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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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
    • 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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Wop-Actual
( 51.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
It's the best in its class. You want to feel what it's like flying a wooden coffin with paper wings and wind rushing your face? Look no further. After mastering a few aircrafts, you'll feel like a pro keeping your plane airborne without any autopilot or trimming systems. Trying to score a kill is another story. While a daunting task to be proficient, you'll forget about some of the frustration and marvel at the gorgeous French and English scenery at 3000m altitude without any parachute to save you if something goes wrong. Recommended for fans of flight sims who want something different than WW2 or modern fighters.
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DeathPotPi3
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
I liked ramming team mates on AF
I r8 8/8
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untugendbold
( 20.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
If you are a flight simmer and interested in WW1, there is no way around this game/simulation.

Pros:
- Flight physics
- Immersion (Overall mixture of graphics, sound, flight model, world, makes up for a believable flying experience)
- Damage model
- Variety of available aircraft (With DLC'S)
- Aircraft details and customisation
- World details and behaviour
- Sound
- Multi Monitor support
- Career mode


Neutral:
- Equipment needed
(I bought this game like three years ago. I couldnt enjoy it with just one or two screens. Since i got a third...its simply a blast to play. I need a large field of view or I cant keep track of my opponents. And I want to see the passing landscape below my wings. You will need a flight stick (pref. HOTAS) and pedals are a nice addition)


Cons:
- Enemies despawn in front of the player, if they get too far away from your flight leader.
- DLC's and price politics are confusing.
If you buy here on steam, you cant use the original online shop and vice versa. Or so i have been told.
Available career starting dates depend if you have the historical correct plane available for that time window.
If you buy a dlc you get maybe one or two planes that you want and need for your carreer and two or more that you did not want, but paid for anyway.

Just as an example:
German carreer from 1916:

The most interesting plane to start with would be:
Fokker IIIE --> You need the Birth of warbirds DLC

After just 3 weeks in career the Fokker is obsolete and you want the:
Albatros DII --> You need the Bloody April DLC

Which is followed by the:
Albatros DIII --> You need the Furious Wings DLC

If you want to obtain later on the most powerful engine for the Fokker D.VII:
Fokker D.VIIF --> You need the Ultimately the Best Fighter DLC

You see. To play the german carreer from beginning to end, you will probably buy 4 DLC's. You can work around some of the dlc's by choosing less powerful or popular planes. But anyway, it would be way more customer friendly if you could buy one dlc with all the planes from one country.

But still. My verdict is that this game offers tons and tons of content and a superb flight feeling for a reasonable price! The planes and dlcs go regularly on sale and large junks of the carreer can be played with the planes that are for free. So there is no excuse. Hop in and give it a try.
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BEEFCAKE
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Horrible! IT TOOK ME 20 MINUTES TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET IN A MISSION WITHOUT GIVING ME AN ERROR AND THEN WHEN I FINALLY LOAD THE GAME IT FREEZES! AND I CAN RUN FAR CRY 4 NO PROBLEM WITH HIGH GRAPHINCS NEVER WASTE YOUR TIME ON THIS GAME IF I COULD I WOULD GIVE IT 186,123,670,103,672,347 THUMBS DOWN!
Thank you!
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dnt
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
good
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ArcadeFiesta
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
You have to buy a lot of extra crap to play, not worth the money.
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xvii-Dietrich
( 186.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
Summary:

This is a gem of a flight simulator. It is highly atmospheric and the aircraft all have a good individual feel to them. It is a lot of fun and conveys a great sense of the air conflict over the trenches of the First World War. The free-to-play version comes with 3 great aircraft, although there is a bit of a learning curve to get started.


Cautions:

  • The Steam version of the game and the Rise of Flight Store version can not be mixed, you need to go one route or the other. Both variants can participate in all the multiplayer servers though.
  • The free-to-play version has 3 aircraft enabled: SPAD C13, Albatros D.Va and Nieuport 17. Many new players get confused by picking campaign dates or multiplayer maps for which these aircraft are not valid.
  • Some multi-player servers have full-engine realism enabled, making it tricky for newcomers to figure out how to switch on the engine and get started. It is not hard, but you do need to check the manual/guides/videos to find out how.
  • Steam achievements do not work. This is very disappointing for those of us who enjoy the Steam achievement system.
  • While mouse-and-keyboard play are possible to get started, a joystick is strongly recommended.


