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1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor, 5 April 2006
This review is from: Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
After paying a lot of money for this game, I stopped playing after 20 minutes, and I very much doubt I will bother playing it again.
The reasons are in order of annoyance....
1. The game starts with a training segment, supposedly at an English airfield in 1940. An American farm boy character (???) guides you through the flying controls, you of course play an American, and guess what? Your first mission is to rescue an American pilot in trouble.... How much research would it have taken to know that the Americans were not even in the war at this time? I am aware that there were some volunteer pilots, but really this is a terrible insult to the people who actually did fight through this difficult period of the war.
2. The flight controls of the aircraft are really very bad indeed. The turn rates, roll rates and climb characteristics are totally inaccurate. There is no indication of airspeed whatsoever, which makes any type of realism impossible to achieve. The weapons seem to require no deflection at all, so aiming in front of a moving target causes you to miss it. Deflection shooting ability was the factor that separated the great combat pilots from the mediocre, to leave this skill factor out ruins the game completely.
3. Why on earth did they program dreadful German accents to come across the speakers during dogfights? How is that supposed to happen? Every few seconds, I am not kidding, a voice like Herr Fritz from Hello Hello says "The Fuhrer will be displeased" or, "you shoot worse than you fly". I heard these same phrases at least 20 times in the 3 or 4 minutes I could stand to play an actual mission. As this appears as text on the screen as well as the ludicrous voice, its impossible to ignore.
4. Graphics are not really very good at all.... I had a game called Janes WW2 fighters, which ran on my PC in 1998, and the graphics were far superior to this. I very much doubt the abilities of the 360 have been even slightly exploited in this game.
In conclusion, I cannot imagine why anyone would want to play this, perhaps an 8 year old, whose parents don't mind him growing up with bigoted stereotypes and a woefully inaccurate sense of history.
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Initial post: 5 Apr 2011 14:25:13 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Apr 2011 14:26:09 BDT
There were american sin the war during this period that flew for the RAF. They were volunteers called Eagle Squadron (there were 3 american squadrons in total), fair enough the american in england storyline is annoying but it is accurate in it's own way.

Posted on 31 Mar 2012 19:23:23 BDT
M. D. Alcock says:
Appreciate your comments. I'm looking for a good WWII flight sim. Can you recommend something?
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