This was a game I was looking forward to for a long time, but it sorely disappointed me. The graphics are an eyesore at best. They are probably the worst I've seen on the Wii so far, as they don't even seem improved from the PS2 version.
The gameplay isn't much better, however. The Wii remote and nunchuk are used as if to replicate a regular control scheme, but they adapt to the Wii remote's capabilities. The controls feel very tacked on, and don't work as well as possible.
In addition, the gameplay is simply repeating the process of chasing, locking on, and firing, only to see a screen shift to watch the explosion, almost like a small cutscene, only of lesser quality, and greater interruption to the game.
My biggest gripe with this game is the controls. They do generally work well enough to play, but they won't keep you playing for long, probably.
It leads to the question: am I the only one who recognizes that the Wii remote's motion sensors would make for a PERFECT flight joystick? And the nunchuk could be attached for throttle control, etc? Nothing would make me happier than holding the Wii remote vertically, and tilting forward to dip the front of my fighter down. I can't see any reason why this isn't at least an option, even if not the only control scheme allowed in the game.
Regardless, I would stay away from this game personally. If I knew what I know now, I would not have rented it in the first place. Definitely not a purchase, and really only worth renting if you really love aerial combat games.
Gameplay: Good Difficulty: Moderate Graphics: Good Audio: Good Contols: Good Camera: Bad Replay Value: Moderate
This game did not disapoint much; it was a very good first attempt for this time a game (especialy on the Wii). The only main thing holding it back is the camera; you have a hard time getting to the direction you want and it becomes a blur. Also the missions are short and not many of them. It is worth the wait so put it in your Q.