The world of video games has become more exciting over the past decade, with new features, multi-player options, role-playing, and the use of virtual reality.
However, one of the most exciting genres of games has to be the science fiction genre. Great science fiction games are almost like science fiction movies but you get to play them and can use all the fun, futuristic technology.
Memorable science fiction games offer gamers an immersive story, relatable characters, intuitive but expansive controls, and an equally immersive world.
Today, we've created a list of some of our favorite science games. Now, some of these games are not perfect but each of these games offers us something different. Even more so, a lot of the games perhaps offer us glimpses of the distant future that we hope, will eventually come true.
Ok, this game is decades old, but why not start where it all began?
Created in 1978 by Tomohiro Nishikado, Space Invaders was the first fixed shooter game and it was revolutionary at the time. The game was a hit, with its simple control and simple premise to stop the invading aliens. Space Invaders would set the template for the shoot 'em up genre and has consistently been referenced in more modern games as well as in pop culture.
Star Fox 64
If you were an 80s baby or a 90s baby, you wished for Star Fox 64 at some point. Or maybe you were one of those cool kids that had a copy lying around available to play on your N64. The game has and will always be considered a classic for its great story, easy to use controls, and fantastic multiplayer. A lot of childhood disputes were either decided in Super Smash Brothers, or in the Star Fox Arena.
Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV is not perfect. This game also took nearly 10 years to make. Yet, Final Fantasy XV is a thrill to play. Put it this way, if you enjoy playing the Kingdom Hearts series, you will have fun playing this game. There is just so much to do in this game, with a story and soundtrack continuing in that Final Fantasy tradition, that it will probably have you tearing up a few times.
Speaking of Nintendo, the Metroid Prime series is considered another classic. In 2002, for the Nintendo Gamecube, the world was introduced to the badass and agile Samus Aran, a bounty hunter bent on killing every last insectoid space pirate. Everything from the controls to the surprisingly dark story had gamers hooked, spawning multiple sequels and remakes. You could even collect and study the creatures you are trying to destroy.
A lot of you may be rolling your eyes at the sight of Halo. However, let’s not forget that this game did a lot of things right, going as far as to revolutionized console shooters. The game might have borrowed a lot from the “Ringworld" series, but the game offered players an engaging story with fantastic controls. The soundtrack was epic, playing off of the religious themes that were woven into the game. Admit it, you kind of like this game.
Bioshock has one of those stories that pulls you in and never lets you go. To this day, people are still debating the themes and ideas presented in the game. The survival horror game presents players with a lot of philosophical ideas as you descend deep into this dystopian Atlantis-like civilization. The game still holds up and is a great experience if you are looking to kill some time in your free time.
Titanfall 2 truly takes the cake. If you have been a fan of the mech suit genre, then this game is for you. It’s a competitive online multiplayer and that's where this game really shines. Everything from the graphics to the epic battles, to the extensive weapons, are going to keep you coming back for more.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
The game is loved by Star Wars Fans for its tremendous execution. Even more so, this game is not only considered one of the best science fiction games ever made, it is touted as one of the best RPGs of all time. The game allows you to be a Jedi, out hunting sith flying through the world of Star Wars, while being dumped with an unprecedented amount of Star Wars lore. Check out this game, if at some point you wanted to be a Jedi.
The Portal games can be described as nuanced, hilarious, smart, challenging, and at times a little disorienting. Not to mention, the game gave us one of the best AI villains of all time — GLaDOS. Think of it as HAL 3.0. The game is minimalistic, featuring complex puzzles, and great use of physics.
The Fallout series has taken the world by storm, telling a thrilling story of what would happen to us in a terrifying post-apocalyptic world. The games explore human nature while putting your survival skills to the test. Each part of the series is worth taking a look into, as each game offers a little something unique to players.
If you are a fan of the survival horror genre, then this one is for you. Dead space is equally terrifying and beautiful. The soundtrack paired with the blood-curdling creatures is enough to keep you up at night.
If you are a fan of the Alien series, and the Event Horizon and Doom series, you should definitely check out this game.
Where would we be without Half-Life? This series is probably considered to be one of the best science fiction games of all time. The game merges one of the best and detailed stories on this list, with fantastic real science as well as character development. These games simply have to be experienced, however, you won’t be disappointed.
These games have to be up there on everyone’s top 5 list. The Mass Effect games mix science-fiction drama and action to create the ultimate space opera. Even more so, the game features some of the best characters you will find in any game as well as some of the best and in-depth gameplay.
Now, the world of science fiction games is massive. We will come back and explore even more great games in part II of this series. Meanwhile, what are you favorite science fiction games?