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Gaming History You Should Know – Wing Commander 3 September 19, 2016

Posted by Maniac in Gaming History You Should Know, Uncategorized.

I know I recently spent an entire recent editorial talking about the PC flight simulator Starfleet Academy but I don’t think I mentioned the fact that it was not my first PC flight sim game. No, that honor goes to Origin’s PC-DOS flight sim game Privateer 2: The Darkening.

The year was 1996, I had just got my first real PC and was loving every second I was using it. A coworker of my father’s had picked up a new game for his PC called Privateer 2, but he found himself unable to play it on his computer. Since he knew my PC was top of the line he gave the game to me and the rest is history.

While most people, including The Spoony One, hated Privateer 2 due to its extreme departure from the Wing Commander games that came before it, I thought it had a great story with amazing direction, and a fantastic cast of actors. But Privateer 2 wasn’t the first PC game by Origin to present a PC flight sim in this way, that honor actually goes to the PC game Wing Commander 3.

Veteran online critic Charles Sonnenburg, better known to the Internet by his online name SF Debris, took some time off between delivering his legendary weekly reviews of old Star Trek episodes to give a review of Wing Commander 3. Not only is the review thorough and hilarious, Chuck (can I call you Chuck?) did a great job researching the history behind the game’s development, making this a great review to watch for both veteran pilots and cadets fresh out of the academy. You can watch it here.

If you liked the review and want to give Wing Commander 3 a try for yourselves the game was available to purchase on EA’s (aptly named) Origin digital online service.  Give it a look if you’re interested in checking it out, just make sure to get a good joystick first.


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