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Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin

Origin announces that Wing Commander 3: Heart of the Tiger is being offered free as the latest installment in their "on the house" program (thanks IncGamers.com). This science fiction movie stars Malcolm McDowell; Mark Hamill; John Rhys-Davies; Josh Lucas; Tim Curry; former porn star Ginger Lynn; and John Schuck as Hobbes, a role that required he spend a grueling zero minutes a day in the makeup chair. As a bonus, the movie also includes a full-featured, first-person space shooter, with dogfights, capital ship missions, and more. Since we're not sure our description in 100% accurate, here's theirs:

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.

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31. Re: Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin Aug 6, 2014, 08:30 Quinn
 
Fletch wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 02:04:
Quinn wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 18:14:
"Always the same complaining about Origin/Steam/Uplay. Cry me a fucking river."
Always the same complaining about people complaining about Origin/Steam/Uplay. Cry me a fucking river.

Always the same complaining about people complaining about people complaining about Origin/Steam/Uplay. Cry me a fucking river.

We can go on forever, clown-kid! *<8-D

I wish there were as many people complaining about people complaining about Origin/Steam/Uplay as there are people complaining about Origin/Steam/Uplay. The latter group is just so much bitter noise.
 
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30. Re: Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin Aug 6, 2014, 07:33 Prez
 
...If so, maybe less porn...

WHAT?!? NEVER!!!!
 
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29. Re: Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin Aug 6, 2014, 06:42 El Pit
 
Thanks for the freebies, EA. Keep 'em coming.  
Consoles? I owned two: a Pong clone and an Atari 2600. And that's it.
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28. Re: Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin Aug 6, 2014, 02:11 Fletch
 
Drayth wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 19:59:
Now that I'm home with bookmarks...
Joystick fixes, and higher quality vids (no scan lines, assuming the Origin version has 'em).
http://www.wcnews.com/chatzone/threads/complete-wc-gog-fixes-and-tweaks.27176/

Thanks!
 
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27. Re: Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin Aug 6, 2014, 02:06 Fletch
 
Tom wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 18:39:
"Yeah, all the whining about Origin/Steam is pretty old at this point, but expected."
Yeah, all the whining about whining about Origin/Steam is pretty old at this point, but expected.
 
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26. Re: Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin Aug 6, 2014, 02:04 Fletch
 
Quinn wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 18:14:
"Always the same complaining about Origin/Steam/Uplay. Cry me a fucking river."
Always the same complaining about people complaining about Origin/Steam/Uplay. Cry me a fucking river.
 
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25. Re: Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin Aug 5, 2014, 23:21 Tom
 
Well I just played a few sim runs and the first mission. Worked fine with my TM Warthog, very impressive. I did have to hit Ctrl+J at the beginning of every flight to switch to joystick mode.

No scanlines in the video. Heck of a lot of pixels and cheese though. Man, WC2 just had so much more class it's not even funny. Ahh, if only technology could've kept things hand-drawn for at least another game or two.
 
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24. Re: Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin Aug 5, 2014, 22:28 Task
 
Tom wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 19:13:
Hmm yep, DOSBox. Wow, that worked super easily. And it even detected and worked with my joystick properly! Amazing. I didn't have time to do anything more than get through all of the (long) intro for now. Will try the actual gameplay later.

Hint: Alt+X quits the game.

That's because the story telling is too awesome. You just sit back and watch a movie... a game... I mean a movie. Sweet.
 
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23. Re: Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin Aug 5, 2014, 21:51 Optional Nickname!
 
Quinn wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 18:14:
EA is giving away games for free. Shut up. FTFY

Otherwise agreeing with you in some way, and realizing you are a humorous and veteran poster you shouldn't come across as so dismissive of legitimate anti Steam/Uplay/Origin concerns.

Wing Commander Saga is free, arguably as fun as Wing Commander 3, and doesn't have Origin, oh snap. Shut Up!
 
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22. Re: Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin Aug 5, 2014, 21:29 KilrathiAce
 
Too bad its tied to Origin, pfft good thing I have it on 3d0 and modded pc version... f origin.  
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21. Re: Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin Aug 5, 2014, 19:59 Drayth
 
Now that I'm home with bookmarks...
Joystick fixes, and higher quality vids (no scan lines, assuming the Origin version has 'em).
http://www.wcnews.com/chatzone/threads/complete-wc-gog-fixes-and-tweaks.27176/
 
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20. Re: Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin Aug 5, 2014, 19:40 Axis
 
I have origin (and a host of other "clients" with various logins for my family) on a non-gaming PC. I just load it up to grab the free games when applicable.

