it is, the no frills, head-to-head confrontation of the Rebel X-Wing Starfighter vs. the
Imperial TIE Fighter.
The design focus and goal of X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter was to
create a new richness in multi-player game play. The Lucas Arts homepage said, "Given
the complexity of the game engine and overall design, we had to make some tradeoffs. A
single player campaign is under consideration for the upcoming expansion disc."
X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter is a game for the true network player enthusiast. It is
basically a realization in full of what all of us who where around to see the original
Star Wars Trilogy in the movie theaters. That being the heroic (or villainous depending on
your taste) pilot out to save the Universe, to swoop through the raging battle in your
starfighter sowing havoc and dead to those who oppose you (it sure is a step up from
running trough my house as a kid with my toy X-Wing and pretending I was Luke Skywalker).
And, while the original X-Wing and TIE Fighter brought you all this, now you can bring
some of your friends into the fray with you.
The first thing you will notice in X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter is the
graphics. They are a far cry from X-Wing and definitely better than TIE Fighter. The next
thing you will notice is the fact that just about ever ship that you ever saw in the
movies and about 50 that werent are in this. After the improved graphics have
settled in, you will notice (assuming you have a good sound card and sound system) the
great sound with this game. It is almost like having John Williams orchestra right
there with you. I dont just mean good sound, I mean the movie music score playing
along with you. It is really excellent.
Really the only thing I can hack here is the lack of a theme for the
single player option. I know the intent is a multi/internet-player game, put I think a
career, plot and theme for the single player would have been nice for all of us who
dont have a network readily available. Lets just watch for the expansion disk
One other problem, however, was the internet multi-player
games. A great idea, but it just isn't possible to play a three or four player game
without suffering serious lag. I understand that this can't always be avoided, but when
the TIE fighter you are chasing just dissappears due to lag it is frustrating.