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Here is a list of 6DOF games that I am aware of sorted by their release dates.

 

Descent                             1994-1995
Descent II                         
1995-1996
Archimedean Dynasty                 1996-1997

i-war/Independence War              1997-1998
Forsaken                           
1998-1999
Descent 3                           1999-2000

Terminus                            2000

AquANox                             2001
AquaNox 2                          
2003

Vendetta Online                     2004

Space Interceptor: Project Freedom  2004

Darkstar One                        2006
Shattered Horizon                  
2009    
Miner Wars 2081                    
2012
Space Engineers                     2013
Talon                               2013
RetroVirus                          2013
Kromaia                             2014
NeonXSZ                             2014

Elite: Dangerous                    2014

Kerbal Space Program                2011-2014 (Alpha-Beta)
Sublevel Zero                      
2015 (pending)
Sol Contingency                     2015 (pending)

Star Citizen                        2016 (pending)
Descent: Underground               
2016 (estimated)

 

 

 

Does anyone know of any additional games or have any corrections?

Edit: Added Sol Contingency

Edit: Added Elite: Dangerous

Edit: Added i-war/Independence War

Edit: Added Terminus

Edit: Added Kerbal Space Program

Edit: Added Star Citizen

Edit: Added Space Interceptor: Project Freedom

Edit: Added Darkstar One


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There's a really cool looking 6DoF game being developed called Null Operator.

 

From the [only] post in the blog:

 

 

Null Operator is a 6-degrees-of-freedom procedural action stealth roguelike for PC and VR. Or with less jargon and more wut, it’s kind of like if Descent and Binding of Isaac had a bastard hate-child, then raised it on 80s video art and mescaline.

 


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Sol Contingency, of course!


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Wouldn't 6DoF technically include any space flying simulator as well? If so then I can add these games to the list:

 

-> The X series by Egosoft (1999 - present)

-> Tachyon: The Fringe by Novalogic (2000)

-> Freelancer by Digital Anvil/Microsoft Studio's (2003)

-> Space Interceptor: Project Freedom by CI Games (2004)

-> Darkstar One by Ascaron Entertainment (2006)


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A lot of "space flying simulators" don't have the ability to make the ship slide (side-to-side or up-and-down).  Games like that are only 4DoF.


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Aahh, I figured I was missing something, thanks. That would pretty much exclude my list


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I did not know about Kromaia.  Checked it out tonight for about half an hour.

 

I have no idea what I just witnessed...  I mean, it's 6DoF for sure, but wow, such a strange game.


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A lot of "space flying simulators" don't have the ability to make the ship slide (side-to-side or up-and-down).  Games like that are only 4DoF.

Like freelancer, when Microsoft crippled that game they removed the ability to strafe up/down - it's still in the keybindings but does nothing (same with roll)


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Sol Contingency, of course!

 

Added, assuming it will be released this year. The release status has been "soon" for several years now, kind of like Descent for the wii.


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There's a really cool looking 6DoF game being developed called Null Operator.

 

From the [only] post in the blog:

 

I checked out Null Operator after your previous post. Null Operator appears to be a tech demo and was only 3 months into development at the time of the only blog post in 10/2014 . It's way to early to tell if anything playable will ever be released. The developer Rust Ltd has many such projects on his/her resume' which appear to be demos for the Alloy shader.


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I checked out Null Operator after your previous post. Null Operator appears to be a tech demo and was only 3 months into development at the time of the only blog post in 10/2014 . It's way to early to tell if anything playable will ever be released. The developer Rust Ltd has many such projects on his/her resume' which appear to be demos for the Alloy shader.

Ah, well that sucks. They give the impression that it will be a full game.


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Would Elite: Dangerous count? Lateral thrust definitely allows you to move your ship up, down, left and right (side-strafing), and you can fly forwards and backwards, and of course there is pitch, yaw, and roll. However it can take a while to change directions due to momentum.


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No iWar?! COME ON!

 

Whole Independence War series is a primary example of 6DOF game, mostly because it's also one of few games with Newtonian physics.

 

Also a less known game with 6DOF and Newtonian physics: Terminus

 

Kerbal Space Project is also a 6DOF game with Newtonian physics.

 

I think you might consider splitting your list in two parts: Semi-realistic physics and Newtonian physics. It's quite an important difference.

 

 

 

Wouldn't 6DoF technically include any space flying simulator as well? If so then I can add these games to the list:

 

-> The X series by Egosoft (1999 - present)

-> Tachyon: The Fringe by Novalogic (2000)

-> Freelancer by Digital Anvil/Microsoft Studio's (2003)

-> Space Interceptor: Project Freedom by CI Games (2004)

-> Darkstar One by Ascaron Entertainment (2006)

Darkstar One is 5DOF game, not 6DOF.

