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Tachyon: The Fringe (Windows)

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Description

Jake Logan was an ace pilot, living in Sol and holding a steady job flying for Advanced Ganymede Technologies. However somewhere in the middle of a mission it all went wrong and explosions ended up killing several civilian lives. Jake has now been fired from his comfortable job, arrested by Star Patrol and exiled from Sol space. What's left is The Fringe, which consists of unexplored and contested sectors, linked together by gates run by the Tachyon Corporation. Out here, the rule of law is thin... and corporate rivalries take one a whole new deadly meaning. Take for instance a dispute between the Galspan corporation and Bora Mining, a conflict which threatens to overwhelm all allegiances within the Fringe.

Tachyon: The Fringe is a 1st-person space combat game. Players will sign up for missions, which vary from starbase to starbase. The objectives include escort missions, combat, recon, search and destroy, cargo scanning and sector defense. Completion of these missions will increase Jake's credit balance and unlock new equipment and ship types from different corporations. Typical equipment includes laser guns, projectile guns, missiles, scanners, ECM, mines and targeting equipment. Jake can also hire wingmen to help him out for a small initial fee, as well as a percentage of each completed mission in which they participate. There are over 60 different missions, each of which is scripted. There is no free flight ability while not on a mission, though it's usually possible to move between space stations and sectors.

Tachyon: The Finge also features two different multiplayer modes (Arena or BaseWar), which can be played over the Internet at NovaWorld.

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Tachyon: The Fringe Windows Jake Logan, protagonist
Tachyon: The Fringe Windows The Freedom Starbase of the Bora people
Tachyon: The Fringe Windows Title menu
Tachyon: The Fringe Windows Configuring your Orion

Alternate Titles

  • "Жестокие звезды" -- Russian spelling
  • "Jestokie Zvezdy" -- Russian title

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User Reviews

It's a Star! SifouNaS (1317) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A genre-defining space shooter from Novalogic??? Damn right!! Zovni (9360) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

The Press Says

4Players.de Jul 31, 2000 85 out of 100 85
Gamesmania 2000 85 out of 100 85
GameSpy May 25, 2000 85 out of 100 85
PC Player (Germany) Jun, 2000 85 out of 100 85
Absolute Games (AG.ru) May 11, 2000 85 out of 100 85
incite PC Gaming Jul, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Games (Germany) Mar 07, 2001 80 out of 100 80
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Jul 19, 2000 78 out of 100 78
GameSpot May 05, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
ActionTrip May 09, 2000 75 out of 100 75

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Trivia

As usual Bruce Campbell has a lot of good one-liners in the game, and that includes when you try to cheat! When inputting the cheat codes Bruce will spout random phrases such as:

"Oh, Mr. Cheater, why don't you try to beat the game fair and square?"

"Oh, I see, it's time to cheat. No, no, don't let me stop you."

"Well, I guess when you're not doing so well you have to cheat, don't you?

There are quite a bit more, and it's worth fooling around with the cheats just to hear them :).

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Kasey Chang (3654) added Tachyon: The Fringe (Windows) on Jan 16, 2001