History Videogame / WingCommander

28th Feb '17 11:59:35 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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** A fairly significant plot point in Wing Commander IV: Other than Blair and longtime friend/annoyance Maniac, the "good guy" core fighter pilots on the ''Lexington'' are Catscratch (played by Creator/MarkDacascos) and Vagabond (Creator/FrancoisChau), with Captain Eisen (Creator/JasonBernard). As TheConspiracy steadily takes over the ship, the black and brown faces become depleted, replaced by generically handsome yet subtly sinister white guys.
28th Feb '17 11:53:08 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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* CoolPlane: Besides running on RuleOfCool "plane," each game has a "super fighter" that is a reward for good gameplay toward the end. Wing Commander I (and its expansions) has the F-44A Rapier, Wing Commander II has the Sabre, Morningstar, and (arguably) Crossbow, Wing Commander III has the Excalibur, Wing Commander IV the Bearcat and Dragon, Prophecy has the Vampire. Wing Commander Secret Ops has "Black" special operations versions of ''every'' fighter from Wing Commander Prophecy (even the Tigershark, though the Black Tigershark can only be accessed through third-party mission editors), taking the characteristics of each ship up to 11.
** The spinoffs get into the act, too, with Armada having the Terran Wraith and Kilrathi Jrathek (a proper successor to the unplayable Hhriss in Wing Commander: Secret Missions II), and Privateer having a whole gaggle of Cool Planes (but especially the Centurion, gushed about in-character by many secondary characters and actually worth the hype).
28th Feb '17 11:46:46 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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* ''[[VideoGame/WingCommanderPrivateer Privateer]]'': Grayson Burrows is a Han Solo {{Expy}} just trying to make a living in a CrapsackWorld of space pirates, slavers, drug-dealers, and worse (some of which he can participate in).

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* ''[[VideoGame/WingCommanderAcademy Academy]]'' (not to be confused with the cartoon [[WesternAnimation/WingCommanderAcademy of the same name]]): A simple simulator that allows the player to design their own missions using the 'Wing Commander II'' engine.
* ''[[VideoGame/WingCommanderPrivateer Privateer]]'': Grayson Burrows is a Han Solo {{Expy}} just trying to make a living in a CrapsackWorld of space pirates, slavers, drug-dealers, and worse (some of which he can participate in). The final ''Wing Commander'' game using scaling bitmaps rather than polygonal graphics.
* ''[[VideoGame/WingCommanderArmada Armada]]'': Acting as backstory for ''Wing Commander III'' (and a proof of concept for the graphics engine running III and IV), ''Armada'' represents the first opportunity to play from the perspective of the Kilrathi, and the first look at the new Kilrathi aesthetic (including the revised Dralthi model seen in every Wing Commander game since)
28th Feb '17 11:42:01 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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** The first game's feelies were legendary; the instruction manual was ''completely separate'' from the "shipboard magazine," the box also came with complete blueprints of each of the fighters in the game (including some somewhat pungent jokes like rating missile explosive power in [[EarthShatteringKaboom ESKs]]). Spinoff strategy game ''WingCommanderArmada'' one-upped the original by including an in-universe book written in parallel, telling the story of the war from both the Terran and the [[NobleDemon Kilrathi]] viewpoint.
2nd Feb '17 5:27:25 PM Nohbody
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* CopyProtection: The original game and its add-ons asked a question of you when you loaded the game, with answers available from the manual or [[{{feelies}} the blueprints that came with the original releases]]. The protection was removed when ''Wing Commander'' was modified for the ''Kilrathi Saga'' collection.



* SchematizedProp: The original ''Wing Commander'' came with blueprints of the space fighters you flew in the game, and as mentioned above served as a form of CopyProtection in the original games.



* SinkTheLifeBoats: One of the Kilrathi aces in the original ''Wing Commander'' has a reputation for shooting ejection pods. This doesn't seem to come up if you eject when flying against him, though.



* WingedHumanoid: The Firekkans from the add-on ''The Secret Missions 2: Crusade'' are only seen in cutscenes, but are pictured as winged humans with avian traits, like beaks and talon-like hands.
* WingMan: Given the genre, this should go without saying. Given the media, it should also go without saying that they're occasionally[[ArtificialStupidity useless]], especially in the older games.

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* WingedHumanoid: The Firekkans from the add-on ''The Secret Missions 2: Crusade'' are only seen in cutscenes, but are pictured as winged humans with avian traits, like beaks and talon-like hands.
* WingMan: Given the genre, this should go without saying. Given the media, it should also go without saying that they're occasionally[[ArtificialStupidity occasionally [[ArtificialStupidity useless]], especially in the older games.



