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Birds of Steel - Xbox 360

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Platform: Xbox 360
  • Over 100 real life planes - Dog fight and dive bomb in actual WW2 planes and rain down terror from above. Determine for yourself which plane is the ultimate bird of prey.
  • Navigate through hundreds missions - Embark on 20 historical missions, hundreds of procedural missions scattered throughout 16 different locations. All are inspired by real life campaigns such as Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal and the battle of Wake Island.
  • Pioneering online and multi-player modes for flight sims - Enjoy 4 player co-op or go into the new and unique online ware mode to compete against up to 16 aviators across world. More exciting details to come!
  • Key innovations - The finest details are the most critical in the new physics and damage models. Controlling speed is a direct result of effect manipulation of the ailerons, and rudders.
  • Fun for all gamers -Multiple levels of realism offer a gameplay experience for gamers of all walks: Simplified, Realistic up to Simulator for the serious flight-sim aficionados.
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Platform: Xbox 360
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0058VI1SO
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 13, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,250 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Platform: Xbox 360

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Product Overview

Get ready to strap in, go back in time and take stick in the most pivotal battles in the history of air combat. Birds of Steel puts you right in the crosshairs of WWII's most intense skirmishes. This original IP blends next gen supremacy and the fine details of aerial combat into a historical recreation fit for flight sim fans and history buffs alike. Use your skills to pilot the top planes from all combatants in WWII to recreate history or to change the outcomes of the most prolific battles in history. Online and offline elements add an entire new element to the game which will ensure Birds of Steel remains a fresh combat experience long after you've played for the first time.

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  • Over 100 real life planes - Dog fight and dive bomb in actual WWII planes and rain down terror from above. Determine for yourself which plane is the ultimate bird of prey.
  • Navigate through hundreds of missions - Embark on 20 historical missions, hundreds of procedural missions scattered throughout 16 different locations. All are inspired by real life campaigns such as Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal and the battle of Wake Island. Reality is reflected using real life maps and actual satellite photos of these areas.
  • Pioneering online and multi-player modes for flight sims - Enjoy 4 player co-op or go into the new and unique online war mode to compete against up to 16 aviators across world.
  • Key innovations - The finest details are the most critical in the new physics and damage models. Controlling speed is a direct result of effect manipulation of the ailerons, and rudders. Each plane has over 100 hitpoints where each part of the plane has its own health and damage detection.
  • Fun for all gamers - Multiple levels of realism offer a gameplay experience for gamers of all walks: Simplified, Realistic up to Simulator for the serious flight-sim aficionados.
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Product Description

Get ready to strap in, go back in time and take stick in the most pivotal battles in the history of air combat. Birds of Steel puts you right in the crosshairs of WWII's most intense skirmishes. This original IP blends next gen supremacy and the fine details of aerial combat into a historical recreation fit for flight sim fans and history buffs alike. Use your skills to pilot the top planes from all combatants in WWII to recreate history or to change the outcomes of the most prolific battles in history. Online and offline elements add an entire new element to the game which will ensure Birds of Steel remains a fresh combat experience long after you've played for the first time.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesnt get any better than this on consoles March 30, 2012
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is by far the best pure flight combat simulator I have ever played on consoles and on PCs for that matter, and is a worthy sequel to Birds of Prey. While there is an included 'simplistic' difficulty setting, the fun begins at the realistic and especially simulator modes. Be prepared for white knuckle carrier landings in pitching seas, modify prop pitches, trims, mixtures while trying to get a shot at the enemy and being shot at. Marvel as your engine cuts off after you've pulled negative G's and you frantically attempt to restart it as you spin and plummet to earth. At high speeds the close combat is exhilirating, the damage modeling is amazing and the game is just simply one that is quality through and through. The graphics are amazing and the wealth of content on disc should embarrass most other game devs, the replay value of this game is through the roof. There is a ton of COOP and versus multiplayer modes that are just as intense as the single player offerings. Just an amazing game and the true definition of a gem in gaming, an instant classic!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Realistic mode ! April 3, 2012
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Very happy with this game considering it only cost $39 buckaroos !

I love the realistic mode in the single player mode.

Still trying to get the hang of all the flying maneuvers in realistic
mode. The instructions (walk thru) are pretty much straight up but actually
doing them is another thing. I'm not talking about the basics I'm
talking about fancy maneuvers...not easy but not too hard and it feels great
when you start to get the hang of it.

Bottom line..if you love flying get this game..I love the realistic option!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent game if you can forgive some small issues April 5, 2012
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Let me start by saying I have never been a fan of "old school" plane games. Modern fighters and lock-on missiles are more my forte. However, after playing the demo for Birds of Steel, I was hooked! Perhaps it's because of the amount of detail put into each of the 100+ planes. Or maybe it's the unique feel of each plane in the air. Whatever the reason, this game is an absolute blast to play. It's even more enjoyable when you play with your Xbox Live buddies. If you can forgive a few rare technical flaws (AI crashing into you, unexplained deaths, etc), you will be in for a treat!

