9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Fun and special on XBOX,
This review is from: Birds of Steel (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
What can I say, my PC is dead, so on impulse I searched around for an XBOX combat flight simulator and luckily found this had just been released. It far exceeds my expectations. I had assumed it would be really dumbed down - but no, there is a great deal of depth in this title, but it's very flexible in how it can be played, and has a strong focus on quick action which I like. I appreciate Authentic touches like the Stuka has a glass panel in the floor to allow you to look down between your feet to spot your target perfectly before your dive bombing attack, but if you want it easier, you can use third-person view to follow your plane and use the bombing HUD (just far to easy for my own preference). I tend to use first person cockpit view...most planes have a cockpit that has working (probably authentic) dials. In offline and online play - it can be played in simplified/realistic/simulator modes (and custom mode). In simulator mode, only the cockpit dials let you determine airspeed, altitude and RPM etc. This is quite unique on XBOX. I do love online play in simulator mode - having to watch all angles through the canopy for other planes and bouncing someone with a diving attack, If that isn't to your taste, well at the other extreme is simplified mode, were it's less work to control your aircraft. Still not quite arcade easy/simple but the aircraft behavior is more like a combat sim like ACE 6 - and other aircraft are normally killed with a single direct hit (rather than shot apart bit by bit, as realistically and awesomely required in other modes). Enemy aircraft are tagged with clear friend/foe ID and distance away making the action more intense (but that's not available in simulator mode as such technology wasn't invented in WWII!).
Playing on my 44inch plasma, at times it's stunningly beautiful, as an aircraft flight should be. My one criticism - the sound is not quite what it could be. The aircraft sounds are too quiet for my liking - but perhaps they have this right; it could get annoying after a time.
This is a game I really think needs to be promoted more. Not everyone who has an XBOX has a short attention span. XBOX live is perfect for this kind of game. I hope to shoot your wings off in online play soon.