I've Been Told that whenever I do Retro Zone, I just talk about old adventure games. Well they are the best games ever, but I'm always willing to compromise, so here's the best space combat game ever made: Wing Commander.
I can't be doing with your X-Wings and TIE Fighters, just give me a lantern-jawed, blue-haired hero fighting some big cats in space, and I'm as happy as a porcine covered in excrement. It just combines all the best elements of gung-ho space operas with an exciting (even now) combat model.
Did you know the commander of the legendary TCS Tiger's Claw was called Colonel Halcyon? I only just realised that when playing it again for this piece. What a guy he was! Doling out the medals like anything just for killing five Kilrathi on a routine patrol mission. Just a pity he got wiped out when the old Claw got blown to bits by cloaked fighters. Worst thing was you got the blame, leading to your re-emergence as the best fighter in the galaxy after a number of years at a piss-ant space station in the Gwynedd system in Wing Commander 2: Vengeance of the Kilrathi.
The first two games of the series are the most fondly remembered. Both followed the same format - starting off in a bar or locker room, you could catch on gossip from other fighters in WC1, or advance the story through a cutscene in WC2. Once you'd done that, perhaps having a glance at the kill board as well, you'd enter the mission bit and get your briefing on.
After being assigned your objectives, you'd then see the most iconic moment: the rush to your spacecraft with sirens blaring. Fired out into space, you then proceeded along your course blasting Dralthi, Salthi and anything else ending in -thi along the way. There were also annoying asteroid belts and mine fields to traverse, plus bastard hard defend the transport/capital ship missions. There was even a branching plotline, with your performance determining how the war against the Kilrathi went. Great games that, sadly, we'll probably never see the likes of again... or will we?
Kick some Kilrathi butt! The wildly popular Wing Commander series has finally landed on the Sega CD, courtesy of Electronic Arts and Origin. Embark on the Vega Campaign's hair-raising missions from the original PC version of the game. The flight-sim interface is back in all its first-person glory, along with the great graphics, sizzling space combat, and story line that challenges your character to evolve from a lowly space cadet to an intergalactic hero. This version of Wing Commander send you soaring. So fire away, ace, and put the Kilrathi in their lowly place.
- To warp through the dead space, push Buttons B and C together.
- Request a landing from the Tiger's Claw before attempting to land.
- Use four missiles or seven direct hits with laser to destroy the first fleabag fighters.
Processor: PC compatible, P-100
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode
Wing Commander Screenshots
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