Space! The final frontier. Over the years, video game protagonists have ventured forth to the sea of stars for countless reasons. Of course, if you are going to blast off, you might as well blast off in style, and no one knows style like video game protagonists. Here are our top ten space-faring vessels from video game history.
Final Fantasy IV's Lunar Whale wasn't just a spaceship, it was a friggin' whale! No better way to travel to the moon than in a gigantic blue whale made by ancient moon people. However, the Lunar Whale probably wouldn't have made the list if it weren't for the FFIV DS remake, which opened up the insides to show that it was powered by magic, had an impressive weapons system, and had sleeping quarters for your entire party. The Lunar Whale is the luxury SUV of spaceships.
The X-Wing is easily one of the most iconic space vessels of all time, let alone one of the best spaceships in video game history. In fact, it's only even getting on this list due to a technicality. X-Wing vs.TIE Fighter was indeed a video game, but, honestly, we all remember the X-Wing from Luke Skywalker's heroic flight down the trench of the Death Star in the original Star Wars film. Hey, speaking of Death Stars…
Dr. Robotnik must have been watching Star Wars in his lab one day when he saw the Death Star and said "Hey, that's a pretty good idea." Sure, the Death Star got blown up in the movie, but Sonic the Hedgehog can't pilot an X-Wing, so this plan can't fail, right? Unfortunately, the Death Egg crashes into the earth several times due to the actions of Sonic and pals. It's actually amazing that the earth hasn't been destroyed from the repeated impacts. Still, it's always awesome to have a moon-sized space station to rule from, and if you can believe the Sonic comic series, the Death Egg comes will all manner of death rays, robotic guardians, and Chaos Emerald-powered weapons.
The USG Ishimura is a Planet Cracker class ship, and that alone makes it badass enough to make the list. It's huge, has numerous weapon arrays, and has enough facilities to grow a small civilization. So why isn't it higher on the list? Necromorphs. Unfortunately, you never really get to see the Ishimura in all its splendor because Dead Space basically opens with everyone on board falling prey to the Necromorph infestation. Of course, then the ship changes from badass Planet Cracker to horribly isolated horror experience, and no one is complaining about that.
Samus' nameless ship is pretty awesome, even though we don't get to see it do much. We know that it is capable of faster-than-light travel, has an onboard life support and suspended animation system, has a computer that acts as a repository for near limitless interstellar knowledge, and, of course, it also has lasers. However, this ship is coolest because it's basically an infinite ammunition factory for all of Samus' many weapons. I bet you wish your own spaceship instantly made you a walking death machine on whatever planet you landed on.