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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"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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May 25

ROF's 6th anniversary sale

Dear pilots!

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

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

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

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





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

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

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May 25

ROF's 6th anniversary sale

Dear pilots!

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

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

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

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





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

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

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Reviews

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

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

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

About This Game

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

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

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


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

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Win XP SP3, Vista, 7 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
20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
138.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
now when i got this game i didn't understand why it had mixed reviews, i watch videos on youtube and the flight simulator community eats this game up like a fresch cherry pie, they seem to love the hell out of it and talk so highly out of it, so when i saw the mixed reviews i was kind of suprised, and didn't undersand and now I do... now before i get too that lets get too the Pros of the game.

PROS
the pros of this game are simple, if you are a avid flight simulator player like myself you will enjoy the higher graphics the game has to offer, clean, smooth, the game has VERY nice graphics and seem to be somewhat realistic in appearence on the aircraft, the cockpits also are nicely detailed with working gauges, instroments and controls, and just like any other flight simulator getting kill after kill is addicting. damage effects are pretty spectacular too watch, peaces of wing come off, fires spread rather than just rapidly burst, props break, holes develope on the aircraft pretty much where you hit your target, very very nice... skins for the aircraft are also relatively easy too mod aside from the fact you have to have a higher setting for your editor so your skins don't look all pixely.

CONS
this is where i get too undersand things, if you are not a avid or hard core flight simulator player like myself, you will probably NOT like this game, in hard mode the planes seem too be VERY difficult too fly, i understand the old war birds wherent easy too fly, but come on guys the DR-1 Fokker triplane could turn too the left without rapily jerking into a stall so easily, and its either you have this on and can perform coplex maneuvers that require a stall, or you turn it off and can hardly stall the plane at all to do spacific complex maneuvers, in CFS3 or FSX you could adjust the difficulty marginally and get used to the difficulty, i guess i was spoiled buy that? doing simple maneuvers such as the immelman turn, the barrel role, seem impossible, these aircraft seem too have the roll rate of a lead brick, especually at lower speeds, but even at higher i noticed once the aircraft seems to go inverted it just wants to stop rolling and it drops out of the sky, i have a feeling these aircraft really rolled faster than that as this was the erra maneuvers such as the Immelman turn, or the barrel role where conceved, and don't even start to get me going on the camera controls, they work really good when you only have 4 or 5 enemy planes in a formation, at the push of a button you can set your pilot too view your enemy looking straight at him from the cockpit, but when you are blistering buy everyone in a Spad XIII, its difficult too get a lock on one target too stay focused on it, you loose targets all the time and its REALLY frustrating, because suddenly as you click the button on your joystick your guy looks at a DR-1 Fokker that blistered buy with no intention of shooting you... this is frustrating when your 6 inches from the ground trying too keep track of how close you are too it and you cycle between a forward looking down the sights cockpit view, and looking right at your enemy, there appears no way too select one target out so you don't have this happen, once again something i was spoiled buy in several flight simulators i suppose. and lastly, why don't all the planes come with the game, why are there only 10 of the some 30-40 planes avalible too fly? and why do 4 of them cost some $25? i just got done paying $50 or so dollars for this game and we have all these issues that i don't have with a flight simulator that was made back in 2001...

VERDICT
i suppose i would recommend it too some avid flight sim players or obsessed gamers where thats all they do with there life is eat chips and play games, its fun and has good graphics, other than that if you are looking for a fun arcade style shooter flier, or are a beginner, i suggest staying away...
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
217.3 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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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
Best WW1 Flight Sim Available ...
Even Though I've Owned The Full Game For 5 Years,
I Didn't Hesitate To Buy The Steam Version. ( 21 buck on sale )
All Good & Now ...
Considering Buying It As A Gift I See The Full Prices ...
$55 - Game & 8 Planes + Basic Mission Stuff
$33 - Aces Pack DLC ( Confusing Mess )
$28 x 2 - Mindless Random DLC
Total = $144.00 - Get's You A Partial Game & Countless Micro-Transactions To Buy
Well Golly Gosh Gee STEAM !
My Best Advice Is You Guys Put Down That Pipe,
And Get To Work On That Sales Strategy.
Just So You Dont Lose Countless Thousands Of Willing Customers Like Me.
Bones, signing out ...
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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Buy the DLC to unlock this review
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
20.8 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 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Recommended - with a few caveats.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now I'm off to have another go at getting that damned bomber off the ground...
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
I've played RoF standalone for years and only utilized the Steam store for purchases. It works, yes. Just use the account that has your steam purchased aircraft and log in on a standalone version.

