The brand new helicopter game from independent developers Bohemia Interactive – creators of the award-winning military-Sim series Arma 2. Built upon over 10 years of experience in cutting-edge simulator development, Take On Helicopters immerses players within beautifully rich landscapes and an authentic flight model.
User reviews: Mixed (300 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 27, 2011
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Take on Helicopters - Rearmed

Take On Helicopters: Rearmed is a free official DLC for Take On Helicopters. It seamlessly merges Arma 2 and Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead content into the game. Fly your helicopter over the gorgeous autumn landscape of Chernarus, dodge incoming fire from a myriad of Anti-Air weapon systems, and fight in massive combined arms operations.

Take On Noisecontrollers is an entirely free DLC for Take On Helicopters.

Fusing two seemingly disconnected worlds, it is one of the first forays of hardstyle music into gaming.

The exciting collaboration between DJ and producer duo Noisecontrollers and Bohemia Interactive, has produced a fun expansion for everyone to enjoy.

Owners of Take on Helicopters will automatically download this content the next time they update their game.

About This Game

The brand new helicopter game from independent developers Bohemia Interactive – creators of the award-winning military-Sim series Arma 2. Built upon over 10 years of experience in cutting-edge simulator development, Take On Helicopters immerses players within beautifully rich landscapes and an authentic flight model.

The player takes on the role of a civilian helicopter pilot. Harry Larkin’s aviation business has fallen on tough times. Built up over decades, it’s now only days away from closure. His sons face an uncertain future, struggling to save the company their father spent his whole life building. Together, they must take on contracts and competitors; together, they take on helicopters!

Take your first steps towards mastering rotor-wing flight across a massive range of enjoyable challenges, or create your own missions using the powerful easy-to-use mission editor.

Take to the air above two beautifully rich and expansive environments, based upon real-world North American and South Asian terrain-data.

Take on cutting-edge technology, helicopters modeled in stunning detail, a large-scale, open-world sandbox and authentic flight dynamics…

Take On Helicopters Offers:

  • High fidelity flight dynamics modelling
  • Richly modelled helicopters & cockpits
  • Expansive & detailed environments
  • Powerful & intuitive mission editor
  • Multiplayer – co-op & competitive scenarios

Take On Helicopters features two huge terrains:

  • Seattle, a 60x60km chunk of North America
  • South Asia, a 120x120km terrain populated with vegetation and urban structures.

Take On Helicopters introduces the player to three distinct classes of helicopter:

System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz or AMD Dual-Core Athlon 2.5 GHz or faster
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT or ATI Radeon 4850 with Shader Model 3 and 512 MB VRAM or faster
    • DirectX®:dx90c
    • Hard Drive:20 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c compatible audio-card

    Recommended:

    • OS:Windows Vista, Windows 7
    • Processor:Intel Dual-Core 3GHz or AMD Dual-Core Athlon 3GHz or faster
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce 9800GT or ATI Radeon 5850 with Shader Model 3 and 1024 MB VRAM or faster
    • DirectX®:dx90c
    • Hard Drive:20 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c compatible audio-card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
I LOVE FLIGHT SIMULATORS, AND THIS I CAN'T REGRET HAVING!
IF THIS GAME WAS A PLANE, THIS GAME WOULD BE THE F15 OF THE WORLD.
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
PEACE OF ♥♥♥♥!!!
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
too many controls and buttons. heli startup not at all real. aggrevating, annoying frustrating, poorly put together and over all a waste of time and money.
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7.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Cool game with realistic controls and mechanics. I wouldnt buy it for $20 though. wait for it to go on sale like i did.
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24.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
If you're looking for a semi-realistic civilian helicopter-simulation, this is it. Some might be turned off by the the lack of things you can do in the cockpit. However, I think that you can do JUST enough to make it fun, without being forced to read a manual at the same time. You will need an above-average computer to even run this game, since the engine is.. Well.. Poorly optimized. Sit back, take off, fly civilians around, take pictures of whales and listen to your favorite songs while enjoying a glass of whisky - that is what this game is about - and it does JUST that, pretty darn good.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
A very unique kind of balance between a game and a simulator, that certainly won't fit anyone. I review and rate this game as it succeeded as a flight simulator to me, a flight simulator ethusianist.

If you haven't noticed already, this is Arma. The same engine, only with upgraded visuals, picture-in-3D picture availability, and a highly realistic flight model for helicopters. It also works like an Operation Arrowhead, that you can mount all Arma 2 DLCs into this, plus some ToH-specific expansions (yeah, you can play the normal Arma at this, with tanks, Chernarus, guns n stuff).

The main feature of this game, it's flight engine- it feels pretty damn realistic, even when compared to FSX or other simulators. I've spent some years on FSX and had no problems in X-Plane, but this game still needed some balls to master on the most realistic difficulty.
Do not play this game without a joystick, you're gonna miss a lot or not even be able to fly at all. I don't know if it's even possible to handle the helicopters safely at the most realistic setting, without majorly using the auto-hover option, flying only by mouse or keyboard. Joystick settings provide all forms of options, such as rebinding some axis, deathzones or individual sensitivities. Controls use the classical, Arma style of options, which was already confusing enough at Arma 2 but copied all the controls over to here and added several more to that, to make it even harder to navigate.

