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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October 26

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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.”

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

    • 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.
    • 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
167 of 189 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
71.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
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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69 of 90 people (77%) found this review helpful
61 people found this review funny
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Installed the game
Got into a French plane
Thought "I'm gonna die."
Scored 5 kills in a dogfight.
Flying got significantly harder to do.
Noticed bottom right wing was missing.
Got into an accelerated stall and began to spin.
Crashed gloriously into a barn.
Died an ace.
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842 of 1,329 people (63%) found this review helpful
116 people found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
I figured I'd go ahead and rewrite this review from scratch as I'm tired of getting hate mail from fanboys, and I'm tired of replying to them like a broken record. I'll format my review as a list of replies to the most common strawman arguments I get.

First, if you own this game from several years ago, or play the "FTP" version directly from ROF's site, then get the ♥♥♥♥ out, you don't know what you're talking about here. As near as I can tell, the Steam version of this game is drastically different (as in, far worse) than the other versions.

Second, if you're the sort to accuse people of not knowing anything about flight because they mention War Thunder, then ALSO get the ♥♥♥♥ out. I've flown Cessnas in real life, I've been playing flight simulators since I was a little kid (13-15 years), and have played a myriad of flight sims including X-Plane 9 and 10 (used by the FAA to train pilots), Flight Sim X, Orbiter, Flight Gear, Lock On, IL-2, and the entire CFS series. So go ♥♥♥♥ yourself if you're here just to call me a "war thunder kiddy" for having the gall to mention it in my review.

The good parts about this game is that it has a great flight model, an even better damage model, and alright graphics considering its age... That's where the good parts end. The UI and mission parameters are obnoxious.

The biggest negative (which in my opinion, outweigh the positives) is this game's business model (among a few other minor things I won't have enough room to go into).

The short of it is: THIS IS NOT A FREE TO PLAY GAME. FTP in recent years has come to mean a specific kind of business model, which most of you already know about. If you've never played a legit free to play game, then go try one out (like world of tanks or war thunder) BEFORE leaving a nasty hate comment about me supposedly expecting everything to be free.

"Stop comparing this to War Thunder you peasant, it cannot match the awesome flight model of ROF"

One example of a LEGIT free to play flight game is War Thunder (Que hate mail). I'm not saying War Thunder is a great game. It's definitely not. They've been removing sim battles, and turning realistic battles into arcade with slightly better flight models, so I can't even make the "realism" argument in its defense anymore. ROF has War Thunder beat in realism. There, ya happy? Now quit telling me what I already know. I never said WT was better than ROF in flight model, just in business model.

The REASON I compare that game to this one is because War Thunder actually HAS a decent free to play business model. If you've come to ROF looking for a FTP flight game, trust me, it's SO not. I would recommend War Thunder if you're looking for a FTP flight game (espescially if you're not too serious about realism, and are just looking for something more casual).

So, ROF is NOT like War Thunder. I was dissappointed by this, because when I think of a free to play game, I think of a business model like War Thunder's. When I see that "Free To Play" tag, it's an expectation I have, one that is severely dissappointed when I waste 2 hours finding out what this game's business model is really like. This should be considered false advertising, since 90% of ROF can't actually be played for free... What else is this game NOT like?

"It's like DCS"

As near as I can tell, this game is NOT like DCS... So stop saying that it is. I have yet to play DCS, though I plan on it at some point. DCS only has one DLC explicitly related to campaigns or missions. Everything else is just planes. As such, I suspect most of DCS' content comes with that initial free download, and the DLCs are OPTIONAL planes that people can buy to fly in that already existing free content. Although it's not the sort of setup I would've gone with, it's still not bad. It's infinitely better than what ROF has done. Evidence of this fact lies in the fact that this game has almost 50% negative reviews (and rising), while DCS has only about 20%. CLEARLY, something's different enough between the 2 to make people like DCS a helluva lot more, and I suspect it's the business model.

