Posted on July 26, 2007, Shawn Sines Wing Commander Arena Blazes onto Xbox LIVE Arcade
The day I’ve been waiting for since the announcement has finally arrived. EA has released Wing Commander Arena to the Xbox LIVE Arcade. Here’s what you can expect in this suped up arcade multi-player iteration of Wing Commander.
Wing Commander Arena takes the classic space combat game in a much more action-oriented direction, where dueling teams can pilot up to eight ships, each with their own unique assets. With 16 player play, Wing Commander Arena offers the largest multi-player melee experience to date. Players can propel their ships through space, fire torpedoes and unleash deadly particle cannons as they try to climb the leader board.
The game offers everything a space combat rookie or a veteran Wing Commander pilot would expect: four types of gameplay, eight maps including team maps, free for all maps and dueling maps, 18 different ships within nine environments and two races with light fighters, medium fighters and bombers. Online players compete for frag count, high score and dueling stats.
I’ve long been a fan of the Wing Commander series and have blasted many a Kilrathi in my day. I’m really looking forward to experiencing this new arcade platform for an old familiar game and though its not the simulation I love at least its hope that the universe and game franchise can come back to life if this title is successful.