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. 


  1. 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.

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

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

  3. 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

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

  5. 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.

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