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Best Flight Simulation,
This review is from: Rise of Flight: The First Great Air War - Iron Cross - PC (Video Game)
This is not a full review, just my impression of this simulator. I don't have the ICE edition, but the previous one. ICE is actually a repackage of the previous version, with more planes available by default (when planes appear, you buy them - if you want to fly them, otherwise they are in the game, but only for AI). So if you don't have the previous version, this one is the better deal. This model (pay/buy what planes you want) helps with making the new patches free.
It has the best flight models, graphics, plane models and a very detailed mission editor. A lot of work was put into it. You do need a good computer (try an i7 or a Phenom x6, this one is pretty cheap for the performance you get) and you have to be prepared to spend time configuring it - because it is a simulator, not a game. Nevertheless, it has a lot of options to help the new user (including guided shooting). It does run on 64 bit all right, unlike what a previous poster implied (i have it running on a win7 x64 with phenom II x6 at 3500GHz). While not 'theoretically' required, you really need at least a good joystick (pitch, roll) with twist option to also control the rudder, or in addition - pedals (much better). Multiplayer offers 'cooperative mode' missions (everybody starts at the same time, dead is dead), dogfight mode (everyone enters when he/she can, you can respawn when dead) and also a 'conquer the flag' mode. The mission editor is very powerful, with lot of triggers and 'logic' stuff. The sim also offers a quick mission builder for single player, a (dynamic) campaign mode and a 'career mode' (scripted campaigns). So you can fill the skies with planes, or fly under bridges, or get medals and promotions flying campaigns or multiplayer.
It is very addictive, if you are a serious simmer and/or aviation fan. Some people only play this sim.
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Initial post: Jul 21, 2010 8:41:08 AM PDT
H. Le says:
Thanks for the review. It's nice to know that more planes are available. Do you know whether permanent internet connection is still a mandatory requirement to play the game like the first one?
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2010 1:13:56 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 2, 2010 2:00:53 AM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
Mostly no, at least as far as a PERMANENT connection goes. You can play offline in SP, especially using the excellent Quick Mission Builder, but MP (obviously) or Career still requires you to be online. In addition, you need to be online to initially activate the sim when you install it since your license is stored on the ROF site.
As far as Campaigns go, I quote: 'You can get through campaign missions in any mode, ONLINE or OFFLINE. But the next mission will be available only after you complete the previous and your achievements data is sent to master-server. In this case, it might be easier to simply be logged in ONLINE while you play. But the choice is yours.' Your stats and accomplishments all go through the master server, so again you'll want to log in at least occasionally to let them update.
You'll also need to log in from time to time to get regular update contents, including newly released aircraft. The sim has been improved so much over the past year I consider those updates 'must haves,' myself.
Posted on Mar 30, 2011 12:10:25 PM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2011 12:51:24 PM PDT
Such negativity ... of course i post there, of course i'm a fan - and why if not because that's the simulator i expected all the time since Red Baron 3D?
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2011 1:51:58 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 30, 2011 1:53:23 PM PDT
Quite unlike your review of the game, Crash101, which contains false (Required to buy more planes to go online? Not true), misleading (You NEED pedals and TrackIR to play online? Not true. Lot's of folks play online without those), and uninformed info (Read the PC requirements before you buy. They are pretty spot on. Not the game makers fault if you don't).
Also, 777 Studios NEVER asked folks to go online to refute poor reviews. A forum user did this and only to correct reviews, such as yours, that were hack jobs containing half truths and inaccurate info. As you said, go on the site folks. It IS all there.
Lastly, nope, I don't work for them. I do own and love the game though.
Posted on Apr 1, 2011 4:03:40 AM PDT
Posted on May 7, 2014 2:03:34 PM PDT
Darrel Owen says:
How does this compare to the old Sierra Red Baron game? I used to love playing that, and I really enjoyed the campaigns with the promotions, moving to different aerodromes, meeting aces if you were in their area, being able to command missions based on your rank, and also the ability to tweak the .INI file to increase my bullet mass to make up for my horrendous aim. I can see that the graphics surpass even the Full Canvas Jacket patch, but how does the game play compare?
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