Goddammit, space is amazing. Through all of history, man has looked up in wonder and tried to capture a slice of that infinite beauty. One day we’ll all be able to experience it firsthand in space ships, which are like submarines but higher. But what will the parking lots of the future look like? Thankfully, we have six games to tell us what that might look like.
While Titanfall is largely a terrestrial affair, the constant strength of the vacuum above is always there. That’s where the titular titans lurk in their steel abodes, which we see in this loading screen. You might say there’s not much going on in this title screen, and you’d be right, because it’s a still image. But it’s a still image of a spaceship…in space!
Everyone’s not-quite-favorite-but-alright-game-and-a-good-start loot ‘n shoot title Destiny takes a more interesting look at space travel. While the lobby screen is a nice laid-back look at the world before, the loading screen proper is a trip through hyperspace. Although hyperspace is synonymous with science fiction, we rarely get a good look at it, and it’s the perfect loading screen. It’s a tantalizing dance of different blues as our vessel skips along space and time to a new destination across the stars.
Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal
Ratchet and Clank was probably the best continuation of the crazy balls-to-the-wall shooters of the late nineties (at least until Bulletstorm came along). It really took things to the next level, with rocket launchers that fired rockets that fired smaller rockets. It also is a galaxy-spanning adventure with some fantastic loading screens. I had a lot in the series to choose from, but I had to go with Up Your Arsenal because the ship makes me feel like I’m cruising in my space hot rod, and deep down inside, I am a child.
Knights of the Old Republic
It’s a game based on Star Wars, so obviously it’s gonna let us travel through those stars. And fight wars. But mostly glide beautifully into the atmospheres of planets like Coruscant and Tatooine. Spoiler alert: your ship is the S.S. Revan.
Dead Space 3
The first half of Dead Space 3 takes place in an orbital graveyard, but all I had to see was this sick-ass loading screen to be convinced the first half is alright. At first, the screen seems like a tease, shutting the view to the ship and showing the transition to the other ship, but luckily, the view opens up and makes you appreciate it just a bit more.
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect decided to use its time building a sci-fi future in elevators, a distinctly modern mode of elevation. And Mass Effect 2 decided to take things to the next level. Of elevation. Because space is high. Get it?
Thankfully, someone did and uploaded all six minutes of Mass Effect 2’s beautiful loading screens, almost all of which are of ships landing, ships shipping, or just doing ship stuff. Mass Effect’s got its share of problems, but beautiful ship loading screens are not one of them.
So there you have it–six fantastic loading screens of ships in space doing what they do. What’s your favorite ship loading screen? Why did I spend this time writing about ship loading screens when I know it won’t keep the darkness at bay? Let me know!
Article by contributor Dylan Shirley.
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