Video Game: Escape Velocity
A series of three open-ended sci-fi shareware
computer games from 1996 to 2002, published by Ambrosia Software
for the Macintosh
(though the last is also available for Windows
). Looks like Asteroids
, plays like Elite
Though being part of the same series, the games are not connected by any sort of overarching plot, very much like Final Fantasy
. In each, you start with nothing more than a simple shuttlecraft and are free to more or less do what you want. While the first game required the player to pick one side or the other in the ongoing galactic conflict, later games introduced more complex politics. Since the third game is the only one still updated, the publisher has released free Total Conversion
plug-ins containing the scenarios from the first two games.
- Escape Velocity (1996) - The original. After humanity beat back galactic invaders and destroyed them, the planets closer to Earth (The Confederacy) began pushing the outer systems around, causing them to rebel (The Rebellion). They are locked in a bloody stalemate throughout the game.
- Escape Velocity: Override (1998) - The middle one. Humanity (United Earth [and her colonies]) is fighting against an evil alien race (the Voinians). Naturally, the two sides are locked in a bloody stalemate. Curious players are likely to discover the advanced Crescent aliens, consisting of the peacefully aloof Miranu and the bitterly warring Strand polities.
- Escape Velocity: Nova (2002) - The last game made. Taking the Absent Aliens of the first game's setting even further, the different “races” are the result of numerous human diaspora, all of which dislike each other with varying fervor. These include The Federation from Earth (and their B.o.I.I.), the enslaved Vell-os, the Auroran Empire, and the advanced Polaris.
- Naev, an open source clone available here, subtitled Sea of Darkness, exists on all three major platforms. The plot is based around an ill-defined "Incident" in which the Sun is destroyed, leaving the remains of a Vestigial Empire and several Houses bickering over territory.
has its own wiki here
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