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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality
Microsoft should have given Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge a much bigger marketing push, as it deserves to be a much bigger hit. Set in an unusual environment with stylish and likeable characters, you fly around exploring and accepting missions in a GTA-style gameplay twist. Missions often involve airborne races, dogfights and protection tasks. Repetition can set in,...
Published on 17 Nov 2003 by MR GJ HUGHES

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Same old, same old
With out argument this is a good game. A well made flight simulator with lush terrain on each map and a handfull of crafts to commandeer.
There are a few major and minor flaws with this game however. For starters it tells a good story but only allows you to follow this to the end and there is no option to go back and play a level you enjoyed or feel you can improve...
Published on 31 July 2004


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality, 17 Nov 2003
This review is from: Crimson Skies (Xbox) (Video Game)
Microsoft should have given Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge a much bigger marketing push, as it deserves to be a much bigger hit. Set in an unusual environment with stylish and likeable characters, you fly around exploring and accepting missions in a GTA-style gameplay twist. Missions often involve airborne races, dogfights and protection tasks. Repetition can set in, but the game is so well designed and addictive, you probably won't care (or even notice). Destined to become an underrated cult classic.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for m8ts, 18 Nov 2003
This review is from: Crimson Skies (Xbox) (Video Game)
In crimson skies you play the part of Nathan Zachary in an alternate 1930's universe where the airplane and zeppelin have replaced the car and train.
Since the great depression and the collapse of central government the USA no longer exists. It is split into Regional Nation-States, This means the lack of federal law means that Air Pirates have taken to the sky in search of their fortunes.
Game Play
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Controlling the planes in crimson skies is easy you just point to where you want to go with the left thumb stick and you go there, you can also roll your plane with the right thumb stick. Pressing "Y" will give you a power boost, "B" brakes, "A" is used if you want to repair your plane, man an AA gun or change plane. Just press this when you are over a green icon. "X" starts a mission or race, press this when you are over a blue icon and "black" is enemy plane lock where the camera focuses on the nearest enemy plane.
Dog fights are very fast paced and intense, there's nothing quite like out maneuvering your opponent in a gorge or round a volcano, And the use of "Special Maneuvers" only amplifies the excitement.
These are pulled off with a click of the right thumb stick and then for example, to pull off an immelman, pulling back on the left and right thumb stick.
Using these special moves drains your special meter and when it reaches empty you go into a wild spin and loose control of your plane until it recharges, so it pays to keep an eye on it and let it recharge without going into a spin.
There are 11 planes in crimson skies that all have their unique characteristics. They range from Dogfighters, like the Devastator. Interceptors like the Desert Fox and Zep Killers like the monstrously powerful Brigand. There is also a Mini Gyro that can hover in mid air and take out targets with it's special weapon the sniper!
Which bring me nicely to the weapons of the plane. Primary weapons have unlimited ammo but need reloading after a while and special weapons have limited ammo, ammo can be replenished by flying into an ammo crate or into a repair station. Special weapons can range from Tesla cannons, shotguns, magnetic rockets, fire-balls to gattling guns all with lethal effect.
The story in crimson skies is told through cut scenes and radio transmissions and flows quite nicely. The transition from cut scene to combat is flawless and at the end of a set of mission there is a FMV and a chance to upgrade your planes with booty you have earned.
It looses a mark because of a tiny little glitch which is when you are about to leave the mission area you loose control of your plane and it steers you back in the right direction, or not as the case may be sometimes. Occasionally you hit a wall while it is doing this and you blow up, annoying when it happens but easily avoided and rare.
9/10
Sound
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The sound in crimson skies is just what you would expect, the use of dolby digital 5.1 is well utilized and really gives you that sense of immersion with planes buzzing all around you. Also the sounds when you down a mammoth of a zeppelin gives you a great feeling of satisfaction.
Voice talent isn't too shabby all be it a bit cheesy but it serves its purpose well.
