Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance (PC CD)
- This Star Wars conflict takes space combat excitement to new heights
- Fly the millennium Falcon as well as X-wings, A-wings, B-wings, Y-wings and other Corellian transports
- Join the massive assault on the fully operational second Death Star in the epic Battle of Endor
- Fifty story-driven single-player missions and flexible new multi-player options
- New "skirmish" mode lets you set your own mission parameters
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Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance casts you as the youngest son of the Azzameen family, a merchant dynasty operating in a galaxy far, far away. The game is set in the turbulent time period between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Caught amid increasing tensions between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance, with business rivals watching for any sign of weakness, the Azzameens are on the edge of financial ruin. Worse, their Rebel sympathies may endanger their very survival.
As the family's newest pilot, you fly tutorial missions at first, under the supervision of your sister Aeron and the droid Emkay. But even as you are training, the situation heats up. Before long, the family has been betrayed, your space station has been seized and you're forced to turn to the Rebellion. Though the game's focus is on combat, the development of this story is tight and suspenseful.
The story and the merchant/smuggler setting give the game plenty of variety. One mission may have you piloting a loaded freighter through an Imperial blockade, while another may place you in the cockpit of an X-Wing on a hit-and-run raid against an enemy battle station. Every ship, every weapon, every sound effect is pure Star Wars, totally faithful to the look--and feel--of the films. This extends to the missions themselves: nothing works as planned, but somehow you and your Rebel allies manage to make it all the way to the climactic Battle of Endor. If you've distinguished yourself in the earlier missions, hot pilots will get the chance to take the controls of the Millennium Falcon and cram a torpedo into the gut of the Emperor's second Death Star.
Controlling the fighters, freighters, and transports in X-Wing Alliance is easy, with all the options you'd expect in a Star Wars simulation. Shield, engine, and weapon power levels are all adjustable, so you, too, can transfer all power to front deflector screens while attacking, or shut down power to weapons to outrun a swarm of TIE fighters. Novice players may find it difficult to control wingmen or to keep track of the changing objectives when missions go sour. But practice makes perfect, and the truly frustrated can simply skip up to three missions without penalty.
With a modest learning curve and graphics that put you right in the milieu of the Star Wars films, X-Wing Alliance will have you flying combat missions for the Rebel Alliance in no time--and loving every minute of it. --Alyx Dellamonica
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There are a great number of missions in the game itself and some of them tie superbly into the storyline and expanded universe novels such as Shadows of the Empire.
Occasionaly a mission that has already taken an age to play will have to be redone due to no fault of your own, and it is sometimes confusing when the rest of the fleet hyperspace to a new battle zone leaving to flap about not knowing where to go, but for the most part it's hugely enjoyable.
The game is split into family-based missions (you are a member of a family wronged by business rivals) and Alliance missions, which are by far the more compelling.
The climax of the game should have been the Battle of Endor assault, but this is where things get disappointing. It is wonderful battling so many TIE fighter's, but the shambolic run to the Death Star main reactor is a total pain, with some of the rooms you pass alomost impossible to find a way out of.
The family missions are left at a giant cliff-hanger and once the Death Star is blown up, there is no end sequence as such to let you know it's game over. I had to look on the internet to confirm I had done everything.
Still, until then it's great and in the combat simulator you can set up your own missions and fly in any fighter craft in the game which should, in theory, offer unending possibilities.
The graphics are excellent, and the AI of the enemy ships seem to be pretty good.
For the ultimate experience though, you will want to play against real people over the internet, where you can make a completely customised multiplayer game with 2-8 teams and 16 flight groups. Although trying to give comands to your wingmates is a little tricky while you are flying.
Sheild and Laser canon recharge rates can be modified easily and if you find yourself needing to make a quick getaway, you can simply cancel both to give your engines that extra boost.
The only thing I don't like about it is the fact that they still have the incorrect Super Star Destroyer length of about 8km, when it is actually 17.5km in length, but now I'm just nit-picking.
A truly great game, and one that I will continue to play over again for years to come.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome game, especially with the online upgrade that is available for it. Very quick postage and in good condition as advertised, especially the CDs.Published 13 months ago by Mr J
Didn't run and No serial no in case ! waste of time.......................Published 19 months ago by mitzi666
Hi, great game once you get everything sorted. You can play this on windows 8 but graphics not as good. Look after your old OS pc's!Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Particularly TIE Fighter is still a great game, the graphics are at 640x480 of course out-dated but you shouldn't really notice after some time. Read morePublished on 16 May 2009 by Reimar Döffinger
This game is a sim of the star wars film so if locking horns with TF and Interceptors is your cup of tea go for it. Read morePublished on 12 Nov. 2008 by Demon
Great game, got it yesterday and played till 12.30AM it combines the graphics of X wing vs Tie Fighter with the game play of the origional x wing. Read morePublished on 30 Sept. 2004 by E. Gibbs
I already had a couple of star wars sims - xwing v tie - x wing
- tie fighter - battle for naboo. Read more
The first several missions are largely tedious affairs with little-known craft that have the manouverability of a cow. Read morePublished on 2 Dec. 2002 by B. Taylor