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These are the best space simulator games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated space flight simulator games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest space simulator games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these space combat simulator games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging space simulator games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new space flight combat games.

Games here include everything from Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader to Star Wars: Rogue Squadron.This list answers the questions, "What are the best space flight simulator games?" and "What is the greatest space flight simulator game game of all time?"

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FreeSpace 2 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Space Combat Simulator Games of All Time
1999
FreeSpace 2 is a 1999 space combat simulation computer game developed by Volition, Inc. as the sequel to Descent: FreeSpace – The Great War. It was completed ahead of schedule in less than a ...more
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Star Wars: TIE Fighter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Space Combat Simulator Games of All Time
1994
Star Wars: TIE Fighter, a 1994 space flight simulator/space combat computer game, is the sequel to Star Wars: X-Wing. It places the player in the role of an Imperial starfighter pilot during ...more
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Freelancer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Space Combat Simulator Games of All Time
2003
Freelancer is a space trading and combat simulation video game developed by Digital Anvil and published by Microsoft Game Studios. It is a chronological sequel to Digital Anvil's Starlancer, a ...more
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Wing Commander: Privateer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Space Combat Simulator Games of All Time
1993
Wing Commander: Privateer is an adventure space flight simulation computer game released by Origin Systems in 1993. Privateer and its storyline is part of the Wing Commander series. Privateer ...more
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Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Space Combat Simulator Games of All Time
1999
Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance or XWA is the sequel to both Star Wars: TIE Fighter and the multiplayer-focused Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter. XWA presents the story of the Azzameen family, a ...more
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Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Figh... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Space Combat Simulator Games of All Time
1997
Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter is the third installment of the X-Wing computer game series, although it is not a regular part of the series. Including several technical advancements over the ...more
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Wing Commander III: Heart of t... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Space Combat Simulator Games of All Time
1994
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger is the critically acclaimed third main game in Chris Roberts' Wing Commander science fiction space combat simulation video game series, developed and ...more
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Star Wars: X-Wing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Space Combat Simulator Games of All Time
1993
Star Wars: X-Wing is the first LucasArts DOS computer game set in the Star Wars universe, as well as the lead title in the X-Wing combat flight simulator game series. The player's character ...more
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Wing Commander is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Space Combat Simulator Games of All Time
1990
Wing Commander is the first, eponymous game in Chris Roberts' science fiction space simulation franchise Wing Commander by Origin Systems. The game was first released for the PC DOS on September ...more
10
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Starlancer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Space Combat Simulator Games of All Time
2000
Starlancer is a space-based science fiction flight simulator computer game, created by Erin Roberts, Chris Roberts, and Warthog PLC under the auspices of Digital Anvil.
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47 19
X3: Terran Conflict is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Space Combat Simulator Games of All Time
X3: Terran Conflict, is a space trading and combat simulator from German developer Egosoft and is the culmination of their X series of computer games. Described as a stand alone game, based on ...more
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Tachyon: The Fringe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Space Combat Simulator Games of All Time
2000
Tachyon: The Fringe is a computer game developed and published in 2000 by the company Novalogic. It features the voice acting of Bruce Campbell as main character Jake Logan in a 3-D space ...more
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39 15
Star Trek: Bridge Commander is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Space Combat Simulator Games of All Time
2002
Star Trek: Bridge Commander is a space combat simulation video game, published by Activision and Totally Games in 2002, based in the Star Trek universe. The plot revolves around a newly promoted ...more
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Star Control II is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Space Combat Simulator Games of All Time
Star Control II is a science fiction video game, the second game in the Star Control franchise. It was developed by Toys for Bob and originally published by Accolade in 1992 for DOS. It was ...more
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Elite: Dangerous is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Space Combat Simulator Games of All Time
Luis Díaz F. added 2014
Elite: Dangerous is a space adventure, trading, and combat simulator that is the fourth release in the Elite video game series. Piloting a spaceship, the player explores a realistic 1:1 scale ...more
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Wing Commander IV: The Price o... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Space Combat Simulator Games of All Time
1995
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom is the fourth main game in Chris Roberts' Wing Commander science fiction space combat simulator video game series, produced by Origin Systems and released ...more
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Independence War 2: Edge of Ch... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Space Combat Simulator Games of All Time
2001
Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos, or Edge of Chaos: Independence War 2, is a sequel to the space combat simulator video game Independence War. Developed by Particle Systems Ltd - the developers ...more
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Elite is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Space Combat Simulator Games of All Time
1984
Elite is a seminal space trading video game, written and developed by David Braben and Ian Bell and originally published by Acornsoft for the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron computers in September ...more
19
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Star Trek: Klingon Academy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Space Combat Simulator Games of All Time
2000
Star Trek: Klingon Academy, also known as Klingon Academy, is a starship combat Space flight simulator computer game developed by 14 Degrees East, an internal development house of publisher ...more
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30 15
X3: Reunion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Space Combat Simulator Games of All Time
2005
X3: Reunion is a single-player space trading and combat game developed by Egosoft and published by Deep Silver. It is the third installment in the X universe adventure video game series and the ...more
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Wing Commander II: Vengeance o... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Space Combat Simulator Games of All Time
1991
Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi is the first sequel in Chris Roberts' Wing Commander science fiction space combat simulator franchise of computer games, produced by Origin Systems. ...more
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Star Wars: Rogue Squadron is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Space Combat Simulator Games of All Time
1998
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron is an arcade-style action game co-developed by Factor 5 and LucasArts. The first of three games in the Rogue Squadron series, it was published by LucasArts and Nintendo ...more
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X2: The Threat is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Space Combat Simulator Games of All Time
2003
X2: The Threat is a computer game developed by Egosoft for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. It is part of the X Computer Game Series. It was released in 2003 and is a sequel to X: Beyond the ...more
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DarkStar One is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Space Combat Simulator Games of All Time
2006
DarkStar One is a space trading and combat simulator game developed by German studio Ascaron and published by CDV. The PC version of the game was officially released on June 16, 2006 in the ...more
25
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Descent: FreeSpace – The Great... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Space Combat Simulator Games of All Time
JabonDix added 1999
Descent: FreeSpace – The Great War is a 1998 space combat simulation IBM PC compatible computer game developed by Volition, Inc. when it was split off from Parallax Software. Published by ...more