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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.

Screenshots

Tachyon: The Fringe Windows Central Hub at one of the many starbases
Tachyon: The Fringe Windows A heavy freighter
Tachyon: The Fringe Windows Preparing my Warhammer for battle
Tachyon: The Fringe Windows Hull critical! Your hull, that is.

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

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A genre-defining space shooter from Novalogic??? Damn right!! Zovni (9355) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

The Press Says

Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) May 10, 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gamesmania 2000 85 out of 100 85
GameSpy May 25, 2000 85 out of 100 85
incite PC Gaming Jul, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Captain Jun 26, 2000 80 out of 100 80
PC Games (Germany) Mar 07, 2001 80 out of 100 80
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Jul, 2000 79 out of 100 79
Game Over Online May 19, 2000 71 out of 100 71
Gamekult Sep 19, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) Jun 13, 2000 7 out of 10 70

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Nov 30, 2012

Trivia

Further entering into the spirit of the game universe the manual is written as a "Star Pilot's Guide To The Fringe" and features full page adverts from organizations from the game, such as political appeals, tour companies offering trips round the solar system, recruitment posters etc

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Kasey Chang (3653) added Tachyon: The Fringe (Windows) on Jan 16, 2001