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As any nerd worth his Starfleet Assignment Patch knows that space
is the perfect setting for science fiction stories. It’s vast, undiscovered,
and it has many different planets with different ecosystems and atmospheres.
But how can you explore space without a good ship? These ten ships have
traveled thought the cosmos and have visited many planets. But these ten are
the best of the best. Only one per franchise, and only from games I’ve played.
So suit up and ready the plasma torpedoes, these are the Top 10 Spaceships in
10-The Wolfen (Star Fox Assault)
Star Fox is a series all about spaceships shooting at each
other, so how could I write a list about spaceships without at least mentioning
Star Fox. And as you have probably guessed by now, my favorite ship in the
franchise is Star Fox Assault’s version of Wolf’s ship, the Wolfen. Not only is
Wolf an eye-patch wearing rival to fox, he also pilots an overpowered spaceship
that is faster and stronger than the Arwing.
9-The Torus (FTL: Faster than Light)
FTL: Faster than Light is a fantastic and sadly overlooked
game you need to play. The premise is simple: pilot a spaceship around the
galaxy and partake in randomized events. There are many spaceships on display,
but out of the ones I’ve unlocked my favorite is the Engi ship, The Torus. This
ship only has an Ion Cannon which disables enemy systems, but it makes up for
it with offensive drones that can be use the distractions as an advantage.
Taking down the shields with a single Ion blast, letting the drone blast away
at the cockpit is always satisfying.
8-Starship Mario (Super Mario Galaxy 2)
In a game called Super Mario Galaxy, you know that there has
to be at least one ship in it. Well sadly, there were many more than that. And
it ultimately became a contest between the Starshroom and Starship Mario, but
the flying Mario head won out in the end. While it has no offensive capabilities,
Starship Mario lands at number 8 because it is a giant Mario head. There are no
other words to describe this ship other than intergalactic flying giant Mario
head, and that earns ‘awesome’ points in my book.
7-Subspace Gunship (Super Smash Brothers Brawl)
Super Smash Brothers Brawl may not be the best in the
franchise, but it does have undeniably one of the best story modes in any
fighting game. An army from another world is attacking, and it’s up to iconic
Nintendo characters to save the day. The invasion is spearheaded by the
Subspace Gunship; a massive battleship that is equipped with millions of laser
turrets and a huge gun that rips holes in the very fabric of reality. But its
defense is lacking, as one hit from Kirby’s Warp Star destroys the thing. Oh well,
at least it looked cool.
6-Mothership Zeta (Fallout 3)
In the 1600’s, Zeta began observing humans and abducting
them for science. Flash forward to 2277 and The Lone Wanderer is abducted by
the aliens. Bad move. The Lone Wanderer seized control of Zeta and defeated the
alien menace. But let’s focus on the ship itself, which is impressive to say
the least. The ship’s only way of attack is The Death Ray, which does exactly
what it’s supposed to do. Kill everything. But if you don’t want to obliterate
entire cities, you can explore the huge mothership and visit one of its many
science stations. This ship has something for everyone.
5-Samus’ Gunship (Super Metroid)
Samus has had many different spaceships before, but the best
and most iconic is the one that appears in Super Metroid. This ship has
anti-gravity engines which let it easily travel through different atmospheres. It
is also filled with high-tech scanning devices for analyzing a planet before
landing. It doesn’t have any offensive capabilities, but it would be unnecessary
for an exploration-based ship. Leave the attacking to Samus herself.
4-Vic Viper (Gradius)
You may not know the name, but everybody who has ever
stepped foot in an arcade knows the Vic Viper. This iconic starfighter is most
famous for being the hero of Gradius, Konami’s legendary space shooter. This
ship can fire tons of weapons, including lasers, missiles, bombs, torpedoes,
mines, short range blasts of fire, armor piercing bullets, and homing balls of
death. Even with such a huge arsenal, the Vic Viper still looks sleek in
simple. Truly, a marvel in engineering.
3-The SSV Normandy (Mass Effect)
Commander Shepard is a space hero of epic proportions, so he
needs an equally stunning ship. Enter The Normandy; an Alliance frigate that is
the closest thing you will ever see to the Enterprise in gaming. It has
weapons, stealth systems, shields, and many rooms with awesome chairs for the
captain. However, I feel that the main thing that made this ship memorable were
the characters, which is why it only got number 3.
2-Final Fortress (Sonic Heroes)
I bet you weren’t expecting this one! In Sonic Heroes, Sonic
and his pals squared off against Doctor Robotnik and Metal Sonic on top of this
flying weapon of mass destruction. Eggman’s flagship leads the Eggfleet with an
iron grip, and for good reasons. It is equipped with many weapons and death
traps, as well as housing all of the badinks. It even got its own stage in Sonic
and Sega All Stars Racing!
1-The Halberd (Kirby Super Star)
Bet you weren’t expecting this either, were you? Meta
Knight’s gunship soars through sky and space with ease, conquering all it
finds. It’s so iconic that it even represented the Kirby series in Super Smash
Brothers Brawl! But it’s not just a powerhouse, it also is Meta Knight’s main
base of operations and it houses his army. This is like a swiss-army knife of
awesome, but with a giant Meta-Knight mask at the helm. And with all that, how
could I give it to any other ship?