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Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom

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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.


Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom DOS A, battle sequence (intro)
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom DOS A "F-86 Hellcat V" ( planetary mission )
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom PlayStation Practise fight against Maniac
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom DOS A formation of three "Banshee II" fighters

Alternate Titles

  • "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 (9361)
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 (116)
Is it a movie or a game? DOS Olivier Masse (421)

The Press Says

Mac Gamer Macintosh 1996 95 out of 100 95
Privat Computer PC Windows 1996 94 out of 100 94
Entertainment Weekly DOS Mar 15, 1996 A- 91
Electric Playground DOS Aug 01, 1996 9 out of 10 90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Power Play DOS Mar, 1996 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot PlayStation Jun 02, 1997 8.1 out of 10 81
Gamesmania DOS 1996 80 out of 100 80
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Aug, 1997 7 out of 10 70
High Score Macintosh Aug, 1996 3 out of 5 60


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


Despite the gigantic production values this game had, 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 cutted out at the last minute it is already encoded, meaning you'll need Xanmovie to play it, just like any other wc4 movie file (Xanmovie can be found on Origin's Crusader: No Regret).

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