History VideoGame / WingCommander

2nd Feb '18 7:23:48 AM PetersonZF
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* ChargedAttack: The fission cannons on the Dragon. They're so powerful, they will push you backwards if you're at zero throttle when you fire.


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* LawOfInverseRecoil: Cannons have no recoil whether they are energy or projectile based, with one exception: the [[ChargedAttack fission cannons]] on the Dragon have enough recoil to send your ship backwards if it's at zero throttle.
19th Jan '18 4:44:54 AM Cryoclaste
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* ''Wing Commander Arena'' follows, with a TimeSkip, after ''Secret Ops'', but [[ExcusePlot doesn't really have a storyline as such]] other than some descriptions of the GreatOffscreenWar with the Nephilim [[AllThereInTheManual in the manual]], as its primary focus is multiplayer combat. It is an ''UsefulNotes/XBoxLiveArcade'' exclusive game.

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* ''Wing Commander Arena'' follows, with a TimeSkip, after ''Secret Ops'', but [[ExcusePlot doesn't really have a storyline as such]] other than some descriptions of the GreatOffscreenWar with the Nephilim [[AllThereInTheManual in the manual]], as its primary focus is multiplayer combat. It is an ''UsefulNotes/XBoxLiveArcade'' UsefulNotes/XboxLiveArcade exclusive game.



* NonLinearSequel: ''Wing Commander II'' was set ten years after the end of the second [[ExpansionPack addon]], the XBox Live game ''Arena'' was set 20 years after the events of ''Prophecy'', and ''Privateer 2: The Darkening'' was... well, its own little world, for the most part, with subtle hints of a connection to the "main" games dropped throughout the game.

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* NonLinearSequel: ''Wing Commander II'' was set ten years after the end of the second [[ExpansionPack addon]], the XBox Live UsefulNotes/XboxLive game ''Arena'' was set 20 years after the events of ''Prophecy'', and ''Privateer 2: The Darkening'' was... well, its own little world, for the most part, with subtle hints of a connection to the "main" games dropped throughout the game.
7th Jan '18 9:27:53 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* AllThereInTheManual: The in-universe briefing materials bundled with game include a decent a lot of cultural background on the Knathrak prophesy, and an explanation of why they decided to refer to the race as Nephilim in-universe. Amusingly enough the player character clearly never read it, leading to people treating him like an idiot before giving a brief summary.
1st Jan '18 3:06:11 PM Yalsaris63
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* ChargingAttack: The Charging Mass Driver from ''Prophecy'' and ''Secret Ops'' is a modified Mass Driver rigged with a special capacitor that deals more damage than the standard variant based on much energy the gun has built up by holding the trigger button. When fully charged, depending on the enemy fighter, a direct hit can either take out its shields entirely or destroy it outright by chance. This gun is exclusively mounted on the Tigershark medium fighter and the Shrike bomber.

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* ChargingAttack: ChargedAttack: The Charging Mass Driver from ''Prophecy'' and ''Secret Ops'' is a modified Mass Driver rigged with a special capacitor that deals more damage than the standard variant based on much energy the gun has built up by holding the trigger button. When fully charged, depending on the enemy fighter, a direct hit can either take out its shields entirely or destroy it outright by chance. This gun is exclusively mounted on the Tigershark medium fighter and the Shrike bomber.
1st Jan '18 3:05:52 PM Yalsaris63
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* ChargingAttack: The Charging Mass Driver from ''Prophecy'' and ''Secret Ops'' is a modified Mass Driver rigged with a special capacitor that deals more damage than the standard variant based on much energy the gun has built up by holding the trigger button. When fully charged, depending on the enemy fighter, a direct hit can either take out its shields entirely or destroy it outright by chance. This gun is exclusively mounted on the Tigershark medium fighter and the Shrike bomber.
8th Nov '17 9:07:47 AM SeptimusHeap
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* StoryToGameplayRatio: The prevalence of plot and cutscenes increased from the original game, which didn't have much at all, on to ''Wing Commander IV'', which shipped on [[{{Doorstopper}} 6 CD-ROMs]]. (For context, ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' takes 5.) Thereafter it receded sharply.