X series is 6DOF only since X3? Anyone can double-check?

Tachyon: The Fringe if I recall it right was also 5DOF - but if anyone can double-check it would be great.

 

 

Would Elite: Dangerous count?

Yes, it does. :)


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Would Elite: Dangerous count? Lateral thrust definitely allows you to move your ship up, down, left and right (side-strafing), and you can fly forwards and backwards, and of course there is pitch, yaw, and roll. However it can take a while to change directions due to momentum.

 

That's an interesting take on it, I suppose the argument could be made that it is! If that's the case though, I would think Star Citizen would also fall into that category right? What about other games with similar space-flight mechanics? I think it's an interesting debate :) Does anyone else have a view on this interpretation of 6DoF?


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I think whether or not it "counts" depends on the exact intent behind the list.

Is the list meant to be a list of anything that technically qualifies as "6DoF"? Or is it aiming to be a compilation of games that feature a certain kind of gameplay, which games like Elite: Dangerous don't necessarily offer?


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By definition, 6dof requires all six control axes.  If you can't roll, it's not 6dof.  If you can't slide, it's not 6dof.  Literally, just count the number of control axes among the set of:

 

forward-backward

left-right slide

up-down slide

yaw (left-right turn)

pitch (up-down turn)

roll ("leaning over")

 

and that tells you how many dof you have (with the caveat that a game which gives you very limited control in one axis you might want to count as only half of a dof -- like if you can look up or down but only a little bit, or if you can only roll a few degrees.)


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By definition, 6dof requires all six control axes.  If you can't roll, it's not 6dof.  If you can't slide, it's not 6dof.

Sliding is surprisingly common, and doesn't make your game a 6DOF one - in slide (think: Freespace 2 or Wing Commander IV) you are locked on at least one axis (sometimes it's up to 3 axis lock - you can only rotate, but can't change your motion in other way than by exiting the slide mode), so you are still 5 or 4DOF game.

 

What space sims are missing most often from becoming a 6DOF games is strafing up and down. If you see someone talking about 5DOF game - it's on 99% missing strafing in vertical axis. 4DOF space sims are also quite common - Wing Commander games are 4DOF - they don't give you controls in either left/right nor up/down axis.

 

To give you an example on the actual games, let's take a look at the games Chris Roberts made:

Wing Commander IV (1996) is 4DOF game - no direct control over your ship in left/right or top/down axis

Starlancer (2000) is a 5DOF game - no direct control over your ship in up/down axis

Freelancer (2003) is a 6DOF game - you can control your ship in every axis of movement and rotation (even though it's mouse-oriented arcade shooter)

 

That's an interesting take on it, I suppose the argument could be made that it is! If that's the case though, I would think Star Citizen would also fall into that category right? What about other games with similar space-flight mechanics? I think it's an interesting debate :) Does anyone else have a view on this interpretation of 6DoF?

I don't know why it's even put in doubt and all the question marks.

It's obvious that Star Citizen is 6DOF game. It gives you a control over rotation along 3 axis and movement along 3 axis, all independently accessible at any time. Yes, you can turn on computer assist for flying, but you can still go for flying in full 6DOF controls.

 

330px-6DOF_en.jpg

^ Each color is a different axis of rotation or movement.  6 colors in total, for 6 DOF games.


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Elite: Dangerous counts in my opinion.


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It looks like Elite: Dangerous is a true 6DOF game.

 


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You can find a large list of  games with six degrees of freedom on the Track IR developers web site, Natural Point HERE.  Following the link will also show    the attributes  each game supports using  the Track IR  i.e.   Yaw, Pitch, Roll and   the coordinates X, Y and Z Not all of the games I've listed below supports all six, i.e.America's Army only supports Yaw and Pitch,  however, most games listed do support all or most of the attributes.

 

Track IR is brilliant  because it allows the user to look around in their gaming environment, for example plaing ArmA 3, I can look behind me  just by turning my head, lean forwards to zoom in and move my head to the left or right to look around corners.  When playing flight sims, especially combat sims, it's a must have as you can look over your shoulder in game without having to use  your keyboard, freeing up your fingers for more imortant functions.

 

I'm really looking forwards to playing Descent: Underground with the Track IR.  Once you've used  a Track IR you'll wonder why you've not used one   since they became available  over a decade ago, they really enhance game play significantly.

