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ZOOM Wing Commander Armada
Sold Out (DOS) (Jewel Case) (ARMADAPJ)

Origin / Electronic Arts

Game

Ratings:

3 stars from Computer Gaming World

Construct Your Own Universe

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.

Key Features:

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.

Requirements:

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.

Reviews:

Computer Gaming World, December 1994

"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 skill."

"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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