Starfield was one of the most anticipated games of 2022, until it stopped being. Microsoft announced that it delayed Starfield until the first half of 2023.
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Gamers of all kinds were looking forward to Bethesda’s game, both as an ambitious sci-fi RPG in its own right and one of the biggest Xbox exclusives of the year. Now, the game could debut up to seven months later than anticipated, assuming Bethesda and Microsoft don’t push it back again before the new 2023 release date.
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Still, Starfield isn’t the only way to explore the galaxy. One silver lining to Starfield’s delay is that it gives players time to watch other games in the meantime, and if those games are also open-ended sci-fi adventures, all the better.
The staff at Tom’s Guide have put together a list of games that can satisfy that Starfield itch, from space exploration RPGs to Bethesda’s other more fantastical fare. Read on to discover 10 games to play while you wait for Starfield.
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Anachronox is one of those cult classic games that probably would have been a huge hit in a later era. This turn-based RPG casts you as Sylvester “Sly” Boots, a futuristic private eye working on the neo-noir planet of Anachronox.
In this delightful cyberpunk adventure, Sly recruits a group of eccentric heroes and explores half a dozen different planets while uncovering the ancient secrets behind MysTech. This strange technology allows ordinary humans (and aliens) to use something akin to magic, which also gives the game’s battle system some strategic depth.
With an intriguing setting and a strong sense of humor, Anachronox has a lot of heart, and probably should have had a sequel.
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Fans love Bethesda’s sprawling, immersive RPGs, but the company also publishes a variety of other games. The 2016 reboot of Doom is one of those titles, and it’s arguably one of the best games Bethesda has ever released.
This reboot of the classic FPS series casts you as the Doom Slayer: a heavily armored space marine wielding a shotgun. Driven by rage and righteousness, the Doom Slayer has set out to butcher every daemon on Mars limb by limb.
While Starfield will probably be slower and more thoughtful than this game, Doom is still a fantastic sci-fi game, with a sharp sense of style and an incredible soundtrack.
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While The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim takes place in a fantasy setting rather than a sci-fi one, it may still be the closest thing we get to Starfield for a while. Bethesda has yet to share any concrete details about Starfield’s gameplay, but we do know that it will be a sci-fi simulation, with a heavy emphasis on exploration and customization. Skyrim has essentially the same tone, just with swords and sorcery instead of starships.
In Skyrim, you create a character, then venture out into a mind-bogglingly large world, essentially doing whatever you want and creating your own story as you go. (The main narrative is a bit on the memory side.)
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Mass Effect Legendary Edition
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While we don’t know exactly how Starfield will play, if we’re lucky it will be something like Mass Effect Legendary Edition. This action/RPG series from veteran developer BioWare first captivated gamers in 2007 with its ambitious story, open-ended exploration, rich characters, and entertaining third-person shooter gameplay.
You customize a space marine named Commander Shepard, who must lead his team of experts on a mission to stop extragalactic reapers from wiping out all intelligent life in the galaxy.
The Legendary Edition collects the first three games and almost all of their DLC, with a graphical overhaul and some gameplay improvements.
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the outer worlds
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On paper, The Outer Worlds sounds almost exactly like what we want from Starfield. In this first-person RPG, you create your own avatar, then head to the Halcyon system, where you can explore three varied planets and take on a variety of missions in any (almost) any order you choose.
The game is open-ended and gives you a ton of options, both in how you build your character and how you progress through the story. You can also recruit a variety of charming party members, each of whom can bring special abilities to your cause.
Of course, The Outer Worlds isn’t a huge game, so it may differ from Starfield in terms of scope.
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Prey (2017) isn’t exactly what fans of the series were hoping to get, but in hindsight it may be exactly what they needed.
The original Prey was an ambitious sci-fi FPS, but a planned sequel, Prey 2, never materialized. Instead, Arkane Studios and Bethesda rebooted the entire franchise, moving the action from an alien spaceship to an eerie space station, Talos I. You play as Morgan Yu: an investigator who must fend off hostile aliens while searching for equipment and resources.
Prey is more of a horror game than a full RPG, but it’s still an intriguing look at how Bethesda handles sci-fi properties.
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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
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If you’re not quite married to the Xbox ecosystem, consider Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart as one of your placeholder games for Starfield. While Ratchet & Clank isn’t an altruistic RPG, it seems to tick a lot of the boxes for Starfield. You get to explore a bunch of different planets with open levels, collecting and upgrading weapons and gear as you go.
If you’ve never played a Ratchet & Clank game before, Rift Apart is also a good starting point as it kicks off a new arc in the long-running series. While Starfield will probably be less wacky, Rift Apart still offers some solid sci-fi thrills.
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star trek online
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When it comes to exploring strange new worlds, seeking out new life forms and civilizations, and boldly going where no one has gone before, even Starfield is nothing like Star Trek.
If you’ve always dreamed of commanding your own Federation starship, Star Trek Online is the way to do it. This free to play MMO lets you create your own Federation, Klingon, or Romulan captain, then recruit a bridge crew and outfit your starship for battle. While there is a complex and satisfying story to complete, you can also venture into the huge galaxy and see what is out there.
The F2P elements in Star Trek Online are discreet, so you don’t have to spend a dime if you don’t want to.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is perhaps one of the best projects to ever come out of George Lucas’ revered space fantasy franchise. In this classic game from BioWare, you’ll customize your own Jedi Knight, recruit a group of quirky adventurers, and explore four massive planets as you prepare to battle the evil Darth Malak.
The great thing about KOTOR is that your choices affect whether your character leans towards the Light or Dark Side of the Force, and much of the story will change accordingly. There’s also an excellent combat system, based on the classic Star Wars d20 tabletop ruleset.
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tales of getting up
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Perhaps the largest in scope on this list, Tales of Arise is still worth considering if you’re in the mood for a long and satisfying sci-fi RPG. Unlike most of Bethesda’s RPGs, Tales of Arise isn’t a sprawling simulation. Instead, it’s a linear Japanese RPG, where you gather a group of handsome young misfits and save the world through the power of friendship.
Still, Tales of Arise breathes new life into old tropes, thanks to its affable cast of characters and tight, technical battle system. The story is actually more sci-fi than fantasy, with starships, space stations, and superweapons, although the game saves most of these elements for the later half.
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