10 Best Video Games Set In Space, According To Metacritic

The vast expanses of space are of course the best footage for video game settings, with the likes of the ones to come dead space make new and starfield some exciting examples of its importance in the medium. In a way it’s the other side of coming to fantasy, with sci-fi space settings being great for opening up endless gameplay and storytelling possibilities.

As such, many of the highest ranked games on Metacritic use this as the basis for their premise. Nintendo has developed some of the most memorable within the lucrative Super Mariofranchise while Xbox juggernaut gloriolehas left its own mark on the industry.


Starcraft II: Wings Of Liberty – 93 (PC, 82 Reviews)

Starcraft II promo art featuring characters from each of the game's main factions.

In Blizzard’s real-time strategy genre star ship Games are often held in high esteem. A sequel 12 years in the making, Starcraft II: Wings of Freedom is a sci-fi game set in space and follows three factions of characters: the Terrans, the Zerg and the Protoss, the former being the focus of the main game’s story and DLC expansions dedicated to the latter two.

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The main story follows Jim Raynor as he leads a group of insurgent soldiers to fight against the tyrannical rule of the Terran Dominion. Starcraft II, much like its predecessor, was praised for its multi-layered and strategic combat while building on the strengths of the first game. Similarly, reviews gave high marks to the polished approach to storytelling.

Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic – 94 (Xbox)

Promotional art for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic featuring a collage of the cast.

Often celebrated as one of the greatest war of stars Games ever made, BioWare’s Knights of the Old Republic was widely hailed as one of the most comprehensive RPGs of its time. It was also praised as one of the best written war of stars stories in general.

Takes place in the legends Continuity away from mainline Disney canon, Knights of the Old Republic takes place thousands of years before the events of The Phantom Menace. Darth Malak leads a resurgent Sith empire to turn the tide of war against the Galactic Republic, with the player taking on the role of an amnesiac Force user. The game was incredibly rewarding when it came to player selection and customization.

Halo 3 – 94 (Xbox 360, 86 reviews)

Halo 3 promotional art featuring Master Chief in his spartan armor.

Bungies gloriole series was a pioneering gaming franchise at the time, pushing the boundaries of what the first-person shooter genre is capable of in both single and multiplayer modes. It wasn’t another generic shooter whose campaign is just stage clothes for a monotonous online mode, and halo 3 was a grand finale to the original Bungie trilogy.

halo 3 also featured an exciting story mode with equally compelling co-op gameplay starring Master Chief, Arbiter and Co. Take part in the heated interstellar war between UNSC, Covenant and the impending doom that awaits all in the form of the Deluge. The game easily cemented its status as one of Xbox’s best exclusives.

Portal 2 – 95 (Xbox 360, 66 reviews)

Portal 2 promotional art featuring the two robotic co-op player characters.

The sci-fi title from Valve’s legendary video game IPs, portal 2 is loved as one of the best puzzle platforming games ever. In addition to having some of the most fun and thought-provoking puzzle elements in games of this genre, it contained an enticing story full of big disclosures and clever dark humor.

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The player follows in the footsteps of Chell, who wakes up locked in the Aperture Science Facility and is led by the robot Wheatley in an escape attempt. These endeavors, of course, end up taking the story into space, with the game itself being praised for using the spaces in its level designs to make the most of it portal 2‘s unique puzzle.

Halo 2 – 95 (Xbox, 91 reviews)

Halo 2 promo art featuring Master Chief's two-handed wielding SMGs.

halo 2 has accomplished the grand task faced by any thriving media franchise: a sequel that can match the emphatic success of its progenitor. like the original, halo 2 was praised for building on its co-op and online multiplayer foundations, which made for a thoroughly addictive experience.

The story takes place about a month after the end of combat evolvedwith players following both the Master Chief on the UNSC side and the Arbiter on the Alliance side for a parallel campaign. halo 2The online component of was perhaps the turning point in raising multiplayer standards.

Mass Effect 2 – 96 (Xbox 360, 98 reviews)

Mass Effect 2 promotional art featuring Commander Shepard, Miranda and Thane.

For BioWare, mass effect 2 was another resounding success and a step up his belt in terms of the greatest games of all time. It has become one of the most critically acclaimed sci-fi RPGs to date, successfully blending multiple genre mechanics. It begins not long after the end of the first game and offers perhaps one of the most gripping cold openings in a video game.

Players then assume the role of Commander Shepard as they attempt to assemble an all-star team that will travel across the Milky Way to battle a universe-destroying threat known as the Collectors. Like any good roleplaying game mass effect 2 was praised for the player’s freedom in shaping their character and the outcomes of the various stories, engaging third-person combat, and some of the best narration/characters in both the main and side quest lines.

Halo: Combat Evolved – 97 (Xbox, 68 reviews)

Halo: Combat Evolved promotional art featuring Master Chief aiming his combat rifle.

The game that started it all, Bungies Halo: Combat Evolved started the revolution of the first person shooter genre in mainstream gaming. The legendary Master Chief and the game itself essentially became the face of the Xbox brand.

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It begins with the aforementioned surviving Spartan soldier fighting alongside the UNSC in a war against the alien alliance that launched their attack on humanity due to religious persecution. During halo 2 was a turning point 3 Could the series have been at its best combat evolved was one of the most influential gamespave the way for the FPS genre to achieve what they have now.

Metroid Prime – 97 (GameCube, 70 reviews)

Metroid Prime Key Art featuring Samus in her bounty hunter space suit.

Besides all the high-end space sci-fi games coming out on Xbox, PlayStation and PC gaming systems, Nintendo also has an impressive collection of such games in its backlog. Developed by Retro Studios and published by Nintendo, Metroid Prime has earned its label as one of the gaming giant’s finest titles.

It’s still considered by some fans to be the best of the series, and the game makes great use of its sci-fi/space setting extraterrestrial Influences to create something unforgettable from within. As first-person galactic bounty hunter Samus Aran, players travel to the planet Tallon IV to battle space pirates and a host of biological experiments in a suitably eerie, claustrophobic environment.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 – 97 (Nintendo Wii, 87 reviews)

Super Mario Galaxy 2 key art featuring Mario floating through space with Yoshi.

On a much lighter note Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a truly breathtaking and addictive space game. Many longtime fans of the franchise consider it the best game in the world Super Mario franchise where the game becomes incredibly imaginative with the possibilities of the platform genre.

Likewise, the game has stunning presentation and overall production quality, masterfully matching the art style and galactic setting, including that powerful musical score. Especially when you look back on it now, the game managed to build on the success of its predecessor and push the technical boundaries of the Nintendo Wii.

Super Mario Galaxy – 97 (Nintendo Wii, 73 reviews)

Super Mario Galaxy key art featuring the title character floating through space.

When it comes to mainline elite level Super Mario games, the original galaxy is also in this conversation alongside the likes of its direct sequel and the trailblazer Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64.

The game set an exciting new standard for the iconic, long-running platformer franchise, using the space setting as both a beautiful artistic foundation and a way to bring a new sense of freedom to platformer gameplay. The ingenious level design and colorful boss fights were praised, as was the implementation of gravity mechanics.

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