Full review:

Rise of Flight is a flight-simulator for the First World War. The atmospheric is great and the graphics are lovely, albeait a little dated now. There is a good selection of aircraft and a reasonable range of multiplayer servers and scenarios to keep you enthralled. The base game is free-to-play, and there are two ways to purchase add-ons: either through Steam (with DLCs) or the Rise of Flight Store (with individual items). You cannot mix the two methods (I went with the Steam option).

It is not an arcade game, but should be treated as a serious simulator. As such, there are a lot of keys to map, and a lots of things to learn. We often see newcomers turn up and have trouble figuring out how to start their aeroplane or take off (tip: search on the Internet for videos on getting started in Rise of Flight).

The setting is compelling and there are a range of weathers, times of day, maps and settings. Targets are many and varied and there is a great selection of aircraft to fly against, from bombers to scouts to seaplanes. The aircraft seem fragile and occasional gun jams, mechanical failures and a rough feel enhance the title. This is the only sim where I've managed to suspend disbelief and truly feel in the environment.

There are some flaws (see the cautions above), but these are minor compared to the many features offered by the rest of the sim. In total, if you purchase all the modules, it can be pretty expensive. But you can either be selective (like me) or wait for sales or discounts. One recommended DLC for those who go with the Steam version is the Channel Battles, as it adds the English Channel Map (excellent) and a great selection of fine aircraft.

Despite its age and somewhat confusing purchase model, this is nonetheless a worthy simulator and comes highly recommended.
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Payroll
( 14.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
Great game, loads and loads of fun. There's a few things they can improve on. One: Support Two: Social communication skills. I am not a tester, I am not your employee. I dropped a good amount of money purchasing plane packs to fly. If you want me to do a five point presitation with slides and pictures describing my problem. Give me a w2 form and hire me. I wrote out a detailed paragraph and submitted it to support and all I get back is this.

"Hi,

Please help us to understand the problem by describing the situation step by step.
Necessarily, illustrate the description with screenshots"

This is not going to fix my issue and repeating that phrase in reply to my updated questions, this is annoying and upsetting. If you can't grasp that the in game market for planes directs you to broken pages or the wrong pages to purchase certain planes or modules and you need me to put extra work into providing you pictures. There's something wrong with that and makes me question if you want me to submit my next support ticket in crayon.

I guess I won't be spending any more money on this game like I have been attempting to but now I'm getting my junk yanked in support tickets. I'll go elsewhere.


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Mr. Tree13
( 430.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
This game is awesome!!!!

This is the first flight sim that realy got me hooked. I will have to warn you, if you are looking for an arcade where your press the button and win your in the wrong place. This is a sim and you will have to learn how to fly.

About:
This one gives you 3 free planes.
the albatros d5a which is a rly good (and forgiving for noobs) plane.
the spad 13 a rly good if not the best boom and zoom plane on entety side!
and a nieuport i havent flown yet.

you can acces all the content with these planes so single playe careers and mission
you can also go on a multiplayer server that runs these planes (the albatros is available on almost every map!)

The community made their own seperate carreer it's a mod they made you can find it on the rise of flight official forum.

If you go multiplayer it's NOT pay to win it's all about knowing your plane!
i have not gone online a lot but i can say most pilots there are good to even better then good and playing this game for a long time.
they will teach you things if you ask. anfd if you are willing to learn you to can enjoy yourself here.

