Rise of Flight is a World War 1 flight sim that is a game made for flight sim enthusiast's, thus the game tenders to a small audience and genre. The game upon start-up is a tad confusing for someone who has never really had a flight sim, but being a normal gamer I ventured into the unknown playing a quick match. After taking awhile to find the "Start Mission" button I was off.
The game is visually stunning, even for me with a relatively old gaming rig. The detail to the airplane is stunning and really helps capture the feel of playing in one of these vintage aircraft, from the seat to the gunsight everything seems authentic and comes alive as you fly around and if you have any interest in airplanes this game takes you right in.
For controls it really depends, the only thing I can say specifically is that you NEED a joystick. Its required to play unless you want to spend hours assigning controls to your mouse. Anyways, each plane has its own play style and handles differently. Some planes require more mastery of the controls to play than others. I found that for noobs the best planes to play are German, I found they were easier to control over the British and French planes.
The Game has a couple of different modes, obviously a multi-player mode but it also has a campaign, quick match and Career mode. In Multi-player I feel as though everyone should know how it works but if not: All servers have their own maps and rules with differing difficulties meaning only so much help is given to you via onscreen gauges and auto managed engine controls. Usually the objective is to kill the enemy. Pretty basic. The campaign is (from what I gathered) just a bunch of missions with varying objectives, from intercept enemy fighters to attacking their bases. Finally my favourite mode: Career mode. In Career mode you get to choose from either Belgian, French, British or German careers (When you pick a side you are just picking a squadron from that nationality). Once you've selected what side you want to play for, you can change the date (Between September 1916, to December 1918) to get the aircraft you want, because they are available only during the time they were available during the war. Once you've done that you pick your name, age and background (E.G: I was a fisherman from New Foundland). Finally you get to play the game, the Career mode is connected to a server so you get to see leaderboards for overall scores, and people in your squadrons score. I personally like the feature, adds a bit more of a goal and sort of drives you a bit. The game also gives you a newspaper every week and its actually pretty fun to see the progression of the war in-game and on the right it has the top 50 aces and its cool to see how some keep passing the other. In Career mode you start off as the low of the low, a grunt pilot who gets assigned missions and you do em, but you get a bit of an option. In my first Career mode I decided that doing the missions were not eventful enough so I broke away from my flight and went off on my own to hunt down some Germans, I found 3 and killed them. Returning to base and finishing the flight I got awarded a Victoria Cross and a Military Cross, it was kinda cool to be awarded medals. Makes the game have even more of a goal. After a month of playing I now have him pretty high on the leaderboards. Sadly, the career mode allows for restarting the mission so I doubt many people in the top 100 have played fairly.
One thing that is very angering is the selection of planes, there are around 8-10 base planes. I assume since the game isnt very popular, the dev's made it so that to get any more planes you have to pay for the packs. It wouldnt even be that bad if the packs didnt cost $25-$30. And you only get like 4 planes, a rip off but what can you do? I would personally like to be able to make my own combination of 4 planes and pay like $15. Seems more reasonable. The base planes are among the most popular like the "Sopwith Camel" and the "Albatros" so atleast you dont have to be at a disadvantage in multiplayer because they are good fighters, just sucks there is barely any variety.
The learning curve for this game is not that bad, obviously its there and pretty hard but compared to DCS or IL2 its alot better because the planes are relatively simple, and if you really cant stand all the realistic settings you can switch em off which makes it much easier for people who could care less about learning the game and just want to shoot other planes. It caters to hardcore flight sim players and people just interested in World War 1 aviation.
A couple of personal notes that I want to discuss: Multiplayer with friends is absolutely a ton of fun, playing seriously or just messing around; Its a ton of fun. The game allows for players to be in the same plane so you and a couple friends can all be in a bomber just having the laughs of your life or actually trying to win it for the team, either way its awesome. Although, the game as a lone wolf is a bit depressing. Even when trying my hardest the enemy always seems to best me in turning or diving, and no one ever really trys to back you up. Obviously some games people coordinate the team but most times its just Call Of Duty World War 1 planes.
My final verdict is 8.5/10. The game looks amazing, has a pretty wide variety of missions and career mode is endless fun, Multiplayer can be hit or miss with some people and the lack of a variety with the planes kinda sucks. The core mechanics are solid and fluid and the game can be switched from super realistic to arcade style.
Publicado: 11 febrero 2014