23 Games Like Freelancer

Games Like Freelancer
Looking to relive the Freelancer experience? Our games like Freelancer list has other space based simulation games for fans of the classic space game.

Freelancer was released in 2003 and become somewhat of a cult classic with its unique take on the space genre by incorporating a number of features that had never been attempted let alone combined together in a single game before. The game was intended as a sequel to Starlancer but is a much fuller gaming experience in comparison.

The core gameplay elements of Freelancer include trading and combat (within a space setting). Both of these game systems have a great amount of depth that can take time to master which promises players a real challenge. Players step into the shoes of their own spacecraft as they explore a galaxy of star systems. This exploration leads to missions, dogfights and trading opportunities for the player with a number of ways to approach each encounter.

Ultimately Freelancer becomes an endless (but very fun) cycle of the player increasing their wealth to improve their ship which in turn opens up new areas of the galaxy and options for gameplay. Beyond the single player experience the game also includes multiplayer support for over 100 players with some private servers still hosted a decade after the original game release.

The games like Freelancer here all feature space settings that allow players to either engage in ship to ship combat or trade their way to riches.

Games Like Freelancer

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Star Trek Online

Star Trek Online (STO) is a free to play MMORPG that takes place within the Star Trek universe. The game does a great job at capturing the universe of Star Trek and has a good amount of content for players to experience. At launch the game required a game purchase and monthly fee so it has high... Read More »

User Score
7.7
(23 votes)
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Star Conflict

Star Conflict is a MMO experience that lets you to take control of your own starship and explore the vast depths of space. The game is published by Gaijin Entertainment and is free to play after downloading the client onto your computer. The game features beautiful 3D graphics with an emphasis ... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(17 votes)
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DarkOrbit

DarkOrbit offers a space orientated MMO that lets players take control of their own spaceship. Best of all the game is free to play and can be played online within your browser. DarkOrbit was developed by Bigpoint Games with arelease in 2006 making it one of the longer lasting MMO experiences. ... Read More »

User Score
7.3
(29 votes)
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Evochron Legacy

Explore the dark reaches of space in Evochron Legacy a freeform space flight simulation game that expands on the Evochron universe of games. Without a significant focus on story Evochron Legacy lets you craft your own path of survival and whatever that entails. Your choices for this path includ... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(2 votes)
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Elite: Dangerous

Master the art of trading, combat and exploration in Elite: Dangerous a space simulation title with open ended and multiplayer gameplay where your own actions will impact on the story of the persistent universe. Launching in 2014 Elite: Dangerous started in the year 3300, which runs in sync wit... Read More »

User Score
7.0
(1 votes)
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Ascent – The Space Game

Ascent – The Space Game is a PvE sandbox title that uses space and over 200 billion star systems as the foundation of your experience. Set after the vast human empire has crumbled it’s time to build a new civilisation and rekindle the human drive for exploration. In addition to expl... Read More »

User Score
7.3
(4 votes)
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Astrox: Hostile Space Excavation

Astrox: Hostile Space Excavation sees you exiled deep into the mining sector of the galaxy with a simple ship and small mining beam. Challenging you to survive and scratch out a living players will grow their wealth, improve their ship and hunt down pirates. While the formula for Astrox: Hostil... Read More »

User Score
7.0
(1 votes)
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Flotilla

Flotilla gives you a bite sized space exploration and combat game that gives you 7 months to explore the galaxy and encounter as many random events as possible. Flotilla ensures that no two games are the same thanks to the many randomised elements of the adventure portion of the game. This adve... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(30 votes)
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Sins of a Solar Empire

Sins of a Solar Empire is a sci-fi strategy game with 4X elements that will have you conquering a large universe with military force, economic power or diplomatic negotiations. As the game mostly involves real time strategy it presents an interesting mix between RTS and 4X gameplay. The game is... Read More »

User Score
7.9
(14 votes)
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Astro Lords

Explore an impressive universe in Astro Lords, a free to play 3D space MMO that encourages you to explore, fight and manage your own human settlement in a distant galaxy. With a huge number of different routes to take and real time battles to create action it’s a game that it out of this world.... Read More »

