Tachyon: The Fringe

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Game 

Windows 

NovaLogic 

2000 

CD 

$5.49
Packaging
Players take the role of an interplanetary privateer in this space combat simulation from Novalogic. As the hero Jake Logan (voiced by actor Bruce Campbell) players will choose to lend their services to either the large and powerful GalSpan corporation or the rebels of the outskirt Bora Rebel colony. Reward earnings can be used to upgrade the ship and its weapons, allowing the player to take on greater challenges. The game's story develops over the course of 60 missions with a variety of goals designed to test both the skills and loyalties of the hero. Various styles of multiplayer games are supported over the Internet.

Bruce Campbell, star of Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, and Xena: Warrior Princess, lends his superb voice-over talent to space fighter jock Jake Logan in Tachyon: The Fringe. As Jake, players assume the role of a badass pilot for hire in the 26th century.

The plot and setting of the game are perfect for a gritty sci-fi tale. Tachyon jump gates connect distant planets, enabling interstellar trade. Megacorporations hire contract pilots to protect space convoys and valuable cargo from pirates. Jake Logan, a veteran pilot battle tested from age 14, has built a reputation of skilled combat and quick decision making. Advance Ganymede Technologies, a starship design firm, takes notice and hires Jake for contract work.

For the most part, Tachyon: The Fringe eschews standard space combat simulation conventions by eliminating linear mission structure. Tachyon typically provides several missions, called "jobs" in the game, which the player can select in any order. Rewards for completing jobs include gaining the use of new technology, obtaining cash for purchasing new ships, weapons, and equipment, and advancing the main story line. Players decide how to equip their ships and spend their mission bounty. This freedom gives each new mission a fresh feel.

Bruce Campbell's infectious sarcasm and undeniable cool factor fit the grizzled space cowboy perfectly; often you'll want to complete missions or destroy enemy ships just to hear which one-liners Bruce says next. Missions jam packed with dialogue create short, exciting stories; soon, though, Jake finds himself embroiled in a larger plot involving a renegade colony fortifying its territory in an area of space known as the Fringe.

Tachyon's graphics look sharp, though inconsistent in areas. Star bases and fighters exude size and detail; however, bland hanger bays and the multicolored ship interface strike a contrast against the beauty of deep space and immense capital ships. Sound effects fare better with stellar voice acting, crisp weapon effects, and menacing deep bass as ships rush through space.

For Windows (32-bit Systems) [*Please review compatibility/platform sections in 'What You Get']

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