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Great air warfare game
on June 4, 2011
Let me start of by saying this is a very good aerial combat game which is staged in the WWII era. I'll list all the major things...
Combat: It's very good, the bullets show real physics, the planes also do, one thing that intrigued me was if you come fairly close to a enemy plane and shoot it down the smoke trail that is streaming behind it which contains all that oil and gunk gets on your canopy--blocking your view for a few moments, it's awesome! It's also very intense when your getting shot up all the time! As you get shot up your planes wings and body gets bullet holes in them, you windshield can also get bullet holes in it, which is just very realistic, the only thing which concerns me is the controls, it takes a bit of practice to get the hang of them but nothing major.
Planes: The planes are incredible!!! There's huge amount of detail, from the paint and the design, to the wonderful cockpits! Everyone of them has there own feel to it as you fly, some are slow and bulky others are fast and maneuverable and some are just in between. There are about 40 planes altogether, which includes basically every plane that fought over Europe. Though they can be more. The only thing I'm concerned here is there are no cockpit views for any of the Axis powers planes, and there are cockpit views for almost all the Allied planes, I don't know what's up with that but they should have really put in cockpit views for the Axis planes as well, it's just not right!(Tip: not all planes are won in single-player, some are won in online matches like the B-17). Edit: I think the updated PC version of this game has cockpit views for the Axis plane ... but not for the PS3 version still ....
Graphics/Terrain: Also incredible! Detail here is amazing, the trees are actually 3D not 2D like in other games and the buildings...3D!!! Let me give you an example, yes you can just plain out crash into the ground, or you can hit your aircraft's wing into a tree, resulting it to brake off and spin out of control and then crash into the ground, that's just how much detail they put in to it. Also it feels great to be cruising along the English country side in my fully loaded Spitfire. You can actually bring down your landing gear anytime and land on the battlefield.
Story: The story is WW2--you start out in Battle of Britain and end in Battle of Berlin. In total there are 20 campaign missions. So you just fight your way to the end, all of them are staged in Europe. And there are about 50 single missions in total, but the single player missions are useless--in one mission I literally shot down only one plane and it said mission complete, like really? Whats the point of such a short mission? I haven't played all of them so I bet there are some long ones.
Online: For playing this in 2011 there still are people playing online. The online isn't much different then the game itself, there's some mode your can play, max online party is 16 players, there nothing great about it, but nothing bad about it either, and there's no glitches I've encountered or anything.
Unlocks: Many planes are unlocked as you go through the campaign and many more through the single missions. Special planes like the B-17 or BF 109 K-4 are unlocked online, the problem is no one plays this game online much so it'll be difficult to unlock them--an easy way to unlock is to set up games with a friend and play matches until you unlock what you want, you can set up 2 player matches for 3 minutes and tell your friend to let you win, like for the B-17 you need to win 20 Strike matches on any bomber to unlock it, it doesn't matter how long the matches are or whatever as long as you win. Also the list has changed, before to unlock the B-17 you needed 50 won matches on strike, but now only 20, so if your looking up the list be sure to search, "updated list" because everything for online has changed.
Also: There's also a very fun mode in single player, which is "training", were you can choose things like weather, map, anti-aircraft fire is it hostile, friendly, or none, time, which aircraft you want to use, which aircraft you want your enemies to have, enemy skill level, number of enemy planes (max 16), and some more stuff, its really fun using just 1 Messerschmitt bf 109 yourself against 16 Spitfire coming at you, or just one against you to see how fast you can shoot it down. Fun huh?
UPDATE MAY 2012:
If you want to buy this game for multiplayer don't, no one plays online and you'll never get a full round, only a few people play it online in the world.
Overall this is a very fun game and is great for people who like WW2 era planes!