Pros:
- excellent interior and exterior detailing on planes
- unique feel to flying each plane
- numerous game mode choices, including campaign, dynamic campaign, mission editor, versus, events, and tournaments
- dynamic campiagn and mission editor let you customize your missions
- one of the BEST co-op plane games I have ever played (including Ace Combat series and HAWX)
- customizable buttons for unique controls
- value! This game is definitely worth more than the $40 retail price!

Cons
- there are some bugs: players drop out of games sometimes (rare), AI wingmen and opponents crash into your plane
- learning curve can be steep
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best FLIGHT Game on the XBox360 Period! May 17, 2012
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Length: 5:04 Mins
This is in game flight during a carrier Bombing on replay saved. I can't think of another title that has drawn me more to the XBox360 from my PC. Long time IL-2 fan on PC but this is the best darn Flyer I have ever flown on the XBox360, including IL-2. From Arcade mode thru SIM mode, you can't ask for much more then this! Daytime clear weather to night time storms! Editor included to keep it fresh for a long long time! What's not to like? Excellent combined with a Saitek Aviator XBox360 Joystick!

You have all the options for flaps, trim etc. although not clickable switch cockpits it's all there. Including the "pilot" sitting in the seat! Settings to back it down to Arcade mode is also available. There you can learn to "lead" your targets with cursor help.

Once you advance to SIM mode, all the gamey options are gone and you use your visual lead in mind and use cockpit gauges for speed, altitude etc. You have the option of air starts or airport and carrier take offs. Many Planes and variants available along with some history on those planes. Graphics are spot on and performance is what you always wanted from IL-2 on the PC. I believe this title is what is comming to PC as "World of Planes" and will dominate in the near future!

I could not be happier with their decisions to bring this much of a Filght game to the Consoles! Congrats to the Developers!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Options = Lots of Fun June 15, 2012
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I was relucant to buy a new flying game on the xbox 360 after being disappointed by the last few games I bought. Fortunately the reviews convinced me to give Birds of Steel a shot. At the core of the game there is a robust multiplayer component that will give this game lasting value.

The multiplayer has a variety of co-op and versus modes. You gain experience and points you can use to unlock hundreds of vintage war planes. Moreover, you can customize your plane with decals and art if you so choose. There is also a very cool mission editor that allows you create your own missions to fly with friends. 4 players can play co-op. Or 8 on 8 versus mode.

The single player mode consists of a historical campaign which is great for letting you get the hang of flying. The simplified mode is a good place to start. Realistic mode makes flying considerably trickier as you will stall a bit more often. Simulator mode is very difficult--I found too difficult using the xbox controller. The idea in simulator mode is to finesse the controls, so you'll never push the thumbstick all the way when turning or dogfighting or else you'll push the machine and your character beyond their limits (ending in a black out or tail spin).

The graphics are solid. There are 3 main angles you play with: cockpit view, "virtual cockpit" and an over the shoulder 3rd person point of view. Personally, I prefer the cockpit view. The enemy aircraft are detailed; however, you have to be VERY close to see those details.

This is a fun flight game. Certainly the best vintage flier on the xbox today. My brother and I each own copies, and I can say we're happy with the value as we've spent hours flying sorties in the Ruhr vally, over Midway, and Wake Island. As of this writing Birds of Steel has offered the first bits of DLC including more missions (Battle of Britain) and more planes. I love to see a company continue to support their games. This game is a great purchase!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent enough
I bought this for my son and he enjoyed playing it.
Published 2 days ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great game
Published 8 days ago by Steven Burke
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY,NOT A FLIGHT SIMULATOR AT ALL!
WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT! AFTER HOPING THAT SOME ENTHUSIAST FOR FLIGHT WOULD BRING OLD WAR BIRDS TO LIFE,WELL FOLKS THIS IS JUST ANOTHER POORLY DONE FLIGHT SIMULATOR. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Old war dog
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, relatively realtistic and enjoyable.
Good game. Simple, relatively realistic and enjoyable. Only flaws are the typical game "lock-out" structure of denying certain aircraft until a certain level of points... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Electric Joe Czarnecki
3.0 out of 5 stars Arcade-like
Game is kind of arcade-like but fun.
Published 12 days ago by C. P. J.
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good game
Campains are pretty short and the controls are hard to get a hang of if using a standard 360 controller
Published 1 month ago by kef5191
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't make it past the first level
You get killed by unseen enemy in the first level. I gave up since this happens while trying to take off. Save your money for something better.
Published 2 months ago by Carlos
4.0 out of 5 stars Birds of Steel appears to be a winner
I got this game for my grandson. He really enjoys the airplane shooting games involving the slower moving propeller driven aircraft as opposed to the faster jet aircraft games,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. Ramsay
5.0 out of 5 stars Best WWII Game EVER!!
I have been playing WWII flight sims/games almost 20 years and this is DEFINETLY the best game yet! I don't even play online yet and am enjoying hours of replay value. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kevin G. Kamphaus
2.0 out of 5 stars Grab a note pad and pencil for this one...
The game has overly difficult controls and PROFOUNDLY complicated setup procedures. A true lover of classic fighters might enjoy this game, but for the guy just looking to tool... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bonkers
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