When Good Old Games released their first batch of EA games, it seemed pretty odd that the Wing Commander included was Privateer. Fortunately they’ve now righted that wrong by previously sticking up Wing Commanders 1 and 2 for $6 for the pair, and today they’ve added the most famous of the series, Wing Commander III: Heart Of The Tiger. Or as it’s more commonly known, The One With Mark Hamill In It.
This one is $6 alone, but still, coo, it’s a big game with a lot of stilted acting. And cat people! Cat people are the best people.
If you don’t mind my going all Gaming Made Me for a moment, I have some pretty heavy memories attached to this game, although as is so often the case, not of actually playing it. And as ever, in my memory I was about 9 at the time, but in reality I was almost an adult. In 1994, when I was 17 years old, I remember watching my older cousin, James, playing it. He lived in Wales, in a farmhouse, and seemed so impossibly adult to me, being in his early 20s. And there was his PC running this game that looked so impossibly complicated, with all these actors from real life! Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell, John Rhys-Davies, Thomas F. Wilson, Jason Bernard, Tim Curry and, er, Ginger Lynn Allen. I couldn’t tell you a single thing about the game. Just the cutscenes. Which were mesmerising.
Can that possibly still be the case? Who knows. But you can find out, at last. Also, have a blooper roll: