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5 stars from Computer Gaming World
96% from PC Gamer
Professionally scripted and filmed in Hollywood, ORIGIN's multi-million dollar production combines the entertainment of film-making with the interactivity of computer gaming. The result is a spectacular spaceflight adventure.
Adrenaline, romance, humor, danger - Wing Commander III has all this and more. This sequel completes the turbulent chronicles of the Terran-Kilrathi war. The final showdown takes place on one of the homeworlds - Earth or Kilrah. But only you can write the ending...
Ensemble cast features Mark Hamill, John Rhys-Davies, Malcolm McDowell, Tom Wilson, Jason Bernard and Ginger Allen.
Interact with characters to control plot, conversation path and ending.
Fifty intense missions - each with photorealistic, 3-D space combat.
Full 16-bit digital soundtrack for cinematics, plus general MIDI support and digitized speech for space combat.
32-bit computer technology fully utilizes the power of your 486 or Pentium.
Explore SGI-rendered virtual sets in both VGA and SVGA.
Invisible cockpit view, 3-D navigation system, stealth technology, instant missions and more.
Pilot five distinct fighters, armed with fully configurable weaponry.
Play directly from CD - over 3 hours of live-action video, plus dozens of hours of gameplay.
Requirements (original box): Intel 486/50 or 100% compatible PC system, MS-DOS 5.0 or higher, Microsoft mouse, joystick, keyboard, 8 MB RAM, 20 MB hard drive space, double speed or faster CD-drive, MSCDEX ver. 2.2 or higher, 256-color VGA/SVGA (Intel Pentium recommended for optional SVGA play), 100% compatible VESA driver required for SVGA.
Supported Sound Cards: Sound Blaster (SB) or 100% compatible, SB Pro, SB 16, SB AWE, ProAudio Spectrum, Wave Blaster, Roland SCB-10, RAP-10/ SCC-1, MT 32/LAPC-1, Ensoniq Soundscape, Gravis Ultrasound, Gravis Ultrasound Max or 100% compatible MPU-401 General Midi card.
Requirements (new Gold box): Pentium 60MHz or faster (P75 recommended), 16MB RAM, 45 MB free hard drive space (82MB recommended), Windows 95, double speed CD-ROM drive or faster, sound card that supports DirectSound, SVGA video card that supports DirectDraw, MS-mouse or 100% compatible. Most common joysticks, throttle controls and rudder pedals supported. Documentation is on-disc (printer required to print on-disc manuals).
Computer Gaming World, December 1994
"One of the most anticipated titles of the holiday season, Wing Commander III demands instant attention because of its live-action cinematic sequences featuring such high-profile acting talent as Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell and John Rhys Davies. The nice news for gamers is that the huge budget seems to have not only enhanced the cinematics, but the flight model as well. Now Confederation pilots may fly and fight Kilrathi in a true 3D environment, with ship graphics significantly better than even those found on the Wing Commander Armada screen."
Computer Gaming World, February 1995
"Each mission is flown from the cockpit of one of a half-dozen types of fighters, ranging from a light scout to a heavy bomber. Flight mechanics and controls are virtually unchanged from the previous WCs, with a few useful additions."
"Graphically, the space combat portion of the game is stunning and superior to anything out there now."
"The action is very fast, very exciting and very cinematic. I use the word cinematic in the sense that combat has been tweaked to make it feel more like a movie instead of a flight sim."
"You move through the story in a series of cinematic sequences and conversations that arrange themselves according to your actions on the field of combat. Often in conversation you will have one opportunity to choose a type of response that affects the course of things, or how a character relates to you for the rest of the game."
PC Gamer, March 1995
"But with Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger, Origin has produced a title that succeeds so perfectly and on so many levels that it must be considered the new benchmark against which all interactive entertainment will be compared. With its all-star cast, big-budget production, intriguing storyline, sumptuous sound, and beautiful 3D rendering, WCIII is a game in which every element is meticulously crafted, and brought together flawlessly."
"There's enough that's familiar here to please fans of the series, while providing a couple of new tricks to keep things interesting. The flight dynamics and (for the most part) the mission structure are the same-old Wing Commander, with more of an emphasis on arcade-like action than true 'space simulation.' At times you still get the feeling that you're in a bubble with the scenery rotating around you, but this hardly matters. Wing Commander III delivers in spades where it counts - in the action and drama departments."
"Of course, there's some cost for all this: WCIII will fight even the most advanced systems for a proper configuration, and on my Pentium 60 with 24 MB of RAM and a full installation it still features a protracted, almost two-minute-long mission load time.
"But the rest of the game flows quite well - so well, in fact, that you'll soon forget this is a game and just become wrapped up in its fully realized world. It's a tour de force, and the culmination of years of work on a series that many consider the finest in computer gaming history."
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