From the first mission to the last, TIE Fighter has you firmly bolted into your pilot's chair. As you take an X-wing into your sights and blast it to nothing, you can't help but grin with evil glee. This is TIE Fighter.
Armed with a Gravis gamepad, it is quite easy to maneuver the ship. Barrel-rolling and dodging enemy fire is no problem, and getting as close as possible to huge ships without hitting them is a constant delight. One thing that is difficult at times is aiming -- which is quite understandable when you consider the speed of some ships!
The A-wing, for example, is a pain to hit. You often find yourself flying around it as it dodges and pitches every volley of shots you throw its way. Fifteen minutes later -- when shooting it down for the first time, only to discover there were five more flipping around you -- it is tempting to banish TIE Fighter from your computer forever. Stick with it though, because the game just gets better and better.
After playing games like Wing Commander, TIE Fighter was indeed a wonderful relief, providing a wonderful "feel" of what it'd be like to be in space fighting the Rebel Alliance. It is not very often that a game places the user in the role of the bad guy. It is great to be able to blast away at any and all who oppose the Empire.
Even if you normally do not enjoy flight simulations, there's no doubt you'll enjoy TIE Fighter. Offering flight simulation training missions within the game, it will assist you with your skill as a pilot. You'll find yourself bowing to the feet of the Emperor, ready to crush any Rebel scum who dare to oppose your forces. Evil is good.
Graphics: Great feel for empty space. The large ships all look superb up close as you scream within inches of them.
Sound: Ever heard your control panel fry and explode? Sounds cool! Great voices too.
Enjoyment: Although some of the missions got impossibly hard, I somehow managed to pass.
Replay Value: After the time you have to commit in order to go through the game once, I know I won't play it three or four times through.
This compilation includes the campaigns from the original game Star Wars: TIE Fighter, the three campaigns from the add-on Star Wars: TIE Fighter - Defender of the Empire and also three new, never before released campaigns in a second add-on called Enemies of the Empire. In total there are more than 100 missions to fly and survive.
In addition to the new missions, there are also some technical improvements to the game:
Improved screen resolution to SVGA (640*480)
Added new cut scenes
Full voice mission briefings and radio calls (the so called "Talkie" version)
Improved the interactive mission briefing
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