Super Wind Commander

Platform: 3DO
Editor Rating: 6.5/10, based on 3 reviews
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Super Wind Commander
Super Wind Commander
Super Wind Commander
Super Wind Commander

Super Wing Commander is based on a classic PC game, which itself was a throwback to 1981's groundbreaking Star Raiders. If fans were hoping SWC would reach new heights on 3DO, they'll be disappointed.

Ride the Lightning

If you've played previous versions of Wing Commander, you'll recognize the plot. In the year 2654, the planets of the Terran Confederation are locked in a deadly struggle against the Kilrathi Empire. As a rookie pilot, you're assigned to a squadron that launches from the space cruiser Tiger's Claw. In the Claw's briefing room, you'll receive instructions, and then, with a wing-man at your side, you'll venture out on first-person cockpit-view missions. Successfully complete your assignments, and you'll be reassigned to better ships. Between missions, you consult with other pilots or practice in the simulator.

Seven ships fly in the Confederation fleet. Each has its own flying capabilities, and each is equipped with distinctive lasers and missiles.

Among the special weapons at your command are Heat-Seeking Missiles, Porcupine Mines, and Mass Driver Cannons. Shields give each ship different defensive strengths.

Unfortunately, flawed game play neutralizes these potentially exciting missions and weapons. The missions are usually either too short or too repetitive, and slowdown cuts into the building intensity. Even worse, when several ships fill the screen during battles, your controls either become jerky or freeze up.

Monty Python's Flying Spaceship

The visuals in SWC vary. Scenes new for SDO, like the launch sequence, use spectacular state-of-the-art computer animation that shows off the system's power. Your first-person cockpit view, however, ranks only above average in comparison with other flight sims. The doseups of characters look great at first, but their monotonous facial expressions make them talk like actors in a Monty Python animation.

The audio tends to compound the problems with the graphics. The voices are slow, and the dialogue stalls at some points, making the characters seem bored. The music does manage to improve on the SNES's droning soundtrack.

The Final Frontier

Fans of the Wing Commander series are probably the only ones who will enjoy this game. Anyone looking for a thrilling flight will find Super Wing Commander to be a tedious disappointment.

ProTips:

  • When a Kllrathl ship Hies past, spin your ship 180 degrees, and It should be In view.
  • If you are answering a distress call, ignore enemies that drift away and attack those that fire on the ship In need.
  • On escort missions, never break your formation. Make enemies come to you.
  • Don't waste your ammo! Dumb-Fire Missiles wortr best at point-blank range.
  • When you encounter space mines, veer off slightly and fire your afterburners until you clear the Held.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

The award-winning 16-bit game goes Super on 3DO. An expanded story line and never-before-released missions put you in the middle of Wing Commander's exciting 27th-century starfighter cockpit. Thousands of on-screen colors, full speech, and CD-quality stereo sound should intensify the action of Super Wing Commander's deep-space dogfights.

Super Wing Commander is a space war game of the flight simulator vari-ety. You're a a rookie pilot flying in your first missions. The enemies, oddly enough, resemble common household cats. A savage race, ruthless in battle--the Kilrathi--is a worthy opponent. Your commanders assign you to the position of wing leader with a more experienced pilot flying on your wing. The first mission you must complete is to gather information. Engage the enemy only if you think the odds look good. You'll fly three missions before being promoted to a heavier ship. During your missions, you have total control of your ship and team. Send messages to your wingman and tell him or her to go back to base, stay and attack the enemies, or keep formation to continue the onslaught. On the base ship, you can save your game, talk to other pilots for information or play a simulator to hone your piloting skills. The cinemas and game play in this one are top-notch! Definitely one to watch for.

THE GOOD

The game play and the cinemas are both fantastic in this game! Even the death cinema is cool.

THE BAD

While the access time is minimal, it sometimes breaks up a really good dog fight.

THE UGLY

Some of the pilots in your squad are about as ugly as the enemy!

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