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Post by trog @ 01:02pm 14/09/11 | 11 Comments
Good Old Games brings the news that Wing Commander 3 is now available on their DRM-free digital download gaming platform for only USD$6.99.

Those who remember that far back will recall that this was the Wing Commander game that featured some amazingly-produced full motion video instead of animated cutscenes, and starred a slightly pudgy Mark Hamill as Colonel Blair. If memory serves it was one of the first games to come on multiple CD-ROMs, due to the huge volume of video content (over three hours). You can pick it up now from GOG!



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Dazhel
Posted 01:21pm 14/9/11
Cool WC3 was pretty good.
This looks like the last of the latest batch of EA classics though so no Syndicate or System Shock (yet). :(
Raven
Posted 01:25pm 14/9/11
Wow, that's going to be a big download... 4 CDs this originally was, though some of the TRE files are shared between disks.

Edit: Also, FWIW, The 7th Guest was the first multi-CD games I can remember, being two CDs - but what's distinctive about that is that it was also one of the first CD games period - ie, one of the first games to use such a large volume of data used so much data, it couldn't even fit on a single disc!

last edited by Raven at 13:25:04 14/Sep/11
rrrocket
Posted 07:57pm 14/9/11
Wow, that's going to be a big download... 4 CDs this originally was, though some of the TRE files are shared between disks.

Edit: Also, FWIW, The 7th Guest was the first multi-CD games I can remember, being two CDs - but what's distinctive about that is that it was also one of the first CD games period - ie, one of the first games to use such a large volume of data used so much data, it couldn't even fit on a single disc!last edited by Raven at 13:25:04 14/Sep/11


And Rebel Alliance? (I think it was called)
Dethon
Posted 08:10pm 14/9/11
Yeah I had a blast playin this.
I think my first CD game was Magic Carpet.

Midda
Posted 08:24pm 14/9/11
Wow, that's going to be a big download... 4 CDs this originally was, though some of the TRE files are shared between disks.

4 CDs would be a maximum of 2800MB. There are demos that big these days.
Dazhel
Posted 08:46pm 14/9/11
Wow, that's going to be a big download... 4 CDs this originally was, though some of the TRE files are shared between disks.

Yeah by GOG standards it's one of the larger ones heh, and well ahead of it's time for content volume.

Largest number of discs I've seen was Baldur's Gate with five discs in '98, six if you got the bundle with ToSC.
UT2004 was released on six discs as well apparently. By that stage In the CD era the content could usually be installed to the hard drive though.

Most painful was this one back in the 80's, 4 floppies with a 5th as a dedicated save game disk!
Raven
Posted 08:58pm 14/9/11
11th Hour (1995) was 4 discs; Wing Commander IV (1996) was 6 discs; The X-Files (1998) was a whopping 7 discs. They're the biggest I can think of.
Crusher
Posted 08:16am 15/9/11
Wing Commander 3 The Re-Re-Re-release. With all guns replaced by walkie talkies.
trog
Posted 09:16am 15/9/11
Wow, that's going to be a big download... 4 CDs this originally was, though some of the TRE files are shared between disks.
I was wondering if they'd re-compressed the video with a more modern codec; I reckon they could shrink it pretty substantially without losing much of the quality.
Dazhel
Posted 09:27am 15/9/11
I reckon you're right trog, however it's a DOS game so to support new codecs they'd most likely have to go back and change the executable at significant expense. The most common way of releasing these old games is just to acquire the original files, bundle them with DOSBox and test a highly tweaked DOSBox configuration file in modern OS's.
Khel
Posted 09:41am 15/9/11
It also has Biff out of Back to the Future, and an ex pornstar as your mechanic. And Malcolm Mcdowell! And John Rhys Davies! So good.

I remember when I first got it on my 486 it used to take like 10 minutes to load a mission too
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