Is this something you think would be cool to see? I want my game too look great but photorealism can only go so far until it all starts looking the same and X3: Reunion really sets the bench here imo, and thats with a hefty budget. It would also _greatly_ lesson my art burden to not try for perfect realism and would allow me to gave the game some flavor and possibly even some humor.
None of these are in a space setting I'm afraid but here are some example scenes of the basic look I'm going for:
Let me know what you guys think and if you can recall any space games, movies, 3d scenes/models that have followed along the same vein. I'm definitely looking to make my game stand out so anything outlandish would be a plus.