CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

Christmas Gift Guide

First released in July 1994, Star Wars: TIE Fighter was the sequel to X-Wing, LucasArts' original Star Wars flight simulator. TIE Fighter built upon X-Wing's success by adding in refined controls and a deeper, more engaging story, and by giving gamers a surprisingly satisfying taste of the Dark Side.

We'd love to see TIE Fighter remade for current-gen VR gaming setups, but for now, let's take a look at what made the original such a classic.

Caption by / Photo by

In TIE Fighter, you play the part of a rookie pilot for the Imperial Navy. You serve the Emperor, shooting down Rebel scum in the name of preserving peace and order throughout the galaxy.

Yep, you're totally a bad guy.

Caption by / Photo by

The game itself consists of dozens of missions, each packed with primary and secondary objectives and hidden bonus objectives that can unlock additional story content.

Caption by / Photo by

You can study up for each mission by talking to your flight officer, or with an emissary from the Emperor who will hint at your secret objectives.

Caption by / Photo by

You can also hone your piloting skills by flying through one of the game's training courses.

Caption by / Photo by

Of course, once you make the jump into battle, you're on your own.

Caption by / Photo by

Missions are often unpredictable, requiring the player to stay alert and ready to attack.

Caption by / Photo by LucasArts/YouTube/LLPhoenix

Simple visuals made room for more overall content, including cut scenes.

Caption by / Photo by LucasArts

TIE Fighter has already been rereleased for modern computers on the website, but a full remaster for VR setups makes too much sense not to be a thing. Make it happen, developers!

Caption by / Photo by
Up Next
The best games and gear you have to...