A neutral family fights for its business - and its survival - and is swept up in the struggle against the encroaching Empire. You must defy the strong-arm tactics of a rival family who will stop at nothing to destroy your trading company.
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Release Date: Mar 28, 1999

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About This Game

A neutral family fights for its business - and its survival - and is swept up in the struggle against the encroaching Empire. You must defy the strong-arm tactics of a rival family who will stop at nothing to destroy your trading company. Ultimately, you will join the Rebel Alliance for a series of covert assignments and uncover information about the Empire's second Death Star project. The finale? You'll find yourself at the controls of the legendary Millennium Falcon , flying against the massive Imperial fleet in the Battle of Endor. Star Wars™: X-Wing Alliance™ puts you right in the middle of the epic Star Wars conflict - and takes space combat excitement to new heights.

Key features:
  • Take control of the "fastest ship in the galaxy" - the Millenium Falcon - as well as X-wings, A-wings, B-wings, Y-wings and Corellian transports
  • Join the massive assault on the fully operational second Death Star in the epic Battle of Endor
  • Fifty story-driven single player missions and flexible multi-player options
  • With new "skirmish" mode, you set your own mission parameters (number of ships, types of ships, targets, and more) to create customized single and multi-player conflicts

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (DirectX 9 recommended)
    • DirectX: Version 7.0
    • Storage: 927 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: STAR WARS: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter requires a controller or joystick.
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Ace Azzameen
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
I cannot belive there aren't more reviews for this! This game was one of my favorites growing up, and it remains formative in my gaming history. The fact that seventeen years later, it still holds it's own thanks to a passionate modding community, never ceases to amaze. This game was well ahead of it's time, with support for recording gameplay, a robust multiplayer and mission building system and a well written, long form campaign, that culiminates in one of the most unforgettable battles ever experienced. The modding community is amazingly, still around, and can be found at http://www.xwaupgrade.com/ and it's sister site, http://www.darksaber.xwaupgrade.com/ . If you want to get the most out of your game with clean looking graphics, and an expanded set of craft to fly and fight, along with some high-definition fixes, I highly recommend it.

With the Rennesance of Space Games underway with games like Elite Dangerous, Star Citizen, and No Man's Sky, it's worth a peek into seeing what the genre was like at it's peak in the past.
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Epic
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Multiplayer doesn't work. Tried a lot of things like port forwarding in the router and allowing through windows firewall but no success.
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bio-jj
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
I was a regular player of X-Wing and this game is my favourite flight simulator. Most of the player who download this game are veteran players, but many people will enjoy this classic. It is worth installing new textures from xwaupgrade.com. You will find a beatiful space landscape and very well detailed ships. The plot of the game is rich and interesting, John Williams music is superb and this game is great despite the age. It's a must for Star Wars fans.
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TutsiRebel
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
In 2016, games are sold on steam that only run @ 800 x 600 (even though the original release supported 1600 x 1200) and with horrible performance issues on modern machines (i7 4790 and GTX 970 here). If I have to jump through hoops and install multiple third party mods to eke out even the basic functionality the original release offered, you dont deserve my money. Refund requested.
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yaowenc.916
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Product received for free
I like this game, but this old game on old OS, may have some hardware or software issue on playing.
Finally I give up. evan this is the great STAR WARS space flying game I know.
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CaptainZeric
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Love this game. Works great with my Wingman Attack 2
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jksnke02
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
One of the last great space flight simulators.
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Warrior of Xenu {XnU}
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
Buy a joystick.

That is all.

9/10
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Atratzu
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 22
-Quick Review-
Do you like Star Ships? Do you like Star Fights? Do you like Star Battles? Do you like Star Wars? Do you have a Joystick? If you say "yes" to all of these questions. You'll probably like this game.
X-wing Alliance was the developed by Totally Games and published in 1999. This was the last Star Wars flying simulator game Totally Games developed.

