"Star Control 2" is one of the best games ever made. It is a game that has never gotten old for me. It is a story-driven, combat-laden, resource-gathering, adult-humored sci-fi romp to save the Human race. Roam the galaxy contacting diverse alien races, explore thousands of planets, and build up your armada for the final showdown with the Ur-Quan, enslavers of humanity.
I don't care if you play it with a strategy guide (in fact, I recommend it!), just play it.
A word of caution: this game is seriously retro. In the XP version, you can't use a mouse. It's all keyboard. No matter. The music and writing are stellar, and the graphics are fun, if dated.
Find out more here, here, and here. According to the Wiki, there is even a homebrew Wii version of this, that's how awesome it is!
Ever play "Star Control 2"? Do you remember the old copy protection it came with? Sound off in the comments!