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Description

Christopher Blair, "Heart of the Tiger" had retired to a farming planet after the war, content with retirement, so he says... In the depths of space, a new menace has surfaced. Some unknown attackers are killing civilian ships. The tension between the Confederation and the Border Worlds is at an all time high, as both sides accuse the other of staging the attacks. Admiral Tolwyn has recalled Blair back to service, where he will make the most difficult choice of all... And contemplate action he had never dared before, in the name of justice...

Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom is a mix of interactive movie and space sim. The game has a dynamic mission tree, which means the player's behaviour will determine the next mission. The videos feature real actors, like Mark Hamill, Tom Wilson, John Rhys-Davies and Malcolm McDowell. Before the start of each mission, the space craft can be equipped with different weapons. Sometimes the mission objectives change during flight, and the player has to make decisions what he wants to do next, e.g. help out his friend or destroy an enemy fighter.

Screenshots

Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom DOS A "F-104A Bearcat" in action
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom DOS A "KF-100 Dralthi IV" of the Kilrathi Empire
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom DOS Mark Hamill (Col. Blair) is taking briefing from Jason Bernard (Capt. Eisen)
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom DOS Christopher Blair and Captain William Eisen

Promo Images

Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom Wallpaper
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom Screenshot
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom Screenshot
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom Wallpaper

Alternate Titles

  • "银河飞将4:自由的代价" -- Chinese spelling (Simplified)
  • "Wing Commander IV: מחיר החופש" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Wing Commander IV: O Preço da Liberdade" -- Brazilian title
  • "Wing Commander IV: Mekhir ha-Khofesh" -- Hebrew title

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User Reviews

Better than most are willing to admit. Zovni (9307) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Urgh Ashley Pomeroy (233) unrated
Best in the series Brent Barker (2) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Great production values, extremely low play value WizardX (114) unrated
Is it a movie or a game? Olivier Masse (420) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Player (Brazil) May, 1996 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Entertainment Weekly Mar 15, 1996 A- 91
Electric Playground Aug 01, 1996 9 out of 10 90
Jeuxvideo.com Mar 22, 2012 18 out of 20 90
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apr, 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Joker Mar, 1996 88 out of 100 88
PC Player (Germany) Mar, 1996 87 out of 100 87
GameSpot May 01, 1996 8.5 out of 10 85
GamesFirst! 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
How do I run this game in WinME?? 7 Darkon
Jan 22, 2008

Trivia

1001 Video Games

Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cast

  • Now well-known actor Casper Van Dien ("Sleepy Hollow", "Starship Troopers") got his first non-TV role in a bit part for this game. Officially dubbed "Confed Pilot #3," he can be spotted during one of the early cinematics as Blair and Maniac first board their new carrier.
  • The non-speaking pilots on the roster are mostly Origin employees on the WC IV project. For example, Anthony "Yaeger" Sommers (QA Project Lead), Frank "Turbo" Roan (Lead Programmer), and more.

Extras

Creative Labs included a special DVD version of this game with their original DVD drives that included higher quality recompressed video.

Novelization

There is a novelization of the game published by Baen Books.

Production cost

As of June 2000, WC IV held the record for most expensive video game ever made. Dissatisfied with the blue-screened video of #3, Chris Roberts decided he wanted to build full-sized sets for the game. The end result was around $10 million dollars spent. By comparison, that's roughly what the original Star Wars movie cost. As of 2002, WC IV is the second most expensive game after Shenmue.

Removed content

One scene got cut out of the final game. The scene, which shows Wilford telling Blair to board a Black Lance Transport was never released in any official form, but can be found around the net. Be warned that since the scene was cut out at the last minute it is already encoded, meaning you'll need Xanmovie to play it, just like any other WC IV movie file (Xanmovie can be found on Origin's Crusader: No Regret).

Story issue

In a rare "script ignore" for the Wing Commander series, if 2nd Lt. Troy "Catscratch" Carter (played by Mark Dacascos, also of several movies including "Le Pacte des loups" (Brotherhood of the Wolf), survives his final mission, he absolutely disappears from the rest of the game. No mention is made of his fate at all and he is no longer available as a wingman. Lt. Velina Sosa, who is his love interest and is quite upset should he die, never mentions his mysterious disappearance from the ship. Also, his name disappears from the killboard. Normally, when a pilot is killed, "KIA" is written next to their name and their stats remain. But Catscratch, for all intents and purposes, is erased from existence if he actually survives the one mission he doesn't complete properly.

Windows 95 Patch

A Windows 95 patch is available that makes the game run smoother and look better when playing under Windows 95.

Information also contributed by Adam Baratz, Jason Musgrave, John Chaser, Kasey Chang, WizardX, and Zovni

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robotriot (8621) added Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom (DOS) on Nov 01, 1999
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