Science Fiction games are set in fantastic worlds of the distant future, where space travel and sophisticated futuristic technology are commonplace. Psionic abilities, such as extrasensory perception, precognition or psychokinesis also play an important role. Science fiction games make a clear distinction between previously mentioned abilities and magic, which is a typical element of fantasy worlds and games.
The development of the genre began in the eighties, mainly due to Star Wars phenomenon, which undoubtedly influenced the pop culture. It often happens that science fiction worlds are much more complex than, for example, fantasy worlds, and this is evidenced by extensive descriptions of militaria, various trade organizations, and even galaxies and their inhabitants.
The developers of science fiction games often get inspiration from the literature on similar topics, which results in science fiction games being divided into yet more subgenres and varieties. These are, for example, space opera or increasingly popular cyberpunk games. Space opera is a subgenre that focuses on the inner experiences of the protagonist who participates in space battles or interplanetary journeys. The name is not coincidentally associated with soap opera movies. The soap part of the names comes from the fact that first this term was meant to be a bit contemptuous, but science fiction fans adopted the name and the negative associations disappeared.
Cyberpunk games gather a large crowd of fans, thanks to the incredibly interesting plots and dystopian cyberspace. The outbreak of fascination with cyberpunk is not a strange phenomenon, we are dealing with rebellion against the world’s ruling corporations, the dark atmosphere, and the moral decomposition accompanying the technological progress. Pessimistic visions of the world presented in such games as the Metal Gear series or the classic Deus Ex are simultaneously attracting and scaring. Other classic science fiction games are the Wing Commander and Mass Effect series, as well as strategy games such as Sins of a Solar Empire, Endless Space, and Master of Orion.