User Score
7.4
(11 votes)
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No Man’s Sky

Explore the vastness of space in No Man’s Sky, an action-adventure with elements of survival and exploration that lets you explore the galaxy while encountering all sorts of strange life forms. The basis for No Man’s Sky is exploration with an open universe that has billions upon bi... Read More »

User Score
4.6
(19 votes)
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EVE Online

EVE Online is a space adventure just waiting for you to join in. The game is a player driven MMORPG with an insane amount of depth. Launching in 2003 the game has slowly gained a loyal following to reach half a million subscribers in 2013. EVE Online is a game of freedom allowing players to app... Read More »

User Score
8.3
(19 votes)
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Ace Online

Ace Online is a unique 3D MMO that puts you in the pilot seat of your own fighter ship (known as a Gear). Set in a futuristic world players will get to experience fast paced combat blended with RPG, FPS and MMO elements to create a very unique game offering. The game world of Ace Online is very... Read More »

User Score
6.1
(7 votes)
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Wing Commander: Privateer

Wing Commander: Privateer is a space simulation and adventure game that lets you create your own story in this dog eat dog universe. The game is part of the very popular Wing Commander series and forms part of the overall story. The game launched in 1993 with an additional add on (Righteous Fir... Read More »

User Score
9.3
(4 votes)
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Evochron Mercenary

Evochron Mercenary is a game of vast scale that has similarities to Freelancer. The game belongs to the same universe as the popular Star Wraith series of space simulators that first started in 2000. In the game you will see if you have what it takes to survive alone in space. You’ll be right i... Read More »

User Score
7.9
(10 votes)
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DarkStar One

DarkStar One focuses on space trading and combat. It launched in 2006 for Windows with an improved edition (Darkstar One: Broken Alliance) released two years later for the Xbox 360 platform. The universe of DarkStar One features half a dozen other races that you’ll get to interact with or fight... Read More »

User Score
7.6
(11 votes)
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X3: Terran Conflict

X3: Terran Conflict is part of the X series of video games. Just like its predecessors the game is about trading and combat in a space environment. The game is set far into the future (2938) and takes place after Earth has been reconnected with the larger system of jumpgates in the X universe. ... Read More »

User Score
7.3
(13 votes)
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X3: Reunion

X3: Reunion continues the series of X adventure games with the third game in the franchise. Just like the games before it the game is a single player space experience involving trading, combat and plenty of galaxy exploration. The story of X3: Reunion continues from where X2 ended with players ... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(9 votes)
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Galaxy on Fire 2

Galaxy on Fire 2 builds on the setting and gameplay of the first game and is available on iOS, Android and Windows. Players will recognise many of the places and mechanics and from the original but has plenty of tweaks that take the game to the next level. While the plot in the sequel continues... Read More »

User Score
8.9
(11 votes)
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Galaxy on Fire

Galaxy on Fire offers a free to play mixture of spaceship combat and space trading to iOS users. The game is the first in the series of games with later versions making their way to the computer platform. It’s important to note that when the game was originally released it was not a free to pla... Read More »

User Score
7.9
(10 votes)
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Galaxy on Fire Alliances

Galaxy on Fire Alliances brings the series into the world of online play with a third game which follows a MMO strategy style. Both fans and newcomers to the series will find that there is plenty of enjoyment to be had in Alliances. In the game players can attempt to dominate the galaxy with th... Read More »

User Score
7.8
(5 votes)
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Vendetta Online

Vendetta Online takes place in a science fiction game world and offers an MMORPG experience for PC, Mac and your smart phone (iOS and Android). The game went commercial in 2004 and uses a cheap subscription model charging players only a single dollar every month across all platforms. This uniqu... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(10 votes)
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Pirate Galaxy

Pirate Galaxy is a browser based sci-fi adventure that will have you zipping across the galaxy to explore star systems, fight over planets, complete mercenary missions and more. Despite being a browser game there is plenty of variety in the game content which is supported further with some impr... Read More »

User Score
7.3
(12 votes)