-Detailed breakdown review-
*Requirements: Firstly, make sure you have a joystick. It seems there are some controllers supported with the game that you could use, but not all controllers work with the game, so buyer beware of that. Furthermore, there are additional graphical problems which may force some to download addons or additional software to fix them.
You see; X-Wing Alliance doesn't support wide screen display, so the screen is stretched a little funny, it doesn't bother me because I could play the game on a cell phone screen plugged into a potato and be in Ace-Azzameen-pilot-nolstalgia-ecstasy.
I don't feel like my review would be fair unless I pointed out that X-Wing Alliance is available at: https://www.gog.com/game/star_wars_xwing_alliance which I've heard is a better source for retro games. But I haven't yet taken the time to pursue anything with them... so I cannot speak from first hand experience, but it's worth while to make note of it.

Story: Hello Ace, that's your name. You're the youngest sibling in the Azzameen family. The Azzameens are a shipping family whom are simply trying to earn an honest living in the violent galexy, which is the Star Wars universe as a whole.
Unfortunately for the family business, conflict has been on the rise with the Viraxo (a competitive family, trying to put your family out of business) and tension is heightened with the galactic empire! Things have gotten really tough since the Destruction of the Death Star at Yavin.
Potential spoiler: Since the game is X-wing Alliance, it probably won't surprise anyone that the Azzameens flee to join the Rebel Alliance and assist them in their struggle to over throw the empire. other then assisting in that mater, the Azzameen family is still trying to do jobs and earn money on the side. So the game is actually having two stories going parallel to each other making the missions very different in tone and experience.

Gameplay: Plug that Joystick in, if you're like me, you'll need to dust it off too, because there aren't many games that use 'em anymore. Just a heads up; you'll need a manual to remember all the keyboard commands. There are tons of them.
The idea is to use your joystick for flight, and combat, while you use your other hand to handle throttle, commands, armaments, squad commands... pretty much everything else in the simulator. And yes, this is very much a simulator.
There's a few important things to note while playing: your speed effects your turning speed. you have multiple weapons and different weapon settings. If you're flying a ship with a turret you can set it to auto fire, or in a linked forward position. You control the power being sent between your lasers, shields, beam weapon, and engines.
Just mastering these few things will requires a great deal of time and effort, and can probably get you through most of the game. To get into all the different strategies, commands, and methods of playing X-wing Alliance would be a great idea for a guide, maybe someday I'll actually write one, but for now hopefully that's enough to get you started with the game, if you decide to try it out. (If you need a hand or if you see something you really think would be good to know, feel free to comment!)

Achievements: There are no steam achievements for Star Wars: X-wing alliance, really there's only one Star Wars game with achievements, and that's KOTOR 2. Why is that? HUH?!? [rant] Get your act together, Totally games, BioWare (KOTOR1), Traveller's Tales (Lego), and LucasArts. The games I want to spend more time playing, and generally do spend more time playing, don't reward me digital badges. [/end rant]

Price: Star Wars: X-wing Alliance is priced at $9.99, That's way cheaper then the $20 I spent as a little kid when I first got it... or rather my parents spent to get it for me for Christmas. I suggest getting either a bundle deal, or just get the whole Star Wars Franchise pack.
I just realized that this was a gift on Christmas too! Man... 10+ years later and I still get Star Wars games for Christmas, Thank you cuteancuddly. :3

Conclusion: Again, remember to have a joystick or playing this game will be like pulling nails by hand in the desert. If you're not deterred by any of the warnings that have already been covered, and you're a solid Star Wars fan, this game is for you! Too bad Ace Azzameen was Expanded universe, so he's no longer cannon, he's now simply a Star Wars Legend :( You'll always be in my heart Azzameen family. Once an Azzameen always an Azzameen!

*the Requirements category was added for the purpose of this specific review, and it's not regularly part of the Atratzu Review process.
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164 of 188 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 28, 2015
X-Wing Alliance,

Probably the best X-Wing title ever made. It doesn't need a review and it doesn't need any judgement. It's still among the best of the best when it comes down to space combat (simulation).
And with the single player co-op campaign it's even better.
You have to download it over here if you want to go co-op:
http://amiralaria.free.fr/xwam_an.php

And just so you know: 3D Hardware is active in high resolution mode and multiplayer works just fine with standard TCP/IP.

