Can anyone recommend some space games that work like Eve online does? I know the scale of eve online is huge, but anything that is more or less the same kinda thing would do.
Star Trek Online
This is a free to play game on Steam and has gotten quite popular. It will be a lot more enjoyable if you actually enjoy the star trek franchise. It's a large MMO that is set in space that is based around star trek. It is a perfect fit for a game that is like Eve Online.
This is a very similar game that you can pump a huge amount of hours into if you are looking for a game like Eve Online. You can download it for free on Steam so its worth giving a shot.
Evochron Legacy is all about the ships and less about the economy, but it is set in a big universe with a lot of exploration to do. If you like the idea of doing a lot of flying around this is a good one to check out.