||(DOS) (Jewel Case) (ARMADAPJ)
Origin / Electronic Arts
3 stars from Computer Gaming
Construct Your Own
The life of a seasoned starfighter pilot isn't all glory and
adventure. After years of following orders and losing ships and friends, you
are now the sole commander, responsible for heading up a momentous strike
against your enemy's homeland - either the Empire of Kilrah or the heart of the
Confederation. This war requires real strategy, not just hotshot piloting. You
determine where to fight, how to fight, and what ships to build to get the job
done. In Wing Commander Armada, you have the freedom to construct you own
universe, your own missions and your own campaign.
Pit yourself against a sinister computer or play another
player via split-screen, modem or network.
Play directly form the CD and conserve
valuable hard drive space!
Choose from 3 styles of play - intense
dogfight scenarios, strategic search-and-destroy battles, or extended campaigns
to destroy an opposing homeworld.
Explore, fortify and mine hundreds of
planets in a randomly generated universe - never play the same game twice!
Live out your life as a top-notch Terran or
Kilrathi pilot and fly up to 10 different ships.
Play against a friend or the computer, or
play with a friend against the computer.
Customize your taunts and configure your own
keyboard controls using Armada's built-in utilities.
Maximize your field of vision by flying in
an invisible cockpit view.
MS-DOS 5.0 or higher, Intel 486/33 or 100% compatible PC
system, Microsoft Mouse, Joystick, 4 MB RAM (8 MB to run from CD), 13 MB hard
drive space (2 MB to run from CD), Wind 3.11, printer to print on-disc manual.
Supports: Hayes compatible modem, NetBIOS, 256-color VGA; AdLib, SoundBlaster,
General MIDI MPU-401 interface, or 100% compatible for music; Sound Blaster for
digitized speech. For head-to-head play: Hayes compatible 9600 baud or faster
modem, or NetBIOS compatible network.
Computer Gaming World, December
"Armada is at least the graphical equal of any space action
game on the market, if not the best-looking starfighter sim around these days.
Though previous entries in the WC series were always top-notch graphically, the
high-water mark has just been raised again. Ships move smoothly and quickly on
a 486 class PC, but now the images maintain their smooth lines and coherency at
almost any range."
"But all is not sunshine and furballs in the land of armada.
The great thing about the earlier installments of Wing Commander was how
everybody else flew around you, friends and foes alike. The enemy would fly
strategies reflecting the strengths of their fighters. Your own wingmen were
actually good enough to steal kills out from under your guns, and certainly
they were capable of engaging and destroying the enemy with some modicum of
"Well, for some unfathomable reason, the folks at Origin
have decided to rip out all these tried and true routines and give us the
Forest Gump of flight AIs instead."
"It's a shame Armada has these flaws because it is such a
beautiful looking simulation. I found it to be remarkably bug free."
"Fortunately, Armada does offer the multi-player aspect. As
it stands, if you have someone to play Armada against regularly, then this is a
very enjoyable game, stunning to look at, that should keep you flying and
cursing for many hours."
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