Alright, so this game is NOT like War Thunder (despite its misleading "free to play" label) and it's NOT like DCS (quit saying it is). But what IS this game like. I've pointed out what it's not like for the benefit of the dip♥♥♥♥♥ who keep commenting about DCS and War Thunder.

This game is a 7-8 year old game that USED to be offered for 30-50 dollars for 100% of the game's content (Or at least, A LOT of the content). It was basically old school, before all this DLC nonsense really took over. I would GLADLY spend 50 dollars down payment on this game for all or most of its content. That's what this game's business model was DESIGNED for, and it's what the game devs should've ♥♥♥♥ing stuck to.

Instead, they had a massive rush of ♥♥♥♥ to the brain, took that 50 dollars worth of pre-existing content OUT of the game, and are now selling it piecemeal for a total of 200-300 dollars. DCS was INTENDED to be DLC based from the start. This game's devs on the other hand tried to copy-cat that game with turning pre-existing content into DLC to make more money... And they SO went overboard trying to do so. They made EVERYTHING a DLC.

And this ISN'T just the planes, like what DCS seems to do. Most of the campaign mission series' need to be bought as DLC. And I can't even play the supposedly "free" campaign series because each mission in those campaigns REQUIRES you to use a certain aircraft... Which means I need to go buy that aircraft before playing that mission. And you need to play missions in sequence as well, so I can't even skip to the missions that DO use the 2 or 3 free aircraft.

All the multiplayer servers seem to require plane purchases as well, though according to the devs, there's supposedly a server for just the FTP planes (though I certainly couldn't find it).

All that's left is some sort of dynamic campaign thing you can't play half of, and a few free maps. You can't play much more than the training missions. 90% of the content needs to be bought, and then you need to buy the planes for the content on top of that.

That's not "Free to Play". That's a DEMO. Put your game in that category instead, and maybe you wont get so many negative reviews from dissapointed gamers. You're LYING to gamers by labelling this as "Free to Play", because it just isnt.

"You should review the game itself, not the business model or advertisement"

No, because the business model and false advertising is part OF the game. How can I recommend a game that's advertised poorly, and simply isn't worth the money?

"This is a niche community, that's why it's expensive"

Funny, the company that made this game seems to have made a decent enough profit off of offering 100% of this game's content for 30-50 dollars for the past 7 years. Seems the only thing that's changed is how willing a niche community is to blindly buy DLC without considering whether or not it's worth that much money as a whole. It so ISNT worth 200-300, and if this is the trend for flight sims now thanks to you guillible saps, then I want the ♥♥♥♥ out of this "niche community". You all need to stop listening to the blatant lie that this aging game is suddenly worth 300 dollars just because it's a flight sim\. This game was offered for just 1/6th that for most of its history.

"You shouldn't expect everything for free you commie"

I don't. I expect products to not use false advertising, and go for either a reasonable down payment price, or a decent F2P business model. This is me protesting a game I feel is unfairly priced, by not buying it. Either make the game use a legitimate free to play business model, or label this a DEMO and charge a reasonable down payment for the full game. Simple as that.

"Whether or not price is worth it is completely subjective (That's just, like, your opinion, man)"

So are reviews. Go figure.
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87 of 127 people (69%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
47.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Simply the greatest WWI flight sim ever. The sensation of flying in this game is very realistic, the combat is historically accurate, and the graphics are beautiful. Every aircraft type has a unique personality and takes hours to master. This game is not perfect but there is a great deal of fun here to be had for armchair pilots.

Do not operate near children, the elderly, or small animals. It's a hardcore flight sim and is light years beyond W********r in terms of required skill. It's more of a "free to try" game than "free to play"; most of the really interesting aircraft are DLC. Understand this before knocking RoF. Also, this sim is still supported by the developers and they are continually updating and adding new content -- 7 years from release.
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46 of 71 people (65%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
I don't understand all the negative reviews here, people don't complain about DCS World having only the Su-25T for free and needing to pay for all the other planes seperately, while here you get 3 planes for free and you can buy packs that include multiple planes and campaigns.

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