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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Mixed (758 reviews) - 51% of the 758 user reviews for this game are positive.
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.
Helpful customer reviews
20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
68.6 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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16 of 26 people (62%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015
very nice, but DLCs cost much:(
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
15.4 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

NOTE: Don't forget to grab the official skin-pack located here as it doesn't appear to be included in the base download.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
My review of Rise of Flight Limited ... Oops! Rise of Flight United

Your gaming experience will be quite limited, you need to buy the DLC to continue in the game, it is more like a demo than a real free-to-play or a better description would be "Limited Free-To-Play". You also need to create another account in the developer's website to be able to play this.

As a WWI Simulator it is very good visually (great graphics)/aurally (nice sound set), enemy AI are impressive, and the flght physics? Very realistic! well, I just took the word of the "Pros" in the field of flight simulator: maybe they are real pilots and who have flown these birds in real life or they may be in the field of aeronautics and have authority to judge a flight sim's "fidelity". The control is good when you have defined them to your liking but it is not that easy and frankly, I think it is also very limited in a way (at least for me).


So, for being a "Limited FTP" I would say "No" for my recommendation rating. I could not recommend it for anyone who is not ready to spend for a DLC or two. But, if you could then for sure you'll very much enjoy this simulator! as I have ... for a limited time.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
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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