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Birds of Steel - Xbox 360

by Konami
Xbox 360
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Features -
  • 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. 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 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. Each plane has over 100 hit points where each part of the plane has its own health and damage detection

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  • ASIN: B0068981EY
  • Item Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,806 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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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 put 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.

Fun for all gamers -Multiple levels of realism offer a game play experience for gamers of all walks - Simplified, Realistic up to Simulator for the serious flight-sim aficionados

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Foundation for future flight sims May 22, 2012
By J. D.
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
There are many pro's versus cons with this game. For starters, if you have ever played IL-2 Bird's of Prey, you'll find instantly you're not out of the comfort zone with Birds of Steel. The main menu interface is nearly identical but with better music. The game focus' on a wonderful portrayal of simulation and arcade mixed. It has an arcade appearance with a simulation feel. Too many people expect so much but the honest truth is if you really want a full out simulator experience then I suggest you pick up combat flight simulator by Microsoft...any of them CFS1,2 or 3. They may be old simulators and for PC only but they get close enough to full out simulator as they can with practically no arcade feel whatsoever.

Birds of Steel is different, the graphics are wonderful. If you have ever watched the tv show Dogfights, the graphics and feel is about the same as that show. The graphics are detailed and cleaned up since IL-2. A big notice, for example, from IL-2 and Birds of Steel is the contrails that form when firing the guns, you would see long streams of white following after each round. Birds of Steel cleaned it up a lot and now it is not as thick and actually zig zags a bit as it streams through the air. Relatively realistic.

Birds of Steel has a lot of features and aircraft to fly, the game's campaign is in medium length meaning it won't take you too long to beat the game and some of the missions get repetitive.

The only thing a little off about the game is the radio communication during combat, there isn't much variety of dialect between your wingmen. It's like they say the same stuff all the time and can seem unrealistic and annoying or so I found it to be.

Overall, to understand fully you have to try the game out, I know x-box you can download the demo for free, and I'm sure it is the same with every other platform. So try out the demo and give it some thought. For a demo, you really have nothing to lose but time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best simulator for the console April 30, 2012
By Ian
I also have Il-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey, Gaijin's precursor to this game. I thought that game was the best, without room for improvement. I was wrong. Birds of Steel is all Il-2 was plus more. There are over 100 planes you can choose (most with a virtual cockpit) and the damage modeling is nearly perfect. Get hit in the wing, the aircraft rolls to that side because of the extra drag. I was amazed at how many different areas of the aircraft can be damaged. Also each an every part damaged will affect flight in some way. The missions do get a bit repetitive but I am an aviation fan and history buff so it never got old for me. The replay value is amazing, as you can design your own missions. I don't know how the last reviewer thought it wasn't challenging enough. Try cranking it up to simulator difficulty instead of simplistic and tell me it's not difficult. Yeah right. Anyway, for $40 this game is a steal and you'll be kicking yourself for not getting it. Definately recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Graphics March 13, 2013
By Sam
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I really am beginning to enjoy this game now that I have gotten a hang of it. It is incredibly realistic, the graphics are great, the aircraft detail is great and the missions are fun too.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not all it's cracked up to be... February 18, 2014
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After reading many positive reviews stating this was THE best WW2 flight/combat simulator out there for any console, I gleefully paid almost 50$ for this rare game. It falls woefully short of offering anything more than historically accurate models of aircraft. The AI is terrible, the graphics are crap, the planes handle like a Studebaker with bad shocks, & the campaign/story mode is so basic and boring I don't care to follow it anymore. I understand that online play is where it's at, & have yet to try it. But if you're looking for a FUN WW2 flight sim, steer clear of this clunker and buy "heroes of the pacific" instead...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun! January 31, 2014
By Jenn
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My 11 year old son loves this game. He played it for weeks with just the standard controller and then added a joystick and found it even more fun. I'm strict about the Teen games, but this one is very innocent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great game. January 11, 2014
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Awesome game. For those of you who appreciate realism like I do, you must get it. I wish more video games put this much effort into continuity. Service was fast too. When I'm ready to purchase another game, I will get it through the same people.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent game. June 29, 2013
By Joey P.
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Bought this game a couple months ago and im still enjoying to the max.The only reason I bought this is I was looking for something as indentical to HEROES OF THE PACIFIC and this didnt dissapoint, offcourse its not as perfect as H.O.T.P. but this is as close as I gotten to it Detailed planes and each plane has its on set of machine guns or cannons or even both and the sound is excellent. Theres a bunch of variety of missions in this game from Bombming citys to launching torpedos at carriers to having Dogfights with over fifty planes at a time. If youre looking for a game that reminds you of HEROES OF THE PACIFIC this game will do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars why can't more games be like this May 27, 2013
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I can't say too many good things about this game. I'm not a heavy gamer, but I have an intense passion for flight simulation and WWII. I haven't had this much fun since "Star Wars: X-wing". I wish this could be a pc game and not just for the console as a proper joystick works better than a controller, but I've craved another x-wing experience for many years and this is it. So it gets 5 stars from me, partially because I'm a real sucker for this genre and the WWII setting. All other games that claim to be flight-sim seem to always feature a dumbed down experience which offers limited control of your aircraft and no cockpit pov.

-a good deal of gameplay missions
-fantastic visuals; environments, physics, lighting effects
-options for simplified or fully realistic flight simulation (including unlimited vs. limited fuel/ammo)
-every pov option, changeable in flight
-gunning position in some aircraft is controllable and adds great variety
-a massive variety of aircraft
-sophisticated damage effects on planes affecting aircraft performance

-the game is pure action. no characters or drama
-radio chatter is inane and repetitive, clearly not connected to events in battle
-would be nice to be able to give orders to other pilots
-the historical campaign does not cover the entirety of the war. This might be the biggest flaw in the game.
-local coop is not a feature

Anyone who appreciates flight-sim beyond cheap arcade style games will enjoy this. And if they like WWII, it'll send them soaring.
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