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Star Wars: X-wing Alliance, or XWA is the sequel to Star Wars: TIE Fighter. Due to player disregard for the multiplayer focused Star Wars: X-wing vs. TIE Fighter as a part of the X-wing computer game series, XWA is considered the third installment.

XWA presents the story of Ace Azzameen, the youngest member of the Azzameen family, a neutral family of traders. The player assumes Ace Azzameen's place in all of the missions in the game. These missions gave rise to assumptions that Ace was perhaps one of the crew appearing in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

Apart from the usual badges and medals for winning missions which are featured in the other games of the X-wing series, progress is also indicated by the number of souvenirs collected in Ace's room. Additionally, an E-mail delivery system helps to evolve Ace's background story and provided deeper looks into his personal relationships and his family's whereabouts.

XWA is the first game of the series to offer a full voiceover soundtrack and full dialogue in-flight. Flight control is marginally updated from the previous games of the series, allowing the player to link their cannons together, the ability to board and pickup other craft, as well as the addition of rudder support. Graphics are also overhauled in this game; high resolution textures, more complex models, and full three-dimensional cockpits were added. However, the cockpits are not faithful to the other games; all indicators and screens are separated from the cockpit as an in-flight HUD depicted as floating windows.

It also introduces missions that span multiple star systems, similar to the "autopilot" feature of the Wing Commander games; rather than ending the mission, jumping to hyperspace (when the option is available) will progress the mission to a new location and a new mission objective.

Opening CrawlEdit

X-wing Alliance
As the Rebel insurgency spreads,
the GALACTIC EMPIRE has
become embroiled in open civil war.
To avenge the Emperor's defeat
at Yavin, Darth Vader has struck
back at the Rebel base on Hoth.

Caught in the crossfire is the family
of Tomaas and Antan Azzameen,
owners of a successful shipping
operation. Despite the schemes of
corrupt Imperial officials and a bitter
feud with their archrivals the Viraxo,
they have survived.

Sympathetic to the Rebellion, but
fearful of the Emperor's far-reaching
power, they will soon be forced to
take sides in the greater conflict
around them…

StoryEdit

Although the game is considered a sequel, it takes place simultaneously with Star Wars: TIE Fighter, showing the whereabouts of the Rebellion during those events: it starts a little after the Battle of Hoth and ends with the Battle of Endor (TIE Fighter's expansion ends right before Endor).

Prologue: Family BusinessEdit

The game's prologue, or tutorial, concerns Ace's "family missions" where his elder family members and Emkay instruct him in the flying of Corellian transports so that he can begin working for the family.

These missions reveal that the Azzameen family is in heated competition with the Viraxo and is generally sympathetic to the Rebel Alliance. Due to their sympathies, the patriarch of the family, Tomaas Azzameen, runs various bacta runs for the Alliance in the aftermath of the Battle of Hoth. This causes them to pay dearly as the Galactic Empire raids their home station for running bacta to an Alliance outpost. The family subsequently seeks asylum with a Rebel task force.

MissionsEdit

  1. Aeron's lesson: Transport operation
  2. Emon's lesson: Weapons
  3. Aeron's error: Data recovery
  4. Sticking it to the Viraxos: Covert delivery
  5. Black market Bacta: Cargo transfer
  6. Rebel randezvous: Aid to the Alliance
  7. Nowhere to go?: Escape Imperial attack

Interlude: Joining the RebellionEdit

Two training missions introducing Ace to the Alliance. The missions begin not from Ace's main home base, but from a place called Lost Station. Because of the logical impossibility for these missions to take place in reality, it's probable they are just simulations.

MissionsEdit

  1. Deep Space Strike Evaluation
  2. Starfighter Superiority Evaluation

Battle 1: Clearing the wayEdit

As a Rebel pilot, Ace participates in a variety of space flight missions for the Rebellion while also helping his family whenever he is needed against the Viraxo.

MissionsEdit

  1. Convoy Attack
  2. Rescue Uncle Antan (Family mission)
  3. Reconnaissance of Imperial Task Force
  4. Rescue Echo Base Prisoners
  5. Recover Imperial Probe (Family mission)
  6. Stop Resupply of ISD Corrupter
  7. Destroy Imperial Sensor Net

Battle 2: Secret weapons of the EmpireEdit

During his tour with the Rebel Alliance, he proves himself to be a significant pilot as he partakes on missions which reveal new Imperial projects, such as a slew of experimental TIEs.

MissionsEdit

  1. Flight Staff Transfer
  2. Ensnare Imperial Prototypes
  3. Kill K'Armyn Viraxo (Family mission)
  4. Raid Production Facility
  5. Defend CRS Liberty
  6. Destroy Imperial Research Facility

Battle 3: Over the fenceEdit

MissionsEdit

  1. Liberate Slave Convoy
  2. Supply Rebels with Warheads (Family mission)
  3. Recon Imperial research center
  4. Investigate Imperial Communications Array
  5. Plant Listening Device (Family mission)
  6. Rendezvous with defector
  7. Scramble!

