Originally Posted by Wildstar
Those listings say "DOS" in the "Also For" information, so these are the Windows versions. If they were the DOS versions, "Windows" would be in the "Also for".
Yes, I know. Maybe I'm not explaining myself properly...
X-Wing/TIE Fighter came out on Floppy disk. Some time later, Lucasarts released DOS
Collector's CD-ROMs which contained the original games, the add-ons and had a few tweaks to the games to fix bugs and ajusted the difficulty of some of the missions.
In 1998 Lucasarts released the X-Wing Collector's Series, which had new, Windows compatible versions of the game, which would make use of a 3D card. In the process of updating the games, they did away with the interactive Imuse system in favor of digitized music and made some other changes to the games. Even though I haven't played either of the games, I didn't like the sound of the changes that the reviews mentioned, so I would rather play the original versions, as they were originally intended. As far as I know, this means getting the DOS Collector's CD-ROMs. (Note, even though there were some minor changes made to the games, they're still much closer to the originals than the Collector's Series, and having all the games collected together is much easier than finding all the games and add-ons separately)
While looking up information on Mobygames, I stumbled across the listings for the Windows
versions of the Collector's CD-ROMs.
They probably are
the same as the versions in the Collector's Series, but here's the thing that I can't figure out;
All the work for the Collector's Series was done (CD authoring, packaging, manuals, etc). People buy it and they get both games, all the add-ons and a cut-down version of X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter. Why would Lucasarts take those versions, author two new CD-ROMs, make up new packaging, new manuals and then release them separately? That's all extra expense just to split up two games that are already available in a single package. Why would people buy two separate packages when they could just buy the Collector's Series?
Like I said, they're probably the same as the ones in the Collector's Series, but it doesn't really make sense to just split up the games up if they're the same as you can already get in a single package.