A new space sim called Secret Sign recently hit the Russian market. An English-language version of the website is now available in preparation of the game's worldwide release.
StarCalibur is a classic space shooter/simulator. It does not require any knowledge of Newtonian physics or astronavigation. The controls and movement of the ship are simplified and intuitive even for the beginners. StarCalibur features both first- and third-person view modes. The latter is not a simple feed from an exterior "camera", but a full-fledged view mode with its own FOV.
The player must accomplish a string of linear missions while flying a space fighter in first- or third-person view mode. During several missions the player directs the fire of the carrier's defense systems. Missions take place both in space and above planetary surfaces. In the course of the game, the player will gain access to newer, more effective weaponry, and ship upgrades (speed, maneuverability, weapon systems).
Gameplay features like directing carrier fire and controlling planetary installations is something I haven't seen very often. More screenshots and background information can be found on the website.
Cockpit Renders Tease WC4 Remaster
Among many other Wing Commander endeavors, Pedro is still grinding away in the background on his WC4 Remaster project. He reports that there might be some exciting breakthroughs regarding cockpits soon, and DefianceIndustries has stepped up to share some of the prototype views. There's still work to go, but these examples are pretty sweet! (2019-03-20)
Prepare for Intense Space Combat... Also Book Club
Episode 5 of All Wings Considered is less than two days away! This will be the team's most challenging episode to date as they take on the Special Operations 1 Finale. NINE Gothris escorting a Fralthra! (2019-03-19)
Squad Goals: Collect 'Em All
We spotted a classy Italian WC3 last month, and this time here's an original Italian Wing Commander courtesy of Dennis Mull. This is one of the European Hit Squad rereleases, and in this case it was published by Jackson Libri. It came with a similarly stylized version of the manual/Claw Marks as well. (2019-03-18)
Drunk Review is Surprisingly Coherent
It's been a good week for console ports! SNES Drunk has posted their review of Wing Commander for the Super Nintendo. There's a lot to like here, and the author enjoys the art style, background setting, branching missions and most aspects of the gameplay. (2019-03-17)
All Feedback Considered
Our weekly All Wings Considered show is off to a great start! LOAF and Dundradal have been coming up with tons of content to share each week, but they're also actively reaching out to viewers for what else they'd like to see. Feedback on what's been done so far is much appreciated, and they're also especially looking for questions to fit in the Ghorah Khar Talk segment. (2019-03-17)