Pilot legendary aircraft of the early years of aviation, French Spad 13, German Albatros D.Va and Russian built Nieuport 17, in the free-to-play Rise of Flight United! This WWI aviation sim that has something for every flight-sim fan, from single player skirmish and career to multiplayer dogfights, but one thing is for certain, the...
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Release Date: Sep 5, 2013

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April 28

Rise of Flight Anniversary Sale - 66% Off Everything!

Dear Pilots!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About This Game

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

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

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


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

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Win XP SP3, Vista, 7, 8 and 10 (32 or 64 bit)
    • Processor: Win XP: Intel® Core 2™ Duo 2.4 GHz or comparable AMD chip
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB video memory / GeForce 8800GT / Radeon HD3500
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
    • Additional Notes: Initial activation requires internet connection for User Account creation inside game interface. Internet connection required for use of some game modes. 256kbs Internet connection or faster required for internet play. An offline mode is also available for certain game modes. Software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, DirectX 9c, Microsoft .NET 3.5 Framework, Visual C++ Redistributable 2005. Controller: DirectX Compatible joystick or other controller recommended.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Win XP SP3, Vista, 7, 8 and 10 (32 or 64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel® Core® i5 / i7 2.6 GHz or comparable AMD chip
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024MB video memory or higher / GeForce GTX 260 / Radeon HD5850
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
    • Additional Notes: Initial activation requires internet connection for User Account creation inside game interface. Internet connection required for use of some game modes. 256kbs Internet connection or faster required for internet play. An offline mode is also available for certain game modes. Software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, DirectX 9c, Microsoft .NET 3.5 Framework, Visual C++ Redistributable 2005. Controller: DirectX Compatible joystick or other controller recommended.
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jg1hotlead
5.7 hrs
Posted: August 23
I would definitely recommend this game! I've owned the non-Steam version for about 4 years now and have loved every minute of it. :) This is THE World War I flight sim, ladies and gents. Be be warned! This game has a steep learning curve. If the life expectancy for real WW1 pilots was as bad as 10-15 days in some cases, don't expect that becoming a fighter Ace will be easy for you. However, once you've mastered a few skills, there is no greater feeling. I would also venture to say that as you gain experience, becoming a better pilot gets much easier. So don't give up if your first few times up in the wild blue yonder end as abysmal failures! For those who keep trying, there really is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. ;)

Also, keep in mind that this is a detailed flight simulator, so if you're looking for a quick "shootem' up" style plane game, this probably won't be up your alley. But, if you are looking to be immersed in the world of World War I aviation and experience the sensation of flight for yourself, this is most definitely your game.

One final note. A lot of newer players who download the free to play version on Steam don't understand how it works, get frustrated, and give up. This doesn't have to be you! In order to help newer pilots understand how to set up Rise of Flight and get the most out of the free content, I wrote this Steam guide here:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=716205602

Perhaps you and I will meet one day in the wild skies above the trenches. Until then, Salute!
- JG1_Hotlead
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TheOneWhoGotAway
32.0 hrs
Posted: August 22
Tought me to fly as well as a disabled bird.

THE STEPS TO RISE OF FLIGHT
1.Hop into your plane!
2.Dont look at the controls!
3.Somehow turn on the engine!
4.Throttle up!
5.Forget the pull up controls, or also known as:OH ♥♥♥♥ WHAT AM I DOING!
6.Crash into the ground
7.REPEAT!

All in all, great game. Have had much fun with this, may or may not have shot down an ally with a pistol. The DLC is a bit crap, but just wait for a sale. Best choice of my life, so far.

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥/Fokker --- Hitler, 2kHell
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Rommel(TH)
9.6 hrs
Posted: August 21
I want give developer change game system can unlock plane by rank
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Unknown_Grey_Company
1.7 hrs
Posted: August 21
Great Game! Excatly what I was looking for! Just the controls are too confusing. I wish I had the option to really dumb it down to like Combat Wings sorta style.
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majorblitz
37.3 hrs
Posted: August 18
This is one of the best "Simulator" games I've played. You must learn to fly if you want to enjoy this game. It has great flight model, graphics are great. You do need to spend a few bucks to get more then the 3 planes that come free. What else is new? nothings free.

Thumbs up for this sim!
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Just an Average Kitchen Sponge
33.4 hrs
Posted: August 17
I'm sorry, I just couldn't resist writing a pointless review about how overpriced the DLC's are. Other than that it's great. Also, I would recommend a joystick.
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amazingman302
31.8 hrs
Posted: August 16
grreat flight sim with amazing settings, not very unlimited because you need to pay dlc for aircraft but its good
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DerRex
0.6 hrs
Posted: August 14
not realistik, realy bad controlls and very confusing
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tdjprice
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 13
Waste of time. "free to play" is false advertising.
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TacticalNuke7
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 13
Not a great game, poor controls, no tutorial I could find either.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
38.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
It ain't free. But it's a blast.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
I would definitely recommend this game! I've owned the non-Steam version for about 4 years now and have loved every minute of it. :) This is THE World War I flight sim, ladies and gents. Be be warned! This game has a steep learning curve. If the life expectancy for real WW1 pilots was as bad as 10-15 days in some cases, don't expect that becoming a fighter Ace will be easy for you. However, once you've mastered a few skills, there is no greater feeling. I would also venture to say that as you gain experience, becoming a better pilot gets much easier. So don't give up if your first few times up in the wild blue yonder end as abysmal failures! For those who keep trying, there really is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. ;)

Also, keep in mind that this is a detailed flight simulator, so if you're looking for a quick "shootem' up" style plane game, this probably won't be up your alley. But, if you are looking to be immersed in the world of World War I aviation and experience the sensation of flight for yourself, this is most definitely your game.

