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.
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Release Date: Sep 5, 2013
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"Understand that this is not Ace Combat. This is "keeping your plane in the air," but if you really want that feel of flying an old biplane, this is it."
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February 2

Version 1.035b - Hotfix

Hi Everybody!
Here's what we're fixing today after the big update we had last week:

  • Steam DLC activation screen has been fixed and returned back to the game;
  • The issue with the Main screen bottom menu not available was fixed;
  • The position of hint text on the first login was fixed;
  • Bomb Aiming Helper is now correctly unavailable in mouse control setup if Aiming Help is turned off;
  • Bomb sight controls are no longer overlapping the 2D gauges;
  • Special symbols are now correctly shown in the German, French and Spanish localized versions;
  • Single mission for Hanriot were added.

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January 29

Rise of Flight: United Edition - RELEASED



Dear Pilots!

Today we’re deploying one of the most technologically significant updates for Rise of Flight. Along with an enhanced user interface, we have added the Mouse Control option. This system wasearlier tested within the ILYA Muromets project, and now, after a series of improvements it is coming to Rise of Flight. The testing employed experienced virtual pilots as well as players who are used to a traditional keyboard+mouse set up. Thanks to their assistance, and using our own flight sim experience we created what we believe is the most honest mouse control system in a flight-sim product.

We say “honest” because in the updated ROF a mouse is nothing but an input device, a new additional type of controller, but not an overly automated virtual assistant that cheats. It’s simply an opportunity for you to play a game you have an interest in even though you don’t have specific controllers for it such as joysticks and pedals.

While working on this system and transferring the general control functionality to the mouse, we haven’t touched the flight models or brought changes to the game world’s physics. Thus, Rise of Flight as you’ve known and loved for almost 6 years remains the same. Furthermore, it’s becoming more open and friendly to players who have an interest in WWI aviation and have no joystick - yet.

So, before the new version goes public we’d like to appeal to players whose first experience in Rise of Flight will be with the mouse control option. Flying a plane using all of its technical capabilities, taking down strong and skilled opponents and having a true sensation of flight is only possible when using the dedicated game controllers such as a joystick and pedals. The PC mouse simply was never designed to be a flight sim device so it has its limitations. Nevertheless, we’re giving it a solid chance to take you high in the magnificent endless sky of Rise of Flight.

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Now, a couple of words about the GUI changes that we think you should be aware of in advance.

Firstly, we've turned the botton menu into 5 compact icons that you'll find on the top center part of the screen. Their contents remain the same.


Secondly, the control settings have been updated. Now you can choose between classic joystick control and mouse control options.


Thirdly, we've added the ILYA MUROMETS campaign devoted to Igor Sikorsky's aircraft. Everyone who buys the plane on our site, or has pre-ordered the ILYA Muromets project, gets this unique set of missions on Eastern front.


And the last but not least is the Improved Gunnery option which activates a slightly different machine gun fire setting improving the overall accuracy of automatic fire. This option is also available in the Dedicated server settings.

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?

Rise of Flight: Channel Battles Edition includes all the features which made the original Rise of Flight an award winner including one of the Best 100 games of All Time from PC Gamer and the Platinum Award from PC Pilot magazine. You’ll experience a cutting edge flight-sim experience such as advanced flight-models, adjustable difficulty settings, a complex physics engine and an industry leading progressive damage model. And don’t forget the gorgeous graphics, awesome special effects, beautiful 3D models, detailed terrain and challenging artificial intelligence. Rise of Flight Channel Battles Edition has something for every flight-sim fan, from single player campaigns to multiplayer dogfights, but one thing is for certain, the aerial combat in intense and brutal!

Rise of Flight: Channel Battles Edition is just the beginning of your adventure. There are more than twenty new flyable aircraft available for purchase along with additional content from the Steam store in the form of Booster/Content Packs. The Booster/Content Packs include not only airplanes, 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 Rise of Flight sky knows no limit.

Modes of Gameplay


Quick Mission Builder – The Quick Mission Builder (QMB) allows you to create a combat encounter very quickly. Simply select the parameters of fight using our easy to use interface. You can select the location, planes, weapons, skins, altitudes, wind, clouds and weather. You can also select from three different types of engagements – Skirmish, Survival and Duel.

Missions – These are custom stand-alone single missions you can fly to hone your combat skills. You can choose from Free Flight and Scenarios. The available missions are connected to the planes available for you to fly. Missions for the SPAD 13, Nieuport 17, Nieuport 28, Albatros D.Va, Fokker D.VII, Fokker DR.1, Pfalz D.XII, Sopwith Camel, S.E.5a and Felixstowe F.2a.are included.

