The Profession of the Future is Space Trader
In the future when humanity has colonized several faraway planets, some people are known to have taken up a new profession called space trading. In this fun space game you complete mission and do all kinds of off jobs to make it to the top.
Space Trader takes a few good gaming ideas and blends them together to create something quite special. First of all, it is a 3D adventure game with extensive storyline. You will start from a space station and need to discuss with several characters to get an idea what is going on. The conversations have always a few options to choose from as your answer and they will determine the outcome and ultimately your space trading future. The game has seven planetary locations each with their own moons are other locations. In total there are more than 100 unique characters to interact with. Most of the characters are in the need of some services and that is the best way to become a successful Space Trader.
A completed mission gives you money which can be used to buy a wide variety of commodities; everything from iron ore to human organs. The rules of trading are fairly simple, buy low and sell high. When you take up a mission that involves killing someone or capturing something, the game turns into a full blown 3D first-person shooter. The best way to earn money is to complete missions (even becoming a bounty hunter) but of course it is very risky business at the same time. Some of the bounty hunter type challenges are surprisingly difficult so it is best to start slowly and get your skills first up to date. Trading on the other hand might be the "slow and steady" option, but then you are taxed for your profits and less likely to make huge profits unless you get luck on the market.
The game was originally released in 2008 so the graphics might look a bit dated for some, but they are pretty decent and suited perfectly for this type of game. The adventure and trading parts are solid and the FPS scenes run very smoothly. As a big bonus, the game runs great on older computers as well. The sounds effects are good and music serves a purpose as well.
If you can't decide if you like trading or first-person shooter games more, the Space Trader is the perfect fit. It gives you the option to play the game any way you want, either follow the storyline or become an evil assassin and bounty hunter to gather your riches. Huge amount of interactive characters will provide entertainment for days and weeks ahead.