In time you probably will buy more DLC's as i did :p

Happy hunting and hope to see you in the air soon.
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vdvdman7
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
Game doesnt know what 1920x1080 is and when you run the game in that resolution the game is too big for the screen and you cant do anything becouse there are no buttons on the screen. Now i have to delete the game and redownload it. Real convenient.
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Cobra Commander
( 82.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
Hi , An Old Pilot ,not a Bold Pilot. The Sopwith Camel is excellent sim aircraft with real world stall/spin aircraft performance. The stall is preceded with aircraft shaking on the edge of a stall... then it lets loose to develop into a full blown gyro lock spin if the pilot does not act, the Camel will lock into a unrecoverable spin. It is the best SIMS Spin in the industry and recovery is ify, you can not use standaed stall recovery in puts. The gyro lock must be prevented by forcing the camels nose down ; this is accomplished by pulling the nose up then down , nose up then push nose down and hold if the nose droppes positive toward ground.... then hold nose down and recover with hands off stick. It helps to switch eng off throttle ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ . Positive speed and lift eng on throttle advanced. It takes a few tries and helps to view the aircraft from F2 view. Good Luck.
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jugs27
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
Cant even get past the log in screen. after making an account i just get this error message every time "Packed Data Verification have not passed. In MODS OFF mode RoF application is not allow to use modified or supplemented packed data files. Please restore the original RoF packed data files and remove third-party packed data files."
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Lord Sandvichman
( 30.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
A brilliant WW1 flight simulator, there's a lack of WW1 games in general at the moment, let alone flight sims, but luckily we have this one. The game has brilliant physics, the planes are well modeled and pretty cheap to buy for a flight sim, you can SHOOT OTHER PILOTS IN THE FACE WITH PISTOLS FROM YOUR OWN PLANE! There's also a great community of modders on their official forums, where you can download free Historically accurate & fictional skins for all the planes.

If you're planning on downloading it F2P style, I highly recommend you buy the 'Channel Battles' DLC, as the base F2P game is more of a platform for buying planes & DLC, whilst the 'Channel Battles' DLC adds a good selection of classic planes (Including my personal favourites, the SE.5a & Felixstowe F2a), a whole new region to fly in and a Career mode. Well worth the price.

The game also supports Keyboard + Mouse flight, which is actually quite good for newcomers/non Joystick owners.

Overall I give it a 9/10. "Would lose my wing pulling a silly manoeuvre just to headshot a guy with my Webley again."
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iltridente
( 12.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Product received for free
I'm an old school flight sim guy starting with Red Baron when it came out. I was prepared to go through some contortions to get this beautiful looking game to work to relive my old Red Baron (original) days. Download the "free" game, go through the trouble to register at the company site, then open a game that can't be played unless you submit to a scheme of having to buy THE PLANES in a way that I just didn't want to sit there and figure out. What you get for free is basically the game shell/engine, with none of what you need to actually play. IOW, the menu screens. You'll need to download certain aircraft packs for certain missions, certain time periods, etc. Then I see on the DLC tab that it's $180 to DL all the actual content of the game. Maybe they can get the newer generation of gamers to be that stupid, but I remember getting games like this complete in a box for $40-50 new. I'd even be willing to pay that for this now. But $180 for a game already several years old? ...f that. If I get a notice that the content is on significant discount (a previous sale was 66%) I'd consider that fair and probably jump back in.


In the meantime. I'm gonna go throw $10 at the old Red Baron II game or just live with my Il-2 games.
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Ducky
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Product received for free
Boring
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jarcher1991
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
A great many people have ripped this game apart because of it's payment method. Frankly, I like it. I owned RoF years ago, standalone (non-steam) and even though my laptop BARELY ran it, it stuck with me. When I saw that it was available on steam as a free-to-try, I knew I had to see what it would do on my brand new custom gaming PC. I am ok with the idea of trying a somewhat neutered full version of a game, and then paying for the modules I want.

Yeah, when compared to the old days of IL-2, Combat Flight Sim, and the Jane's simulations, where you pay for the full program up front, and get all the content - no questions asked it seems a bit ridiculous. But to me, I see a major quality difference in a program like this. I paid $25 for the Channel Battle add-on, that seemed to bring the free version up to par with what would have been the in-store box edition years ago...that I paid i think $40 for. The planes really feel like what I would expect from them, judging from what I have read. I think that in todays simming age, so much more attention is paid to each individual aircraft, instead of a select few...I remember Microsoft Flight Sim 98, the first one to include virtual cockpits. The cessna 172s, and a couple others had it...but the boeing was a literal grey cardboard cutout you sat behind with NO gauges or anything. That was what your hard earned money got you. In ROF, you pay for each plane, but from what I can tell, they give the same thought and attention to detail to each plane in the lineup, so you get same type of experience in each seat.