Campaign – These are scripted campaigns designed to tell an immersive story. There are three campaigns available- Hat in the Ring, Du Doch Nicht and Training. Flying the campaigns is a good way to practice your combat skills before you venture into a pilot career.

Pilot Career – A pilot career allows you to choose from many different squadrons and fly historically based mission types throughout the war. You can choose what squadron you fly for and the date you start. You can also choose a biography for the pilot and starting rank. As you progress through the career, you will earn promotions in rank and earn medals for your bravery and skill. The career mode includes dynamic elements and no two missions are exactly the same. You’ll face historically accurate enemy squadrons and occasionally encounter deadly enemy aces in combat. If you survive long enough, you can become the squadron leader and take charge of daily pilot assignments and mission planning.

Multiplayer – ROF has a robust MP environment with a built in server browser. You can join MP matches easily or you can join simply to be a spectator. There are several types of multiplayer matches including Cooperative (CO-OP), Dogfight (TDM) and Objective Based (CTF). Each type of server has different goals and rules. The server locator screen can help you determine which match is best for you. It lists the server’s description, mission rotation, players, ping, location and difficulty settings. Once you join a match you can fly a single seat fighter or bomber. You can also fly as a machine gunner on a multi-crew aircraft such a bomber or recon plane. The choice is yours.

Key Features


  • Fly the SPAD 13, Nieuport 17, Nieuport 28, Albatros D.Va, Fokker D.VII, Fokker DR.1, Pfalz D.XII, Sopwith Camel, S.E.5a and the legendary Felixstowe F.2a.
  • Patrol over the Channel Map which includes Northern France, Southern England and the Flanders area of Belgium with realistic coastlines, villages and ports.
  • New Pilot Career over the Channel Map and Special “Channel Battles” mission-set are included featuring the gigantic Felixstowe F.2a flying boat.
  • 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.
  • G-effects with blackout, red out and wounded pilot effects featuring blood splatter, ringing ears and control difficulty.
  • Practice teamwork with by manning additional Gunner Positions. You get unlimited access to multi-crew airplanes in Multiplayer matches. Protect your plane’s six o’clock!
  • Fly in Online Multiplayer servers. MP modes include Dogfight and CO-OP. Search for multiplayer servers with a built-in server browser.
  • New Leaderboards - Every Rise of Flight user has a unique user account and our system can track your multiplayer combat statistics if you choose to fly on special servers. On the Rise of Flight website there is a Leaderboard that lists the best ROF pilots throughout the world. The leaderboard displays many interesting statistics about your deadliest enemies. And you can see how you performed in your MP matches. If your stats aren’t impressive it’s ok. Just keep practicing!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Win XP SP3, Vista, 7 and 8 (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 (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.
Helpful customer reviews
31 of 35 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
Great simulation of early warplanes.
Graphics and sounds are good.
Flight model and aircraft simulation are very accurate and detailed.
There is plenty of variation and things to do and there are multiple customization options for planes.

Multiplayer especially has very cool features such as sharing same aircraft: a friend can be the gunner while you are flying the plane. Especially with the Felixstowe "flying boat" you take off from water, have buddies as gunners while going on a bombing missions: there really are very few simulation supporting that kind of interaction.

Keep in mind that these planes are not easy to fly, especially not in combat.
The engines are not powerful and amount of lift from the rudimentary wings is not a lot.
Simulation is accurate representation of the early era of flight and for people interesting in flying biplanes this definitely is worth it to buy.

So keep above points in mind when deciding if this is for you.
Recommended for fans of WWI planes and flight sim fans in general.
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
47.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
For those who loved the Red Baron series in the 90's this is an excellent game. Fiendishly difficult if the realism is cranked to the fullest. You can fine tune your realism settings to your liking, but still a decent flightstick is a must. I haven't tried the multiplayer at all. I mostly fly the career mode which is randomly generated and very nicely done. If you're into flight sims and particulary this era, this is a must buy. Yes, there is a lot of money to be spent here, most of the planes are not included in the base game. But like in DCS the quality of the individual planes and the differences in flightmodels and handling are distinct. In my opinion, when something is made with this kind of dedication, it's worth a few euros.

