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Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance (Windows)

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Written by  :  Kasey Chang (3654)
Written on  :  Mar 15, 2002

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Summary

Great game for Star Wars fans, but the puzzle aspects turns me off

The Good

Great "souvenirs" as rewards after each mission, plenty of Star Wars lore, nice missions with a lot of combat, some "stunt flying" (maneuver through tight spaces), and other objectives.

The Bad

Some parts TOO puzzle like. The auto-dock features don't always work and you must do manual docking. You have to be VERY precise with your shots as gun energy is extremely limited. Energy management vs. speed management can be troublesome.

The Bottom Line

XWA is an interesting title to quantify. It is a lot of things to different people... It's a bit of 3D puzzle (similar to X-Wing and TIE Fighter), it's a bit of resource management (energy management), it's a lot of 3D space combat that requires precision shooting (a LOT more precise than Wing Commander series), and the full force of Star Wars lore.

If you enjoy that type of gameplay, XWA should be right up your alley. However, it is NOT for everyone.

Graphics and sound were adequate and not quite state of the art any more, but for an older title this is expected.