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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April 28

Rise of Flight Anniversary Sale - 66% Off Everything!

Dear Pilots!

This May we celebrate the amazing 7th anniversary of Rise of Flight initial release: its 8th year of availability just begun. It’s hard to believe that so many challenging, but great and creative years have passed. We're proud to see it in good health thanks to the wonderful community and our development team.

During this time, 35+ huge updates were released to our community including 40 planes and more than 38 aircraft modifications. Over 150,000 square kilometers of historically recreated territories of both WWI fronts are available to you now. You can fly over Western and Eastern fronts in World War One for the first time in the game development history.

To celebrate the 8th year on the market we’re launching a 66% off sale on all game content. The offer is valid until May 2nd.

Thank you for your support and see you in the skies of Rise of Flight!

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“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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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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T.w² ♡ Chucky
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
WORST ♥♥♥♥IN GAME EVER, CONTROLS ARE WEIRD AF DONT PLAY THIS ♥♥♥♥♥♥ AS ♥♥♥♥ MOTHER♥♥♥♥IN GAME
WAR THUNDER IS ♥♥♥♥IN BETTER
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hecknugget
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Controls are bad, and it's very expensive for only a few planes.
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[Based] Toaster Strudel
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
My bomber identifies as a demi-god toaster strudel. I'm triggered by gunfire, and im a liberal communis, marxist, democrat
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vedanta2003
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
the game is hard at first but addactive as it is hyper realistic
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duke5922
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
if you have money its an ok game but if ur looking to pick this up for free look else where you have to buy everything
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OPPOSITIONER
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
DO NOT BUY THIS ♥♥♥♥ DLC! I mean that with all scencerity, I've never written a game review before. This just has to be said.


You cannot even play the CAMPAIGN without buying planes, multiplayer, you join a mission select your plane it drops the start and doesnt allow you to use a default plane.


This game is just ♥♥♥♥, 777 didnt do THAT good guys, not for their ♥♥♥♥ game to be worth 180 DOLLARS. If you want all the DLC average is $15-$20 a pack.

I wouldnt recommend this game to anyone, not even people i hate.


FIX YOUR GAME 777
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kipperbeans
( 38.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
A fantastic game with a fantastic community
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Aerolfos
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Why is it on Steam if you cannot play using your steam account?
Yeah needs an email and registering on a completely unrelated website.
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Francis Fulloffrenchpeople
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
horrible control setup (entering the options menu doesnt pause the game... in singleplayer. you kidding me right now?) along with very little choice unless you spend a rather large sum of money on plane packs makes this a no for me. love flight sims, was really excited to get try this one, but no joy. The game refused to let me fix my throttle settings so i was stuck with my throttle being backwards (i use a thrustmaster HOTAS) and most controls being difficult at best to rebind and even more difficult to test (the game tries as hard as it can to sell you plane packs and avoid letting you just fly out and test your ♥♥♥♥) made this just not worth the time, effort, and most importantly money for me


EDIT- This is addressing the comments

the game gives you a plane for each side for free, they're giving you a demo. You cant even just launch a default mission without them trying to sell you planes via pop ups since they set the default planes to be ones you dont have. I should have been more clear, but i honestly just didnt care enough to edit and write a longer review.

You can invert your throttle settings. You cant do what every other god damn game does and just set positive and negative values on the throttle axis when youre assigning the damn thing. Let alone setting maximum and minimum values. the throttle on this joystick has a stop in the middle which makes it great for space sims ince it allows for reverse flight but is pretty annoying for a normal flight sim. think they were going to let me set the halfway point as 0 for the throttle without jumping through a million hoops? Simple Planes, a ♥♥♥♥ing mobile game that also released on PC managed to do it better.

While im glad to find out that P pauses the game... why? why would opening the menu not just stop the game in singleplayer? why isnt there an easier way to just test fly my plane to see if the controls feel right yet? I was definitely being melodramatic in the review but i stand by my point. The control setup could definitely use improvement and to get anywhere close to the full game costs well over $100, closer to $200. It just doesnt add up when i can get so much more for so so much less.
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Brahthimus
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
As a total newbie with about 30 hours into it its fun if your willing to take the time to learn how to fly a plane and each one has a different feel to it. It is hard but not impossible. If you want a quick arcade style flying game don't get this.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
ROF has been my favourite dog-fight game/simulator for the last 5 years. Glad they gave the option to migrate to Steam.

Single player is available but it is mostly a multiplayer game.

Epic dogfights with aircraft from the WW1 era.

If you are new to this game. take your time to fine tune the controls and learn to fly the free aircraft properly and set up your joystick buttons and keyboard assignments.

Most important bits: 3 axis joystick. yes you WILL need your rudder with these flying contraptions.
If you have more than 1 hardware throttle lever, setup the second lever for mixture, third for radiator etc.
you can save the joystick setup per aircraft so don't worry about future multi-engine aircraft.

