X-Wing vs Tie Fighter: Balance of Power review by Al Giovetti


By Al Giovetti
Genre:space flight simulator
Developer: Totally Games
Lead Artist:
Publisher: Lucas Arts
Phone: 888-532-4263
Website: www.lucasarts.com
Requirements:Pentium 90 MHz, 24MB RAM, 48MB free HD space, 4x CD-ROM drive, X-Wing vs Tie Fighter game

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X-Wing vs Tie Fighter: Balance of Power


The X-Wing vs Tie Fighter game was a classic which won many awards and hard drive space on many computers. Finally, there is an add on disk that will allow

you to play solo, without the drawbacks in this area in the original game.

Company Line

A dramatic series of new engagements between the Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance unfold with the release of X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter: Balance of Power, a challenging collection of single and multiplayer missions for X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter, the best-selling Star Wars space combat simulation game from LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC.

Balance of Power features two new immersive, story-driven campaigns as the Rebel Alliance seeks new allies in its continuing struggle against the Galactic Empire, and the Imperial fleet moves to quell the Rebel insurgency. Players engaging in the Rebel Campaign can enlist in the elite Rogue Squadron to continue the fight for freedom. The Imperial Campaign encourages players to join the Galactic Empire’s infamous Avenger Squadron to battle for the glory of Emperor Palpatine. Each campaign can be flown in single or multiplayer mode, engaging up to four starfighter pilots via the Internet or eight over a local area network. Balance of Power also will include new melee missions and combat engagements as well as a new full battle for single and multiplayer competition.

In addition to many enhancements to the original X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter, including 3D support and fully rendered cutscenes, Balance of Power features a new B-wing starfighter and a non-pilotable Super Star Destroyer that is a key battle target.

Game Play

There are 30 missions in the two story scenerios, eight missions included which are separate stand alone missions, and two dogfighting missions. Fifteen each for the rebel alliance and the empire. Each mission can be played or replayed in different squadrons. New is the ability to fly the B-Wing Rebel fighter.


As the Imperial player, you must buy time so that the techies can develop a base where ships can be constructed. As a rebel pilot, you must take the fight to the Imperials without being caught by the Imperial task force.



Three-D card support is included with the game.

Voice Actors

Music Score

Sound Effects


Multi-player Features

You can fly the missions with another hunman player. Four can play the game over the internet and eight can play via local area network.

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  • George T. Chronis, PC Games, volume 5, number5, May, 1998, pg 80, B, 85%.

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