Written by  :  Trixter (9126)
Written on  :  Mar 05, 1999
Platform  :  DOS
Rating  :  2.2 Stars2.2 Stars2.2 Stars2.2 Stars2.2 Stars

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A potentially good game, but marred by a devastating flaw.

The Good

Wing Commander: Academy exists for one reason, and one reason only: To dogfight in space, with the ability to create your own missions. What Wing Commander fanatic wouldn't want to do that? The mission builder is functional, and there are a wide variety of ships and goals you can stir into the mix. For those who just want to dive in, there's a randomization feature.

The Bad

I can sum it up quite easily: No multiplayer support. Building your own missions isn't any fun if you can't play them with someone else. You can save and upload missions to other people, but they play them single-player, just like you. Where's the fun in that?

The Bottom Line

If you're a solitary person and want to blast Kilrathi out of the sky 'til kingdom come, this is just what you need--but if you want a rewarding experience, look for something that allows multi-player gameplay, like the later release Wing Commander Armada.