Critic & User Reviews
Best console flight sim ever!
posted by MikeOckizard (KALAMAZOO, MI) Apr 22, 2012
Member since Feb 2011
10 out of 10 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
The visuals are quite good imo, so no complaints there. I have seen people complaining about the ground textures, but for the most part, they look very nice. The plane models and lighting are unmatched, and the water is quite good as well. The best part though are the effects. Watching tracers and rockets shooting across the sky as dozens of planes dance around is truly a thing of beauty. The explosions are great, and the damage modeling is the best I have ever seen in a flight game. You will see wings ripped off, bullet holes and oil leaks, ailerons shredded, and even planes cut in half. Really immersive stuff!
The sound is very well done as well. The music does the job, but the effects are the important thing here, and don't disappoint. Everything from flak shells exploding around your plane to the sound of the wind buffeting and tires squawking during landing is top notch.
Obviously the most important area, and also the area where BIS excels the most. The combination of graphics, amazing physics, and realistic flight model make this a joy to play. The difficulties ramp up quickly though, so most will want to play on easy to avoid the frustration. On sim difficulty, just keeping your plane in air can be a chore, much less taking down an opponent. However, once you get good enough to master it, nothing matches the feeling of scoring a tough kill or nailing a carrier landing on sim difficulty. There are also an insane amount of planes 100+, and they unlock very slowly, so it keeps you playing for a while.
Easily the best flight sims on consoles. If you have any interest at all in the genre, go g
best flight simulator... realistic Physics
posted by goldfinger (HOUSTON, TX) Jul 6, 2012
Member since May 2012
3 out of 4 gamers (75%) found this review helpful
posted by Gamernatki (CHANDLER, AZ) Aug 28, 2012
Member since Aug 2012
2 out of 3 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
Good Fun ....Wish it was MORE
posted by Selectfew (MONTICELLO, FL) Aug 12, 2012
Member since Mar 2011
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
Birds of Steel: Lacking
posted by Ncristella (MERIDIAN, ID) Jun 28, 2012
Member since May 2012
2 out of 6 gamers (33%) found this review helpful
The idea of campaign mode was promising in the demo but shortly after playing the game misses action and growth. Accrued air-crafts are not won but simply given out miscellaneously through each mission. Its such a promising game but it simply lacks the basis and the idea of dog fighting.
One Of My Favorite PS3 Games!!
posted by Pilot_Sully (JEFFERSON, GA) Jan 11, 2014
Member since Oct 2013
I only have one very minor issue with the game. Whenever you switch between difficulties, you have to go through the entire introductory tutorial all over again. The other issue is that when you do the tutorial, you have to use the default controls and if you've already been playing and customized any of the controls, it can get very confusing trying to remember which control is what.
Other than those two things it is at the top of my list of all time favorite PS3 games. Maybe for some it might not be as exciting, but for me, given my background as a commercial pilot and my great-grandfather and grandfather being fighter pilots in many combat situations, I can really appreciate the history and intensity of the missions
posted by charlito0927 (MANCHESTER, NH) Oct 12, 2012
Member since Oct 2012
posted by vandal (MODESTO, CA) Jun 10, 2012
Member since Jun 2006
posted by SoloAssaszin (DUNNELLON, FL) Jun 7, 2012
Member since Jun 2011