Now would be a good time to hook up your flightsticks and get some flying practice as Eder has announced that you're getting a present you can open early. Standoff, one of the most promising Wing Commander fan projects right now, will be releasing its first chapter to the world on Thursday December 23rd, 2004!
Starkey has been lucky enough to get a sneak preview, and here are some of his first impressions.
I found it GREAT so far. It is really not only a step up from UE, but a whole ladder up, IMHO. I am very pleased with the ships models, in-game fiction, backgrounds, characters and, specially, the gameplay and the dynamics of the game.You can read the rest of his impressions here, but for now mark December 23rd on your calendar.
Few times in WC I have seen such intense dogfights, and not in a SO-kind of way, where you and your 2 wingmen could beat up a whole Nephilim fleet. Now, a squadron of light fighters really have to sweat to beat 2 or 3 heavy fighters, and every missile counts a lot. You can´t waste a second chasing the enemies, and, unlike other WC games, you can´t just let your wingmen eject and finish the mission Rambo-like. In post-truce times, resources are very limited. If you don´t watch your buddies´ backs, next mission up they might not have a fighter to fly.