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  • genre shooter / action / sci-fi
  • download size 135 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 1095 user ratings.
  • release date September 22, 1993
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.6.8 or newer)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher Origin Systems / Electronic Arts
  • game modes single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • manual
  • reference card
  • 7 production documents
  • 68 artworks
  • 7 avatars
  • 7 wallpaper
  • playtester's guide

What's cool about it:

  • Includes the Wing Commander Privateer: Righteous Fire expansion.
  • Customize your ship according to your needs and budget, modifying weapons, armor, and other systems
  • Choose the life of a pirate, merchant, or mercenary. As long as you keep a couple of steps ahead of your enemies and a couple of bucks in the black, you’re a free agent
  • Explore a vast universe with countless bases and planets spread out across dozens of systems. Adventure, trade, and exploration are limitless, even after you’ve finished the main game


2669, Gemini Sector, Troy System. The Terran frontier between the Kilrathi Empire and the unknown. Privateer takes you to the seamy side of the Wing Commander universe. In the far reaches of space, you live by no man’s rules but your own. The fringes are populated by a volatile mix of pirates, miners, mercs, cutthroats, and Kilrathi, all struggling to make a life for themselves.

In this open-ended game you can choose from many paths. You start with a rusted scout ship and a handful of credits in your pocket. It isn't much, but the universe is there for you to explore in search for profitable opportunities. Become a patient, law-abiding merchant, a smuggler far away from the normal space lanes, a pirate preying on the weak, or a professional mercenary hunting down criminal scum. Or just do whatever suits you at the time. At the end of the day, it’s all about money and survival. Mostly money.

Are you determined enough to forge your own destiny?

Age requirements: ESRB Rating: EVERYONE with Animated Violence.

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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One Of The Elite Classics

Posted on 2011-06-02 18:12:34 byLantisdrag013's avatarLantisdrag013:

While I've been a member of for almost two years now, I've always been one to stay on the sidelines and not be actively involved - this game has brought about change. In a gamer's day when space sims were still highly marketable and computer games in general were on top, Origin Systems (We miss you Richard & Robert Garriot) struck gold with the release of "Wingread more Commander," a masterpiece space sim with Christopher Roberts' in the cockpit. No less popular, and (a little) more non-linear than it's predecessors, Privateer puts you in the pilot's seat of a freelancer simply trying to ply his trade in a most hazardous, yet lucrative 'world' (for lack of a better term). Taking place during the Terran-Kilrathi war, dangers abound, ranging from the obvious Kilrathi, to space pirates, to the Military itself. With the freedom to decide which side you want to favor (albeit with no real change in the storyline), it gives a little flare to gameplay, and adds an element that keeps you playing, even when repetition would have had you moving on to something else after a while. As a freelance Merc, you have the options of trading commodities, legal or otherwise, from planet to planet - even space stations - , collecting bounties on rogue pirates' and their factions, fending off the Kilrathi threat for the Military, and more. What's more, you have the the option to purchase new ships (although your limited to 3 choices), and the purchasing and upgrading of said ship is half of what Privateer is all about. You will spend countless hours saving up the money for weapons or tech upgrades, hunting down the bad guys just for fun, and pursuing a decent storyline. Trust me when I say more hours will be put in to playing the missions of your choice vs. the storyline... as the story itself is not very long, and you face an inevitable death without upgrading, but somehow this game WILL keep you playing. If you've never had an opportunity to play this title (or any Origin game, for that matter) do yourself a favor and try it out. I promise you that there is little else where $5.99 could be better spent. As a game veteran of over 25 years, I have to say "Hats off to the staff!" Thanks GOG! You guys have done wonders in resurrecting gone-but-not-forgotten titles, but this day is one I've been waiting for. I look forward to seeing what other great titles are in store for us!

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One of the best Elite-style games of the 1990s

Posted on 2011-06-02 16:05:58 byBadAstronaut's avatarBadAstronaut:

Too much of my first year of high school was lost to this game. An incredible game in the Wing Commander universe, great characters, awesome soundtrack, Elite-style gameplay, just... so good. Unfortunately the movement is a little choppy by today's standards and things do, admittedly, become a little samey late in the game. Still, Righteous Fire adds some great new weapons and shipread more upgrades, and on the whole this is a serious must-play for anyone into freeform space combat/trading games.

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Still Incredible

Posted on 2011-06-02 20:19:48 byLTHale's avatarLTHale:

After getting some cursor drift in my initial download, I was prepared to be disappointed. However to the GoG staff's credit, within an hour of my initial installation a new download was available that fixed the drift and it's been working correctly ever since.
This game takes me back to 1995 when I first played it again, how I couldn't get enough and needed to play just fiveread more more minutes. The open ended nature of this game is incredible, you can follow the main story arc, or not. You can deviate from it at anytime you choose, or follow it religiously. It's all up to you. This was one of the first games to ever offer this amount of freedom, and here 16 years later most games still don't allow it.
The story arc was epic for it's time encompassing an easy 50 hours of game play just to finish it completely. The only thing I'm disappointed in is no Righteous Fire expansion, but I understand the licensing issues involved.
Overall I give this 5 stars, the same I would have back when it was an original release. This is about the best $5.99 you could ever possibly spend.

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