Birds of Steel - Xbox 360
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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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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
In all fairness, I've not spent much time with it, as my attention span for video games is pretty limited. A surprise, though. My six year old (almost seven) granddaughter wanted to try it, and she did pretty well. Yes, she crashed many times. No she could not land the plane without crashing. However, she really liked that she could fly it around, get close to the ground, fly to the mountains, etc. A one point I had to leave her alone for a few minutes. When I got back, she had figured out more of the controls (changing the view, shooting the machine guns) and had moved on to the part of the training where she was shooting at target balloons and really liking it.
I can see that this would be a lot better with a dedicated controller with plane-like controls, but that would almost certainly make it more money than it was worth...to me anyway. Bottom line. If the price of this is of no consequence to you, then I recommend it. If you have a limited budget for this kind of thing, you might want to study more products and more reviews before buying.
There's regular missions from WWII to fly in, but not a lot. If you do a Dynamic Campaign, there's endless options and more freedom to what type of mission you want to fly. And YES, you do get to fly bombing run missions as the wonderful bombers of WWII (B17, B24, A26, etc.) as well as torpedo missions and straight up dog fights. There are tons of planes to unlock and fly as from American, British, Russian, Japanese, and German origins. Pretty sweet.
-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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
probabl THE BEST WWII game out there, very educational too. need to get the AV8R series joystick to enjoy this game...but not a deal breaker. BUY THIS!!!Published 12 months ago by meplaydrum
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. Read morePublished on January 31, 2014 by Jenn
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. Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by Charles Martin
Like Birds of Prey before the control scheme is completely hopeless. Throttle on the right stick and flight controls on the left stick. Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by Steven Contella
This game is very difficult to fly. Even in simulated mode the plane constantly stalls out. You have to stay full throttle the whole time. Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by beke
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... Read morePublished on June 29, 2013 by Joey P.
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... Read morePublished on March 13, 2013 by Sam