People like this game? Seriously?
dhufford wrote this review on .
The first thing that grabbed my attention was the graphics. I expect flight sims to have decent graphics, but this blew me away. From the shadows of the planes agianst the mountains, to the miniscule ads on the commerce blimps, this game is a real sight to behold. Flying is also extremely easy. This is most definately not a simulator. But it doesn't need to be. The story is actually quite gripping.
As the story unfolds you quickly figure out that this is set in modern day, but in an alternate universe. In this universe history skewed at the point of the great depression. Instead of FDR giving us a New Deal, America completely dissolved. It became a mass of almost tribal like wars, as regions took up arms against other regions. The modern transit systems have all broken down, making flying the only option for commerce and transportation.
What truly gripped me about this title was the pulp fiction feel to it. It feels as if it has origins in a Frank Miller novel, not some silly board game. Yes, believe it or not this was inspired by board game. I won't hold that against it though, it's just too much fun. The missions are all pretty much solid. You do everything from dogfighting to rescuing people. This is another aspect that kept me coming back for more. The developers actually crammed 24 missions into this disk. Not too shabby at all.
My complaints with this title are significant. They drop what was sure to be a classic, down to just decent. The difficulty levels are screwed up. Normal is easy and easy is comical. I like to have a little more challenge in my games. Also, after about an hour or so of gameplay my Xbox started to heat up drastically and the frame rate suffered. This game really pushs the hardware. It breaks my heart that with just a little polishing, this game could have been a classic. Instead it is destined to dwell in the bargin bins of most respected retailers.