StarFight III: Within the Darkness JP Production 1997

The third installment of the StarFight game series is a combination of tactical space shoot-em-up action and third person perspective adventure sections. StarFight III uses a top-down view of the battlefield throughout the action sequences. This is where most of the game happens. The spacecraft is controlled with a combination of keyboard and mouse. The action itself is very simplistic, but this is compensated with a diverse battlefield: ships enter and exit hyperspace, and the player's just a piece of a larger living puzzle consisting of several friendly and hostile spacecraft. Battles are short and intense, story unfolds in real time, and numerous cut scenes are used to link the missions together. There is a major emphasis on the story throughout the game, and animated cut scenes are the means of delivery. StarFight III was pretty exceptional in it's time in this respect, there were hardly any non-CDROM games which presented story this way, and certainly none of them were free. The story tells about an old, retired pilot whom during a visit to the local bar is unexpectedly pulled into an adventure of his lifetime. Unknown alien invaders threatens the existence of mankind, and as usual, our unlikely hero is the only one who can stop them. There are only five distinct adventure sections in StarFight III, only one of which is of considerable length. Adventure sections do, however, give the player a chance to relax, chat with key charachters of the story and explore the surroundings. Despite the very different implementation, it's not difficult to notice that Origin's masterpiece, Wing Commander III was one of the major inspirations to the title.
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