Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
With the new film already in the can, Star Wars mania is set to reach unprecedented heights in the coming months. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace debuts Stateside in spring 1999, and tales are already abounding of British devotees flying over simply to catch an early look at the trailer. Idiots. Of course, LucasArts have never been shy in capitalising on the success of the series, and Rogue Squadron is the latest in a long line of Star Wars games. So what does this one do? This and that. Look, we've written it down for you.
Set during the period between Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, Rogue Squadron centres on a critical juncture in the conflict between the pyjama-wearing Rebel Alliance and the evil Galactic Empire. A 3D accelerated air combat affair, the game focuses on the dynamic collection of pilots formed by Luke Skywalker and his mate Wedge Antilles. Made up of the 12 best pilots the Rebel Alliance can muster, this hard-core outfit is typically assigned the most challenging and dangerous of missions. A bit like a latter-day Dirty Dozen, if you will, except involving intense ground-to-air and air-to-air battle scenarios in the Star Wars universe.
Mark And Luke
If you've always fancied being Luke Skywalker, then this is your chance (although it didn't do Mark Hamill much good). Rogue Squadron enables you to quite literally climb into the X-Wing cockpit of the all-American hero, who has just led the Rebels to victory in the pivotal Battle of Yavin. Luke and his fellow Starfighter pilots have a singular purpose: defending the Rebel Alliance against a powerful and battle-hardened Imperial foe in a last ditch effort for control of the galaxy. Again.
Featuring a variety of mission types, including dogfights, search-and-destroy, reconnaissance, escort duty and rescue, the action will be interspersed with dramatic cut-scenes and voice-overs to outline the specific objectives. For instance, in one mission scenario, you receive a brief to liberate Rebel Alliance troops from the planet Kessel, the site of a brutal Imperial prison and spice mining operation. You must first locate the prison facilities, then free the captives and escort Rebel shuttles away from the planet, all the while defending against imposing Imperial forces, including AT-ATs, AT-STs and TIE Fighters. That sort of thing.
Dogs Of War
The aerial conflict takes place in a variety of planetary settings that range from familiar Star Wars locales such as Tatooine, to some never before seen, including Kessel and Mon Calamari. Dogfight skills will be tested over spectacular environments comprising water, canyons, deserts, treetops and volcanic regions, and your craft will be equipped with lasers, seeker missiles, ion cannons, and so forth. The fabled Rebel Starfighters will be up for grabs, so expect a plethora of X-Wings, Y-Wings, and A-Wings, as well as V-Wing airspeeders and snowspeeders. Wingmates also play an important role in battle, as losing them puts you at much greater risk. It follows that if you scratch their back, they'll scratch yours (not literally, of course). Being 3D accelerator-only, a host of elaborate graphical details are thrown in, such as real-time lighting, smoke, engine glow and tracer fire. Rogue Squadron also features an assortment of camera perspectives that range from in-cockpit to several exterior points of view.
Essentially an arcadey affair, the game will clearly appeal to Star Wars fans, but in particular those who enjoyed the action-packed flight levels of Shadows Of The Empire. It sounds like a right old laugh, so what we'll probably do is review it and let you know if it's any good. We're nice like that.
The titular Rogue Squadron comprises a host of hard-nosed pilots, all with ridiculous names that suggest alternate careers. Here are a few of them
Sounds like: a Star Wars character. Unless you were brought up in a plastic bubble, you've probably heard of the boy Skywalker, but for the record he grew up on Tatooine, where he lived with his Uncle Owen and Aunt May. One day he returned home to find their bodies charred beyond recognition, victims of the evil Empire. Oh, and he's snogged his sister and Darth Vader's his Dad.
Sounds like: newer,younger pilots, he replaced Biggs after the Battle of Yavin, and Is showing promise as an X-Wing pilot He's still new, though, but what he lacks in experience, he makes up for in enthusiasm. He reminds Luke of himself, back when all he wanted was a decent haircut and a chance to take on the Empire.
Sounds like: a Tex-Mex hor d'oeuvres. Bom on Corellia, his parents were freighter pilots, killed trying to save a space station. He displays great leadership skills and could one day become Rogue Leader, although he'd much rather be flying missions than attending parades. An excellent pilot, he saved Luke's life at the Death Star, something he was no doubt very grateful for.
Sounds like: a Dutch footballer. Only truly happy when manning the guns of a Y-Wing or snowspeeder. Wedge swears by his accuracy and knack for hitting small moving targets, like TIE Fighters. Janson has a short temper though, and many is the time he's had to be extricated from a cantina fight before he glasses someone.
Sounds like: a Christian rocker. A little older than the rest, he's probably got a few stories to tell, but is nevertheless taciturn and sullen. He joined up some time ago, after the Empire killed his parents for secretly supplying the Rebellion. He once held off three TIE Fighters while an Alliance transporter fled into hyperspace.
DEREK 'HOBBIE' KLIVAN
Sounds like: a trainspotter. The sceptic of the Rogue Squadron, he doesn't warm quickly to new ideas, but never challenges the authority of his superiors. He originally trained at the Imperial Academy. Since jumping ship he's been working in the Sullust System, running guns. Until now, that is.
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Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features: Single game mode
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