(Sim experts can skip this review. This is more for the people who are unsure if they should invest time and money into flight sims or not.)
This game has received a lot of flak in the reviews and some of it it really do deserve. However at this time there are only two helicopter sims on steam - not counting plane flight sims - that have helicopters so you are not exactly having too much to choose from.
So why the positive review? This game is at this time the best entry level heli sim on Steam. Better than a certain other more known game. Yes i know THAT game has got tutorials too but it is not so good for newbies. This game does not waste too much time on tutorials and you get into action fairly quickly and get a semi-realistic engine to play with. For a newbie that is enough. Pointless to discuss 'realism' if the potential crowd is not even sure they want to be here in the first place. I am still doing training on that other game after 2hours and that is critical if you are not entirely sure you like the genre.
Turns out i like this but i did not know it until i played this game.
I am currently in the process of getting myself a HOTAS setup so i guess this means i want moar of this stuff and will move on also to plane flight sims. Now a little while ago i was overwhelmed by the stuff in certain other sims and i was not getting anywhere. Then along came this little game with training wheels on.
Game does not carry you very far as the missions get really annoying but you do have some fun for awhile and the free flight mode helps. Therefore i say there IS a place for this game on Steam. Just know what you are buying. Advanced players will not get anything from this.
edit: Played the game with a simple Logitech 3D pro joystick.