gamers (76%) found this review helpful
When i first got this game, i was intimidated by all the reviews about its difficulty. But, i went ahead and gave it a shot. I am a huge aviation fan, and this game really hit the spot. The graphics were awesome. Shadow effects were realistic, it was great. The sound effects are really good to, theres just the wierd soundtrack you have to deal with. In terms of gameplay, this game made me sweat. My hands were gripping the controller tightly, yelling profanities at my TV as i was doing a full afterburner, maximum G turn trying to shake a missle lock, a few feet above the ground. Meanwhile, the pilot is blacking out, and with a sigh of releif, the missle shoots past me into the forest, but i was too close to the explosion. The explosion does major damge to my airplane, and my engines are at only half power. I limp back to base, shaking missle locks, barely, and when i finally made it, i biffed the landing and plowed my beautiful F-15 into the runway. Misson Failed! I have run into many situations like this and it is truly an exiting game. The only thing that gets me is that im kindof a n00b so the difficulty started to be too much for me. I recommend adding this game to your Q, it was great fun.
gamers (75%) found this review helpful
Let's go good, bad, good.
The game has excellent graphics. The first few times I played it, I was as engaged by the replays as I was the actual game play, which brings me to the bad.
The only way to learn how to play is by spending hours and hours getting killed over and over. I am a flight sim enthusiast, and if you know anything about realistically simulated air combat, forget it if you want to do well in this game. The wingmen are useless. the flight control on the easy level makes the severely reduces the combat effectiveness of the aircraft, but better on expert. On all levels the scenarios are just silly, and you need to have full control to do anything halfway right, and even then you're going to be set up for failure with enemies that appear on top of you shooting and no way to evade. There is no method to missile evasion here. The missions are no win situations. Success is more luck than anything. The graphics imply that this is as realistic as air combat can be conveyed on a console, but this game is far from that. If I'm wrong, I wish there was some tutorial to show me otherwise.
If you fight through the urge to quit early, this game will keep you busy for quite a while, due to the near impossibility of it. The cheesy interaction is entertaining by itself, and did I mention the graphics.
I was so excited about the release of this game, I bought it, regretfully. Worth renting now, while the selection of 360 games is somewhat limited, but this is by no means a keeper.
posted by SgtPinky (MANHATTAN BEACH, CA) Jul 1, 2006
Member since Mar 2006
gamers (71%) found this review helpful
When I got this game i was expecting thi revolutionary new flight-sim game, but at the start the terrain graphics were horrible, looking like an old combat flight simulator pc game (1992). I was thinking abuot sending it back right then, but I kept playing and go into it and realized that it was a really fun game. The cockpit view graphics are good and now the ground graphics seeem bearable enough to me. This is a great game if you are looking to play a new genre and heck! even if you are fine with the FPS games just rent it for fun!