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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.
Release Date: Sep 5, 2013
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Christmas & New Year Sale

December 19th, 2013

It’s time for our Christmas & New Year sale in the ROF Steam Store! Don't miss a chance to grab more WWI classic warbirds and get twice as many gifts for the same price.

For two whole weeks, from December 19th till January 2nd you will be able to purchase Rise of Flight: Channel Battles Edition and any ROF DLC package with a 50% discount! It’s a great opportunity to grab everything in the world of ROF: planes, weapon and field mods, personalization packs and maps - everything goes at half-price!

Let the holidays begin early - check out Steam Store right now!

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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 the 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
70 of 75 people (93%) found this review helpful
103 products in account
8 reviews
14.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: November 28th, 2013
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66 of 72 people (92%) found this review helpful
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42 reviews
73.1 hrs on record
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 biplanes and triplanes 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.
Posted: December 16th, 2013
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39 of 41 people (95%) found this review helpful
200 products in account
2 reviews
61.6 hrs on record
The Rolls Royce Silver Shadow of flight sims.

From the dawn of dogfighting, flying these tempermental aircraft (basically kites with engines), were either an act of insane bravery or couragous madness.

For anyone who takes dogfighting seriously, the skills learned in this era will be applicable to any other time and theatre of combat.

And for those of us who remember the legendary Red Baron, RoF can be considered the spiritual successor thanks to the introduction of the Career Mode.

A fully laden sim, and an extremely accurate and very enjoyable stripped down air combat experience.
Posted: December 7th, 2013
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39 of 44 people (89%) found this review helpful
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9 reviews
16.1 hrs on record
Game is good if you like slow flying cumbersome machines that are very moody (read stalls and stuff if not mixed and cooled right), otherwise good game, love the bombers of the WW1 era.
Posted: November 27th, 2013
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
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2 reviews
28.3 hrs on record
ROF is a WW1 Airial combat simulator.
The graphical qualities are very impressive, from the ground textures, to the battle damage.
The flight dynamics are too very impressive. yet adjustable, via ingame settings, you can simplyfy the physics, meaning it becomes much harder to tip stall, or spin out of control.

This game does require some practice before you get anywhere. My advice if you decide to make the great choice in purchasing this game, do the tutorials, and get head tracking.
Head tracking (i use FreeTrack) makes this game so immersive, and it is almost a must have, it makes spotting where your enemy has goine, so much easier.
It is so easy to get engrosed in this game, I have foud it both challenging, and fun, This is a MUST have simulator for any buddng pilot, or for any one whom thinks they too coulod be a WW1 fighter ace.

Pitch your skill against talented AI, or exceptionally talented PvP combat.
Posted: December 24th, 2013
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