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Dark Forces and X-Wing vs TIE Fighter now on GOG.com

Last year GOG.com released their first batch of Lucasfilm Games/LucasArts titles that included X-Wing, TIE Fighter and Knights of the Old Republic; games still considered to be some of the best PC titles ever. Even now, TIE Fighter is still talked of as being one of the pinnacles in the space combat genre.

Today, GOG.com announced that an additional set of titles have been added to their catalogue:

  • X-Wing Alliance
  • Galactic Battlegrounds
  • X-Wing vs TIE Fighter
  • Dark Forces
  • Battlefront II
  • Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
Dark Forces showed a Star Wars FPS could work VERY well.

Dark Forces showed a Star Wars FPS could work VERY well.

Though being the most aged of the bunch, Dark Forces might not look like much now but is significant in that it showed how the license could be applied in a new genre (first person shooter) brilliantly. The production values at the time elevated it beyond a “Doom clone”; the first time your character picks up a Stormtrooper’s weapon and you fire it, realising it sounds EXACTLY like it does in the movies was quite a buzz.

It also leveraged the extended universe that had been created to allow the character you are playing to have some relevance and give him an awful lot of stuff to shoot at. And though it doesn’t deviate too much from the formula pioneered by Doom, there is more than enough in here to make the game stand well on its own feet.

Another title worthy of praise is X-Wings vs TIE Fighter. At the time of release it was VERY cutting edge in that it was a multiplayer only title in world that still relied on LANs for that style of gaming.

However when the Balance of Power mission disc arrived it evolved into something else; a massively multiplayer campaign that allowed players to choose either side in the conflict. If GOG.com can somehow get multiplayer to work this would be one worth trying with friends; it is a shame this is not something we will see again as it would be a perfect game for modern consoles.

You can find all of the Star Wars games here.

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