July 2, 2011

Space Battles!

The title says it all, it’s a nerds wet dream, watching massive starships slugging it out.  It doesn’t matter if there is a reason for it or if they are just there because they can be.  It’s exciting and entertaining and today we are going to take a look at some of the best games and movies to play and watch space battles in and we are going to link you to all of the best space battles videos that we can find in one spot.  While this does stray from our usual article style I think everyone here loves space battles so I don’t think we will have any complaints!

I am one of  ‘those’ individuals that could watch a 2 hour movie that consisted entirely of spacebattles and I would watch it over and over again.  I’ve actually gone on youtube and spent hours searching for random videos of space battles that I can find.  What is it about space battles that entertain us so much?  Is it the flashing lights?  The majestic sight of million ton starships slugging it out for supremacy or perhaps it’s just the notion of an epic firefight in space.  Whatever it is it has lead to the creation of usermade videos and websites such as SpaceBattles.com which has a very large user base and games dedicated entirely to space battles such as Gratuitous Space Battles and Star Wars: Empire at War.  The ways space battles are portrayed has changed drastically over the past 40 years.  The original Star Wars films used individual models for their space battles and large sets and self made and timed explosions.  Creating a space battle such as one seen in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi would have been extremely labor intensive and if you messed up you would have to rebuild a model and that could be expensive and time consuming.  Now fast forward 25 years and we have CG generated space battles and they can be created from small to large scale without having to setup scale models and filming them one by one.  This allows companies and fans to generate large scale space battles at almost no cost.  Granted the ones you see in cinema cost a great deal of money to create but they also look a great deal better then ones you might see in a fan made movie. 

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi –   this was the first space battle that I was ever exposed to as a child.  My father told me I should watch these movies and that he thought I would love them.  I believe that I was 8 at the time and he was correct.  I loved the movies and still watch them to this day and even though it was made over 30 years ago it still looks amazing


Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith – the intro this film is intense and probably one of the best in the series


Serenity – this is one of those movies that you either love or you hate and it’s sadly a underrated title and really good film based in the firefly universe.  Firefly for those of you who don’t know was a very short run show that was cancelled very early during it’s run.  If you haven’t watched it you should do yourself a favor and pick it up at your local store.  Serenity coincidently contains one of the best space battles in current live action cinema.


*I apologize for the bad music*

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine  – Probably the best space battles a Star Trek series has boasted if not the most grand.   Deep space nine actually sported several large space battles including two sieges on Deep Space Nine, one by the Klingons and one by the Dominion and several other large engagements



Mass Effect –  The battle of the citidel is the best example of a space battle rendered in game.  It’s also one of the best I’ve seen as well. 


Babylon 5 – One of the best Sci-Fi shows ever to see the light of day and it also has some of the best space battles.  There were many space battles through Babylon 5’s five seasons and several made for TV movies.  I’m going to pick the ones that I thought were the best. 



EvE Online – The creators of EvE and fans have created several impressive space battle movies.  Here are a couple for you to enjoy. 


Battlestar Galactica –  While the name suggests there would be alot of space battles in this show there really isn’t.  That being said it has some truly gorgeous ones that shine when they come about.  I pulled a couple of videos that I think really showcase this.

Fan made – I’ve gone around and collected a group of what I consider to be the best fan made space battles.  I’m sure there are more out there and if there are more that I don’t have and you think that they should be on this epic list I would encourage you to post them in the comments and I will try to add them. 

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  2. IronJade - July 3, 2011 3:17 pm

    Making a Space Battle Mod in the Unreal Editor 3 is really quite easy. We could make a game Charcoal given time and someone knowing maya 3d. Mapping is easy mode…. create planets, asteroid belts and what not to fly around. This is very possible. Would just need help.

  3. ScrotusKilmystr - July 2, 2011 7:35 pm

  4. ScrotusKilmystr - July 2, 2011 6:06 pm

    ahh space battles they’re like crack with a tootie-roll center dipped in chocolate with a candy coating! Like you I could watch space battle all day!! love em Sci-fi(not Syfy!) is my favorite genre these are some great videos!!
    if your looking for a series with some epic battles in it check out SPACE:above and beyond came out around the turn of the new millennium by the same guys that did the x-files

  5. zero_19 - July 2, 2011 4:14 pm

    Good article man, gonna have to go watch all of these when I get some time.

  6. CharcoalCoyote - July 2, 2011 8:49 am

    I would weep with joy if there was a new Wing Commander. Dogfighting games have really been hung out to dry, and I’m not sure why. I’d kill to have a first or third person dogfighting game that moves as fast as Quake or Unreal Tournament.

    I also recall a few vehicle-only space battle maps in Halo Custom Edition that were incredibly fun.

    Yup. Space Battles FTW.


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