* YouGotSpunk: At the end of a mission briefing for a mission in ''Wing Commander III'', after Blair enthusiastically says to consider an enemy transport convoy destroyed and leaves to go to his fighter, Captain Eisen comments to [[CommunicationsOfficer "Radio" Rollins]], "God I love that boy's spunk!" The sound clip is also used for the sound test, when configuring the original DOS version of the game for digital sound.
3rd Jan '17 4:50:14 PM Wyldchyld
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* {{Badass}}: most ''Tiger's Claw'' pilots. Well, on a carrier with a bunch of veterans who've survived some pretty intense years of combat, ''of course'' they're going to be {{badass}}. In-universe, Blair is considered this by the third game: his previous victories follow him around, and people look up to him as a role model for Navy pilots. Maniac is also considered this (to a lesser extent) in the fourth game.



* InformedAbility: The wingmen you fly with are all supposed to be truly {{badass}} veteran pilots, but with a relative few exceptions... well, [[ArtificialStupidity they aren't]].

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* InformedAbility: The wingmen you fly with are all supposed to be truly {{badass}} badass veteran pilots, but with a relative few exceptions... well, [[ArtificialStupidity they aren't]].
26th Dec '16 10:47:07 PM Eniena
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** However this is later averted in the novel ''Pilgrim Truth'' which does show he did in fact survive.
26th Dec '16 10:29:24 PM Eniena
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* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Cobra in ''Wing Commander III'', who is the first of your usual wingmen to be KilledOffForReal when [[spoiler:Hobbes betrays the Confederation]].

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* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Cobra in ''Wing Commander III'', who is the first of your usual wingmen to be KilledOffForReal when [[spoiler:Hobbes betrays the Confederation]]. However this is ONLY if you choose not to get revenge by going after her attacker.



* DarkerAndEdgier: Happened little by little over the main series, with the situation growing ever more desperate and moral ambiguity creeping in. The first game depicts humans and Kilrathi being evenly matched in the war, with humans standing a good chance of winning. The second game introduced a faction of human traitors, and the Kilrathi ready with plans to recoup their losses in the end. The third game makes it clear that humans are slowly but surely losing the war, and the only hope of victory is a sneak attack on the Kilrathi homeworld with an experimental WeaponOfMassDestruction. With the Kilrathi pacified, the fourth game deals with a civil war between humans, with more [=WMDs=] and an EvilutionaryBiologist cabal orchestrating the events. ''Prophecy'' made a deliberate return to straightforward righteous battle against evil aliens. On the other hand, Prophecy makes it clear that the Nephilim pose an even greater threat than the Kilrathi and what the player faces is more or less a 'scouting party' and the much creepier mission music makes the game feel a lot scarier.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Happened little by little over the main series, with the situation growing ever more desperate and moral ambiguity creeping in. The first game depicts humans and Kilrathi being evenly matched in the war, with humans standing a good chance of winning. The second game introduced a faction of human traitors, and the Kilrathi ready with plans to recoup their losses in the end. The third game makes it clear that humans are slowly but surely losing the war, and the only hope of victory is a sneak attack on the Kilrathi homeworld with an experimental WeaponOfMassDestruction. With the Kilrathi pacified, the fourth game deals with a civil war between humans, with more [=WMDs=] and an EvilutionaryBiologist cabal orchestrating the events. ''Prophecy'' made a deliberate return to straightforward righteous battle against evil aliens. On the other hand, Prophecy its storys makes it very clear that the Nephilim pose an even greater threat than the Kilrathi and what the player faces is more or less a 'scouting party' and the much creepier mission music makes the game feel a lot scarier.
26th Dec '16 4:57:13 PM Eniena
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* SpitTake: Maniac delivers a exceedingly hilarious one after the first regular mission in the H'hrass system:
--> '''Maniac''': You know, I don't get it. I'm a great guy, you know? I'm the best pilot in Confed. People look up to me. So tell me this. Why is it I can never get the girl? I mean, do some guys have all the luck? Or is it just me?
--> '''Maestro''': It's you.
--> '''Maniac''' (spit take)
28th Nov '16 7:59:31 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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* NightmareFuel: More often implied than explicit, the most overt example is the liquefying corpse of a settler who fell victim to the apocalyptic gen-select plague distributed by the Black Lance. The plague consists of a modified form of GreyGoo nanites that examine the DNA of a potential victim and if it isn't up to snuff, set about terminating the victim in an extremely painful and gruesome manner.
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