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Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom (1996)

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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Jason Bernard ...
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Maj. Todd 'Maniac' Marshall (as Tom Wilson)
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Col. Jacob 'Hawk' Manley
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Col. Tamara 'Panther' Farnsworth (as Elizabeth Barones)
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Lt. Col. Gash Dekker
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Chief Technician Robert 'Pliers' Sykes
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Vice Admiral Daniel Wilford
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Capt. Hugh Paulsen
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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 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 <ducharme@escape.ca>

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February 1996 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Whereas the video inserts for Wing Commander III had been shot on video in front of a green screen to color key the actors into computer generated sets, Wing IV was shot on film using real sets on a sound stage at Ren-Mar Studios in Hollywood. See more »

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Blair and the other pilots on the Lexington watch a news anchorwoman interview Admiral Tolwyn on a 1990s Panasonic CRT television. The story is set in the 27th century. Although it's been placed inside some casing, the whole front of the TV is undisguised, the Panasonic logo and buttons can be seen. In other scenes TVs and monitors are better disguised. See more »

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Admiral Tolwyn: [Tolwyn is giving his final address to the Confederation Assembly before the vote on the declaration of war against the Border Worlds] A formal declaration of war is a very terrible thing. It should not be undertaken unless all options have been exhausted. I'm afraid to report to you that that is the case. We did not fight the Kilrathi for decades just to have an infection hollow us out from the inside. If there is a cancer amongst us, we must cut it out now! I urge you to vote yes on this ...
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Featured in Gamesmaster: Episode #5.10 (1995) See more »

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A True Masterpiece
7 July 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

There is no perfect game, but this one comes about as close as possible.

Intense, amazing, and -- most importantly -- NEW, the storyline for this game is the best I've seen for ANY game, regardless of genre. I knew that the video for this game would look much better than in WC3 when I got it, but I had no idea what the plot was, and the only assurance I had that it would be even mildly interesting is the traditional WC high quality that doesn't fail here.

Forget the senselessly stupid WC "movie" that came out in theaters a few months ago; this is what should have been put on the screen. This had a convincing, natural-sounding script, top-notch acting, and great EFX to boot. Unlike a lot of games, this one made you care about the characters. This is, to date, the only game I've played that kept me out of bed for more than two days straight just to play "one more mission".

There is, however, one failing that this game does have, one flaw: the gameplay. The flight engine is recycled from WC3, with enhanced AI. I would have preferred that this game be in development for another year if only that would give it the better flight engine, but I suppose you have to live with what you can get.

Still, this is a minor quibble, and not enough to pull the game away from a 10 rating in my book.


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