|Game Review 1 (written by Pingu71) Added on: 03/20/2007
Your role in this game is to work for the empire to preserve peace and order - it is not limited to fighting the Rebels and Luke Skywalker. Missions include search/destroy, capture, rescue and defend missions. The missions have stated and secret objectives. Your opponents include the Rebels, two races at war with each other, pirates and traitorous Imperial forces. After completing a tour of duty, you are able to complete missions one more time, just for fun or to increase your score (but these scores won't count to the "storyline" total).
Game Review 2 (written by Chuck_1973) Added on: 03/20/2007
There are a number of different ships you get to fly (fighters from the movies and new ones created for the game), and you would have to get use to their abilities and limitations pretty quickly. To help you out, there are training missions available for each class of ship you will use. Your targets include fighters, convoy ships, medium and large capital ships of the Rebel and Imperial fleets.
I enjoyed being the "bad guy" in this game, but you never felt that way as the game's atmosphere created a sympathetic role for you. Ok, picking off retreating Rebel's might have made me feel a bit like a bad guy, but trust
me - they deserved it.
It’s really cool game with good graphics and sound. So try it. You won’t be disappointed.
Tie Fighter is a space combat simulation where the player (“pilot”) can fly any of the TIE starship variants, along with several other Imperial craft, in a series of missions for the Empire. As the pilot, you have some modicum of control in the weapons load you can carry, and in flight have full control over power distribution to weapons, engines, and shields (excepting the TIE fighter has no shields…no wonder they blow up so damned easily in the movies).
Several missions require the pilot to fly as part of a flight group, which adds to the fun, and in some cases, the pilot has the ability to command his wingmen, in order to strike several targets (or one big one.) Missions can range anywhere from single craft patrols to squadron sized escort duties to all-out slugfests between a rebel Corillian Cruiser and a boat load of TIEs and assault shuttles. Several missions have a touch of political intrigue as well, as a secret agent of the Emperor may issue you supplemental orders in addition to or even contradicting those you have already received.
There are dozens of different missions in several theaters of operation, providing plenty of playability before repeating any missions. Missions typically increase in difficulty within each theater, so the ability to transfer between theaters is nice in the event that you come across a particularly tough one (and those are out there), as you can take a break by switching to another theater and tackling a few easy ones.
Although the actual missions are the heart of the game, there are combat and flight simulators to gain a little practice on the several craft available and maybe even pick up a ribbon or two.
As can be expected from LucasArts, graphics are state of the art for the day, and even now aren’t all that bad. Flight modeling is smooth and has a nice feel, and the power distribution controls make it easy to customize the ship to the pilot’s liking and the missions requirements (you can either go fast and route power to the weapons long enough to get off a few shots, or lumber in slowly with laser cannons fully charged for a “Rambo” style approach).
Although this game can be played with a mouse, or even just a keyboard, a joystick is really necessary to immerse yourself in the experience.
Tie Fighter is arguably the best space combat simulation of all time (with X-Wing being a close second). Plan to spend several hours at a sitting, as starting the game to play one missions is usually not a realistic goal.
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This is the original shareware version of Tie Fighter from 1993.
My favorite arcade game, played for many happy hours. Fast action and absorbing. Ships keep coming faster and faster until you just cant keep up. Looking forward to playing again soon.Saturn_5 (09/24/2008)
I spent hours with this game. Absolute great graphics and SndFX for that time (I'm a Starwars Fan too). There are a lot of key-commands to remember, but it's worth the time. Flight mate control, different views and target options.Rob (08/28/2008)
Awesome game. It would be cool if it were updated to allow multiplayer now. Actually, I wish that there were more missions in "Tie Fighter" where you could fly a regular Tie Fighter, not one of the special Tie Advanced, etc.Me (05/23/2008)
This is the best fight simulation ever.Bazookatone (04/21/2008)
This was an awesome game. I hadn't seen Star Wars at the time, but I knew vaguely what it was, I remember that, when I finally saw the movies, I was astonished by how easily I recognized the ships. The graphics for the time were brilliant. I remember that the first mission involved scanning freighters, looking for a rebel shipment of something. My computer at the time didn't have sound, so for me the whole experience was completely silent.Santarilius (03/10/2008)
I spent far too many hours playing this game. Very addicting and intriguing and entertaining. Difficult at the beginning but not hard once you get used to the controls.Jesper (01/20/2008)
I have to tell you this was by far the best game I ever played. It didn’t dumb anything down for the player. You had full control of your ship and you needed to play for hours to learn all the controls fully and utilise them correctly. I wish they made more games like this these days.Degen123 (09/24/2007)
Great game, and the sequels are loads of fun. X-Wing, X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter, and X-Wing Alliance all are challenging and enjoyable.Prestonsburg (03/21/2007)
Awesome! This game is old school but is still fun.Yoshimann (03/21/2007)
It is a fun game to play, classic game of the 90, must play for any star wars fan or sci-fi fanStorm troper (03/12/2007)
This was absolutely the best flight-action-simulation made in the 90s. I remember years of dogfights against the rebels only to get into the inner cirlce :)