Wing Commander Saga

Genre(s): Action/First-Person Shooter

3rd Party Rating: None found.

Price: Free


Wing Commander Saga is a true gem among quality, yet free PC gaming. Space combat simulation junkies rejoice! This stand-alone, space combat fan tribute to the Wing Commander game series took dedicated fans ten years to make using the publicly released Freespace 2 engine.

It is both impressive in it’s scope and quality. The graphics in any Wing Commander game have never looked this good. An incredible space adventure. As a complete conversion to the excellent Freespace 2 engine (Freespace Open) it is easy to install and play. The original Freespace 2 game is NOT required to play Wing Commander Saga. Everything that was cool about the Wing Commander games of yesteryear including awesome space battles, radio chatter, character cutscenes, and space stations is all there. In our opinion, this game is a must play for anyone who loves space combat sims, Wing Commander or Freespace. 10 years and it was worth the wait…

See also our related article on Beyond the Red Line, a Battlestar Galatica total conversion mod using the same open-source Freespace 2 engine.

Wing Commander Saga is comprised of two major campaigns, Wing Commander Saga Prologue and Wing Commander Saga “The Darkest Dawn”. Backstory and description taken from the Wing Commander Saga website is as follows:

Wing Commander Saga Prologue:

Desperate to replace the combat losses suffered in the Battle of Terra, the Confederation has turned to its Officer Candidate School (OCS) programs to fill the ranks. You assume the role of 2nd Lieutenant David Markham, a recent OCS graduate in an accelerated flight training program on an aging, dilapidated carrier in a backwater system. Things are not always as they seem, however. Join with Markham’s wingmates as he gets his first taste of the seemingly inevitable doom that the Kilrathi are preparing to unleash upon the Confederation. Fly patrols, work with your wingmen, and struggle to survive as the final battles for the fate of humanity begin to unfold. The Saga Prologue sets up the tone and the story for the epic struggle and apocalyptic finale you will experience in the full release of Wing Commander Saga. Are you ready for this?

• Enhanced Freespace 2 engine with features such as autopilot, carrier landings, enhanced graphics and effects, and more
• Entirely stand-alone, Freespace 2 not required
• Breathtaking, high-detail models
• Dozens of believable characters
• Bountiful mission variety
• Combat ranging from minor fighter skirmishes to full-scale fleet battles
• Complex and compelling storyline
• Complete voice acting by an original cast

Wing Commander Saga “The Darkest Dawn”*:

The flagship campaign of Wing Commander Saga, “The Darkest Dawn” * begins right before Wing Commander 3 and concludes with the ending of the Terran-Kilrathi War (whether or not the Terrans win depends on you).

It has been six months since the Battle of Earth, and inspite of new fighters, carriers, and technology joining the Fleet, the war effort is not going well. Everyday, more news of fresh defeats and losses make their way around the Confederation Forward Fleet, who have to face the possibility that they will not be the ultimate victors.

You are based on the TCS Hermes, one of the handful of large carriers left on the front line. You play the role of Second Lieutenant David Markham, a pilot recently transferred to the Hermes.

Markham is no different from the other young idealistic rookies who are determined to make a name for themselves. Already having your metal tested and your outlook hardened by your time on the Wellington, you still dream of flying heroic strike missions deep into the heart of the Kilrathi Empire, finally bringing this decades long conflict to an end.

But all hopes and dreams are squashed by the burden of reality. In every system, the Confederation forces are badly outnumbered and outgunned. For every Kilrathi fighter and warship destroyed, 10 others takes their place. Comms from HQ order the abandonment of civilian colonies which the Confederation no longer has any strength to defend. The retreat is downward spiral leading to the final stand at Earth. It won’t be very long till Markham experiences what the true nature War really is …

• Epic Storyline that complements, not contradict, the events portrayed by the Wing Commander 3 game and novel.
• Presence of other Confederation carrier battle groups and fighter squadrons gives large-scale “teamwork” environment – the Hermes does not fight the war alone
• Over nine hours of voice dialogue.
• Approximately 70 cut scenes for a total of about 90 minutes of pre-rendered footage (not counting in-flight communications and command briefings).
• Over 60 voice actors, some of whom are actual professionals.
• 221 voice acting roles.
• 55 missions.
• Achievements (mission performance is evaluated and rewarded)
• 90 models created for Saga.
• Download size of 3-4GB with an installation size of 8-9 GB

The computer game which supplies the background world in which Wing Commander Saga is set is the all-time bestseller. We believe that familiarity with either one of the games (Wing Commander 1-4) or one of the novels (preferably End Run, Fleet Action, The Heart of the Tiger) will intensify enjoyment of the Wing Commander Saga.

Publisher: Self published by the developers. See below.

Developer: Various individual fans including Tolwyn, KeldorKatarn, gevatterLars, Scooby Doo, limdaepl, Sphynx, Jeff, Tim, Trekkie, psych, and Mahak.

Release Date: March 22, 2012

Players: Single player and multiplayer


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