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Customer Review

on 31 July 2004
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 on. This isn't too bad but when the game gets hard and you feel like doing a simple mission which involves shooting the heck out of every plane you see, it isn't possible.
Even though you can fly a varied selection of planes with different assets such as a quick plane, a dogfighter or a Zep-Killer, there is only 10 planes to choose from and before each mission there is no hint or tip as to which type of plane to use. This makes missions annoying to do as you have to keep going back to your Zep to change your plane.
When you have finally got the plane you want, you have to stay in it all the time (unless you change planes of course) Which means there is no walking about and you have to fly all the time! That brings me too my next point....
Having to be in a plane all the time is bad enough but doing the same mission (almost) over and over again becomes a drag and you begin to lose interest. If you're not dogfighting, blowing up Zeps ect. or stealing a random crate of a train for no reason then you are not doing anything apart from pointlessly flying around trying to find upgrade tokens that are in the most random places.
Now my bashing is out the way i'll fill you in on the good points. The controls are simple and easy to pick up and the weapons are pure awesome. There is nothing better than firing multi-rockets out of a hunk of metal that is barely in the air due to dogfighting. A simply stunning, under-used weapon is a remote controlled rocket. You land your plane near this monstrosity and mount it. You aim, fire and use the anologue stick to guide, pure genius.
The multi-player is fun although split screen could be better and although i haven't tried it, I hear the Xbox live function is incredible.
A decent game worth a couple of nights hire from you local film store but buying will be a bit of a waste of money, I should know.
Have fun!
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3.5 out of 5 stars
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