Science Fantasy Games

Elex II

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Yikes, what the heck happened here with Elex II! I have to admit, I thought that the original Elex was average at best. I dug the sci-fi story that it told and the world that they built, but the ...

Horizon Forbidden West

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Horizon Forbidden West is was one of my most wanted (probably top three) games of 2022. Like many people who have a PS5, I purchased the PS4 version to save myself £20 and took advantage of the free ...

ULTRAKILL

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ULTRAKILL (which you have to write in all caps by the way) is a fast-paced first-person shooter that is one of the most fun games I have played in ages! The game is currently in early access, but ...

DOOM 3

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A game series that needs no introduction, DOOM is as much a hallmark of classic gaming as it is a potent modern series. Yet the pivot from old to new wasn’t as smooth as the recent games would have ...

Hellpoint

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If you ask me, the Souls games have a great deal to answer for! In all seriousness, Hellpoint is a game that is clearly taken great inspiration from the hard as nails Souls series. It does what it ...

Gunfire Reborn

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Have you ever been completely taken by surprise by a game? Well for me, most recently that game was the awesome Gunfire Reborn. Currently, in early access, this is a fun and fast-paced first-person ...

DOOM Eternal

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The 2016 reimaging of Doom was truly amazing stuff. It feels like the sequel, DOOM Eternal has been in development forever, but it is here now! Id Software has somehow managed to take what was ...

Code Vein

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An anime-style Dark Souls is how I have heard Code Vein described time and time again. To be fair, this latest game from Bandai-Namco has a lot going for it and it is easy to see why so many people ...

Rise of Legions

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I had a buddy tell me for weeks that I needed to get in on Rise of Legions, but I kept blowing him off! This is a free to play MOBA/tower defense/deck building kind of game and I can tell you right ...

When one thinks about science fantasy games, a range of titles probably comes to mind with everything from cinema-inspired Star Wars to the first-person shooter DOOM which makes one ask the question: What exactly is a science fantasy game?

In short, a science fantasy game is a video game title that uses the trappings of science in some sort of combination with elements from fantasy, in Star Wars case “the Force” and in DOOM’s the “demons from hell.”

Often inspired by hard science fiction’s need to explain everything in terms of science, another aspect of science fantasy games is some sort of explanation of the in-game phenomenon in scientific terms. Whether it is the hated “midichlorians” in the Star Wars prequels or the gate to hell and using the energy of the demons to power scientific progress, what would normally be explained through magic or sorcery is often lined in terms of science or pseudo-science.

As a fusion genre in video games, that is one that covers multiple different categories, science fantasy games are also allowed to put fantasy tropes in science fiction environments such as space. In terms of modern video games that could possibly fall under this banner, we have the Resident Evil series, later Final Fantasy games, Bioshock, Shadowrun, Phantasy Star, Warhammer, and, to some extent, World of Warcraft. There is no real set balance between elements although most agree that science fantasy aims to achieve a balancing of both fantasy and sci-fi in its execution and presentation.

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