Today we've dug up three reader response sections to Gamespot questions of the weeks that each highlight Wing Commander. If you know of any we've missed here (and don't have in the old news archives), please let us know. The first is in regards to Gamespot's Massively Multiplayer editorial. There was a proper WC plug in the full feature, but people still wrote in to ask why there wasn't an actual Privateer Online game yet. You can find it here.
Why hasn't Origin started making an online Wing Commander: Privateer-like game? It seems like it would make sense and have plenty of people interested. Or would the speed of the Internet affect gameplay? Regardless, why haven't they at least tried?There's a Gamespot editor's note that mentions Freelancer.. too bad they neglect to mention it's not a WC-like space sim nor that Origin did try and EA pulled the plug.
Up next we have letters talking about the best franchise of all time. Wing Commander was mentioned in the poll if I recall correctly, but it didn't get a feature paragraph. It begins here and WC hum starts here.There's not much on the third page, but you can find dedicated letters after that.
The July 31 batch of letters highlights the games with the best movies. I recall there being some upset because WC truly shines in this area and didn't get all that much credit. Things begin here.
I've always felt that the Wing Commander series had the best cinematics - particularly Wing Commander IV. I was introduced to the idea of cutscenes that furthered the plot in the original Wing Commander, and I thought they continued to be a huge portion of the game throughout the series (Hobbes' claw marks during the poker games in WC2 were an all-time favorite). In the days of The Price of Freedom, particularly, my friends used to gather around to watch Malcolm McDowell, Mark Hamill, and Tom Wilson ham things up. The production values were good and the stories great.The production values were like historical all-time records. :) I really like that WC2 cinematic mention there though.
I noticed you missed all of the Wing Commander games! I know a lot of people don't like the gameplay in them, which I love by the way, but nobody can claim that the cinematics of WCIII and WCIV aren't top-notch! There simply aren't any other games out there that ever matched any one of them! Both had enormous sets, rich storylines and talented actors. For one thing, WCIV remains the most expensive computer game to date - because of the cinematics. Isn't that worth at least mentioning?I recognize some of the authors of these as regular CIC visitors. And again, if you find a batch of letters we missed, please send them in.