And, also make sure to grab the X-Wing Alliance Upgrade Project which is free also. You can get that mod over here:
http://www.xwaupgrade.com/

Latest development regarding the XWAU project is that it won't support the Steam version. On their website they state that the .exe files are completely rewritten and that they don't know how to alter them to make it work with their mod. It's a shame, but at least they're honest and that's nice.

The game itself runs in 800x600, even changing the resolution in the config.cfg and write protecting it doesn't chang this, due to the fact that it's hard coded in the .exe file for some reason.

What you could do however is edit the ddraw.cfg and change the fullscreen mode from 0 to 1.
Depending on your resolution it might give you an acceptable experience. I run in 1680x1050 and it looks good enough for me.

NOTE:
Me, myself and I couldn't use those upgrades and enhancements with the Steam version, but others for some reason can. So, be warned if any of those custom changes crashes your game. With me, I'll have to wait for a fix from the creators end.

If you want to go multiplayer, make sure that the host has the following ports forwarded if using a router:
TCP 2300-2400
UDP 2300-2400
TCP 47624
UDP 6073
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123 of 134 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 28, 2015
Please disregard Steam saying I have zero hours in this. The original boxed version of this game was purchased for me 17 years ago by my parents when I was much younger. I've played through the campaign many many times, and spent a lot of time experimenting with the combat simulator. I repurchased it on Steam so that I don't need to drag out the cd's anymore.

This is a great and very fun space flight sim. It's all fly-by-wire so don't expect the feel of Star Citizen or Elite Dangerous. It does give you some good control over your ships though. You can manage power between your lasers, shields, engines and beam weapons. Diverting energy from one to another. It is always soo much fun when you've completed your objectives just in time as reinforcement Star Destroyers start pouring in from Hyperspace, and you now need to divert all energy from all other systems to your engines so you can GTFO before Tie Fighters smother you. There's even one great mission where you need to fly THREW them to escape, passing right over Vader's massive Super Star Destroyer as it bares down on you.
As well you can set shields to focus on the front, back or equally both sides of your ship. Usefull when heading straight into the madness, or when a fighter is stuck on your tail. When flying ships with turrets (like the Millennium Falcon) you can even jump into the turret, and set the auto-pilot to chase your current target as you try to blast it. Just like the scene from A New Hope.

There's around 50 missions and they're all fairly unique, exciting, and lengthy. The story starts right after the battle of Hoth and ends at the destruction of the second Death Star. With you piloting the Millennium Falcon right into the mouth of the massive beast. You play as Ace Azzameen, a young freighter pilot for your families transport business. There are two types of missions,
Rebel Mission's: where you'll be piloting various Rebel fighters in skirmishes for the Rebel Alliance and
Family Mission's: where you'll be piloting a Corellian YT series small freighter (similar to the Millennium Falcon) doing jobs for your family to help build your families transport business.

The missions are more then just Go to point A, blow up Object B, and escort Ships C. There are capture, hunting, recon, infiltration and even base defense missions. It's pretty varied and I never found the game to go stale. Even playing it recently.

This is where I get a little sad. The game is split into chapters with many small story lines that all relate to the two major arc's The war between the Rebel and Imperial republic and the story of your family. The family story arc unfortunately ends on a massive cliff hangar right before the battle of the Second Death Star. After that the game is over. It's clear the developers had planned for an expansion pack or sequel to continue the family story but due to the poor sales of the game that never happened. You spend a lot of time with the characters and I personally became very invested in the story. I was disappointed to see it never truly finished.

There's a combat sim that lets you put together custom (all be it simple) skirmishes. I spent a lot of time in this. It was fun putting together these massive battles with Star Destroyers and Calamari Cruisers clashing while the space in between and around is filled with fighters from both sides swarming like mosquito's.

I never played the multiplayer so I can't comment on that.

