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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MAYDOG
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
don't work !
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Chad.Carrone
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Free to play? You mean free to install. No way to demo gameplay, must make in game purchase to do anything except make an account.
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Kohi_Noir
( 17.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Oh what a shame.

On a purely mechanical standpoint this game is fantastic. I've played dozens of flight sims over the last twenty+ years and this is one of the lucky few that actually gives you the sensation of flying. The physics are stunning, the damage model is great and it's a lot of fun just cruising around getting acquainted with the planes, so why don't I recommend it?

As countless people have mentioned before this game is somewhat of a scam. You get a tiny tiny selection of planes and scenarios which would be alright if this was advertised as a demo. If you want anything more you'll have to pay for ridiculously overpriced DLC packs that are so convoluted you'll need a literal flowchart for them. I'm not kidding, check the community guides!

So, just play this as a demo and hope that the developer goes broke and gets bought by a different company with respect for their costumers.
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RecoiL_Cdn
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Great game if you enjoy clunky controls and a plane that just wants to hit the ground like a magnet to metal. I rate this eye candly less than worthy of a sale and a waste of hard drive space. If you play games like IL2 Sturmovik and think this is a good WW1 sim... you are going to be let down. I'd rather go back to Red Baron for DOS.
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snipereliteNL
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
i always wanted this. being in a pilots seat shooting down planes i love it
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♥๖ۣۜSir Fagsalot~♥
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
Do you seriously have to use money to even do anything in the game? Then why tf would it be free to play, if you have to buy anything, in order to do anything?
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GramuluxTheMean
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
This Game is just broke trust me don't DOWNLOAD IT!!!!!! The flight trainig is horrible and they want you to buy everything just to play a mission..... Broken heart here much sadness that this is not what it was cracked up to be. Simply what a terrible experience and maybe someone will make something similar but take the time to care about what there doing.
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Mystery
( 48.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
This is a very well made game! I love the graphics and everything (Besides the fact you have to buy planes). I already downed 78 planes! This is a great game!
10/10
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Jaysho
( 105.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
Great game. Great and helpful community. Highly recommended.

Stick is highly recommended if you don't want to repeatedly die.
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Hoodini
( 10.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 10
Its a great game don't get me wrong, but it takes a long time to get used to the controls.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
63.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
If you are into realistic flight simulators or early 20th century history I'd totally recommend this sim for you. The flight model of this game is realistic as you're gonna get, especially in a WW1 flight sim which there aren't a lot of. The sim is also a lot of fun if you emmerse yourself in the community, after all online play in this requires team work to get objectives done, but also team work inside an aircraft as in communication between pilot and gunners. However do expect everything to be quite hard core. This sim is not going to hold your hand on almost anything, but that's a challange and I like it a lot. So if you are looking for a quick round of arcade pew pew at other planes, just forget it. Don't start playing this and post a bad review after 10 minutes of play. This sim requires patience and love or respect for the planes in this particular time in history.

Also I'd like to point out I'm disappointed with all the negative reviews for this. People seem to completely misunderstand this simulator, as well as it's business model. People complain that everything is expensive and the free base of the game doesn't offer enough. Well guess what, in the free game you have 3 planes. When this game was still payed that was about the same amount of content you got for the base package. My point is, be glad you can play this for free at all. As for the other paid content, the devs put A LOT of effort in making all the planes and content as realistic as they can which takes a lot of time and money. The price is totally fair, especially during steam sales when they are a total steal. If you don't want to spend any money on quality content, fine, but don't post bad reviews because you're too salty to appreciate anything.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Oh what a shame.

On a purely mechanical standpoint this game is fantastic. I've played dozens of flight sims over the last twenty+ years and this is one of the lucky few that actually gives you the sensation of flying. The physics are stunning, the damage model is great and it's a lot of fun just cruising around getting acquainted with the planes, so why don't I recommend it?

As countless people have mentioned before this game is somewhat of a scam. You get a tiny tiny selection of planes and scenarios which would be alright if this was advertised as a demo. If you want anything more you'll have to pay for ridiculously overpriced DLC packs that are so convoluted you'll need a literal flowchart for them. I'm not kidding, check the community guides!

So, just play this as a demo and hope that the developer goes broke and gets bought by a different company with respect for their costumers.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
95.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Pretty much the best WW1 flight sim currently out there.

If you don't own/want to buy a joystick, are not interested in a realistic simulation or are simply not seriously interested in aviation, then stay away.

If you do, this is the game for you!
And it is free!
(at least three of the planes are)

+great flight models whith super realistic engine torque and wind effects
+great damage model
+still very active multiplayer
+you get three planes essantially free by just downloading the game
+graphics are still very beautifull (apart from some ugly tree textures)

-everything is a dlc and quite expensive (still worth it though)
(simply wait for a sale on steam if it is too expensive for you)
-boring campaign (compared to older games like Red Baron II)
-useless tutorial, you have to learn yourself how to fly these planes


If you love WW1 aviation it is a must have! ;)
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
My bomber identifies as a demi-god toaster strudel. I'm triggered by gunfire, and im a liberal communis, marxist, democrat
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
This Game is just broke trust me don't DOWNLOAD IT!!!!!! The flight trainig is horrible and they want you to buy everything just to play a mission..... Broken heart here much sadness that this is not what it was cracked up to be. Simply what a terrible experience and maybe someone will make something similar but take the time to care about what there doing.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
219 of 245 people (89%) 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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114 of 132 people (86%) 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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89 of 105 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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230 of 319 people (72%) found this review helpful
3 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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91 of 115 people (79%) found this review helpful
82 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2015
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.
11/10
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