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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 Officers' Lounge
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom DOS A cruiser ( Union of Border Worlds )
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom DOS BOOOM
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom DOS Dogfighting a "F-103 Excalibur"

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. DOS Zovni (9314)
This is a game? PlayStation Anatole (52)
Urgh DOS Ashley Pomeroy (233)
Best in the series DOS Brent Barker (2)
Great production values, extremely low play value DOS WizardX (114)
Is it a movie or a game? DOS Olivier Masse (420)

Critic Reviews

Mac Gamer Macintosh 1996 95 out of 100 95
Privat Computer PC Windows 1996 94 out of 100 94
PC Games (Germany) DOS Feb, 1996 93 out of 100 93
Entertainment Weekly DOS Mar 15, 1996 A- 91
PC Joker DOS Mar, 1996 88 out of 100 88
PC Player (Germany) DOS Mar, 1996 87 out of 100 87
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Apr, 1996 84 out of 100 84
Video Games PlayStation May, 1997 75 out of 100 75
Macworld Macintosh Oct, 1996 7.1 out of 10 71
High Score Macintosh Aug, 1996 3 out of 5 60

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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