One of the hallmarks of ‘90s gaming that I’m still trying to forget is the fascination with full-motion video. For a few years, games were really obsessed with putting in digitized footage of real actors to make them seem more “real” – but what mostly happened was we got to watch a lot of C-list celebrities (hi, Dana Plato!) stumble their way through games that were neither entertaining nor fun.
Not every full-motion video game was a dud, though. There’s something completely charming about the hammy performances found in games like Dracula Unleashed. Then there’s Wing Commander III – which is free today on EA’s Origin service.
Wing Commander III is not a great game, but I'll be damned if it doesn’t have a great cast. Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell and Thomas F. Wilson (better known to most of you as Biff from Back to the Future) all have prominent roles in this third entry in the popular space-combat title. The acting is campy, and the gameplay is certainly dated by today’s standards, but it’s free – and totally worth checking out to see the aforementioned actors doing their thing.
Don’t take my word for it, though. Check out this blooper reel and see for yourself.
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