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.”

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.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
First and foremost, this is a flight sim - and it is not free to play.

Just so you understand going into it, similar to a flight sim like DCS world, you get the game engine and one or two planes that you can fly for free. Other planes you have to purchase. Also, like other flight simulation games, this game is complex and you will need a flight stick at a minimum to really enjoy it.

Beyond that, it's a great sim. The flight mechanics feel good, the graphics are great and the dogfights are a lot of fun. If you're a flight sim fan this is a game for you. If you're looking for a more arcade-style flight game like war thunder, this isn't for you.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
If you are playing war thunder or world of warplanes with a mouse and keyboard, whatever, i dont get that mentality myself but whatever. If you are flying an actual flight simulator like IL-2, DCS world THIS GAME etc, without at least a joystick, then youre an idiot. Also btw, if youre on the fence about this game and have some crazy notions about what a canvas and wood aircraft can do... Their acceleration is quite good, and they are pretty stable in a turning speed dog fight, but their climb rate is terrible and their frames are very unstable in a high-G dive or turn. If you dont take 10-20 mins to familiarize yourself with the specs of your aircraft and flight model then you WILL rip your oil lines when pulling out of a dive. FACT: Not all aircraft in the game are equal, some where designed to be high-flying low speed scouts, other were made to be interceptors, others fighters, and others bombers.
Also, two of the three free planes are quite capable and can match ANY of the payed for planes in terms of straight up dogfighting ability(as someone who owns most of them). The Albatros D.va was an older aircraft relegated to photography for the most part of the midwar and matches as a poor fighter against french and british counterparts. so with that said, GIT GUD.

EDIT: I own the non-steam rise of flight verson. It irked me when i saw the reviews for this sim and I felt compelled to write a review.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
137.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Yes, atm there is no better WW1 Combat Simulator around, by far. I enjoy the game in all aspects except one. AI - AI - AI - Clearly maths, programing and WW1 fighters present some issues.

In Career.

1. Restarted 5x to have the same outcome where my flight leader crashes into buddies right after take off. Had to restart the game for a diffirent result where no one dies in the first 10 sec aftger take off.

2. AI Fokker EIII Group attacking MG or AAA impacement like idiots. ONly flight lead shoots at it and dives while rest of wing follows the dangerous path without using lead.

3. Shooting balloons with AI is messed up. Again only the flight leader dives, 99% not flaming it up. Which means I need to dive with and catchup in height the rest of the mission.

4. AI with 'better planes' just go down in altitude where you out-turn them and again spend rest of mission catching up.

5. AI so repetative it's not even funny.

6. Flew in a group where one AI lost one landing wheel. Wanted to see what they will do when RTB. They ended up flyinig at 600m above airfield till fuel ran out and 3/4 crashed into buidling/trees and the guy with 1 wheel was the only to survive what seemed a managable crash landing...

7. So now you head to MP servers which are all mostly emty except for one with like uber vets on it and if you don't keep at it for days or weeks you will just get messed up there real bad.

Given the amount of money for RoF with all expansions, I should have a career mode that works.

So AI breaks Career mode for me, Vets brake MP for me. Single missions are not long term enough. So basically this powerfull game with potential - You just end up not playing. Only place I find worth while is Coop MP with a friend or two. Now they either don't own joysticks and such and end up enjoying far less than me.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
179.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
I cant stop playing this, very addictive. I'm not even a flight sim fan. I've poured a lot of money into this game because I am passionate about it. Very beautiful graphics and extreme realism, if you're not patient this game isn't for you. Choking hazard ages 14 +
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
The DLC cost less than flight sim X this DLC is $179 flight sim X is 2,450 and you pay $20 before then so STOP about the DLC cost!
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2 of 12 people (17%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Played about 20 mins before uninstalling it is the WORST IDEA. Every plane you have to buy i could find no free ones no matter how hard i tried. Unless you are willing to pay for a FREE game do not download.
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252 of 279 people (90%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
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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124 of 142 people (87%) found this review helpful
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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96 of 112 people (86%) found this review helpful
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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245 of 342 people (72%) found this review helpful
5 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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25.6 hrs
Posted: October 24
Complete waste of money and time. Not at all free to play. Your going to pay for evry aircraft, every map, every mission. It's broken into so many parts you will have paid for the game three of four times over, which I stupidly did. The control mechanics alone are frustraiting to the max. You need a book to tell you how to set the controls and forget using a mouse or game stick, not sure if its any better with a joystick but I'm sick to death of just trying to get the controls set so I can fly a single damn mission . Do yourself a favor and stay away from this piece of garbage.
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51.2 hrs
Posted: October 24
There is a lot of negitivity about the game but I don't get it. I love the game, yes it gets expensive if you want more then two or whatever planes but I thinks its money well deserved to the developers. I mean It's free to play so you can try it out first. The game does require patience, but that is because this is a really acurate sim with a lot of just flying mixed with some guns, crashes and other satisfying things that are only magnified by the repetitive things.
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Death Wish
0.5 hrs
Posted: October 15
Joystick controlls are messed up in this game. You say why well o 1) In tutorial game tells you that to add RPM you need need to pull RPM controll from you to add RPM and away from you to lower it ok l did as game said but hmm something is wrong oh it's inverted then my YAW controll on my attack 3 doesn't work in this game, ROLL and PICTH controlls are well kinda... l don't know what to say like when l pull up little bit just like really little my plane pulls up like l am almost pulling up as hard as l can but then in other games it doesn't do that. Then game says that it is free to play but l don't think that playing like stupid bugged missions and training count as training. Then 3 persone view is broken. Camera is hard to controll because of that inverted movment. Optimisation is bad too l can play war thunder almost on max setting but when l play this game l have to like play on medium and this game isn't even good looking game by the way. So l will say that game looks really undone to me and that DLC thing is wrong way of getting players. l will give this game 3/10 just because l like planes
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0.9 hrs
Posted: October 9
when i first got the game i did one tutorial then went to options to put the game in fullscreen it just exited the game and there was a notification sayin Can not create Direct3DDevice D3DERR_INVALIDCALL any tips on what to do bc verifying the game cache does not tell what is specifically wrong
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0.8 hrs
Posted: October 2
I don't get the controls.. Completly lost.
There should be atleast a tutorial.
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47.8 hrs
Posted: September 29
OKAY, so i love this game its very realistic in some way but there is a con, ITS COMMUNITY. When i started this game i wanted have have fun with friends like always and spaming S! in chat was one of our jokes, the Mods are basically man babies and will ban you if you BREATH WRONG. Now i do admit the spam was crazy but. the second time i barley even did it and was banned for 335 hours. I sincerely hope the people who made this dam game will ban and replace these mods with people who will give you a second chance, i spent around 60 dollars on this game, please dont waste my money and keep these ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ at large banning innocent people.
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