However, I admit I've been playing the hell out of plants vs zombies garden warfare on my beast machine. Game is great fun for now.
 
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19. Re: Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin Aug 5, 2014, 19:13 Tom
 
Hmm yep, DOSBox. Wow, that worked super easily. And it even detected and worked with my joystick properly! Amazing. I didn't have time to do anything more than get through all of the (long) intro for now. Will try the actual gameplay later.

Hint: Alt+X quits the game.
 
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18. Re: Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin Aug 5, 2014, 19:03 eRe4s3r
 
Tom wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 18:39:
Yeah, all the whining about Origin/Steam is pretty old at this point, but expected. Some of those people will get over it eventually, others won't. Whatever.

I'm curious how WC3 runs on modern systems. I haven't tried it since its original release. Back then I wasn't a big fan. WC2 was (and still is) my all-time favorite game, yet WC3 wasn't nearly as good. The plot, characters, artwork, mission design ... none of it was as good as WC2 as I recall. But I'm curious to take another look. It has been ... 20 years. Ack.

Origin version runs via DosBox.. but ehm.. does anyone know where I can find the key config for this?
 
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17. Re: Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin Aug 5, 2014, 18:49 Drayth
 
Unless this really is a more updated version, visit the GoG forums for Wing Commander and follow some links for fixes. Every game in the series needs some form of fix, or at least gets an enhancement.

I don't remember many specifics, but there should be a link on the forum that links to yet another forum where someone posted fixes for each game, including attaching files into the forum post. I believe I tracked down more recent versions of those files after reading the post. It's been a while.

And, what quinn said.
 
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16. Re: Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin Aug 5, 2014, 18:39 Tom
 
Yeah, all the whining about Origin/Steam is pretty old at this point, but expected. Some of those people will get over it eventually, others won't. Whatever.

I'm curious how WC3 runs on modern systems. I haven't tried it since its original release. Back then I wasn't a big fan. WC2 was (and still is) my all-time favorite game, yet WC3 wasn't nearly as good. The plot, characters, artwork, mission design ... none of it was as good as WC2 as I recall. But I'm curious to take another look. It has been ... 20 years. Ack.
 
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15. Re: Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin Aug 5, 2014, 18:39 Creston
 
Free game is cool, but does Origin do anything to make sure it runs? WC3 can be a bit fickle to get to work properly...

I already have a GOG copy (which works fine, I might add), so no need for this one, but hey, a free game is a free game, and it's double awesome when it's an incredibly cool, and at the time genre-shattering, game like this one.
 
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14. Re: Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin Aug 5, 2014, 18:14 Quinn
 
Always the same complaining about Origin/Steam/Uplay. Cry me a fucking river. All three DRMs can run in the background for all I care. My system doesn't slow down because of it. Does it slow yours? If so, maybe less porn. Those sites are shady. Run a virus scan.

Once Origin/Steam/Uplay is started up, which takes 5 seconds if not less (wait, not for you? Again, scan your system and start appreciating your wife more) it's happy gaming. You even get achievements, rewards (Uplay) and a nice sense of building a collection.

EA is giving away games for free. Shut up.
 
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13. Re: Wing Commander 3 Free on Origin Aug 5, 2014, 17:58 eRe4s3r
 
I don't get the anger... It's free, I don't care where. As long as it's truly free..

When was the last time Steam gave you a free game? And EA even held their promise to make Sim City 5 work offline... to me, Steam is far more evil with all their bullshit.

1 example. Banned TAGS, you never wondered why tags never include listings like "No DRM" or "Console port" ? That's because VALVE BANS THESE TAGS. Any tag that does not improve sales is BANNED. And people prefer that bullshit over Origin?

Hah!
 
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12. Re: RE: Follow up Aug 5, 2014, 17:53 DrSquick
 
garrywong wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 16:24:
Wow, they are still trying this tactic. Throw out free games to lure people into installing Origin. I wonder if the frequency of them using this tactic means it's not working or actually is...

I would guess quite well. In my company we have a gaming distribution list, and the free Sims one got sent around a few weeks ago, and it seemed many people did.

I'm not an Origin fan, but I also resisted Steam for years, now it is basically the only place I get games now.
 
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