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* StoryToGameplayRatio: The prevalence of plot and cutscenes increased from the original game, which didn't have much at all, on to ''Wing Commander IV'', which shipped on [[{{Doorstopper}} 6 CD-ROMs]]. (For context, ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' takes 5.) Thereafter it receded sharply.
31st Oct '17 7:12:38 AM G-MANN
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** Chris Roberts provides the Communications Officer voice for the TCS ''Coventry'' in ''Wing Commander III'', as well as being a random pilot in the funeral cutscenes.

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** Chris Roberts provides the Communications Officer in-flight voice for the TCS ''Coventry'' ''TCS Ajax'' in ''Wing Commander III'', as well as being a random pilot an extra in some of the funeral cutscenes.
31st Oct '17 7:05:27 AM G-MANN
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** To access the difficultly settings, you must press Alt-O while in-flight (Ctrl-O in ''Prophecy'' and ''Secret Ops'') to bring up the gameplay options screen. If you haven't read the manuals closely, it's easy to never discover this and you could complete the whole game without discovering how challenging it can really be.


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* NintendoHard: Try setting the difficulty level to Nightmare. Suddenly it becomes a LOT harder to down just one light or medium fighter, their AI increases dramatically and they become pretty good at using their afterburners.
23rd Sep '17 5:08:40 PM Yalsaris63
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* TheRemnant: The Kilrathi are this in ''Prophecy''. Subverted in that they aren't the antagonists and actually are willing to help their former enemies, the Terrans.

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* TheRemnant: The Kilrathi are this in ''Prophecy''. Subverted in that they aren't the antagonists and actually are willing to help their former enemies, the Terrans. Maniac and Hawk aren't thrilled by this, especially the latter; in one later mission, he secretly disables the flight recorders of both his and Casey's ships and eggs on Casey to destroy the Kilrathi patrol group they were supposedly sent to escort from a Nephilim ambush. The reason Hawk implored on Casey to do this is to avenge the latter's father's death at the hands of the Kilrathi back a couple decades ago who had their "fun" with him when he was under their captivity [[spoiler: by ripping him to pieces, putting his remains on his escape pod, and sent him back to a Confed patrol group looking for his pod]].
24th Jul '17 7:56:59 PM jormis29
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* IdTellYouButThenIdHaveToKillYou: Blair, in ''Wing Commander IV'' when he comes aboard the TCS ''Lexington'', uses this line to poke fun at Maniac, taunting him with made-up classified comments from Admiral Tolwyn.
* IfYouDieICallYourStuff: In ''Prophecy'', one of the in-flight "flavor" communications:
--> '''Zero:''' Hey Maestro. If you die, can I have your stereo?\\
'''Maestro:''' You can burn in hell.
* InSpaceEveryoneCanSeeYourFace: The series averts this trope, for the most part. At most one only saw the area immediately around the eyes of the pilots wearing the helmets, and it wasn't illuminated other than by the light in the cockpit (which just shifted the problem out of the helmet, but that's not this trope).

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* IdTellYouButThenIdHaveToKillYou: Blair, in ''Wing Commander IV'' when he comes aboard the TCS ''Lexington'', uses this line to poke fun at Maniac, taunting him with made-up classified comments from Admiral Tolwyn.
* IfYouDieICallYourStuff: In ''Prophecy'', one of the in-flight "flavor" communications:
--> '''Zero:''' Hey Maestro. If you die, can I have your stereo?\\
'''Maestro:''' You can burn in hell.
* InSpaceEveryoneCanSeeYourFace: The series
Tolwyn.averts this trope, for the most part. At most one only saw the area immediately around the eyes of the pilots wearing the helmets, and it wasn't illuminated other than by the light in the cockpit (which just shifted the problem out of the helmet, but that's not this trope).


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* IfYouDieICallYourStuff: In ''Prophecy'', one of the in-flight "flavor" communications:
--> '''Zero:''' Hey Maestro. If you die, can I have your stereo?\\
'''Maestro:''' You can burn in hell.
* InSpaceEveryoneCanSeeYourFace: The series


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* InSpaceEveryoneCanSeeYourFace: The series
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