One final note. A lot of newer players who download the free to play version on Steam don't understand how it works, get frustrated, and give up. This doesn't have to be you! In order to help newer pilots understand how to set up Rise of Flight and get the most out of the free content, I wrote this Steam guide here:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=716205602

Perhaps you and I will meet one day in the wild skies above the trenches. Until then, Salute!
- JG1_Hotlead
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
After starting the the tutorial mission, it took the game a whole 3 seconds to give me a head ache by displaying a video filmed by the worlds most unstable handed camera man. I was able to skip the head ache inducing video by choosing skip..... 3 times in a row.
The controls appear well laid out, with set ups for keyboards, joysticks, and mouse. It even has a mouse acceleration adjustable meter, and base sensitivity with a good wide scale which I appreciated very much. There are plenty of controls for all sorts of actions. The mechanics look great, so I went to try a mission, after wandering around dozens of things listed in campaign that were all reded out, or labeled "Purchase this and that" with nothing to actually play, I ssaid "♥♥♥♥ it" and never looked back.

Bottom line: Has great potential, was to advertisment based time and lacks actual gameplay time.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
The free game that isnt free
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Free until you get into the game and cant even fly because you havent spent £10+ on a plane.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Great Game! Excatly what I was looking for! Just the controls are too confusing. I wish I had the option to really dumb it down to like Combat Wings sorta style.
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231 of 257 people (90%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
75.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2015
This review is, for the record, not sarcasm. I have played this game, way more than I care to admit. It is genuinely fantastic.

Let's just get the hyperbole out of the way up front. Rise of Flight is, in my mind, easily one of the best flight sims ever made. It's a shame this business model switch has opened the floodgates to reviewers who haven't given the game much of a shot. This is a flight sim, and an in-depth one at that. You need to try it for more than an hour or two to even finish a mission. I'm frankly astonished that so many people have clicked that they found some of these reviews helpful.

This is a game that serves a small audience. It would not exist if not for this business model. A business model, that if you really look at it, is not a bad deal for gamers. Sure, the base free game is basically a demo. Why is that bad? You didn't pay anything for it. Realistic flight simulators are not main stream gaming by any strech of the imagination, and if people want them to exist, they need to understand that they're going to have pay for content. Purchasing each plane pack gets you the use of included planes everywhere. Further, you can absolutely dive into the game with just the one included plane, and even purchasing just a single plane pack gives you a massive amount to do.

No game has captured the sensation of flight like Rise of Flight. The game really does give the impression you're in a hot-rod car with cloth wings and a gun mounted to the front that is somehow flying. Having your wing partly seared off in a battle is terrifying, and clawing your way back from No Man's Land to land while spewing smoke and being chased by enemies is an experience few other games have matched for me. I've bombed bridges, photographed troop movements, and won dogfights by crippling my opponent piece by wooden piece. I'd strongly recommend anyone thinking about purchasing content for this game look up professional reviews, most of which are very positive.

This game isn't a traditional free-to-play game, that much I conceed. It is not an iOS game, or a play-to-win game, or an arcade flight game, or whatever else people think they're getting. It is an amazing simulator that demands your full attention.

Do you want to know what WWI flight combat really felt like? For that, nothing out there comes even remotely close to Rise of Flight.
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117 of 135 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
94.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2013
If you want to get a good idea on what this game is like, I will ask you something: Have you played IL-2 Sturmovik* before?

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

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

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



* If you haven't, get IL-2 Sturmovik 1946, not Cliffs of Dover.
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91 of 107 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
53.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
I found this to be a good game, with a lot of content available. Since this is a simulation, it has the things you expect, good graphics, good fidelity (I've never flown an actual WW1 fighter, but things seem right to me FWIW), and enjoyable.

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

Speaking of fun, I can't overstate the immersion factor having a campaign mode brings to this game. Its supposed to be in Beta, but to me its already pretty complete. I do look forward to more improvements in this regard, but having a campaign mode makes the whole thing worthwhile. I miss the days of the old MP Sims where a career mode was just so much fun and the campaign mode in this game puts all those hours spent in-game in context. Still not what it could be but shows a lot of promise and head and shoulders above anything else out there for a sim game.
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232 of 321 people (72%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 12, 2014
WARNING: Only after you bought and installed the game you get to read the TOS (terms of service) for the game and many things you read there you will not belive. 777 Studios give themselves so many rights (ranging from changing the TOS over night to charging you at a later date or even not accepting payments you allready done until theses payments appear on their bank account). All these things are illegal in Europe, therefore they are void here, as far as I know. So if you aren't living in Europe, be very cautious what you sign up for. And don't give them any email-adress you might need later.
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