Pilot legendary aircraft of the early years of aviation, French Spad 13, German Albatros D.Va and Russian built Nieuport 17, in the free-to-play Rise of Flight United! This WWI aviation sim that has something for every flight-sim fan, from single player skirmish and career to multiplayer dogfights, but one thing is for certain, the...
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Release Date: Sep 5, 2013

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May 25

ROF's 6th anniversary sale

Dear pilots!

This May we celebrate the amazing 6th anniversary of Rise of Flight’s initial release and we enter its 7th year of availability. It’s hard to believe that so many challenging, but greatly creative years have passed since we began working on ROF – but we see ROF still alive and in good health thanks to ROF’s wonderful community.

In appreciation of the continued support of our dear players, and to show Rise of Flight our love we are making these three excellent announcements.

First, the game will be updated in the beginning of June with a pack of bug fixes. In particular, we’re addressing the broken gunner system - getting the issue fixed will no doubt be a big relief to all bomber pilots and server operators.

Second, in addition to the project’s first Russian aircraft ILYA Muromets we’re are releasing a new airplane! It is the S-16 fighter created by the renowned aircraft designer Igor Sikorsky, Russia’s very first mass-production fighter plane with a machine-gun synchronizer. Now you can escort the big S-22 on combat missions!





And finally, to celebrate ROF’s the 7th year on the market we’re launching a 70% off sale on all game content (except ILYA Muromets and upcoming S-16). It’s a wonderful bargain and also a chance to check out the new store page on our updated official site. The sale will of course be going on Steam as well. The 70% discount will remain active from May 25th till June 1st.

Thanks for your continued support, and see you in the skies of ROF!

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May 25

ROF's 6th anniversary sale

Dear pilots!

This May we celebrate the amazing 6th anniversary of Rise of Flight’s initial release and we enter its 7th year of availability. It’s hard to believe that so many challenging, but greatly creative years have passed since we began working on ROF – but we see ROF still alive and in good health thanks to ROF’s wonderful community.

In appreciation of the continued support of our dear players, and to show Rise of Flight our love we are making these three excellent announcements.

First, the game will be updated in the beginning of June with a pack of bug fixes. In particular, we’re addressing the broken gunner system - getting the issue fixed will no doubt be a big relief to all bomber pilots and server operators.

Second, in addition to the project’s first Russian aircraft ILYA Muromets we’re are releasing a new airplane! It is the S-16 fighter created by the renowned aircraft designer Igor Sikorsky, Russia’s very first mass-production fighter plane with a machine-gun synchronizer. Now you can escort the big S-22 on combat missions!





And finally, to celebrate ROF’s the 7th year on the market we’re launching a 70% off sale on all game content (except ILYA Muromets and upcoming S-16). It’s a wonderful bargain and also a chance to check out the new store page on our updated official site. The sale will of course be going on Steam as well. The 70% discount will remain active from May 25th till June 1st.

Thanks for your continued support, and see you in the skies of ROF!

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Reviews

“It's easily one of the best flying and best looking games on the market”
7.9 – http://www.ign.com/articles/2009/07/08/rise-of-flight-review

“Gorgeous graphics, sweet flight model, and superb AI”
82 – PC Gamer

“It is one of the great sims of its era and may well become the definitive WWI sim for the next half-century.”
http://www.simhq.com/_air14/air_520a.html

About This Game

Rise of Flight is the most realistic WWI PC flight simulation ever created. Take to the skies of war torn Europe and experience daring air combat at the dawn of aviation. Re-enact famous air battles fought by legendary aces such as Manfred von Richtofen, James McCudden, Georges Guynemer and Eddie Rickenbacker. Rise of Flight transports you to a time when courageous pilots fought each other for control of the sky high above the bloody trenches. In aircraft made of canvas and wood they battled to the death. While some survived to become legends, most met a fiery fate. Do you have the skills and the courage to become an Ace?

The free-to-play Rise of Flight United is just the beginning of your adventure. There are 35 additional flyable aircraft available for purchase along with additional content from the Steam store in the form of content packs. These packs include not only airplanes and additional theaters of war, but other helpful items such as Field Modifications and Weapon Modifications for your aircraft which can help you be a more effective combat pilot. The Rise of Flight universe continues to expand with new flyable aircraft and game updates added on a regular basis. The sky knows no limit.