9/10
Graphics
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Best.Water.Ever
WoW this game looks great and the water is the best I have ever seen in any game I have played. The reflections of the sun set in Chicago are nothing short of breathtaking. The game has a great draw distance a necessity in a game such as this and I have notice no pop up what so ever. There are also some nice little touches in the game like water spraying up onto the screen when you get too close to the water, and heat waves when you use your turbo boost. Damage done to zeppelins also looks very convincing. The planes are shiney but not too shiney and the fog and smoke is nice and obscuring and can provide useful cover in multi-player.
Some of the texture are a little low res but overall the look is very pleasing.
9/10
Replay-ability
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The story mode is great and I know I will want to keep coming back for more, this is because it is hard to shoot down enemy planes and you can try and beat your times in races.
With 4 difficulty settings, 4 player split screen, system link, xbox live and downloadable content who can fault it?
10/10
Over all
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I wouldn't recommend it for die hard flight sim people as it's pretty arcadey with the 3rd person view. But it works well and makes the game more fun, all against all dogfighting with more than 4 people can get a bit hectic but keep it below 4 and it's great. My personal favorites are catch the chicken in Chicago, 4 player dogfighting in Arixo and keep away in Arixo
Over all Crimson Skies is the best game I have played on the xbox next to halo and there is nothing quite like it, a solid 9.3/10 ( Pick It Up Now!)
(score not an average)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Xbox Greatest games, 8 Jan 2004
This review is from: Crimson Skies (Xbox) (Video Game)
This is a great game, although i have only played single player it has a good story. Flying is amazing and the weapons and planes may seem weird at first but they are great once your used to it. The controls are simple,you can have epic dogfights and battles against zepplins and a whole host of various enemies. The single player a little short for my liking, but there xbox live. I dont have this but iv heard this is one of the best titles for it. Also it has system link and amazzzzzing graphics and water effects. It has nice little touches such as using aa guns and even seeing a few sea creatures swimming past.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Live shoot-em-up, 6 Nov 2003
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This review is from: Crimson Skies (Xbox) (Video Game)
I've had this game for just under a week now but I'm so hooked I felt compelled to write a glowing review.
One thing the Xbox has been missing is a good flying game. Admittedly Yager offered limited amusement, as did the Star Wars games, but ultimately they were all flawed and didn't offer the sense of freedom associated with flying.
Step up Crimson Skies. There's two things I must stress from the start. The first point is that this isn't a realistic flyer. If you're looking for a true flight sim you'd probably be looking on a PC anyway. Secondly this isn't the easiest game on the first couple of plays. The first mission quickly drops you into a combat situation and you'll find yourself whipping past the enemy then struggling to find them again.
That said, within a couple of minutes you'll be ripping it up and taking out enemies with relative ease. All good fun, but the sheer joy of flying round the expansive playing areas, squeezing through the tiniest of gaps and swooping down cliff faces to pull up at the last minute possible - it's just a pleasure.
The one player game is involving with a plot of sorts linking together the various missions with superbly rendered sequences, but it's the Live experience that really elevates this game to great heights.
I tried to resist the tempatation to go online to try and hone my skills beforehand, but the draw of human adversaries was too strong to resist. The selection of games available is the usual fare for online combat games - Dog Fight(Death Match), Capture the Flag and Keep Away amongst others, with team and individual options available where appropriate. The levels available offer a variety of playing areas, from wide-open canyons to hellishly difficult confined spaces. Chicago is a current favourite as players have the choice of sticking to open skies or dropping down to street level - swerving between the skyscrapers trying to lose someone on your tail has to be seen to be believed!
With up to 16 players online per game the action can only be described as intense and instantly addictive in the same way as Wolfenstein, Battlfield 1942 and other online shooters. There's the usual Live ranking system so you can see how you compare to other flyers, with the nice addition of having a star-based ranking system so you can see how good your opponents are before you start.
