Archive for May, 2010

“And so it begins” are the famous words that begin the five seasons of Babylon 5 back in 1994. But for those of us PC gamers, who fell in love with the story, the characters, the mythos, and the technology, we never got any love from the PC game development community and thus, no Babylon 5 PC games ever made it to our hard drives. However thanks to a certain game called FreeSpace 2 going open source and the FreeSpace 2 Source Code Project, the total conversion mod, The Babylon Project, became a reality. This space combat simulator lets you ride fire in an EA (Earth Alliance) Starfury in over a dozen different campaigns, some of which are based on actual Babylon 5 episodes and others are from the creative minds of developers that are huge fans of B5.

So join Robert [Trebor], Eric [Ravenlock], and Clayton [Voodoo] in the Cobra Bays as we mount our SA-23E Mitchell-Hyundyne Starfurys and prepare to launch to, The Babylon Project.

I originally wanted to stick with the space shooter theme of Episode 31, but as it turns out, there aren’t that many indie games out there right now that put you in the cockpit of a spaceship.  What there’s a lot more of, though, is strategy games set in space, and the recently released Flotilla has been getting a whole lot of buzz for all the right reasons.  Brendon Chung’s Homeworld-esque galactic adventure is leisurely paced but still contains moments of high tension, looks and sounds great, and comes at a very attractive price.

By happy coincidence, the XBLA version of Flotilla recently caught the attention of our own Mike Bellmore, and he gave it a favorable writeup over on Colony of Gamers.  We found that his observations also apply well to the PC version of the game, and if you’ve got $10 to spend and a hankering for a very re-playable strategy game wrapped in a truly silly (but enjoyable) plot, this is a fine place to invest that cash.

Of course, nobody’s asking you to buy it sight unseen, and we’d encourage you to give the demo a try and decide for yourself whether this voyage to the stars is one you want to take.

After, of course, you listen to the Episode 31 Indiecast.

Want to talk about Flotilla?  Come discuss it over at Colony of Gamers.