Which one is your favorite?

LeHah

212 Squadron - "The Old Man's Eyes And Ears"
Each game is a different experience with its strengths and weaknesses. I'd be torn between WC and WC3.

The first game has a pulp feel to it. Lots of run and gun which was thankfully re-emphasized in Prophecy.

WC3 was my first Wing Commander game though, so when you mention the gaming series, the first thing I remember is my outright awe at the FMV and the beautiful cockpit HUDs.
 

DaveO

Rear Admiral
For me, the FMVs, ship weapon sounds, and the fanfare on your getting into the cockpit make WC3 the best in the series.
 

Red Baron

Rear Admiral
I love production design, and WC3 made a huge effort to invent a coherent, unique fighter design that's really indistinguishable (bussard collectors for the jump engine etc.). Plus it was the last game with pretty cockpits.
 
Hm.... I can't really say. I'm really kinda new to the WC games. I only just got WCIII a few years ago and WC: Prophecy for the GBA just recently, and I haven't played any of the others. I would have to say WCIII is my favorite right now.
 

MannPower

Commodore
Late to the game, but it's been a while since I really scoured the forums.

Would have to say the series, for my, goes in this order (Excluding spin-offs, such as Privateer):

WC2, WC4, WC1, WC3, Prophecy
 

Farbourne

Rear Admiral
WC2 is a stong contender for me...certainly the most emotionally powerful. However, it misses out because I wasn't at all crazy about its gameplay--in fact, I liked its gameplay the least out of any of the WC games that I've played except for Privateer. (I've played WC1, SM1+2, WC2, SO1+2, WC3, WC4, Prophecy, and about half of Privateer, Secret Ops, and Standoff).

My favorite has got to be WC4, though. Unquestionably. For the following reasons:

*The AI is awesome. Seriously, WC4 had the best AI of any flight or space sim I've ever played. In every other game (WC and otherwise) the AI seemed to consist of a bunch of preporgrammed maneuvers that you could learn to anticipate--i.e. it always felt like I was flying against a computer. In WC4, for some reason, it almost seemed I was flying against a human. It did weird things I didn't expect, like a Vindicator skimming the ground and then diving for the deck, getting my faster Hellcat to overshoot, and then popping up behind me and nailing me with a HS. The enemies worked effectively in teams, and made being outnumbered really suck, just like it does in real life. The thing about Prophecy that disappointed me most was that the AI seemed to take a step back (then I figured that that was just because they were a bunch of bugs and not people. :)

*Great story. Almost as good at WC2 for emotional content.

*Fantastic acting. The greatest moment in any video game I've ever seen (spoiler ahead) is the moment in WC4 where the Intrepid is chasing the Vesuvius, and Tolwyn calmly orders her to turn around and attack, commenting about kicking a junkyard dog in the teeth, when the camera cuts to Blair's widening and suddenly panic stricken eyes as he orders all hands to battle stations. Great climactic moment!

*I know other games have done it since, and probably some did it before, but I loved the WC4 had different endings and made judgements about what kind of person you were based on the choices you made, some seemingly insignificant. I got the "evil" winning ending my first time, and was quite upset about what that said about me!

*Very good gameplay. Nice graphics, missiles for once were actually useful, I liked the controls, I like the capship interaction.

All around, probably one of the top five games I've ever played, of any genre.
 

MannPower

Commodore
I think the trial sequence in WC4 - where everyone's testifying against Tolwyn - is the only game sequence in which I've gotten somewhat emotional. Of course, it coulda been due to the fact that I was 13 when I first played it, but still.

It's far, far better than all the 13 year olds who fawned over Final Fantasy 7, 'cause it was their first "story-driven" game.
 
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