Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom

Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom

Origin's $12 Million baby comes home exclusively to the PlayStation.

Double Jewel Case Release – 2 Ring

Space Sim / RPG
CDs: 1
(?? Megs)
1 Player
ESRB: Teen
Realistic Violence Strong Language
Retail Barcode:
0 17814 10103 8
1 Block
Sony ID:
SLUS-00270, 00271, 00272, 00273
Analog JoyStick
May 14, 1997
003510, 003520, 003530, 003540

Take Off.. Take Aim.. Take Em’ Out.

Now that the bloody battle between the Kilrathi and Terrans has been concluded, the Confederation doesn’t have to look very far for its next adversary. You – as the Colonel – will be personally vaporizing the bad guys.  ORIGIN has woven guts-and-glory front line fighting with a star-studded cinematic plotline.  It will take a quick mind and quicker reflexes to save the Confederation from its most insidious enemy to date!

  • 3 flight modes for both novice and advanced players
  • Virtual physics with an ultra-realistic “feel” to flying
  • Sony dual analog and digital joystick support
  • Choose your own destiny – compassionate hero or merciless avenger?
  • 5 different control layouts
  • Complex woven story featuring old friends and new comrades
  • Top quality movies with Dolby Surround sound
  • Stunning sci-fi special effects
  • Ensemble cast of favorites including Col. Blair, Maniac, Paladin, and Tolwyn.


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  • Wing Commander IV’s most memorable historical fact is it’s production cost. At the time, due to all of its actual filmed segments, costs jumped to nearly $12 Million Dollars. While no biggie by modern game standards, in 1995, that was a LOT of money for a game.
  • The PlayStation is the only console WCIV came out on. Otherwise it’s been strictly a PC Game.
  • More personal memory than anything, the EB Games in my local mall had this running on a PC in their display window. The problem being that the opening loop was only a 1 minute long, so if you were in the vicinity of the window for an extended period of time, all you’d hear, all day and everyday, was actor Malcolm McDowell yelling, “THE STRONG MUST SURVIVE.”
  • WCIV is one of the true ‘heavyweights’ of the PlayStation library, literally. Thanks to the double-jewel case, the 4 CDs, the two manuals, the control reference sheet, and if you bought it new the reg card and catalog, it’s one of the heaviest game cases on the shelf.
  • The game has 36 possible button actions (i.e. Fire, Cloak, etc) and the controller only has 14 buttons. There’s quite a bit of two-button commands.