Battle 4: The Bothan connectionEdit

Some events connect the game to the movies Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Shadows of the Empire and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi such as sequences which track the Rebellion's situation after the Battle of Hoth, assist Dash Rendar in the capture of the Imperial freighter Suprosa which carries the Death Star II plans, as well as the stealing of Shuttle Tydirium.

MissionsEdit

  1. Shipment to Mining Colony (Family mission)
  2. Reconnaissance of Imperial Convoy
  3. Mining Colony Under Siege: Rescue Aeron (Family mission)
  4. Capture the Freighter Suprosa
  5. Abandon Rebel Base at Kothlis
  6. Protect Imperial Computer

Battle 5: Mustering the FleetEdit

MissionsEdit

  1. Protect Alliance-Smuggler Meeting
  2. Attack Imperial Convoy
  3. Break Emon Out of Brig (Family mission)
  4. Protect Smuggler Retreat
  5. Rescue Smugglers
  6. Recover Family Data Core (Family mission)
  7. Attack Pirate Base

Battle 6: The darkest hourEdit

MissionsEdit

  1. Meet with Bothan Delegation
  2. Locate Mercenary Base (Family mission)
  3. Raid Mercenary Base
  4. Rescue Bothan Spies
  5. Steal Imperial Shuttle
  6. Escort Rebel Fleet
  7. Family Reunion (Family mission)

Battle 7: Battle of EndorEdit

After encountering the Imperial fleet, the player has to drive the Millennium Falcon inside the Death Star and destroy its reactor, in a scene that resembles that of the movie.

MissionsEdit

  1. Battle of Endor
  2. That Thing's Operational
  3. The Shield is Down
  4. Death Star Tunnel Run

New FeaturesEdit

  • E-mail system that gives intresting plot twists as well as comic relief.
  • Familly Side Missions.

CameosEdit

During the training level in which Ace lurns how to handle the turrets, the player is at a bustling space station/casino. If the player is quick enough, Boba Fett's infamous Slave I can be identified by the targeting system. It launches into hyperspace fairly quickly, before it can be approached by the player's craft. Later in the mission, Dash Rendar's YT-2400 Outrider can also be seen. A Personal Luxury Yacht 3000, the same class of ship as Lando Calrissian's Lady Luck can be also found docked with the space station.

In the mission where Commander Zaletta defects to the Alliance, he is piloting a Shuttle AA-23. This is an obvious reference to the cell where Princess Leia was kept in A New Hope.

It is also possible to see the Wild Karrde on the later Mission to Zhar to capture the Tydirium.

Grand Admiral Thrawn's Chimaera along with Inexorable, Death's Head, Stormhawk and Nemesis also appear in mission 6:2.

In the final family mission (6:7) as you exit the Independence, if you look to your right, you can see the Shuttle Tydurium making its way to Endor.

While not an Easter Egg in itself, XWA offers the only "real" glimpse of the YT-2000 freighter.

A few models are included in the game's data files but are not featured in the game's reference library or missions. One such item is a "booster pack." Custom missions have been made that use the hidden models.

ModificationsEdit

The X-Wing project was finished before any expansions were scheduled so Alliance is the only one of the X-wing series to have no expansion or re-enhanced remake.

However, the game is modifiable and many fans and programmers create improved textures and graphics for the ships, new missions and other modifications.

Some of the new missions are actually remakes of the previous games, based on the engine of Alliance. Currently an unofficial fan-made Star Wars: TIE Fighter remake is being created. This modification for example replaces the Mon Calamari Star Cruiser concourse and briefings with Imperial versions, as well as remaking the classic TIE Fighter missions using the Alliance engine to increase player enjoyment.

As for Alliance itself, fan based upgrade sites such as "X-Wing Alliance Upgrade" and "Darksabers X-Wing Station" have acted as the central distribution points for upgraded spacecraft packs.

These vary from simple upgrades to higher resolution graphics, such as containers, landing bays, weapons etc., to high capital ships such as the various Star Destroyers as well the Super Star Destroyer Executor, all with multiple (and destroyable) hardpoints like shield generators, engines, bridges and turbolasers. Playable fighters are modified complete with upgraded virtual cockpits bringing cockpit visuals closer to movie canon.

By editing the "Shiplist" game file and replacing NonFlyable ships with Flyable, players can fly any ship they want, including a Super Star Destroyer. Downloading the V1.01 upgrade can also allow all larger ships' turrets to work if set to autofire.

CollectionsEdit

Alliance was re-released as a part of the collection X-wing Trilogy along with the other parts of the trilogy and a demo of X-wing vs. TIE Fighter. That version had no re-enhancements or differences to the original release.

Ships featuredEdit

Rebel StarfightersEdit

Imperial StarfightersEdit

Other StarfightersEdit

Military support vesselsEdit

Civilian light vesselsEdit

Capital shipsEdit

Space stationsEdit

OtherEdit

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