Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, one of the best games in the Star Wars universe and one of the Nintendo 64’s greatest achievements, is now available for purchase on Steam.
In this 1998 classic, players get to fly around multiple Star Wars arenas, including Tatooine, Bespin, and Corellia whilst blasting down enemy fighters. Players have the opportunity to fly X-Wings, Y-Wings, Snowspeeders, and even some more oddball vehicles (with cheats) such as the Naboo Starfighter from The Phantom Menace and even a Buick. The title has not only some of the series’ best action sequences, but fairly pristine controls on both the PC and N64. While some of the game’s missions are reminiscent of real events from the Star Wars films, most of them are completely separate from canon and provide players with a completely new Star Wars experience.
Rogue Squadron is single player only, but is well worth the $9.99 one would have to pay on Steam. The game racked up an 85 aggregate score on Metacritic and spawned two successful and criminally underrated sequels, Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader and Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike, both for the GameCube. Any fan of Star Wars and space combat simulators should really give this one a try.
Unlike many games from its generation, Rogue Squadron has actually aged relatively well due to its intuitive control scheme, smooth graphics, and straightforward gameplay. 3D games from the mid-to-late 90s don’t always fare too well nowadays, but this title packs in more than just nostalgia: it’s part of a genre seldom visited in today’s gaming world and could actually serve as a refreshing experience to gamers longing for action in the skies. Also, gunning down TIE Fighters in a Buick is an awesome and unique experience.
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