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I've been on a bit of a space kick lately, and after just rewatching Danny Boyle's Sunshine I feel a specific hankering. I won't mention how I think the movie fucked up with a lame final conflict (OOPS) but what I feel the film did really well was communicate the following ideas:
Majesty of space
And this is what I'd like to experience in a game now. Most of the sci fi games I can think of take place on alien planets or are focused with shooting, which might be inevitable. But obviously if I'm dodging flak cannon rounds during a spacewalk there's probably not much time to just pause and look at the planet above me. So please recommend for me any titles you feel surpass others in incoporating the themes I listed above (even at the cost of losing scientific accuracy, like Sunshine - it's entertainment!).
Anyone remember Trees of Pangaea? I loved that, even though it was just a tech demo. When I was wandering around in their desert, I started to actually get that hopeless alone feeling, which I thought was a sweet accomplishment. Surely some similar simulation but beyond our exosphere exists as well.
Personal and technological preferences: I own a PC (capable of anything - I once asked it to define love numerically and it was all like "Fuck man, let's just go run a thousand simultaneous instances of Crysis on high settings") and DS, the latter is probably completely unhelpful in this case (though I do own Metroid Prime: Hunters). But if you know of something applicable that is console only, please feel free to mention it and I'll try to find a way to play it. I'm averse to MMOs as I'd like to pay for the software just once. Lots of bonus points to any games that deal with some sort of doomsday event.
I have a feeling Dead Space might be mentioned a lot, so be assured I'm already planning on getting it. And yes, I've played Lunar Lander, you old fart!
The short of it: Tell me a PC game that explores the juxtaposition between space being BIG and man being SMALL, where you play as the man because playing as the universe would be silly (actually no, that would be awesome, recommend that game too).
If no games like I've described exist, I have a follow up request: make them for me! Ok cool thanx.