I like it, If you like the IL-2 installments, you'll like it too.
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betoer4
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Amazing game
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GhostRiderHK
( 6.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Overall a good flight sim, althought I think the EIII is much more maneuverable then it should be, especially when given an AI novice pilot.

Sounds could be better.. the MGs are drowned out by the engine noise and I have not seen any seperate volume sliders for effects, engine, etc..

A good range of options like autorudder, aiming help, autopilot, easy flight, etc.. to help pilots get used to the aircraft.

Would be nice to have a "batch" discount for all aircraft to be included instead of nickle and diming each one. I waited for a discount sale on the addons and got 4 of them. Without discount all the STEAM addons would have been quite expensive. I remember RB3D had more planes and was far cheaper.. around $40 when it was released. Now its on STEAM for far less and if you have a Glide wrapper the graphics are fairly good for an old title.

For a more modern version of RB3D this ROF title is a reasonable move up for graphics, reasonable authenticity, and interface. If they made a batch sale for all aircraft and addons I think it would get a lot more attention, especially considering it is already several years old.

Overall I do recommend it since you can play it with a few planes for free and then decide which addons to purchase from there.

Thanks.
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XythØs
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Could not figure out how to fly, got ♥♥♥♥ stuck in machine gun.

10/10
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
A brilliant WW1 flight simulator, there's a lack of WW1 games in general at the moment, let alone flight sims, but luckily we have this one. The game has brilliant physics, the planes are well modeled and pretty cheap to buy for a flight sim, you can SHOOT OTHER PILOTS IN THE FACE WITH PISTOLS FROM YOUR OWN PLANE! There's also a great community of modders on their official forums, where you can download free Historically accurate & fictional skins for all the planes.

If you're planning on downloading it F2P style, I highly recommend you buy the 'Channel Battles' DLC, as the base F2P game is more of a platform for buying planes & DLC, whilst the 'Channel Battles' DLC adds a good selection of classic planes (Including my personal favourites, the SE.5a & Felixstowe F2a), a whole new region to fly in and a Career mode. Well worth the price.

The game also supports Keyboard + Mouse flight, which is actually quite good for newcomers/non Joystick owners.

Overall I give it a 9/10. "Would lose my wing pulling a silly manoeuvre just to headshot a guy with my Webley again."
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
A great many people have ripped this game apart because of it's payment method. Frankly, I like it. I owned RoF years ago, standalone (non-steam) and even though my laptop BARELY ran it, it stuck with me. When I saw that it was available on steam as a free-to-try, I knew I had to see what it would do on my brand new custom gaming PC. I am ok with the idea of trying a somewhat neutered full version of a game, and then paying for the modules I want.

Yeah, when compared to the old days of IL-2, Combat Flight Sim, and the Jane's simulations, where you pay for the full program up front, and get all the content - no questions asked it seems a bit ridiculous. But to me, I see a major quality difference in a program like this. I paid $25 for the Channel Battle add-on, that seemed to bring the free version up to par with what would have been the in-store box edition years ago...that I paid i think $40 for. The planes really feel like what I would expect from them, judging from what I have read. I think that in todays simming age, so much more attention is paid to each individual aircraft, instead of a select few...I remember Microsoft Flight Sim 98, the first one to include virtual cockpits. The cessna 172s, and a couple others had it...but the boeing was a literal grey cardboard cutout you sat behind with NO gauges or anything. That was what your hard earned money got you. In ROF, you pay for each plane, but from what I can tell, they give the same thought and attention to detail to each plane in the lineup, so you get same type of experience in each seat.

I like it, If you like the IL-2 installments, you'll like it too.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Great game, loads and loads of fun. There's a few things they can improve on. One: Support Two: Social communication skills. I am not a tester, I am not your employee. I dropped a good amount of money purchasing plane packs to fly. If you want me to do a five point presitation with slides and pictures describing my problem. Give me a w2 form and hire me. I wrote out a detailed paragraph and submitted it to support and all I get back is this.