In short: It's a great simulation! You never forget your first air to air victory (because it's hard at first).
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26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
777 Studios always makes their AI pilots superhuman headshot machines who fly their planes at the edge of the envelope 100% of the time, but you are not. You will need to learn WWI aerobatic combat maneuvers to have any chance of defeating them, but there are training vids on Youtube to teach you. You need a joystick and TrackIR setup would help alot. Use the Smoothing feature for your joystick axii or your ride will be very bumpy. Biplanes are actually a lot less finicky than they are in this game, but the flight model is okay. Just if you have ever flown in a 1920's biplane you will be wondering what's wrong with the plane.

Once you get beyond all that RoF is a great game. The graphics are ultra-realistic and the planes beautifully re-created. I bought my Steam version when it was on sale last Xmas and the deals were pretty good. Cheaper than updating my original release DVD version. Kind of pricey at full price.
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24 of 32 people (75%) found this review helpful
61.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
One could argue that's the best flight simulator of combat ever coded.

There are mods.
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35 of 54 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
You pay a lot for very little! Yes, it is a very good flight sim: one of the best I have tried. However, the price point for the base game gives you only the basics and then you have to dish out a heck of a lot of money just for some basic enhancements... like planes that should have been available from the start!.

On the Steam December 2014 sale the game is on for 60% off, which means the base game and the DLC will still cost you about $120...OMG! for that kind of money I should be able to have every piece of kit that flew in the sky in the First World War!.

Now get this, if $120 at 60% off doesn't satisfy your need to open your wallet, just remember the undiscounted price is $55 for the game plus $240 fprDLC! These guys are as greedy as the guys that develop and market the DCS World sim.

So, if you really want to exprience a good WW1 flight sim, then get it while it's on sale, because that kind of money would be better spent on something more enriching than wasting your time on a computer, like taking your love for a romantic getaway, :-)

Now, I appeciated good quality software development. I always look for historically accurate depictions of warfare. I really love it when these two factors come together. This game system is a rare breed that achieves this in a fairly good way. The flight dymantics a great. The planes beautiful. The adversaries deadly. Its a pretty good game.

But I will be ♥♥♥♥ed if I dish out that kind of money for DLC. I will wait for a better product with more reasonable price model.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
252.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2014
Awesome game. Reminiscent of Red Baron II/3d - needs a bit of aeronautical knowledge to avoid spinning into the ground
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
I have been playing this game for a few yrs. now off of Steam and decided to purchase the Steam Version in order to take advantage of the DLC packs. It is very much a simulator so if you are looking for an easy game this is not it but if you want to get a feel of flying WWI planes then there is none better than this.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
85.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
I find this a really interesting and very cool game, the game it self just being based in WWI is a very rare find as WWII hogs the show for the most part. The pros of this game would be fantastic graphics stunning physics and the AI will have you clinching your "ehhem" buttocks everytime an enemy flier gets on you. Cons being DLC is on the high end, but hey if you want such high quality stuff you gotta pay premium and the fact that this game is bought almost exlusivly by hardcore simmers makes a difference in the price.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
I have been playing RoF since its release in 2009, and it has improved so much since `09, i love this game.

Most people who have written give it a bad review because of the DLC, and yeah i can understand that, but what they don`t realize is that when you purchased the base game in `09 it came with +- 6-8 planes, 1 map, no single player campaign, etc etc.

Then after 2-3 months the first 2 plane dlc would come out, and all the Rof folks would jump on it, because it adds to the game.

Now if you start new.. then yeah you have a big amount of planes to buy, but its not a reason to give the game a bad review.

For the game, I think it has the best damage engine in a flight sim to date, just taking off and diving back into the ground with time set to -10 is enough enjoyment to keep you busy for hours.

I love the single player campaign, as it puts you as a rookie pilot in the middle of the war, and it lets you choose which period of the war, which side, which plane etc etc.

Only thing i dislike is that you will not fly with the famous WW1 aces, you can encounter them in the air, but no matter how many times you fly with Jasta 11 you will not see Voss, Richthofen, or Udet..something that the game really needs.

Also a issue for me is that when you switch squadrons the kill tally list is empty for the AI flyers..as if the war did not exist for them till you joined.

But that's where for me the negative ends for this game.

I will give this game AAA+ and recommend it to anyone that loves the period and flightsims, and i would advice getting the Base game and the Acepack to start with (i own the non steam game and steam game, but on steam i only have those 2 pieces of the package).

