Five Space Video Games to Play Before We Colonize Mars
We've done it, we've landed a cool robot hummer on Mars. And it's only a matter of time before NASA releases some mind-blowing pictures ... and maybe the sequel to Hubble with a voiceover from Neil deGrasse Tyson.
The next level in space exploration has been reached and humanity as a whole will be granted new information regarding the surface to a planet that bears a close resemblance to our own.
Chances are you'll die before we even get a general idea of how to actually go about exploring it, but in the meantime, there's plenty of exploration to do with the help of a controller and a gaming console.
Here are five space games to satisfy your intergalactic appetite:
Kerbal Space Program (KSP) casts you in the role of chief engineer, pilot, and designer of an adorable race of green men's first voyage to space. You'll place the rockets, choose the hull, and manually pilot their craft to a vast array of celestial bodies. You'll also die horribly a bunch of times. The game is currently in alpha, and pre-ordering gives you the most recent version of the game.
4. The Mass Effect Series
It'll make just about every list involving space and good video games, but the recently-completed Mass Effect series is just about the best way to pretend we've already met and interacted with aliens. You're cast as Commander Shepard and it's your job to resolve or destroy galactic relations with a variety of alien races and Star Wars ripoffs.