After only a few nights of playing my thumbs are sore, my eyelids are drooping through the day but I'm itching to get back in the cockpit and swooping the skies again. I expect to be playing this for months to come - provided you can tear me off Rainbow 6 after this Friday!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best plane game on the box, 7 Feb 2005
This review is from: Crimson Skies (Xbox) (Video Game)
To start with it is the best flight sim on the god box, period. For many that will be all you needed to hear. But the game claims this title by having many quirks other flight sims don't. To start with the game is fun! theres no worry about watching the horozion, wind speed, flap elevation etc, the controls are simple which means the player can settle right in and start enjoying the dog fights, and take offs and landings are handelled by the computer. So as long as you ain't looking for the right real deal sim, you'll like this. The boost feature is extremly satisfiying in a fast plane as you fly low on the deck dodgeing rock outcropping or buildings etc. As you can tell the story plays over a range off enviroments, which help keep the game from getting repetitive. You accumululate planes as the story progresses each with thier own weapon types and stats, so weather your a speed freak or a destruction junky you'll find one that suits. The missions are exciting with the option to operate gun emplacements which give it a whole new thrilling edge. The game is littered with intresting cut-scenes that keep the action going. The graphics are supurb throughout. Allthough the only downpoint is that despite all the efforts the game does get slightly repetetive towards the end, but is still a solid buy. The multiplayer aspect is great with the choice to fight amoung up to 16 players, no co-op though. But it is one to come back to. Enjoy
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cracking good game, 13 Mar 2004
This review is from: Crimson Skies (Xbox) (Video Game)
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i must say that i was very impressed from the opening title scene. The quality of the graphics and the mood setting immeadiately made me want to go out and buy some biggles style goggles to enjoy the experience even more.
The controls are easy to use and the extra manovuers that are open to you are a a shift of the right stick and a click, and you are pulling off stunning arial turns that Baron Von Ricktofen would be jealous of.
Online play just takes it to another level.
No XBox gamer should be without this game
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Focus on live, 6 Oct 2004
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I really enjoyed the 1 player experience but once you are in live this is just incredible. Dogfighting a load of others is so much fun and the fact you can take a friend on-line from your x-box as a guest makes it even better. The screen is split but it does not take that much away from the experience. A hint : once online get ALL of the free downloads to ensure you have no compatibility problems. They are free and take about 15 minutes to do. At this price this is a must buy. You are rated as you play so can see your ranks improve. Even when I loose big style the games are still great. That is the sign of a truly great game.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, great graphics...great game?, 25 Nov 2003
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This review is from: Crimson Skies (Xbox) (Video Game)
The flying engine is fun, with just one stick to control all major plane movements, and some great special moves with both sticks. The guns are fun, and the satisfaction gained from downing another fighter, or even a giant exploding Zep is incredible. The water effects, as have been mentioned before, are stunning, as are the explosions.
Multiplayer is fun with dogfights, capture the flag, and some other weird variations. 16 player link-up dogfight should be fun :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Value for money, 24 Aug 2004
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The game is sold with the phrase "Dashing Heroes Dangerous Dames and Deadly Dogfights". The first two aren't really too appealing in this game, but the final one most definately is.
You have a choice of planes as you progress through the game, a chance to upgrade them, and with this you can blow anything out of the sky. The graphics of the game are good, especially the water, the controls are a little ticky, but after five mins youve got the hang of it.
This game is great fun, especially multiplayer, if youre looking for a game that you can play with your mates and laugh at them as they plunge helplessly into the sea, then this is the game for you.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crimson Skies, 20 Jan 2004
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This review is from: Crimson Skies (Xbox) (Video Game)
This game is great, the 1 Player story mode is fantastic and keeps you gripped and the Xbox Live play is amazing, up to 16 planes doing battle, theres nothing else like it, and with Downloadable content now avaliable...its gonna get better!
Buy this now!!!
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