Wing Commander back in the 90s was a phenomenal successful game franchise and is still considered one of the best - if not the best - space simulation game that was ever created. It spawned lots of sequels and included cinematic story telling.
The Wing Commander series was developed by Origin which was later bought by EA where the game series found an abrupt ending (shame on them).
Wing Commander Saga is a free sequel which takes place during and after the events that happened in Wing Commander III.
You assume the role of 2nd Lieutenant David Markham, a recent OCS graduate in an accelerated flight training program on an aging, dilapidated carrier in a backwater system. Things are not always as they seem, however. Join with Markham's wingmates as he gets his first taste of the seemingly inevitable doom that the Kilrathi are preparing to unleash upon the Confederation. Fly patrols, work with your wingmen, and struggle to survive as the final battles for the fate of humanity begin to unfold.
The game uses the Freespace 2 engine - the looks and gameplay remind me a lot of the old Wing Commander games that I used to enjoy when I got my first personal computer.
Currently the prologue can be downloaded and played with the main campaign Wing Commander Saga the darkest dawn currently in development. The main campaign will be free to download as well.
Update: The developers, after more than five years have released the game under the title Wing Commander Sage: The Darkest Hour. You can read a review of the released game by following the link I posted in the last sentence. The game has a size of 3.3 Gigabytes, and will run on both Mac and Windows systems.
It features two campaigns that you can play through. First an updated prologue campaign featuring an expanded story and five missions that puts you in the right mindeset to play the main campaign afterwards.
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