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    News - You can download and play Wing Commander 3 'On the house'

    This space combat ancestor of Star Citizen usually costs $4.99 (£3.99) on Origin.
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    Re: News - You can download and play Wing Commander 3 'On the house'

    Wowzors. Blast from the past....although I can actually remember playing the first 2......IIRC Mark Hamil was in WC2.
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    Re: News - You can download and play Wing Commander 3 'On the house'

    Quote Originally Posted by shaithis View Post
    Wowzors. Blast from the past....although I can actually remember playing the first 2......IIRC Mark Hamil was in WC2.
    Nope. WC3 is the first one with FMV and actors.

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    Re: News - You can download and play Wing Commander 3 'On the house'

    Please no-one mention the Wing Commander film...

    Isn't that John Rhys-Davies bottom left too - arguably more famous than Malcolm McDowell, especially to the kids (in LOTR and Indiana Jones)? Although I'll admit to liking Mr McD's acting in Tank Girl.

    Anyway, back to the game - worth getting? If so, then I'm getting more impressed with the "On the house" selection - picked up Peggle for nowt at the weekend.

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    Re: News - You can download and play Wing Commander 3 'On the house'

    Like I said in the classifieds section here. If you like space combat games give it a go, it is a fun game, does look dated but if you can get past the old skool looks it is very good.

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    Re: News - You can download and play Wing Commander 3 'On the house'

    Quote Originally Posted by crossy View Post
    Please no-one mention the Wing Commander film...

    Isn't that John Rhys-Davies bottom left too
    Yes, Paladin. There are other actors of very dubious origin..

    - arguably more famous than Malcolm McDowell
    Oh I don't know about that!

    Anyway, back to the game - worth getting?
    If you don't know already, then no. It's strictly for nostalgia fans only, and you'll have already downloaded it by now if you were

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    Re: News - You can download and play Wing Commander 3 'On the house'

    Hopefully this will work, unlike Sims that was available last month.

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    Re: News - You can download and play Wing Commander 3 'On the house'

    It is Dosbox so you shouldn't have any issues running it, Sims 2 I grabbed and have had no issues with it either. I get the games via the client rather than the website though.

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    Re: News - You can download and play Wing Commander 3 'On the house'

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    Yes, Paladin. There are other actors of very dubious origin..

    If you don't know already, then no. It's strictly for nostalgia fans only, and you'll have already downloaded it by now if you were

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferral View Post
    Like I said in the classifieds section here. If you like space combat games give it a go, it is a fun game, does look dated but if you can get past the old skool looks it is very good.
    "Old skool" suits me fine - heck I still play Call Of Duty 2 ffs! Although it kinda lost some appeal after one of the kids asked me if I was reliving my childhood - cheeky nipper and wrong by more than quarter of a century (and damn nearly a half a century if we're talking about being of fighting age in '44).

    Given it's free I'll maybe give it a spin - as it's an old title maybe it'll also be a small footprint, app drive is getting seriously short of space.
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    Re: News - You can download and play Wing Commander 3 'On the house'

    Pass... Mainly as I already got all 9 Wing Commander games on GoG for $11!!

    Quote Originally Posted by crossy View Post
    Isn't that John Rhys-Davies bottom left too - arguably more famous than Malcolm McDowell, especially to the kids (in LOTR and Indiana Jones)?
    I remember him in Shogun. Does that qualify me as 'Old' then?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferral View Post
    It is Dosbox so you shouldn't have any issues running it, Sims 2 I grabbed and have had no issues with it either. I get the games via the client rather than the website though.
    I found a lot of the WC games ran like utter crap under DosBox, especially on a 1080p 27" screen... Privateer (the one with Clive Owen) had video cutscenes that looked like I was watching them on a broken 1979 CRT. Lines all over the screen!

    I also heard there was a patch/fix for this - Not sure if it only applied to Privateer or all of them, though. Is the quality OK on your version, or is it abysmal?

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    Re: News - You can download and play Wing Commander 3 'On the house'

    I had this in its original incarnation. It was pretty awful. If you want a classic space shooter, then just get Tie Fighter from somewhere, which was excellent (or so the view through my rose-tinted glasses tells me).

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    Re: News - You can download and play Wing Commander 3 'On the house'

    The videos and transitions are very pixelated, not really noticing any scan lines though, mouse seems a little twitchy at times also, getting used to it though and enjoying it again.

    If you have the GOG version there is a fix to actually make it the Win95 version, it doesn't work on the Origin release of the game though, tried it already and it says insert original CD, still its a decent enjoyable game. Need to get back into the Freepspace games and Tachyon, I like the way those actually have the guided shot crosshair (same on Freelancer actually) where you aim for the moving diamond instead of the ship itself.

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    Re: News - You can download and play Wing Commander 3 'On the house'

    Quote Originally Posted by Fraz View Post
    I had this in its original incarnation. It was pretty awful. If you want a classic space shooter, then just get Tie Fighter from somewhere, which was excellent (or so the view through my rose-tinted glasses tells me).
    At the time WC3 was kind of amazing, though not as emotionally good as the previous ones, but yes, Tie Fighter was a far superior space combat game, as was Free Space 2 as mentioned by Ferral. The Wing/Strike Commander games were never about the combat which was always arcade like at best. Makes me wonder what on earth they're playing at with Star Citizen but I don't think they really know either

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    Re: News - You can download and play Wing Commander 3 'On the house'

    Never actually was able to complete WCIII

    May have to go for it...

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    Re: News - You can download and play Wing Commander 3 'On the house'

    Quote Originally Posted by Brewster0101 View Post
    Never actually was able to complete WCIII

    May have to go for it...
    The ending's poor. Don't say I didn't warn you

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    Re: News - You can download and play Wing Commander 3 'On the house'

    It was good in its day but not now for fans only

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