge space battles, Stellaris will have you continuously saying “just one more turn.”

If you’re looking for even more 4X goodness, Stellaris has a whole galaxy of DLCs that will add hundreds of hours of gameplay to the base game.



Freespace 2
Another genre-defining title, Freespace 2 is a space combat game that features a pretty great story and plenty of space missions for you to sink your teeth into. Destroy enemy ships, spy deep enemy lines, and more as you learn about the ongoing rebellion presented in the story.

Released in 1999, Freespace 2 managed to capture the feeling of flying through space and if you own a joystick or other type of flight stick, it’s definitely the best way to experience this title.

The game also features multiplayer with various competitive and cooperative modes for tackling missions in the game. If modding is your style, there is also a robust, active modding community with Freespace 2.



Wing Commander series
If you’re looking for something a little more classic, you can’t go wrong with the Wing Commander series. Spanning multiple titles and spin-offs, the series has you piloting a variety of ships through space and story campaigns.

Whether it’s exploring the world the series helped build or trying out multiplayer in Wing Commander: Armada, this classic has plenty to offer players. Starting with Wing Commander III, the series even featured FMV cutscenes with actors like Mark Hamill, John Rhys-Davies, and Christopher Walken.

If Wing Commander’s unique story is of interest, then you’ll be happy to know that there are also books, an animated TV show, and more based on this vast universe.



Dead Space
If you are looking to be scared but in space, then look no further than Dead Space. With some heavy influences from the System Shock series, Dead Space takes place on a starship full of monsters and you are the lone person left alive.

Unlike other scary games, shooting the baddies in the head is not always the answer! Dead Space uses a unique fighting system that means figuring out the monsters’ weak points and exploiting them. Also unique to the series is the HUD - no big gauges and numbers everywhere, Dead Space used visual cues to display relevant information.

There are also plenty of weapons and puzzles to keep players interested, so if you are looking to be a bit frightened, definitely check out this one.



X series
X is another space combat title that spans multiple titles with X4: Foundations being the latest installment. It's worth checking out if you enjoy not only combat but trading mechanics, as well.

In the X series, people from Earth have made jumpgates that help them explore the universe. Using terraforming machines built with AI, the citizens of Earth start colonizing the far reaches of space. Then, disaster strikes as a flawed update cause the AI-powered machines to turn against the humans, and ultimately push them back to Sol System.

The first X title takes place some 700 years after that event and it is your job to stop them on their home turf, the X system. Here you’ll meet other alien races and, as the game states, “Trade, Fight, Build, Think.”



Homeworld
You can’t have a list about space without including the classic that is Homeworld.

Homeworld released way back in 1999 and brought with it a genre-defining real-time strategy game set in space. 3D playing areas, fleets that stayed with you from mission-to-mission, and a plot that is sure to keep you entertained, it’s no wonder the game was nominated for various awards when it was released. It's even more beautiful now after it was re-released in the Homeworld Remastered Collection.

While Homeworld is scenario-based, it did allow for plenty of exploration after you tackled your main objectives. Stock up on supplies and units before heading to the next encounter!



While we may be stuck on Earth, for the time being, that doesn’t mean our games have to be! All of the above titles are available on GOG.COM and are all available DRM-free, meaning you can explore the galaxy when, and how, you want.

What games would you add to the list? Let’s continue to the conversation over on our forums and let us know what your favorite space titles are!
I'd like to include another favourite game - Freelancer. Unlike Freespace, you can play without joystick and I have spent a lot of time just gazing at beautiful nebulae.
Tough company when still many stellar selections remain amid the GOG GALAXY. A veritable constellation shine from Star Wars, BattleStar Galactica, Star Trek, UFO, a search using the keyword "star" provided 173 responses with Star Control, Rangers, Vikings, Wolves, or even Astro ...; whether exploring or traveling among the stars & planets; maintaining, restoring, or finding a lost civilization; on either side of colonization or an invasion; even smuggling & pirating or policing if that's your game; designing species, repopulating, & generating an ecosystem; plenty of room at the bottom & beyond many imaginable or unforeseen horizons. Also, don't forget FallOut 3 had the DLC "MotherShip Zeta"; as if the Wasteland & the nuclear clouded atmosphere could ever prevent (or a shipload of hostile Zetans) seeing & dreaming upon the Heavens again?
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AsteraWing: I'd like to include another favourite game - Freelancer. Unlike Freespace, you can play without joystick and I have spent a lot of time just gazing at beautiful nebulae.
*Brofist*

Great game and it was mentioned a couple times already but I don't fault you for not noticing. :)
Mass Effect series was missed