"Hi,

Please help us to understand the problem by describing the situation step by step.
Necessarily, illustrate the description with screenshots"

This is not going to fix my issue and repeating that phrase in reply to my updated questions, this is annoying and upsetting. If you can't grasp that the in game market for planes directs you to broken pages or the wrong pages to purchase certain planes or modules and you need me to put extra work into providing you pictures. There's something wrong with that and makes me question if you want me to submit my next support ticket in crayon.

I guess I won't be spending any more money on this game like I have been attempting to but now I'm getting my junk yanked in support tickets. I'll go elsewhere.


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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
82.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Hi , An Old Pilot ,not a Bold Pilot. The Sopwith Camel is excellent sim aircraft with real world stall/spin aircraft performance. The stall is preceded with aircraft shaking on the edge of a stall... then it lets loose to develop into a full blown gyro lock spin if the pilot does not act, the Camel will lock into a unrecoverable spin. It is the best SIMS Spin in the industry and recovery is ify, you can not use standaed stall recovery in puts. The gyro lock must be prevented by forcing the camels nose down ; this is accomplished by pulling the nose up then down , nose up then push nose down and hold if the nose droppes positive toward ground.... then hold nose down and recover with hands off stick. It helps to switch eng off throttle ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ . Positive speed and lift eng on throttle advanced. It takes a few tries and helps to view the aircraft from F2 view. Good Luck.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Overall a good flight sim, althought I think the EIII is much more maneuverable then it should be, especially when given an AI novice pilot.

Sounds could be better.. the MGs are drowned out by the engine noise and I have not seen any seperate volume sliders for effects, engine, etc..

A good range of options like autorudder, aiming help, autopilot, easy flight, etc.. to help pilots get used to the aircraft.

Would be nice to have a "batch" discount for all aircraft to be included instead of nickle and diming each one. I waited for a discount sale on the addons and got 4 of them. Without discount all the STEAM addons would have been quite expensive. I remember RB3D had more planes and was far cheaper.. around $40 when it was released. Now its on STEAM for far less and if you have a Glide wrapper the graphics are fairly good for an old title.

For a more modern version of RB3D this ROF title is a reasonable move up for graphics, reasonable authenticity, and interface. If they made a batch sale for all aircraft and addons I think it would get a lot more attention, especially considering it is already several years old.

Overall I do recommend it since you can play it with a few planes for free and then decide which addons to purchase from there.

Thanks.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
A must have for any flight sim enthusiast. Fantastic attention to detail and great flight models. It really makes you appreciate the flying skills needed back in those days. I love the variety and history of the planes.

A well made flight sim.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
47.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
The perfect WW1 flight sim. The downvotes are from the bygone age before they linked old player accoutns with the Steam Store ones. All my planes transfered over, and i'm loving it!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
186.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Summary:

This is a gem of a flight simulator. It is highly atmospheric and the aircraft all have a good individual feel to them. It is a lot of fun and conveys a great sense of the air conflict over the trenches of the First World War. The free-to-play version comes with 3 great aircraft, although there is a bit of a learning curve to get started.


Cautions:

  • The Steam version of the game and the Rise of Flight Store version can not be mixed, you need to go one route or the other. Both variants can participate in all the multiplayer servers though.
  • The free-to-play version has 3 aircraft enabled: SPAD C13, Albatros D.Va and Nieuport 17. Many new players get confused by picking campaign dates or multiplayer maps for which these aircraft are not valid.
  • Some multi-player servers have full-engine realism enabled, making it tricky for newcomers to figure out how to switch on the engine and get started. It is not hard, but you do need to check the manual/guides/videos to find out how.
  • Steam achievements do not work. This is very disappointing for those of us who enjoy the Steam achievement system.
  • While mouse-and-keyboard play are possible to get started, a joystick is strongly recommended.


