4 out of 5
Modern enough to be enjoyed by non retro gamers as well
With this 4th iteration Wing Commander had gotten to the point where it was as modern as you could desire and expect it to be. Yeah, the older games in the series were great as well
, but they didn't necessarily had mass appeal, especially years after they were released. I'd say that this is not the case anymore with the fourth game because it upped the ante on all sectors. Not the least it excels at immediate playability, as the graphics are no longer just by associating looking like the world of the movies, nope, now they genuinely use ship models that are really top notch, recreations of the Star Wars fighters and what not, and the interiors of the ships (the overlay displays) are also so much better crafted and much useful than ever. The missions haven't changed in what they ask of you: there is a lot of hunting missions, a lot of space combat and exploration and some freight transport missions as well. It's, in many ways, a maturation of the series, and if you are uncertain with the series, starting out with this 4th title will sure be a sure bet.