Wing Commander 3 free on Origin until September 2

The mid-90s classic, designed by Star Citizen creator Chris Robets, is now available for free.

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Ah, the days of old-school live action cutscenes. They hold a certain charm and have a distinct appeal. But when combined with some of the best space combat ever to grace the PC, they're downright immaculate. PC gamers now have the opportunity to re-live the mid-90s classic Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger, thanks to EA's ongoing Origin "On the House" program.

Wing Commander III originally hit Mac in 1994 before blasting onto PC two years later. The story follows the continuing Terran-Kilrathi War, with Colonel Christopher Blair assigned as Wing Commander of the Victory starship. The game is heavy on Hollywood talent, with a cast that includes Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell, and Tim Curry, among many others. The high-end production is complemented by intuitive space combat designed by Chris Roberts, who many of today's PC gamers will recognize as the man behind the upcoming Star Citizen.

To pick up the standard edition of Wing Commander III for free, simply grab it from Origin before September 2.

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    August 6, 2014 6:00 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Wing Commander 3 free on Origin until September 2.

    The mid-90s classic, designed by Star Citizen creator Chris Robets, is now available for free.

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      August 6, 2014 6:38 AM

      Well, guess I'll be playing through this again.

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      August 6, 2014 7:24 AM

      Nice. I've never played any of the WC games, this gives me a good reason to fix that!

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        August 6, 2014 7:58 AM

        You mean you don't know about the Maniac?

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      August 6, 2014 7:37 AM

      1.81GB!

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      August 6, 2014 8:46 AM

      Get it on GOG instead.

      EA's just trying to ride Chris Roberts coattails with this one.

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      August 6, 2014 9:14 AM

      After downloading it, it causes my Windows 8.1 64bit to lock up. Anyone else seeing this happen?

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        August 6, 2014 9:21 AM

        Mark Hamill isn't 64 bit compatible.

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          August 6, 2014 9:51 AM

          but Ginger Lynn is 69 bit compatible.

          Sorry, thats terrible.

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        August 6, 2014 9:22 AM

        Worked fine on the first try with Win 8.1 64bit. for me- maybe something with your hardware working with DosBox?

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        August 6, 2014 9:50 AM

        nope, i played it last night on a Windows 8.1 64 bit box.

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      August 6, 2014 10:28 AM

      The irony. EA destroyed Orgins, named their digital store Origin and now is giving away the game for "free" (If you are not a customer, you are the product).