Full review:

Rise of Flight is a flight-simulator for the First World War. The atmospheric is great and the graphics are lovely, albeait a little dated now. There is a good selection of aircraft and a reasonable range of multiplayer servers and scenarios to keep you enthralled. The base game is free-to-play, and there are two ways to purchase add-ons: either through Steam (with DLCs) or the Rise of Flight Store (with individual items). You cannot mix the two methods (I went with the Steam option).

It is not an arcade game, but should be treated as a serious simulator. As such, there are a lot of keys to map, and a lots of things to learn. We often see newcomers turn up and have trouble figuring out how to start their aeroplane or take off (tip: search on the Internet for videos on getting started in Rise of Flight).

The setting is compelling and there are a range of weathers, times of day, maps and settings. Targets are many and varied and there is a great selection of aircraft to fly against, from bombers to scouts to seaplanes. The aircraft seem fragile and occasional gun jams, mechanical failures and a rough feel enhance the title. This is the only sim where I've managed to suspend disbelief and truly feel in the environment.

There are some flaws (see the cautions above), but these are minor compared to the many features offered by the rest of the sim. In total, if you purchase all the modules, it can be pretty expensive. But you can either be selective (like me) or wait for sales or discounts. One recommended DLC for those who go with the Steam version is the Channel Battles, as it adds the English Channel Map (excellent) and a great selection of fine aircraft.

Despite its age and somewhat confusing purchase model, this is nonetheless a worthy simulator and comes highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
430.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
This game is awesome!!!!

This is the first flight sim that realy got me hooked. I will have to warn you, if you are looking for an arcade where your press the button and win your in the wrong place. This is a sim and you will have to learn how to fly.

About:
This one gives you 3 free planes.
the albatros d5a which is a rly good (and forgiving for noobs) plane.
the spad 13 a rly good if not the best boom and zoom plane on entety side!
and a nieuport i havent flown yet.

you can acces all the content with these planes so single playe careers and mission
you can also go on a multiplayer server that runs these planes (the albatros is available on almost every map!)

The community made their own seperate carreer it's a mod they made you can find it on the rise of flight official forum.

If you go multiplayer it's NOT pay to win it's all about knowing your plane!
i have not gone online a lot but i can say most pilots there are good to even better then good and playing this game for a long time.
they will teach you things if you ask. anfd if you are willing to learn you to can enjoy yourself here.

In time you probably will buy more DLC's as i did :p

Happy hunting and hope to see you in the air soon.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
If you are a flight simmer and interested in WW1, there is no way around this game/simulation.

Pros:
- Flight physics
- Immersion (Overall mixture of graphics, sound, flight model, world, makes up for a believable flying experience)
- Damage model
- Variety of available aircraft (With DLC'S)
- Aircraft details and customisation
- World details and behaviour
- Sound
- Multi Monitor support
- Career mode


Neutral:
- Equipment needed
(I bought this game like three years ago. I couldnt enjoy it with just one or two screens. Since i got a third...its simply a blast to play. I need a large field of view or I cant keep track of my opponents. And I want to see the passing landscape below my wings. You will need a flight stick (pref. HOTAS) and pedals are a nice addition)


Cons:
- Enemies despawn in front of the player, if they get too far away from your flight leader.
- DLC's and price politics are confusing.
If you buy here on steam, you cant use the original online shop and vice versa. Or so i have been told.
Available career starting dates depend if you have the historical correct plane available for that time window.
If you buy a dlc you get maybe one or two planes that you want and need for your carreer and two or more that you did not want, but paid for anyway.

Just as an example:
German carreer from 1916:

The most interesting plane to start with would be:
Fokker IIIE --> You need the Birth of warbirds DLC

After just 3 weeks in career the Fokker is obsolete and you want the:
Albatros DII --> You need the Bloody April DLC

Which is followed by the:
Albatros DIII --> You need the Furious Wings DLC

If you want to obtain later on the most powerful engine for the Fokker D.VII:
Fokker D.VIIF --> You need the Ultimately the Best Fighter DLC

You see. To play the german carreer from beginning to end, you will probably buy 4 DLC's. You can work around some of the dlc's by choosing less powerful or popular planes. But anyway, it would be way more customer friendly if you could buy one dlc with all the planes from one country.

