Privateer: Righteous Fire Download
PC compatible, P-100
Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features:Single game mode
When Wing Commander first appeared on the pc, journos from every games mag in the universe were falling over themselves trying to describe how sexy, smart and Godlike it was. When X-Wing came along with its alright if youre willing to put up with the polygon graphics, the same journos did a prompt about-turn and decided Wing Commander wasnt brilliant at all, but was in fact totally crap. It suddenly became trendy to marvel at how fast and smooth X-Wing was and kick Wing Commander in the goolies at every opportunity. Moody gits or what?
Wing Commander rules OK
I liked Wing Commander then, and I like it now. The graphics are excellent, the combat sequences are tense and exciting, and the storylines for both Wing Commanders 1 and 2 are captivating and atmospheric. Privateer is Wing Commander with Elite-style trading and exploration. If you like Wing Commander, youll like Privateer. Similarly, if you like Privateer, youll like Righteous Fire which is the rest of the game (sorry, mission disk).
Apart from a few ship upgrades that werent available in the original game, the only thing thats changed is the storyline. At the start of the game you are told that some thieving rotter has nicked the Steltek gun you fought so hard to get at the end of Privateer. Also, the Retros, (religious fanatics who think theyre well hard but arent), are up to something decidedly shady. It was probably them who nicked your sexy gun, seeing as how theyve already kidnapped Hunter Toth, the wimpy idiot you had to escort back to Oxford in the last game.
As was the case with Privateer, as soon as you get involved with the main plot, the fights become almost impossible to win. Youll have to do lots of trading or mercenary work to build up the cash to buy all the new ship upgrades before you can even think about getting involved in the big boys stuff. As luck would have it, you can import that Centurion with all the mod cons it took you bloody ages to get in the first game, so youre not exactly starting from scratch. Anyone who has already played Privateer will already know the most lucrative trade routes, so its simply a case of zooming around buying and selling, making lots of loot, then popping off to Oxford to kick some Retro butt.
The only disappointment with Righteous Fire is there arent any new ships to play around with. Ship upgrades are all well and good, but it would be nice to have a new fighter with more than one mfd which could be configured to the players tastes. Apart from that, if you are looking for an excuse to blow the dust off your old Centurion and pay another visit to the Gemini sector, Righteous Fire is just what youve been waiting for.