By Egge 6 Comments
Good Old Games has previously re-released the Tex Murphy noir thrillers Under a Killing Moon and Pandora Directive as well as Roberta Williams' campy Phantasmagoria horror adventures, and now at long last the turn has come to what's arguably the best and most historically important entry in the subgenre of FMV gaming; Chris Roberts' ground-breaking and incredibly expensive space sim/interactive movie Wing Commander 3: Heart of the Tiger (1994). With a genuinely star-studded cast, hours of lavishly produced live-action sequences including revolutionary use of CGI and nicely polygonal in-game graphics this was more than just a nerdy space sim with some pretty cutscenes thrown in for good measure - it was an early, daring statement about video games as big budget entertainment which could one day rival regular films and TV productions in sheer mass market appeal.
The concepts of FMV and interactive movies may have since fallen out of fashion, but going back to the game now it's clear that both the acting, writing and directing in WC3 is a cut above the rest in the genre (which admittedly isn't saying much). It's all still more than a little bit cheesy, of course, but for once that comes more from various sci-fi genre conventions than from the FMVs themselves, and cast members such as Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell, John Rhys Davies, Jason Bernard and Thomas Wilson all put in nice, memorable performances.
Buy WC3 here;