But still. My verdict is that this game offers tons and tons of content and a superb flight feeling for a reasonable price! The planes and dlcs go regularly on sale and large junks of the carreer can be played with the planes that are for free. So there is no excuse. Hop in and give it a try.
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Recommended
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
It's everything i wish warthunder was.
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24 of 29 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
89.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 3
Rise of Flight is probably the only realistic WW1 flight sim there is, so i recommend this game, HOWEVER... i dont recommend the steam version, anyone who loves WW1 and loves Flight sims and wants to get into this, you are better off downloading the free version off steam, but using your rise of flight account through the website store.

simply register a new account and use that to login to your steam version
http://riseofflight.com/account/registration/

then when you buy planes from the store (not steam) you wll see them appear even when using the steam launcher.
http://riseofflight.com/store/

when i first got this game a few years ago there was no steam version and all the DLC went through the website store and got added to your account... that way, you can customize what planes you want (german only fighters etc) rather then buying Steam DLC Packs.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
56.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Having played this game since 2011 before it came to Steam, and before it was even free-to-play, I think it’s a great WW1 aviation simulator and really no other games come even remotely close to rendering this period of aviation in the way that Rise of Flight does.

Performance and Playability
When the game first released there was the typical optimization issues and ‘will my pc run it question’. But now through refinements and as hardware has moved on it does play really well and I encountered no issues personally as of writing this (Game runs fine for me on Windows 10).

NOTE: You are required to create a straight forward in-game account to play this.

Aircraft Selection
There is close to 40 aircraft included in the game consisting of fighters, recon, bombers and attack planes. Three of these can use without purchasing (Nieuport 17.C1 RUS, Albatros D.Va and SPAD 13.C1, which are all single seater biplane fighters). These can be modified with different weapons, additional cockpit gauges and paint schemes that all varies from plane to plane.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=678844811
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=678844246
The flight models are really well done, and makes for a really challenging experience on realistic simulation settings, and equally satisfying when you manage to shoot down an opposing aircraft, or even just survive a sortie. As learning curves go, these are some of the hardest planes to fly, but a really interesting period of aviation.

NOTE: Don't forget to grab the official skin-pack located here as it doesn't appear to be included in the base download.

Free to play limits
The game being currently 'Free-to-play', which means you can install the game and fly a few well-known aircraft without even having to purchase anything. There is around 35 additonal planes you can own with various purchases - but these are not required to enjoy the game unless you specifically wish to fly them. Planes you don't own will show up fine in Missions and you can play people online okay as-well. Overall I don't consider current prices that expensive, when you compare to other Flight Simulators these are a lot cheaper and you could likely buy several aircraft for the less than you would of spent on a non free-to-play title. This does let you pay for the content you actually want, rather than paying full price for the base game, then having to buy addons on top.

Multiplayer
The multiplayer used is not through Steam, however to simply join via in-game seemed quite straight forward and was quickly in the air flying missions, you can also host via in-game easy enough. A dedicated server on the other hand, while included is not that straight forward on how to even set it up and after long winded searches with mere snippets of information I was unable to test this.

Free Flight (Quick Missions)
In quick missions this is where you can setup quick engagements of a few types and specify a number of parameters easily for quick instant action gameplay for up to 30 aircraft. You are able to define the aircraft of 3 friendly and 3 enemy flights, including their formation (and number of aircraft in the formation), paint scheme, weapons and skill level. In some locations you can also choose to start on the ground and scramble start as enemy approach.

This mode is a good way to test the ability of your chosen aircraft, as you can choose to go against any aircraft you wish, including ones you haven’t purchased.

Missions & Campaigns
There is a few scripted missions included that will work with 2 of the included free aircraft (SPAD 13.C1 and Albatros D.Va), as well as a training campaign. There is a mission editor external to the game.

Career
The career mode is a dynamic campaign but quite restricted without purchasing more aircraft. This is simply down to the fact most squadrons would change aircraft several time during the war and you would need all these planes for when they are each used.

