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Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter
April 30, 1997
LucasArts / Totally Games
Space combat simulation
Single Player / Multi Player
(LAN + Online)
Star Wars Saga Timeline:
2.5 ABY - 3.5 ABY
In X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter, you choose to be an Imperial or Rebel pilot. Either side has a variety of different ships from which to choose. In addition to the familiar X-Wing and TIE Fighters, there are a few more spacecraft available that might not be as well known. Fly solo and take on the The Galactic Empire or The Rebel Alliance by yourself or join a game over the Internet to compete in dog fights with others! You can also host your own game and wait for other gamers to join you.
The two factions each have separate missions. After choosing which side to play, there are five different options: Exercise, Melee, Tournament, Combat and Battles. Exercise takes you on training missions to hone your skills prior to engaging in battles. Melee combat simulations are designed as arenas in which pilots test their abilities against one another. This mode supports one player or up to eight in multi-player mode. Tournaments combine three or five melee missions and are designed to find the greatest all-around pilot. The pilot or team that scores the most points wins, just as in melee combat. If you're more interested in the missions depicted in the Star Wars movies, Combat mode fits the bill. It follows the original situations where the Rebel Alliance is up against the Imperial fleet in certain missions. These are single missions that include hit-and-fade attacks, raids, convoy escorts, support of boarding operations and capital ship engagements. Lastly, Battle mode is a combination of three or four combat missions with two battles available from which to choose: Quick Strike and Imperial Fleet Operation or Clean Sweep.
The many ships available include the TIE Fighter, TIE Interceptor, TIE Advanced, TIE Bomber, Assault Gunboat, X--Wing, A-Wing, Z-95 Interceptor and Y-Wing, the latter four being Rebel ships and the other five Imperial. Every ship has basic front lasers as well as warheads, beam weapons and countermeasures. Warheads include Concussion Missiles, Advanced Missiles, Mag Pulse, Proton Torpedoes, Advanced Torpedoes, Heavy Rockets and Space Bombs. Decoy, tractor and jamming beam weapons are also available while countermeasures are either chaff or flare.
In addition to weapons control, the crafts have a plethora of shield, power, throttle, steering and wingman commands. During combat, you can adjust your speed, increase shields and direct your wingmen. In multi-player games, an option is available to communicate with gamers playing on your side.
Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter: Balance of Power Campaigns was an expansion pack for the original game.The story is set in the Airam sector of the Outer Rim. You may again play as either a pilot for the Rebellion or the Empire; each campaign includes 15 missions.
As a Rebel starfighter pilot, you are a member of the highly vaunted Rogue Squadron. Your task is to promote relations with the Airam people, to capture Imperial technology so it may be converted for use by the Rebellion and to eventually destroy the Super Star Destroyer Vengeance.
If you choose to play as an Imperial pilot, you are assigned to the Rogue's Imperial counterpart; Avenger Squadron. Your mission is to ensure the cooperation of a sect of the Airams, to protect Imperial interests as new technology becomes available and to track down and destroy the Rebels.
Beyond adding new campaigns and missions, Balance of Power also includes starships and a starfighter, the B-Wing, that were omitted from X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter.
Note: The first release of the X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter game in the "BUY MEDIA" window does not include the expansion pack. The other release (listed to the right) includes the expansion pack.