now when i got this game i didn't understand why it had mixed reviews, i watch videos on youtube and the flight simulator community eats this game up like a fresch cherry pie, they seem to love the hell out of it and talk so highly out of it, so when i saw the mixed reviews i was kind of suprised, and didn't undersand and now I do... now before i get too that lets get too the Pros of the game.
the pros of this game are simple, if you are a avid flight simulator player like myself you will enjoy the higher graphics the game has to offer, clean, smooth, the game has VERY nice graphics and seem to be somewhat realistic in appearence on the aircraft, the cockpits also are nicely detailed with working gauges, instroments and controls, and just like any other flight simulator getting kill after kill is addicting. damage effects are pretty spectacular too watch, peaces of wing come off, fires spread rather than just rapidly burst, props break, holes develope on the aircraft pretty much where you hit your target, very very nice... skins for the aircraft are also relatively easy too mod aside from the fact you have to have a higher setting for your editor so your skins don't look all pixely.
this is where i get too undersand things, if you are not a avid or hard core flight simulator player like myself, you will probably NOT like this game, in hard mode the planes seem too be VERY difficult too fly, i understand the old war birds wherent easy too fly, but come on guys the DR-1 Fokker triplane could turn too the left without rapily jerking into a stall so easily, and its either you have this on and can perform coplex maneuvers that require a stall, or you turn it off and can hardly stall the plane at all to do spacific complex maneuvers, in CFS3 or FSX you could adjust the difficulty marginally and get used to the difficulty, i guess i was spoiled buy that? doing simple maneuvers such as the immelman turn, the barrel role, seem impossible, these aircraft seem too have the roll rate of a lead brick, especually at lower speeds, but even at higher i noticed once the aircraft seems to go inverted it just wants to stop rolling and it drops out of the sky, i have a feeling these aircraft really rolled faster than that as this was the erra maneuvers such as the Immelman turn, or the barrel role where conceved, and don't even start to get me going on the camera controls, they work really good when you only have 4 or 5 enemy planes in a formation, at the push of a button you can set your pilot too view your enemy looking straight at him from the cockpit, but when you are blistering buy everyone in a Spad XIII, its difficult too get a lock on one target too stay focused on it, you loose targets all the time and its REALLY frustrating, because suddenly as you click the button on your joystick your guy looks at a DR-1 Fokker that blistered buy with no intention of shooting you... this is frustrating when your 6 inches from the ground trying too keep track of how close you are too it and you cycle between a forward looking down the sights cockpit view, and looking right at your enemy, there appears no way too select one target out so you don't have this happen, once again something i was spoiled buy in several flight simulators i suppose. and lastly, why don't all the planes come with the game, why are there only 10 of the some 30-40 planes avalible too fly? and why do 4 of them cost some $25? i just got done paying $50 or so dollars for this game and we have all these issues that i don't have with a flight simulator that was made back in 2001...
i suppose i would recommend it too some avid flight sim players or obsessed gamers where thats all they do with there life is eat chips and play games, its fun and has good graphics, other than that if you are looking for a fun arcade style shooter flier, or are a beginner, i suggest staying away...