 

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  AeroFly 5         
  Air Battles: Sky Defender         
  America's Army         
  Apache: Air Assault         
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  ArmA 2     
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  Assetto Corsa         
  Rowan's Battle of Britain         
  Battle of Britain II: Wings of Victory
  Battleground Europe: World War II Online     
  Beyond the Red Line
  BOMB         
  C.A.R.S.         
  Colin McRae Rally 2004    
  Combat Flight Simulator 3
  Combat Helo         
  Combat Pilot         
  Condor: The Competition Soaring Simulator         
  Crashday         
  Cross Racing Championship 2005     
  Darkfield VR         
  DayZ         
  DayZ Mod         
  DCS: A-10C Warthog    
  DCS: Black Shark
  DCS: Black Shark 2         
  DCS: Combined Arms         
  DCS: Mi-8MTV2         
  DCS: P-51D Mustang         
  DCS: UH-1H         
  DCS: World         
  Descent: D2X-XL
  DiRT         
  DiRT 2         
  DiRT 3    
  Diaspora: Shattered Armistice         
  Elite: Dangerous         
  Enemy Engaged: RAH-66 Comanche vs. KA-52 Hokum     Enemy Engaged     
  Enemy Engaged 2         
  Euro Truck Simulator         
  Euro Truck Simulator 2         
  Evochron Alliance 2.0         
  Evochron Legends         
  Evochron Mercenary         
  Evochron Renegades     
  EZdok Camera (EZCA)         
  F1 2010         
  F1 2011         
  F1 2012         
  F1 Challenge
  Falcon 4.0     
  Falcon 4: Allied Force     
  First Eagles: The Great Air War 1918         
  Flight Simulator 2002         
  Flight Simulator 2004: A Century Of Flight    
  Flight Simulator X   
  Flyboys         
  Future Pinball         
  FreeSpace 2 Open         
  German Truck Simulator         
  GTR     GTR
  GTR 2     GTR 2    
  GT Legends
  Grand Prix Legends
  GRID    
  Harrier Attack II         
  IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad         
  IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover         
  IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles (and Ace Expansion)
  Insurgency         
  iRacing
  Iron Front: Liberation 1944         
  Jane's F/A-18     Jane     
  JetPakNG         
  Jumpgate
  Live For Speed
  LockOn: Modern Air Combat    
  LockOn 1.1: Flaming Cliffs
  LockOn: Flaming Cliffs 2
  LockOn: Flaming Cliffs 3         
  Lunar Flight         
  LunarPilot         
  M4 Tank Platoon         
  Mach 1         
  MechWarrior Online         
  Mediterranean Air War (MAW)         
  Micro Flight         
  Microsoft Flight         
  Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition         
  MiG Alley         
  Miner Wars         
  NASCAR Racing 2003 Season
  NASCAR SimRacing
  netKar PRO
  Nitro Stunt Racing         
  OMSI Bus Simulator         
  Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising         
  OpusFSX         
  Orbiter         
  Over Flanders Fields (OFF)
  Pacific Fighters
  Phoenix R/C         
  Prepar3D         
  Project CARS         
  Project Torque         
  RACE: The WTCC Game         
  RACE 07: The Official WTCC Game
  RaceRoom Racing Experience         
  RealFlight G3         
  Red Baron 3D     
  Reflex XTR2         
  rFactor
  Richard Burns Rally         
  Rise of Flight     Rise of Flight    
  Rise: The Vieneo Province
  Scania Truck Driving Simulator         
  Ship Simulator 2006         
  Ship Simulator 2008         
  Silent Wings     Silent Wings
  Simax Simulation Driving Simulator
  Sir, You Are Being Hunted         
  Space Shuttle Mission 2007         
  Starshatter         
  Star Citizen (Coming Soon)         
  Star Wars Galaxies: Jump to Lightspeed         
  Strike Fighters: Project 1         
  Superkarting Demo         
  Take On Helicopters         
  Targetware Series         
  Test Drive Unlimited         
  theHunter
  thriXXX Technology Series         
  ToCA Race Driver 2
  Tom Clancy's HAWX         
  Tower Simulator         
  Train Simulator 2015         
  Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006         
  Trainz Classics         
  Trainz Simulator 2010     
  Trucks & Trailers         
  Turismo Carretera         
  VBS2         
  VBS2 2.0         
  VBS3         
  Vehicle Simulator         
  Virtual Sailor         
  WarBirds    
  War Thunder         
  Wings of Prey         
  Wings of War         
  Wings Over Europe: Cold War Gone Hot         
  Wings Over Israel         
  Wings Over Vietnam         
  Wings: Over Flanders Field (WOFF)         
  WWII Battle Tanks: T-34 vs. Tiger         
  X Motor Racing    
  X3: Albion Prelude         
  X-Plane / X-Cockpit


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