The free-to-play Rise of Flight United allows you to:


  • Pilot three fighter planes (Spad 13, Albatros D.Va and Nieuport 17 by Dux plant) with all their modifications included against any planes in the game.
  • Access Training campaign, Quick Mission Builder, Career mode and pilot the aircraft you have in multiplayer.
  • Enjoy advanced graphics featuring High Dynamic Range (HDR) lighting, blinding sun glare, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, dark moonlit nights with stars and realistic looking raindrops and oil splatter on pilot goggles.
  • Experience a cutting edge flight-sim with advanced flight-models, adjustable difficulty settings, a complex physics engine and an industry leading progressive damage model.
  • Practice teamwork with your friends by manning additional gunner positions. You get unlimited access as a gunner to multi-crew airplanes in Multiplayer matches. Protect your plane’s six o’clock!
  • Endure G-effects with blackout, red out and wounded pilot effects featuring blood splatter, ringing ears and control difficulty.
  • Explore huge maps of Western and Eastern fronts of World War I.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Win XP SP3, Vista, 7, 8 and 10 (32 or 64 bit)
    • Processor: Win XP: Intel® Core 2™ Duo 2.4 GHz or comparable AMD chip
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB video memory / GeForce 8800GT / Radeon HD3500
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
    • Additional Notes: Initial activation requires internet connection for User Account creation inside game interface. Internet connection required for use of some game modes. 256kbs Internet connection or faster required for internet play. An offline mode is also available for certain game modes. Software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, DirectX 9c, Microsoft .NET 3.5 Framework, Visual C++ Redistributable 2005. Controller: DirectX Compatible joystick or other controller recommended.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Win XP SP3, Vista, 7, 8 and 10 (32 or 64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel® Core® i5 / i7 2.6 GHz or comparable AMD chip
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024MB video memory or higher / GeForce GTX 260 / Radeon HD5850
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
    • Additional Notes: Initial activation requires internet connection for User Account creation inside game interface. Internet connection required for use of some game modes. 256kbs Internet connection or faster required for internet play. An offline mode is also available for certain game modes. Software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, DirectX 9c, Microsoft .NET 3.5 Framework, Visual C++ Redistributable 2005. Controller: DirectX Compatible joystick or other controller recommended.
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666 of 976 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
How this game got ANY good reviews is beyond me. I suspect a large number of the positive ones are in sarcasm. This bothers me, because it gives the game a better overall score than it deserves. Seriously, write a sarcastic review if you want, but DONT rate a game as good when it isnt.

Ok, let's start with the good parts of the game. Firstly, it is a full game and a well made one at that. Good graphics, similar idea to War Thunder in terms of controls and realism. And it is realistic, it's an excellent flight simulator, good for your average propeller head. I thought, "Oh, hey, look, a War Thunder style game during the WW1 era, dont see any of those around".

The bad part lies ENTIRELY in the marketting. I laughed my butt off after playing it. This is NOT a 'free to play' game. It is a DEMO at best, and it's all down to the GREED of the game creators.

What they've done esentially, is strip out ALL the game until it is just the game engine alone. All your initial "free to play" download includes is ONE plane (one that, apparently, can't be flown in anything other than the training missions), ONE sample map (a map that is only used on the training missions), and SIX training missions (the ONLY place in the game you can actually fly for free).

THAT IS IT. Want campaigns? Money please. Want the maps FOR those campaigns? Money please. Want the planes required for each mission? Money please. Want multiplayer access? Money please. They have cut out all of the game's content, divided up piece by piece, and are charging the price of a full game for EACH PIECE. WHAT THE CRAP?

And what's worse, reading the other reviews, it sounds like this game used to cost 50 dollars just for that demo! For 50 dollars, it better damn well have ALL THE CONTENT already in it.

I am a huge fan of free to play games like world of tanks, world of warships, and war thunder. All 3 of these have excellent pay to progress systems. They all have 90% of their content availible to free players, but use microtransactions to encourage players to pay. You dont have to, but you can.

Here is what a player like me expects when they read the words "free to play"

1.) 90% of the content availible is free. The other 10% is premium, but reasonably priced.

2.) An in-game economic system. Standard "silver" and premium "gold". Gold can be used to convert free experience, buy silver, buy premium content, and buy silver.

3.) Standard accounts and premium accounts. Premium accounts get 50% more XP and credits. This encourages people to 'pay to progress' by essentially buying a subscription, but keeps the game profitable enough that free players wont lose out.

4.) Tech trees. By putting in a progression system, it gives purpose to the economic system, experience system, and pay to progress aspect. This progression system is what drives profits for games with microtransactions. It relies not on beating the money out of people, but on the IMPATIENCE of people. Either you can got a top teir plane within a year of playing, OR, you can get one within 3 months by buying a premium account, a few premium planes, and converted experience. You dont need EVERY player to pay money, just the impulsive ones. and trust me, the impulsive ones are worth 10 regular joes.

