Star Wars: X-Wing -- Collector Series Review
By Brian Egan |
This collection takes the complete X-Wing and TIE Fighter, with all missions and campaigns, and a limited version of X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter and bundled them in one package. Having them all together in one box helps reduce shelf space and gives new computer users who may have missed these classics a chance to try them, but the bundle feels curiously unfulfilling.
No special new missions or campaigns have been added for this release, and gameplay has only been very lightly tweaked by a few bug fixes. The major new appeal is complete hardware-acceleration support for X-Wing and TIE Fighter, which none of the previous bundles or upgrades offered. Support via Direct3D is stable and fairly effective. Essentially, both games have been retrofitted with the X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter engine. Smoothing and shading, some enhanced textures and modeling, and a few lighting effects generally make things look better but not outstanding. These are still old games, and even the X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter engine is looking a bit long in the tooth. No matter what hardware tricks Lucas uses, you can't escape the fact that space-combat games of the last six months look much better. The cockpits and wraparound material have been enhanced but still look a bit dated and even cheesy at times.
These are classic games that belong on every computer gamer's shelf, no doubt about it. The packages are completely Win95 native, easily installed, and easy on the hard drive. With a budget friendly price, this one is worth picking up for Star Wars fans, despite its age.