If you have all the required aircraft for the squadron you wish to join (which could be French, German, Belgian or British), then career mode is a great game-mode that will offer countless hours of interest (and to be quite honest, is the main reason I play this so much).

HINT: If you want to try Career mode with just the free to play aircraft, then select a time period of very early 1918, the French will be using the SPAD 13.C1 and Germans using the Albatros D.Va with select squadrons.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=667569410
Conclusion
So if interesting in WW1 aviation, or are simply interested in aviation in general and want to take on a new challenge, then Rise of Flight is recommended. Given its free to play, there is not much to loose by trying it and there is quite a bit of content included to keep you busy.

Good
Vast selection of detailed WW1 aircraft with modifications
Realistic Flight models
Dynamic Campaign (Career)
Free-to-play (Additional aircraft purchasable seperately)

Not so good
Non-steam multiplayer (easily playable, but without clear dedicated server setup procedure)
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
This game is just amazing. The physics are something truely awesome. The graphics in game are good while allowing some more minor computers able to run the game. This game is a very detailed and realistic flight sim based around the WW1 Era that beats any other flight sim out there. The player community is very helpful and friendly. They will tell you how to get airborne and get to killing planes. Most of the negative reviews are because of the need to buy 95% of the planes in the game. I also find it rather rubbish that it cost so much, but I mean that is how most F2P game companies get their money. The only planes you start out with is a british biplane, a Rus biplane, and a german biplane. Now you can play with a mouse and keyboard, but is highly recommended to play with a flight stick and a track Ir. Overall, the mechanics, the graphics, hardware requirements, playerbase, I give this game a 9.5/10. (If you want to tell me how to improve more of my reviews, please do so in the comments. Be nice and not an A.hole.)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Well, if you like any type of real flight sim, then this need to be in your library... Go hunting with a buddy, or just face off against the worst your A.I. thinks it can do :-) Understanding the basics of flight and basic flight combat maneuvers is a big help... You can always read a book about air combat tricks of ww1, and then you will just get real close to being there, because this does feel real !!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
First off, let me say that you should ignore the bad reviews of this game and at least download the free part and try it out. It is amazing. Yes it sucks that you have to buy the extra planes for you to fly, DCS does this and it doesn't bother me in either.

This is the best WW1 flight sim that I have encountered. Period. The flight and damage models are impeccible, with little holes getting blown through wings with them beautifuly getting ripped off after you shoot some supports. The game models CEM (Complex Engine Management) where you have to worry about the temperature, RPM, oil, and raidiator to keep your plane flying. This alone would be enough for me to buy this game at a 50$ price tag and be happy with singleplayer campaigns.

But that's not all. It has created campaigns sure, but there are also dynamic careers. You pick what date you want to start, what plane, with what squadron, all in accurate historical detail. The missions are layed out wonderfully to me, where each "day" in game has multiple sorties. Sometimes you take part in just one, or all, or even none. The missions range from various patrols, recon, and escort missions to name a few.

The missions are even pretty realistic. Sometimes you have a mission where nothing happens at all. And yes, it is boring, but I like that more than always knowing theres going to be some action.

This was all just the singleplayer so far. I haven't done much in multiplayer or the editor yet, so I can't comment on them. Just know this, you can get the base game with 3 planes for free, with access to all of this content. Why not just download it and try it out? I have bought only one pack for this, it came with 8 planes and cost me 20$. I love my new planes and I plan on buying more eventually.

This sim is excellent and very addicting, 9/10

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Best flight sim I ever played and I have played Literally almost everyone out there Red Baron 3D was one of my favorites before graphics were a thing. I do wish that they would ADD a workshop on Steam for custom A/C skins for easy DL. Some of us are not that good at transfering and copying files to another file inside this file under this and type blahblah and so forth. That would be GREATLY appreciated. Been playing this game since day 1.
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5 people found this review funny
Recommended
566.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
Tried to fly formation with Gotha Bombers as a fighter escort, ended up smashing my plane into the wings of one of them, starting a chain reaction until all 3 Bombers dropped from the sky. I flew home with a smashed propeller and died on landing.

10/10 would kill my entire squadron again
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