I really miss X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter. I miss it every day. It was a high point in my childhood, flying around setting S-foils to attack position and adjusting laser fire patterns and blasting bad guys. It's not quite as fully fledged a space dogfighting experience, but the Fighter Squadron mode in Star Wars: Battlefront looks like it'll be amazingly good fun, and very pretty to boot.
Fresh out of EA's announcements from Gamescom, this two-minute gameplay trailer has a goodly amount of X-Wings and A-Wings tearing it up with TIE Fighters and Interceptors, as well as demonstrating the mission-based gameplay — stop a Lambda-class shuttle from escaping to a waiting Imperial Star Destroyer hanging in the void above the planet.
It also introduces the concept of hero vehicles like the Millenium Falcon and Boba Fett's Slave One, a la the Darth Vader playable character (amongst others) in the ground combat game.
From every (admittedly carefully massaged and scripted) gameplay video we've seen so far, it looks like Battlefront is going to be pretty damn good. Did anyone ever read the X-Wing book series? Because that's what I'm thinking of when I watch this clip. [EA Star Wars]