What is it?
You fly around in Star Wars ships and blow stuff up. Contrary to the title, you get to fly x-wings, y-wings, a-wings, and sometimes b-wings. Luke Skywalker flew an x-wing so, you know – it makes sense to call it that.
The more professional explanation: “X-Wing also features an original narrative that parallels the events of Episode IV. At crucial points in the storyline, hand-drawn cutscenes complement the narrative that is told mostly through the mission briefings and in-flight radio messages. The scenes were entirely original, though inspired by the movies.” – Star Wars: X-Wing Wikipedia
Why I loved it SO MUCH
- It was all about the medals and awards. I wanted my badges SO BAD. I didn’t care about the actual missions, I just wanted the glory for it. The missions were just an annoying side step to making my outfit pretty.
- I got to fly in a variety of aircraft. You had some choice in what you flew and each ship had different strengths and weaknesses for specific missions.
- At the time, the graphics were really cool. I really felt like I was destroying the crap out of TIE Fighters which was a major step up from playing games like Spectre. After watching some recent gameplay, I wasn’t sure if I had the right game since it seemed so cartoony. Weird.
Why some people might not like it
- It’s hard. The game sometimes felt impossible to beat. When you’re just trying to earn some badges, the game can get really frustrating.
- Also, I was always really bored by the mission screen. I just read “DESTROY FREIGHTER” and went for it. In other words, I took a caveman approach to fighting the dark side.
- There wasn’t a huge storyline. Actually, you pretty much just did missions that happened somewhere after the events of ‘A New Hope’. You can pick and choose what you do – it doesn’t really feel like there’s any linear gameplay.
This was another game that was passed along to me as a kid. (I’m happy I had people in my life who were encouraging my video game habit.) It came as part of a collector’s set that also had Rebel Assault, Rebel Assault 2, and other fun stuff. PS I totally cheated my way through Rebel Assault 2 – that game was impossible.
If you’re a die hard Star Wars fan, I definitely recommend trying this out. I loved it as a kid so my flawed logic follows that everyone else should like it as an adult. Lucky for you, it’s considered abandonware now!
Click here to download the full game: Star Wars: X-Wing Collector’s Edition