At anyrate, this is the finest sim that covers the first real air-war.

Yes, it's a bit of an investment. It can be expensive, but it's worth it given the amount of content there is.

It features awesome campaigns and career modes in addition to fun multiplayer.

If you dig these old fabric and wood dogfighters, this is your game.

And, want to try it for free? Head on over to the Rise of Flight website and try the free version. The hell of it is, it gives you access to two of the best fighters in game as well as a third one since the unified upgrade.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
14.0 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
47.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
This is a really fun flight sim.

This is a game where you can jack up the realism settings to maximum and still have a good time. All the annoying boring parts of flightsims, like propeller feathering, fuel mixture, radiator settings, radar calibration, complicated start up sequences? None of those have been invented yet.
Neither have parachutes.

On top of that, WW1 dogfights are in many ways even more fun than dogfights in WW2 aircraft. The planes are slower, more agile, and more fragile, so you can't just dive in from fifty million feet and wipe someone out before they have a chance to respond. You can try it, but your wings will snap off when you pull up. Engagements are terrifyingly close, and collision is always a very real threat, or option, depending on how much of a maniac you are.

Dogfights also last a lot longer. The planes are reasonably tough by virtue of effectively being large kites. If you don't hit the engine or the pilot, you won't do much more than superficial damage. Most of the planes carry plenty of bullets, too, so you'll get at least one extended dogfight per mission even if you waste ammunition.

The demo version, available on the website, lets your friends fly two very good planes for free, or occupy any gunner position in any aircraft, so you can get your friends to play with you even if they're broke and don't own a joystick. It's a generous move that makes up for the irritating DLC model used for the rest of the game.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
177.7 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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3 of 5 people (60%) 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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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
First of all, even trying to find a plane that you can even fly without purchasing is a nightmare. When you do finally find something you can fly, the controls are a nightmare. I have been flying flight simulators of all kinds for decades, and this is one of the worst yet. Save your money, avoid this game.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
285.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Best flight sim I have ever played.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
♥♥♥♥♥♥ game where you have to pay extra for almost everything. Dont waste your money on such greedy developers
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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
147.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
This game is the best Flight Sim i ever played.

Every little detail that wend into this game showed how much love and passion they devs have for this game.
My flightstick broke so i had to use the keyboard to steer my plane. A pain in the ♥♥♥ becouse everyone who fly's sims with the keyboard only knows how anoying that is. So all that was left was my Xbox controller.... and it works! Of course i had to do some key binding in order to make it work *i also still have to use my keyboard for other commands* But it works!
A shame is the amount of DLC that are for it. The game started as a F2P where you have to buy stuff in order to have different guns, planes, pilot scarf, pistol etc.

But once you buy the packs in a steam sale i can ensure you that you will enjoy it 100%.

This is a simulator for the hardcore flight sim veterans
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
33.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
This game is amazing the controls are a little hard but you get used to it.Yes it is pricey and is tricky to set up but its worth it
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Paid $15.00 for a confirmation e-mail I didn't receive. Wish I could say something about the actual game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
you can only play with 3 aircraft but i think there are 50 of them which are not avaiable for us u have to pay 5 $ for each of them to play their missons so now i can play only 8 misson thanks. i already paid 50 dolar for this game total amount i need to pay this game is 144 $
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9 of 18 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
I spent $50 on this game, via the steam store, only to be given a demo mode version with only one plane to fly and no multiplayer! What a rip off!
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