Den of Geek Looks Back at Wing Commander Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Update ID

Pedro tipped us off about a comprehensive retrospective featured at Den of Geek. There have been quite a few similar articles written over the years, but that repetition reflects Wing Commander's position as the gold standard of space sims. Every time a new website produces their take on the franchise, another potential audience gets to learn about our exciting history. This particular take on the series does a pretty good job of covering all the bases. Anyone can put together a few words about Wing Commander 1-4 and Prophecy, but superior articles go the extra mile and cover games like Secret Ops, Arena and Super Wing Commander. They also make sure to direct interested folks towards GOG so that they can become new fans. As everyone knows, you should avoid internet comments, but it's practically heart-warming to read about the fond memories that people are replying with in this case. Check out the full article here.
In its day, though, Wing Commander was one of the biggest names in gaming, and the series' fans would certainly like to see it return on current hardware.

Wing Commander is a true example of a classic gaming series. When it arrived it delivered a unique and challenging, yet easy to play flight simulator-style title, which was an exception in a genre known for being overly complex and daunting. Anyone could play the title, and you didn't even need an expensive flight stick to get the most out of it.

Importantly, the series never sat still. Instead of simply releasing rehashed sequels, which would have no doubt sold very well regardless, Origin constantly refined and improved the game's formula. New game engines, impressive FMV storytelling and all sorts of other technical tricks made each entry in the series feel fresh. The core gameplay remained true, yet evolved as time went on, and with Privateer, the series even embraced open-world conventions, and paid homage to all-time classic, Elite.

Simply put, Wing Commander is one of those series that any self-respecting gamer should look up and try if they haven't already. It's part of gaming history and is a very important series, taking many brave first steps and big risks, and making them pay off.


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