Wing Commander


Review by Doug Jackson


Flight Sim

Graphics: 8

Sound: 5

Gameplay: 6

Overall: 6.5


It's not always the easiest to review an old flight simulator game for a classic console. I actually was surprised to see that this game is still playable albeit being a bit slow moving today. I actually saw the programmers attention to detail with this game and therefore can give it a good rating even by today's standards. I am however reviewing this by how playable it is today. I haven't seen any reviews from this game's launch so I don't know how well it did back then or how good it is compared to other flight sims.

wing_commander_05.png (12569 bytes)I'll get things started by saying that I wasn't expecting anything to impress me at all graphically but the briefing and lounge area have some incredible graphics. You click your icon on a character to talk with and it switches to a Ninja Gaiden-style intermission scene and their mouth move when the words pop up at the bottom of the screen. If you don't know what I mean, watch the intro to Mega Man X3. This game did that but four years earlier, something not done too often at the time. The flying graphics are decent but plain. You can see your character's lap and hand and the flight stick moves when you steer your ship, but the graphics of the approaching ships didn't fare as well and are ugly and boring by current standards.

Music on the other hand is a mixed bag. The game music, although not bad, is pleasant and relaxing but doesn't seem to fit the game well. The sound effects on the other hand are nonexistent. There is sound effects for firing, missile shots, and when you accelerate but they are really bland and don't use the SNES to its strengths.

Gameplay and control were probably better in their time but are weak now. Control is very responsive. However, there is a steep learning curve when you start and will take time to master. Action is really slow now. You are out to destroy Kilrathi ships and they turn up to few and far between. Speed and depth perception is outdated and stars and nebula are the only thing in space. It is boring to look at. I don't think this is a bad game.

There are games that are a ton more enjoyable today. If you are a fan of flight sims you will probably enjoy this game. Otherwise, try to find something a little faster paced and easier to get into.


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Last updated: Wednesday, December 28, 2005 01:32 AM