This is a tried, tested, and successful system. It's been proven to work, and be VERY profitable. How can you tell? Because, I've HEARD of world of tanks. I've HEARD of war thunder. I've even been PLAYING them for as long as this game's been out.

want to know what I havent heard of? RISE OF FLIGHT. Want to know why it took so long to run accross this game? Because it's not popular. And it's not popular because the twits who made the game are trying to BEAT THE MONEY OUT OF PEOPLE.

All of the essentials of a REAL free to play game are missing in this game. Instead, there is just campains, missions, and multiplayer (aspects a lot of real free to play games already have anyway), aspects I'd expect a fully paid for game to have.

And this game is a full box copy game... That they've slapped microtransactions onto. and when i say slapped onto, I mean they've slapped it onto E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. Nothing but the game engine is free, and what is a game engine without a game? Then, they got negative reviews because people were paying $50 for a friggin demo... Well YEAH! WTF did they expect?

So, they made the game "free" to justify the microtransactions... NO. These are not microtransactions, these are MACROTRANSACTIONS. The paid content is maps, missions, campains, multiplayer access, and planes. You literally need at least THREE of these to even PLAY the game. This game isnt free to play, it's not even pay to progress, it's not even pay to win. This game is pay to PLAY, a full box copy game they try to sell to you as a microtransaction nightmare.

And they've taken advantage of these microtransactions to squeeze money out of people. They've taken a game that is worth 25 or 30 dollars at most, and made it literally HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS.

I get the impression they saw games like war thunder and said "hey, they're making money off of microtransactions, let's jump on that band wagon", without actually stopping and bothering to ask "what makes games like war thunder successful?"

Wanna know why war thunder is successful? Because they havent sloppily slapped microtransactions onto a box copy game, then had the gall to call it "free to play". Perhaps Rise of flight should also be asking "what makes other 'free to play' games unsuccessful?" There are at least a hundred failed free to play games on steam alone they could check for reference. They all have the same thing in common: Greed. If a game is too unprofitable (in terms of in-game economy) and requires a premium account or other premium content, then it is not free to play. If a game rewards those who pay for an unfair advantage, then it is not free to play, it is pay to win. If a game takes a demo, marks it as free to play, then makes all the content paid for seperately, then is not free to play, it is PAY TO PLAY. I am sick and tired of seeing great games become unplayable because of this BS. Rise of flight is a great game. So why are its creators trying to beat it to death?

Will I recommend this game? If you like spending 200 or 300 dollars for 25 dollars worth of content, or LESS CONTENT than you can find in War Thunder, a REAL FREE TO PLAY GAME, then fine, knock yourself out. Otherwise, don't download it. As a matter of fact, If anybody got this before they stopped charging for the demo, they should be demanding a friggin refund.

I've already uninstalled.

Steam is at fault as well. Do they not bother to regulate their games? Do they not REVIEW them? NO! In fact, it is CURATOR RECOMMENDED!

I'll tell you why too, because the creators of steam are just as greedy as the creators of this game, and they make money off of every over priced BS transaction. I think Steam should be held accountable. They need to remain impartial in order to maintain the quality of the games being put on their program. Otherwise, people will stop using it. I've already used steam less and less as a result of past dissapointments.

If people are going to put box copy games on steam, steam needs to demand that the majority of the content be in that initial purchase. If people are going to put free to play games on steam, steam needs to regulate how they do it so the game remains successful. It is profitable for steam to do this because it ensures they make greater money. War Thunder is on steam too, and I garuntee you they've made FAR more money off of that one game than any of these other BS "free to play" games. But this is "free to play" (as in, A DEMO). So if you dont believe me, go ahead and download all 7 gigibytes of wasted time, and see for yourself. Actually I INVITE you to do so just to experience the annoyance first hand. Only then will you know why I criticize.
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28 of 37 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
71.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
This review is, for the record, not sarcasm. I have played this game, way more than I care to admit. It is genuinely fantastic.

Let's just get the hyperbole out of the way up front. Rise of Flight is, in my mind, easily one of the best flight sims ever made. It's a shame this business model switch has opened the floodgates to reviewers who haven't given the game much of a shot. This is a flight sim, and an in-depth one at that. You need to try it for more than an hour or two to even finish a mission. I'm frankly astonished that so many people have clicked that they found some of these reviews helpful.

