Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance User Reviews

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Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance

The good:

You get to fly the Falcon

Summary:

For one thing, this game runs well on Windows XP, and not many classics do. When I first loaded this game, I was expecting X-Wing V Tie Fighter, no Storyline, no Single player fun, however, I was not disapointed after playing the first single Mission, it was a refreshing change to fly anything other than the usual Rebel or Imperial Fighters, The Corellian Corvettes are a pleasure to fly, esspecially the Otana. The missions were great and again Lucasarts, like a lot of their games, have added great detail when it comes to presentation. And of course, you get to fly the Falcon at the last mis...

10

Space Simulation at its peak

The good:

Virtually everything. The plotline is airtight, and the character voice cast is excellent. The CG scenes are of high quality and pull you into the storyline. The graphics are superb, and being a PC game they can be updated with patches as graphic software progresses. For example, my copy has a new ship-model system, so that the graphics are comparable to anything on the next gen console systems.

The sound is only as good as your speakers, but if you have the right setup it is excellent and realistic. The sound is thrown between speakers correctly and gives off an incredible surround effect. The SFX are straight from the film, so Star Wars buffs will be able to know who's chasing them simply by the sound their pursuers engine makes!

The gamplay is, again, only as good as the Joystick you use. But overall it is very easy to control. However, the most oustanding feature is the freedom you are given. I'm sick and tired of "simulation" games where you only get minimal control of your craft within a specific area. In this game, you can fly any way you want, and literally do anything you want with your ship. Everything is under your control, from weapons control to energy management and damage control systems.

The game also has excellent replay value. The missions are complex and change depending on the selected difficult level. Also, there are mission editors available that will allow you to custom make your own missions. All you need for this is just a basic knowledge of the game setup - the program will guide you through the rest.

And then there is the Skirmish editor, which allows to you to setup basic missions and matchups with ease. You get total power over what you want to face - something that hardcore gamers have been dreaming about. This is especially useful in online play. You can setup everything from the teams to the craft they use and beyond. And with a limiter of just under 100 craft, you can pack a skirmish with enemies, friends or both.

The AI for this game is deadly, especially on harder difficulty levels. The uninitiated will find this game extremely difficult at first, until they are able to get the most out of their craft and it's many systems. I for one am thankful for this... at last I have a Space Simulator that offers a real challenge!

The bad:

There isn't much going against this game. However, it was a let down that you are not able to fly for the Empire this time around, unlike in previous titles. Even so, the storyline is progressive and flows much better because you are required to fly for one side only.

Summary:

Overall this is a superb game, and the best part is that you don't really need to know anything about Star Wars to play it. While fans of the series may be more attuned to some of the vieled references, anyone can get a high level of enjoyment out of this title.

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