If you wish to see me kicking a guy`s ♥♥♥♥ in Multiplay check the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHqXHtTT-qo&list=UUt5o_dtQYQwqU_LpG6gBzLQ
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
66.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
This game is the #1 WW1 Flight simulator in the world!!! Its career could literally take up to 3 years if you finish 1 mission per day. The planes are easy to fly. This game supports Eyefinity and track IR support. The DLC's are worth it and people complain that it's $200 for them all. If you want them cheaper, just wait till the next sale or do some Steam Trades, simple. Look at the high quality modeling that goes into the plane models. As a modeler myself, and it would take me almost 1 weeks just for 1 plane model and each DLC gives you four of them. Look at Train simulator 2015, it has $4,000 worth of DLC's and DCS where they give you only 1 plane per DLC for the same price as ROF and they are not that good.


So... Is it worth it (on sale or retail)?
-Most definitely!


Should i get the DLC's
-YES! just wait till they go on sale if you can wait a while or steamtrades.


Should i read the negative reviews?
-If you want. They mostly complain about the DLC's because they "cost too much" and they can’t wait for it to go on sale. As I always say, "the longer you wait, the cheaper it will get."
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
Enjoyed it due to the fact that it is completely different than most other flight simulators, however the fact that you have to spend money to get new planes/paint schemes versus unlockables sucks.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
48.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
It Rocks it is a Killer Flight to a Fight no Baby s alowed just Combat in the Sky
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
281.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Best flight sim I have ever played.
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12 of 22 people (55%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Very nice flight simulator of WWI BUT this sales model of buying each plane is too bad.

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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
Much like new pilots during WWI, you're mostly thrown a manual in one hand and the joystick in the other, but believe me, the feeling you get when you score your first kill is beyond compare.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
It feels awesome to patrol the air high over no man's land, eyes flicking between guages and the open sky, knowing that a lapse in concentration on either could mean death. You spot a plane, check your compass, his heading could mean enemy or friendly, dive to gain speed, he's spotted you, you're zoomed in as much as possible, wind is blasting your ears, muffling the spluttering engine. Sights are on him, heart's pumping, check for stoppage in the machine guns, trigger set, here we go, aaaaaand it's a friendly. Wave off, Never mind

The game itself is fantastic, great flight model. Multiplayer that has population (for now) and doesnt babysit you. It forces you to respect your engine and airspeed, windage, ammunition and fuel load. Most flight sims do this, but only in RoF have i managed to play a good multiplayer match that doesn't hold your hand.

All of this would be so grand if they didnt rip me off on available planes. Some nutsack in marketing at 777 decided that purchasing the game will only give you 5-6 planes, when they had created over 20 for the game. I'm used to seeing this on flight simulators, but unless I can click panel buttons and instruments, 25 dollars for 2 planes and a field modification is not good enough for digital distribution.

I joined a multiplayer map where I hadn't purchased any of the planes available for the map and so only had the choice of being a gunner. Bit of a ♥♥♥♥ time when I spent good money buying the game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Rise of Fart: Flannel Battles Edition


Great game with graphics that stand strong in todays game selection, even though it was released in 2013

Great physics that make you feel the slow, the slow that is a bi-plane

Wing ripping damage model, the wings can actually shear off by overloading.

Localized damage with realistic damage mapping



If it is a true flight sim you are looking for, you wont find anything more challenging than this one.

-your true biggest enemy is yourself, especially if you are like me and push the limit with no regard to consequence
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
146.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
though the devs DEFINITELY rip you off bigtime with the DLC, the game itself is excellent. ww1 dogfighting at its best. the detail is incredible and theres so many different planes and missions to choose from. people have complained that some aspects dont work and that the multiplayer servers are laggy. having not experienced this, i cannot comment. in all, i would say perhaps wait for this (and especially the DLC if you so choose to buy it) to come out on sale, such as during this christmas sale. if youre a fan of flight sims and a WWI buff in general, this is the game for you
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
definitely a pretty game good looking a little bit complicated i probably would remap the keys or suggest buying a flight controler or pedals to make it easier but i love flight games so yeah :3 also you might first have some problems figuring out how to make it full screen but thats an easy fix through the folders settings editor and then its grade a flying from there i got this one when it was on sale :p
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
169.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
This simulator opened a world of fascination for me. After playing for two weeks or so, I began to look for anything about WWI aviation -- stories, movies, books, and airplane models. The level of historical detail in Rise of Flight is extremely impressive, especially the vast variety of historical "skins" for the planes you fly, and how certain planes are available to certain squadrons at specific points during the war (in career mode).

It's tough going at first, and I managed to crash probably 20 times before I managed to get my first kill in a dogfight. Once you learn about the quirks and idiosyncrasies of the individual planes, it gets much easier. Be sure to check out Requiem's excellent tutorial videos for a smoother start.

If you are into flight simulators or the history of WWI in any way, I very much recommend Rise of Flight.
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