This is a game that serves a small audience. It would not exist if not for this business model. A business model, that if you really look at it, is not a bad deal for gamers. Sure, the base free game is basically a demo. Why is that bad? You didn't pay anything for it. Realistic flight simulators are not main stream gaming by any strech of the imagination, and if people want them to exist, they need to understand that they're going to have pay for content. Purchasing each plane pack gets you the use of included planes everywhere. Further, you can absolutely dive into the game with just the one included plane, and even purchasing just a single plane pack gives you a massive amount to do.

No game has captured the sensation of flight like Rise of Flight. The game really does give the impression you're in a hot-rod car with cloth wings and a gun mounted to the front that is somehow flying. Having your wing partly seared off in a battle is terrifying, and clawing your way back from No Man's Land to land while spewing smoke and being chased by enemies is an experience few other games have matched for me. I've bombed bridges, photographed troop movements, and won dogfights by crippling my opponent piece by wooden piece. I'd strongly recommend anyone thinking about purchasing content for this game look up professional reviews, most of which are very positive.

This game isn't a traditional free-to-play game, that much I conceed. It is not an iOS game, or a play-to-win game, or an arcade flight game, or whatever else people think they're getting. It is an amazing simulator that demands your full attention.

Do you want to know what WWI flight combat really felt like? For that, nothing out there comes even remotely close to Rise of Flight.
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31 of 45 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
39.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Recommended - with a few caveats.

Version reviewed: Rise of Flight - Channel Battles Edition

At the time of writing this sim is selling on Steam for £8.99, and the DLC between £4.79 and £6.89. I'm willing to buy DLC of this quality at this price (in fact I've bought the lot). When compared to £15 I just paid for the FSX Spitfire I think the Rise of Flight DLC represents good value; at full price, however, I'm not so sure. All flight sims seem to have adopted the DLC model, with DCS World typically charging 30 quid for theirs. They should all be put against a wall and shot.

The DRM and registration is a pain, and I don't think it's made clear quite how to do this properly. On first registering the game you're taken to the ROF website to create an account, and (if I remember correctly) you're given an activation key - but this activation key is for the demo version, and you also have to paste in your Steam purchase key as well or you do not get the Channel Battles Edition (I spent quite a while swearing and cursing about what thieves these guys were until I worked this bit out). Likewise with the DLC, all you get from Steam is an activation key which must be entered before anything will work.

The graphics and detail are gorgeous on a half decent machine (mine's two years old, so state of the art isn't required), but to set things up you need to launch a separate settings.exe file hidden away in SteamApps\common\Rise of Flight 2.0\bin_game\release\.

As for the game itself, where it's good it's absolutely outstanding, and where it isn't so good it really is cr@p. The learning curve is steep. Those early planes were awful, and real pigs to control. This is reflected in the flight models, and even getting the damned things off the ground is a challenge. If you want to jump straight into dogfights without learning how to work these things you won't last long; you'll tear your wings off or spin into the ground or, maybe, get shot down. If you're not willing to spend time learning this game then think carefully before buying it, you might be better buying something else. On the other hand, if you do stick with it, the first time you successfully take off, complete a few circuits and land safely is a real buzz. This sim creates a feeling of actually being in the air better than any other I've played.

Where it's not so good is the mission and career selection, which all seems very muddled. And while the the aircraft modelling is excellent, the character modelling is the worst I've seen for years, with voice acting so atrocious I winced the first time I heard it.

Overall then: if you think you'd enjoy a challenging flight sim, and if it's at the right price, you should buy it. Otherwise go to the ROF website and download the demo before spending any money.

Now I'm off to have another go at getting that damned bomber off the ground...
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57 of 92 people (62%) found this review helpful
47.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Simply the greatest WWI flight sim ever. The sensation of flying in this game is very realistic, the combat is historically accurate, and the graphics are beautiful. Every aircraft type has a unique personality and takes hours to master. This game is not perfect but there is a great deal of fun here to be had for armchair pilots.

Do not operate near children, the elderly, or small animals. It's a hardcore flight sim and is light years beyond W********r in terms of required skill. It's more of a "free to try" game than "free to play"; most of the really interesting aircraft are DLC. Understand this before knocking RoF. Also, this sim is still supported by the developers and they are continually updating and adding new content -- 7 years from release.
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33 of 55 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
I don't understand all the negative reviews here, people don't complain about DCS World having only the Su-25T for free and needing to pay for all the other planes seperately, while here you get 3 planes for free and you can buy packs that include multiple planes and campaigns.

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