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EariosRandomness
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February 22, 2016 3:48 pm  

When I was young, I played this game that I downloaded via a browser (I had never heard of Steam before, and I'm pretty sure it's not on there anyway). I'm trying to find it again, but I can't for the life of me remember its name. Here's the details I remember:

- It took place over an entire galaxy.

- You could buy a ship, but not design it.

- There were orbiting, artificial rings around some planets that served as starports.

- You could analyze and look at the details of stars.

- It came out before 2005.

 

That's all I can remember. If anyone can help, thank you.


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DarkOne
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February 23, 2016 3:56 am  

Was there any combat or trading in it?


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McAule
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February 23, 2016 6:17 am  

Elite series? Privateer? No?


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EariosRandomness
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February 23, 2016 9:31 am  

There was combat and trading in it. I also remember that it had its own website. Also, it had a top-down view, like looking at everything from above.


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McAule
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February 23, 2016 1:30 pm  

Escape Velocity: Nova

NAEV

Transcendence

Starflight - The Lost Colony

Epoch Star

Ur-Quan Masters

Epiar

Endless Sky

Star Nomad

Void of Darkness

 

Can't think of more. Some of them might not be the ones you described, but just in case. Could you provide more details perhaps?


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ExpandingMan
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February 23, 2016 4:01 pm  

I seem to remember Space Rangers ( http://store.steampowered.com/app/214730/ ) having planets with dockable, artificial rings, though I could be wrong.  I think they've done a couple of re-releases of it, so I'm not quite sure when it was originally released.  I rather doubt it was before 2005 though.


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Bouitaz
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February 23, 2016 7:19 pm  

Conquest: Frontier Wars?


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McAule
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February 23, 2016 11:24 pm  

3030: Deathwar?


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February 24, 2016 3:14 am  

Hmm. Freelancer did have literal small docking rings as the way to land on planets, but on the other hand, I won't call it's setting the whole galaxy. Neither it had star analysis.


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McAule
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February 24, 2016 3:25 am  

Hmm. Freelancer did have literal small docking rings as the way to land on planets, but on the other hand, I won't call it's setting the whole galaxy. Neither it had star analysis.

And it wasn't top-down as an OP stated.

 

Flatspace 2 perhaps?


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February 24, 2016 9:29 am  

And it wasn't top-down as an OP stated.

 

I must be missing some thing here but I can't see where the OP said it was 2D? (see it now, need my eyes tested post 4)

 

I go with one of the EV Nova series http://www.ambrosiasw.com/games/evn/ as it tends to be the answer in a lot in these can't remember threads.


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EariosRandomness
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February 24, 2016 10:20 am  

I think it may have been NAEV. Thanks for the help, everyone.


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McAule
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February 24, 2016 10:35 am  

No problem matey.


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