One negative I suppose is the graphics sure have not aged well. BUT for the past DECADE there has been a small loyal group of great guys who have slowly sloooowly been retexturing the whole game (They've pretty much done the 95% of the game by now), and have created some mods to allow it to run better on modern hardware. It's not Star Citizen but they've done a great job with it. The new textures they have created look great at 1080p. And I love what they did with the interiors of the ships. Their website is http://www.xwaupgrade.com/ They just recently made it compatible with the GOG.com version of the game, and appearntly that does not work with this version. So for now you may be better off to buy that version instead http://www.gog.com/game/star_wars_xwing_alliance (sorry Valve.) It's been about a year since I played the game. And I got the widescreen fix from another site but I think they have all the fixes needed on their site now.

The game runs great natively with an Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller. You can easily re-map the controls in the ESC menu. Although, you will need to use the keyboard a bit still as there is just too many different hot keys to all be mapped to those controllers. Don't worry though, in the thick of it the controller alone will be fine to adjust systems, swap weapons and do all the maneuvers needed to survive.

And that's it. As you've probably noticed I've a great deal of nostalgia for this game. But I've played it recently and I still love it just as much as I did as when I was a kid. It's not too complicated yet not too simple. The missions are lots of fun, and the story is engrossing. I personally highly recommend it.
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93 of 96 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 5, 2015
Missed this game so much!
To unlock your video settings go to
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Star Wars X-Wing Alliance\config.cfg
edit with notepad
Change screenres1 1 to screenres1 5
This will also unlock everything else
Then edit ddraw.cfg with notepad
change PreserveAspectRatio = 1 to PreserveAspectRatio = 0
To make it wide screen
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70 of 74 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
Hi everyone!

XWAUPGRADE is compatible with the steam version. :)
So you can set the resolution higher than 800x600.

About the game? It was the best Star Wars experience for me.

If you like Star Wars and space simulators, don't hesitate, buy this game.
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137 of 182 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 1, 2015
One of the best games of all time, and I was glad to see that Disney has resurrected it.

However, I cannot recommend this version on Steam. Although it runs successfully on my Windows 8.1 system (more than can be said of the CD version), the resolution is locked to 800 x 600 in the flight engine, no matter what you set it to in the options menu. I feel this should have been mentioned in the product description - *before* you buy it. If Steam/Disney update the game again to support its original maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200, my review will become positive.
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51 of 55 people (93%) found this review helpful
60 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
It's an older game Sir, but it checks out.
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88 of 113 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 3, 2015
Great game, but is locked at 800 x 600 on the lowest settings. There are patches to deal with this, but they are not compatible with the Steam version. Head over to GOG instead, the version there is compatible with existing patches and mods.
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35 of 38 people (92%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
It's old... but so am I and I'm still awesome... so is this game.

You really want to go get the graphic update, though. It makes things look so purdy.

I got a guide for that here:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=636188047
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52 of 66 people (79%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 31, 2015
DO NOT BUY THIS GAME - Instead get it from gog.com and not only will it be DRM free, it will be compatible with the XWA Upgrade Project which improved the graphics and enabled higher resolutions and support for widescreen monitors. The version on steam doesn't even work properly, can't set the resolution higher than 800x600 (you can change it settings, but it always defaults back to that when you enter a mission) and constantly crashes.

Likewise steer clear of X-Wing Vs Tie Fighter and the original X-Wing and Tie Fighter games... they simply don't work properly from steam and they won't do a damn thing to sort it out.

Asked a refund and they ignored it until I forced the issue and opened a dispute with paypal... they then tried to threaten my entire account if I didn't close the dispute.

I got my refund though.



UPDATE: 4th May 2016 (May the 4th be with you)

Apparently the XWAUP is now compatible with the steam version of the games... I was able to get my original discs working thanks to the great work they're doing.

But buy these games from steam at your own risk as they could break them and stop the XWAUP from working at any point.
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40 of 51 people (78%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 30, 2015
Best Star Wars flight simulator in existence.

Want to fly a Star Destroyer? Ok, do it.
Want to lead a squad of X-Wings against TIE-Fighters against 10:1 odds? Go ahead, just don't tell Han.
Feel like making an epic space battle with Mon Cal Cruisers and Star Destroyers facing against each other?

20/10 favorite childhood game.

Will play forever.

P.S. If you aren't flying the TIE Defender in Skirmish mode, you aren't doing it right.
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