Friday, March 8, 2019
KSP vs SR2
Now, I know looking at just the title of this blogpost might cause some to think that it's about an obscure crossover fighting game. Alas, no...this is actually about a pair of semi-realistic space flight sims. The first is Kerbal Space Program (or KSP for short) while the second is SimpleRockets 2 (abbreviated SR2, and the upgraded PC sequel to a much more basic 2D smartphone game). Comparing the two might seem obvious to some (both are games wherein players design, build and fly rockets into the great void), but others may feel it's a stretch (apples and oranges). Regardless, I think there is some insight to be gained by facing these games off against each other. So, let's dig in.
Of course many of the merits of SR2 are present in KSP provided one is willing to install fan-made mods. In fact KSP has a huge number of these available, allowing each and every player to customize the game to their heart's content. The problem is said mods tend to exacerbate the fundamental issues KSP has; more bugs, longer load times, and poorer performance. SR2 represents a clean start on the concepts that KSP pioneered. Whether or not it will ever surpass its predecessor though remains to be seen. Perhaps one could say (in so many acronyms) SR2 is the SpaceX to KSP's NASA.