Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom (1996)

Video Game  -  Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi  -  February 1996 (USA)
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It is several years after the end of mankind's war against the Kilrathi. Col. Christopher Blair is called back into active duty by the Terran Confederation to help stop acts of terrorism ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Bernard ...
Maj. Todd 'Maniac' Marshall (as Tom Wilson)
1st Lt. Velina Sosa
Elizabeth Barondes ...
Col. Tamara 'Panther' Farnsworth (as Elizabeth Barones)
Jeremy Roberts ...
Chief Technician Robert 'Pliers' Sykes
Capt. Hugh Paulsen


It is several years after the end of mankind's war against the Kilrathi. Col. Christopher Blair is called back into active duty by the Terran Confederation to help stop acts of terrorism that appear to be taking place against Confed by Border Worlds forces. But it soon becomes clear that the enemy may not be them at all when Blair and several of his friends defect to Border Worlds forces to try to find out who the real culprits are and to prevent the Confederation and the Border Worlds from entering into the chaos of an intergalactic war.... Written by Michael Ducharme <>

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February 1996 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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In the card game before he dies, Vagabond's hand is Aces and Eights, the same hand drawn by Spirit just before she died in Wing Commander II. This hand is historically known as the "Dead Man's Hand". See more »


When Tolwyn orders the Vesuvius helmsman to turn the ship around just as it's about to go through a jump point, the jump wormhole starts to open but closes again immediately, before the helmsman actually obeys the order after initially protesting and aborts the jump. Normally in Wing Commander a jump point wormhole opens just as a ship enters it and stays open until it passes through. See more »


Blair: [Blair is debating with Tolwyn of front of the Confederation Assembly] Admiral, do you believe the strong always survive?
Admiral Tolwyn: With every fibre of my being.
Blair: Is that why the head of the Black Lance forces is a product of the Genetic Enhancement program?
[consternation rumbles among the Assembly]
Paladin: That program was cancelled years ago!
Admiral Tolwyn: He's more of a warrior than you will ever be, Colonel. He is excellence personified. He is...
Blair: He is dead!
Admiral Tolwyn: He is... symbolic of all that we will achieve in the future.
Blair: And ...
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One of the best FMV Simulation games in PC Gaming history.
14 September 1999 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

I while ago, I wasnt really into PC Gaming, I'd sit down and play solitare once and a while, but not really much anything else, it was all for work. I went to Fry's Electronics once, and started brousing around the computer game section, and I saw "Wing Commander IV" I glanced at the back, to get some general ideas as to what it looked like. "Mark Hamill, Tom Wilson, John-Rhys Davies, Malcom McDowell" These were (at the time) all big Hollywood names. I said "ahhh, hell with it." and I spent 39.99 on what I found out was one of the most well directed and produced games I'd ever play. These days, we have much more advanced games, with their 3d surround sound, and their OpenGL 3d accelleration drivers.... but this, this had a STORY. Not just "your mission. Go and kill those things" It had an immersive story line, and rather incredable graphics for it's time. I found it amazing that you could actually choose your path, you could make Colonel Blair (played by Mark Hamill) say "this" or "that" and other characters in the game would respond however he acted. The bottom line is, if you've never played this game. Get it now. Hell, it's probably 9.99 in some places. So go ahead, go out to your local store, and BUY IT! It's worth the money.

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