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Star Wars: TIE Fighter (DOS)

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Written by  :  tuxu tuxu (3)
Written on  :  Jun 16, 2008
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Summary

Great game that lived up to my expectations.

The Good

* Newtonian story line [the game push the story to you as hard as you push the game], ability to join the inner circle.

* On top of getting the mission accomplished message the player gets to receive medals for extraordinary fits in battle.

* The GFX and GUI are adequate to the time of it's conception.

* The player get to fly a wide variety of crafts.

* Enemy deployment noted in Intel reports plays a key role in craft armament phase.

* Different locations for each of the chapters adds to the games richness.

* the ability to change chapters even with out finishing them first decrease frustration level, the player can get back to a hard mission later on.

* GOOD old Star Wars music.

The Bad

* No personalization to the character accept for the different medals the player receives.

* No personalization to the player's craft, in real life pilots and army vets usually know that "your weapon is a part of your body" and that your craft is your weapon. Tie fighter takes the least personalized "Oh-spawn-already!" approach.

* Good OLD Star Wars music.

The Bottom Line

To make a long story short: Tie fighter was created in times when GFX weren't enough to make a real impact on sales since there was no real ability to have complexed graphics. The story line got the job done and let the player feel like he wasn't the bad guy even if he flew for the empire, unless of course you wanted to run secret errands for the emperor and be accepted in to the ranks of the dark society of the Imperial intelligence, that's a whole lot different story... I've been playing PC\console games for well over 20 years now and to my humble opinion is that lucasarts really maxed out their investment on this game. I personally hope that lucasarts will remember us joystick people and will make a "Freelancer\Parkan II\X3:reunion"-ish style game ;) Tie Fighter gives you the thrills of a good flight sim while involving you in a story line that takes you on a too well traveled though shady path. Two thumbs up, WAY UP!

[...and these are just few words of this great lucasarts game]