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  • genre shooter / action / sci-fi
  • download size 1.6 GB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 986 user ratings.
  • release date December 30, 1994
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.6.8 or newer)
  • languages Voice and Text: English. Text only: German, French
  • developer / publisher Origin Systems / Electronic Arts
  • game modes single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • Fleet Action novel
  • manual
  • playguide
  • wallpaper
  • Origin Official Guide
  • reference card
  • warbirds chart
  • Wing Commander 3 script
  • Wing Commander bible
  • Behind the Screens
  • 23 deleted scenes
  • Authorised Combat Guide

What's cool about it:

  • Cinematic atmosphere - over 3 hours of live-action video, brilliant orchestral score, plus dozens of hours of absorbing gameplay
  • Non-linear story with over fifty intense and challenging scenarios
  • Pilot five distinct fighters, armed with fully configurable weaponry that lets you adapt to best fulfill the mission objectives


Professionally scripted and filmed in Hollywood, ORIGIN's multi-million dollar production combines the entertainment of film-making with the interactivity of computer gaming. The result is far more than an action packed and spectacular spaceflight experience. Become immersed in a futuristic adventure that combines Hollywood's movie making expertise with the adrenaline-pumping game play of a space combat simulation. You are the star, your actions will determine the eventual outcome of the Terran Confederation. Adrenaline, romance, humor, danger - Wing Commander III has all this and more. This sequel completes the turbulent chronicles of the Terran-Kilrathi war. The final showdown is near and only you can write the ending.

Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Animated Violence, Mild Language.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.6.8 or later. Processor: Intel Core Duo 2GHz+ Memory: 1GB of RAM Graphics: 64MB of video memory, Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.


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The game that saved my life as a teenager.

Posted on 2011-09-15 22:15:10 byjordank23's avatarjordank23:

I know that headline is ridiculously, overly, absurdly, stupidly, obnoxiously melodramatic (like this run on sentence), but it is true.
Maybe this "REVIEW" is more about the nostalgia of being 14 locked away in my dimly lit star base (ppl would call it a messy bedroom), spending an entire weekend and into the early hours of the morning, saving the galaxy, hooking upread more with a girl, making friends and following my own little video game version of "Star Wars".
Dad was down stairs drinking as usual, mom didn't care, I was a nerd, a geek and all I cared about was that my 486/DX 2 66mhz processor that I saved up for could handle this masterpiece of a game.
I'd run upstairs after school looking at that big beautiful box, I'd tear it open and start the install process that took a VERY looooong time! I was impatient, I paced and I skipped dinner, and when those opening credits began those super blurry pixelated fmv gfx looked like 1080p HD graphics of the future. Dad would stumble up the stairs drunk yelling at the world, mom would be crying, I had no one to save me except THAT HEART OF THE TIGER..>>>>ME!!!
I'd hush the speakers so no one knew I was up and I wouldn't get yelled at by the drunk old man....he's asleep YES! Back to the fight!
It was my escapism, it was a truly epic story that I really felt a part of, I MADE CHOICES!!! My choices had an effect on the outcome of certain situations, it's an RPG, ADVENTURE , flight sim all wrapped up in one(u can even see how mass effect took ideas from wing commanders 3/4).
I'm going to download this tonight and put it back in after 17 year (wow), and I know it won't be the same, nothing old ever is and nostalgia does cloud the mind. But I think this weekend an old friend is gonna say to me "kid get in that cockpit and lets have an adventure!" and for a brief moment my ADULT problems will disappear just as those teenage ones did so many years ago.
Thank you wing commander!

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Posted on 2011-09-13 08:28:45 byKnight_79's avatarKnight_79:

Wing Commander 3 is a major example of the evolution of Computer Gaming. It was one of the first games to utilize full motion video for the narrative portion of the game. The flight engine is a major improvement over Wing Commander 1 and 2. This is a necessity for WC fans and retro gamers who love story and space sims. The space battles are more detailed, but are still limited toread more just a few ships on the screen at the same time. The technology at the time simply couldn’t handle the epic space battles found in more modern space sims such as Freespace. However, the narrative does a good job at making the battles feel more epic. Planetary missions are added to this addition to the series and provide a variety to the space missions.
However, I personally feel that due to the technology of the time this is actually one of the weaker games in the series. Historically it’s without question a breakthrough game. The in game graphics, the FMV, and the production quality were all revolutionary for the time. The acting is by far some of the best you will ever see in a FMV game. However the story feels rushed and anti-climactic for the final game in the Kilrathi war. I feel this was due to the storage constraint of early CD-ROMS and full motion video. This is proved by the infamous deletion of an important cinematic that explains why a certain character does a major action later in the game. Also, the numerous news casts that were deleted from the PC version. Despite the need to trim the game to fit on the original 3 discs, the game is still a decent size for its time and the genre. I think in total there are over forty missions, I average about 35 missions on the winning path.

I still highly recommend this version, because it came first and it is the finale of one of the greatest trilogies in computer gaming. When you get to the “Why the hell did that just happen?” watch the deleted scenes GOG added. The deleted scenes help fill out the story and give it more of an epic feeling. Apparently GOG put a lot of extras in this one including one of the novels. They went all out for a $5.99 title.
This sets the stage for Wing Commander 4 which refined everything Wing Commander 3 revolutionized and is in my opinion the greatest of the series and a true masterpiece. Three is a flawed gem, but a gem nonetheless.

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Posted on 2011-09-13 07:29:54 bytrusteft's avatartrusteft:

If you like action shooters, space sims/"sims", or just a good sci fi story, stop reading this review, buy the game and play it, it's that good.
You are a well known veteran pilot in a galactic war of basically the human race vs the kilrathi race. An alien species which are basically huge bipedal lions. Tremendous strength in melee, but more importantly, they are aread more huge military machine with the brain and the muscle ready to kick Earth's backside.
You are part of a (space) carrier group, a pilot, going on a variety of missions (with some branching too!), mostly with other AI pilots as your wingmen (or wingwomen if you prefer). A usual variety of missions, though mostly of the kill everything in sight. There is a good backstory told both in game (while you pilot) with voiceovers, and with full motion video. NO! Don't run away! This is the good stuff! It's one of the few games where FMV actually not only works, but is done perfectly. It actually helps to set the mood and progress the story and it is not laughable. It helps that some serious money was thrown into it and has actually good and great actors in there. There is obviously your character, played by Luke Skywalker, I mean Mark Hamill, to the star of the show for me, Malcolm McDowell. And others, like the always great to watch John Rhys Davies (though not a huge part), Ginger Lynn Allen who took a break from her usual type of films, to the amazing looking Yolanda Jilot.
Great space shooter/sim game. Get it.
Oh, one last thing, the visual effects and costumes for the Kilrathi, still unsurpassed!!

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