In Echelon: Wind Warriors you will discover the universe of the third millennium. This is a combat simulator involving hovering machines of the future. War is raging between the government forces of the Galactic Federation and squadrons from one of the colonies.
User reviews: Mixed (20 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 3, 2004
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“Entertaining futuristic aerial action, and a good value at the price.”
79 – PC Gamer

“A fairly average shooter that doesn't really add much to its prequel. Vast but standard plot and sub-standard gameplay make for an interesting distraction but a generally uninspiring title.”
76 – PC Gameworld

“Without a gripping story line you're more likely to come back to this every once in a while when you feel like a quick zip around in a magnificent flying machine. Worthy of a look if you own a joystick or have played this type of game with your trusty mouse.”
70 – IncGamers

About This Game

You are a pilot in the government forces stationed at one of the planets under attack. As you get higher on your career ladder, you will be able to choose more advanced hovercrafts and ammunition, as well as to order your own squad and influence local battles.

The goal of the development of the game is to further expand our virtual universe. Based on the huge success of the first game, we are presenting you with the same world, occurring at the same time, but from the point of view of another character, whose adventures unfold according to a different storyline. At times, it will cross the storyline of the previous game, and if you have played "Echelon", you will recognize some places and characters.

Echelon: Wind Warriors is a unique game. This is not a regular space-battle simulator, nor is it a simulator of combat in enclosed labyrinths. The action is taking place above the surfaces of a planet, the picturesque landscapes of which are one of the basic features of the game play. In the realism of the implementation of the gaming environment – the cockpit of the battle hovercraft – Echelon is comparable with the best flight simulators. The game play is similar to that of the MechWarrior series, but instead of a walking robot, you pilot a fighter. Echelon: Wind Warriors has the following advantages over Echelon:

Game features:

  • Unique combination of flight simulation and action.
  • Realistic and highly detailed world of the game. Various, elaborate, and vast landscapes.
  • A broad but well-balanced range of available weapons provides the player enough freedom and flexibility for using different tactics.
  • The player’s progress, as he advances through the game, upgraded equipment, as well as the appearance of new equipment with unknown functions on the part of the enemies will continually add excitement to the game play.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 98/ME, 2000, XP, Win7, Win8
    • Processor: Pentium II 400 MHz
    • Memory: 64 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 32 Mb RAM
    • Hard Drive: 1150 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Attention! You need to run the game as an Administrator.
    • OS: Windows 98/ME, 2000, XP, Win7, Win8
    • Processor: Pentium III/Athlon 700+ MHz
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 64 Mb RAM
    • Hard Drive: 1150 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Attention! You need to run the game as an Administrator.
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
It is as old as great. I enjoyed the gameplay many years ago, I enjoy it now. One of the most interesting features - the dialogs.

By the way, it launched on Windows 7 64x without any problems
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22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
I bought this because it's a classic that I spent a lot of time on when I was younger. It's a fun flight sim with a lot of missions to do.
- Some people might not be able to run this game properly on modern machines, but that's fixable with a little bit of registry editing, setting the correct settings (Like choosing Hardware TnL in options app), and downloading some extra missing files (link in comments).
- I highly recommend setting the control method to "E-mouse", with inverted Y-axis (Makes it behave like an FPS).

If anybody has any questions about how to get this game running, comment on my review your questions, and I might be able to help you with it. I'm running this on Windows 8.1, with x8 Anti aliasing at 1280x720@60 FPS and all settings maxed (Trying to figure out how to get 1080p, at the moment).

TL;DR If you ignore the outdated visuals and the hassle to get it properly set up the first time, this would be a fun flight sim for you.
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
There I want to tell a lot about this great game.
Basically this is standalone addon for original Echelon game a futurstic action/VTOL-simulation set in same universe and period but from another character perspective. The game features decent flight model which makes you feel of flight and inertion, advanced damage model, a lot of detailed ground, naval and air units and buildings with their own damage models. There many types of aicrafts and weapons to choose. The game is unique by being realistic at some point Sci-Fi vtol sim. The game locations is large, the whole continent is featured here.
The story/campaign is good, long and even non linear at some places, the fully and nicely voiced dialogues (yeah with yelling commander etc.) also.
The graphics of original Echelon (2001) was next gen for it's time, but in WindWarriors not really much changes.
Game mechanics have a lot similarities to MechWarrior series just you control the aircraft there.
Sadly this game didn't got any sequels (forget about operation matriarchy) so the story is incomplete due publishers counted this type of games as not profitable.
There is campaign coop and nice multiplayer with gamemodes involving teamwork and just fun deathmach, the bad thing it was using Gamespy. (the russian comminity still run server, but it reqiure custom patches) Unlike most of harcore sim games this is easy to learn but hard to master, in multiplayer (really!). There more action than fight with controls of your machine.
I would recommend this game if you like open locations, Sci-Fi VTOL, atmoshpere (in both meanings, game take place only on planet) some hard missions to challenge your skills, epic and dynamic battles and unexpected turns of a plot.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
go fly
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
good game
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7 of 21 people (33%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
Never even got it to start even after all the supposed fixes. Waste of time and money.
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3 of 13 people (23%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
Took me about 20 minutes to get the game working after trying the same fixes I did for the first game. The game takes a long time to open everytime you want to play... Screenshots doesn't work and the Steam Community doesn't work in game.

Pretty sure this is alot a very old game, I don't really understand what i'm looking at and i'm pretty sure only people that have played the game before will enjoy it.

I strongly do not recommend to buy this game if you haven't played it previously and even if you did, keep in mind you will spend a good amount of time fixing the game. Don't even ask me how I did it, I don't remember, I've tried many fixes and reinstalled the game twice, there's tips in both of the games discussions forums but most of them doesn't work.
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38 of 93 people (41%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 11, 2014

it is not recommended to buy this game with any windows versions XP and above.
game is not optimalized for windows XP and above.
game has buggs that will never be fixed.
support doesnt speak english.
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