Joystick buttons: Elevator pitch trim up/down, Fire gunns, reload/unjam guns

Keyboard: I have assigned my head position forward, aft left right with the arrow keys. A huge disadvantage of a bi-plane is that the upper wing is in your view. the ability to quickly move your head is a game changer in a dogfight. Many people use it with TrackIR, I don't because I don't like how it works, maybe I need a bigger monitor for it.

Enjoy the most of this game by setting all the realism settings to hard, and learn that pointing the sharp end of your bullets towards your enemy (how ever difficult that is!) is not nearly the most challenging aspect of a WW1 dogfight.

For the pilots amongst us, adverse yaw, P-effect, Gyro-effect, dynamic and parasite drag). all of them are modeled in quite a good fasion. Good piloting skills makes a difference!

Once you master the free aircraft, or if you have a favorite aircraft, spend a few bucks/pounds/moneys on it. it's well worth it but not required to play the game.

Hope you enjoy the game! feel free to contact me if you want a chat about this game or aviation in general.


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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
43.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Hopped into an albatross
took down 1 enemy plane
wing snapps off after i pull too hard
seeing a bunch of planes flying around me while i fall to my death
All around me are familiar faces
crash into ground
that wasnt so bad
Lets do it again
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
My bomber identifies as a demi-god toaster strudel. I'm triggered by gunfire, and im a liberal communis, marxist, democrat
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
38.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
A fantastic game with a fantastic community
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Though this game is challenging and expensive, I had a LOT of fun playing this
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
As a total newbie with about 30 hours into it its fun if your willing to take the time to learn how to fly a plane and each one has a different feel to it. It is hard but not impossible. If you want a quick arcade style flying game don't get this.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
38.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
One of the best flight sim aerial combat games I have ever played, would definately recomend to anybody interested in flight sims or WW1. lots of DLC to keep this long lived game interesting. Although its been out for quite some time it does not show its age like some games do, great graphics and game play, and has an authentic feel. You can play as a solo pilot or crew in 2 seater planes and bombers. Well worth the money.
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211 of 237 people (89%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
75.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2015
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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110 of 128 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
94.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2013
If you want to get a good idea on what this game is like, I will ask you something: Have you played IL-2 Sturmovik* before?

I ask this because Rise of Flight is essentially identical to IL-2 in terms of total realism (also including a load of difficulty settings, so you can switch off black-/red-out, switch on infinite fuel, etc. just to make the transition into the game easier), just with Great War-era aircraft, as opposed to World War II-era aircraft.

However, this one detail alone sets it apart from the IL-2 games quite a bit, as the quality of aircraft in RoF is substantially lower than what is found in IL-2, for fairly obvious reasons. Instead of being able to dogfight where you can afford to be almost entirely focused on the enemy plane/s a la IL-2, you will need to split your attention 50/50 between the enemy aircraft and your own aircraft. This is because simply put, the aircraft found in WWI were in fact nicknamed "kites" for a reason! Your plane is incredibly fragile and is prone to having its wings snap off or its engine conk out (typically in the form of the oil in the engine suddenly and unexpectedly pouring out onto your face) seemingly on a whim. If you're familiar with the cold sweat-inducing feeling of nursing your crippled Heinkel back to the airfield in IL-2, this is the feeling you will generally have while flying a plane in RoF normally. (Hell, take-off can very easily become quite fatal!)

In summary, Rise of Flight is more-or-less IL-2 Sturmovik cranked up to "hardcore mode", and it's brilliant! (Also, although the extra content packs seem quite pricey, they are actually packed with quite a lot of content; so I'd say get acquainted with the base game or demo on the RoF site, then get one or two of the packs that you like the look of during a sale)



* If you haven't, get IL-2 Sturmovik 1946, not Cliffs of Dover.
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89 of 105 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
53.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
I found this to be a good game, with a lot of content available. Since this is a simulation, it has the things you expect, good graphics, good fidelity (I've never flown an actual WW1 fighter, but things seem right to me FWIW), and enjoyable.

I say enjoyable for me, but it may not be everyone's cup of tea. It aims for the same realism as DCS, and coming from some time in DCS I think it compares favorably. Because of the setting, I didn't have to spend 10 hours programming a joystick and wading through tutorials and was able to jump in and fly relatively quickly. Less complexity to the Aircraft makes it more fun for me.

Speaking of fun, I can't overstate the immersion factor having a campaign mode brings to this game. Its supposed to be in Beta, but to me its already pretty complete. I do look forward to more improvements in this regard, but having a campaign mode makes the whole thing worthwhile. I miss the days of the old MP Sims where a career mode was just so much fun and the campaign mode in this game puts all those hours spent in-game in context. Still not what it could be but shows a lot of promise and head and shoulders above anything else out there for a sim game.
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