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Guide: Play X-Wing Series on Windows 7 (with an Xbox 360 controller)


Its been over a decade since the last proper Star Wars flight sim was released from LucasArts, and many of us who were fans of the original series have been patiently waiting for a new installment for quite some time now. Recently there have been rumblings of a new X-Wing series game finally in development.

It has been puzzling for me as to why Totally Games didn’t ever try to bring the series to consoles after the popularization of dual analog controls. The (artificial) requirement of a Joystick was a limiting factor for X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter (1997) and X-Wing Alliance (1999) and my mind is what could have caused the decline in popularity for the series. But with dual analog controllers, with some streamlining of gameplay systems and some intuitive control mechanics (like a multi-function radial dial similar to what is in Mass Effect 2 on consoles), you could likely bring the controls over to a dual analog controller without compromising the depth of the game.

So having an itch to play these games again, wanting to show that these games are possible to be played on a controller, and also wanting to show gamers who have not played these games what they’ve missed out on lead me to write this guide on how to get the games in the X-Wing Series working on a modern computer while looking and sounding at their absolute best. Its not easy to get these games running on a modern PC either, so even if you have a flightstick that you’d rather use, you can still make use of these guides.

This guide can’t make controls context sensitive nor can it help you control the finer details such as deadzone settings and acceleration, and some functions on the controller are also locked down. So while this is definitely not the absolute perfect controller setup, it still is a great way to experience those games on a controller that most PC gamers should have. And if you don’t have an Xbox 360 controller, it is extremely easy to obtain now. Or if you’d like to use a flightstick, you can still use this guide to get the games running.

One final note, these guides were tested on PCs running Windows 7 (64-bit) running nVidia Graphics cards. From what I’ve read, configuring these games shouldn’t be different on Windows Vista or Windows 7 32-bit edition. There may be one issue in X-Wing Alliance that appears on nVidia cards that don’t appear on ATI/AMD cards either, but configuration should be nearly the same as well.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. X-Wing
  3. X-Wing (DOS CD-ROM Edition)
  4. X-Wing Reconstructed
  5. Tie Fighter
  6. Tie Fighter (DOS CD-ROM Edition)
  7. Tie Fighter Reconstructed
  8. X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter: Balance of Power Campaign
  9. X-Wing Alliance
  10. X-Wing Alliance Graphical Upgrades
  11. Keyboard, Mouse & TrackIR Support

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