The campaign is quite fun and challenging. Between each missions, you're able to dwell around on the helipad, check your helicopter for issues, upgrade or repaint it and also buy a different one (for an ammount of cash that takes some time to get. By upgrades I mean usually mission-only equipment, such as a camera or a hook, but you can also buy doors, seats or a rear mirror which might come useful sometimes. It's not much of pimp yo choppa, and could be a bit more extended. But rather than that, I would have more than just three god damn machines, it also has no unique rideable planes. The description is kinda misleading in here:

WHAT IT SAYS: Three classes of helicopters
WHAT IT MEANS: Three helicopters, each with many different liveries or custom one-color RGB painting

Campaign is easy to screw up by selling a wrong helicopter and if you do so, you're bound to doing extremely tideous mission which self-repeats itself and takes even from 30 to 60 minutes (by adequately using the time acceleration), dozens of times. Asked other people several times but noone replied, because the community for this game (on both BIS forums and here) is probably dead.

The multiplayer is also dead. The server list is not working and ToH did not receive it's own server list hosting, like other Arma games did. The multiplayer mission making of this game has a high potential, but nobody apparently used it, as the community also doesn't care much about this thing (but you can still fly n fight around with friends if one can host). The new maps are HUGE, the Asia is like several kilometers across (expect a lower ground detail aswell, but it has one very large city full of accessible buildings, several times bigger than Chernogorsk), so flying in the asian map wouldn't feel "small" at all, even with a C-130, where amazing missions could be created.

But my goal is to rate this game for it's realism, not for how much armaish flaws or bad optimisation it has. And if you're a flight sim lover looking for challenges, I can't think of any harder helicopter flying experience. But if you expect a good combat experience as in Arma, lots of multiplayer action, detailed terrain and can't run Arma 2 decently with full settings and 3000 - 4000 visibility, you should rather leave this game where it is
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28 of 44 people (64%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
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Journal Entry 1

I chose to fly the smaller black scouty chopper and after getting it in the air and learning the basics on flying I took off to venture the city. I was able to enjoy relaxing music and glide around Seattle taking in the sites. Beautiful vistas and sun flares bouncing off my windows, true relaxation.

Journal Entry 2

After a slightly more aggressive song entered my headphones I decided to test the limits of my chopper and dropped it closer to street level. I tested my skills by following a black Suv at 15M off his roof for what seemed like an hour, im sure the driver will go home paranoid tonight thinking the government is after him.

Journal Entry 3

Landed inside the stadium field in the middle of the city after fighting with some very violent winds. Felt like a pro even though im sure most pilots would be able to land a jet in the space that I had just proudly conquered.

Journal Entry 4

Unfortunately when I exited my chopper to walk around the stadium I forgot to tune down the lift controls.... So upon exiting I turned around just in time to see my chopper hover onto its side make a violent grinding noise and explode in a fiery wreckage.

Journal Entry 5

Now chopper-less I decided to proceed on foot and explore. But to my loss there was no open exits in the stadium so here I sit until they host the next baseball game :(

8/10

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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Great simulator. Gives much information about helicopters and it is always fun to know how to run a real metal bird.
I love when I have many buttons and switches around me. No matter that I don't have any idea about what they stand for.
Another perfect game from Bohemia Interactive!

+ MULTIPLAYER!!!!!!!!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
A nice step up from ARMA helicopters.
If you want to get a pretty decent helo experience this is fun, although it is far from being a simulator (look into DCS Huey if that's what you want).

BEWARE, the flight model from this, the main event, is being added to ARMA 3 in the upcoming months, thus rendering this redundant. At full retail I can't recommend it for that reason.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
I got this game from humble bundle. In fact, I bought that boundle just for this game, because I love helicopters and BI, so I thought: what could go wrong? Well, the game mechanics are fine, and feels like a real chopper for me, because you can adjust a ♥♥♥♥load of things druing the flight, so that's okay. The variety of helicopters is OK as well as the graphics. But I tried to play the campaing. Oh god the horror. The whole story feels like a spiderman thread. It starts off naturally, but suddenly you feel your brother's hand on your leg, and everything goes homosexual. Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with gay people, but in a videogame like this, I think you should not have the option to molest your brother, or worse, have sex with him.
I know that the BI games are open minded, but it was too much for me. Here is an example: I was sitting at the car with my brother. He's keep telling me how he missed me and such. Then, he suddenly goes off the road, behind a huge bush, and kisses me on my lips, and the animation goes on AND ON AND ON, AND YOU HAVE NO OPTION TO STOP IT. Next example, after the third mission, when you fly back at your base, and no one is at the ground. Everyone disappeared. Well, turns out, that they were having a gay gangbang at the back of the hangar. I wasn't surprised.
And there are numerous examples like this in the game. And I ask: why? This could have been a great game. But they had to ruin it with gaysex.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
very nice game for people who like piloting a lot and want to be pilot :]
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
If anyone remembers Sim Copter this has the same feel with modern graphics and a real flight model. Using the ARMA 2 Engine I have had a lot of fun so far!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
If I knew that this is game from Bohemia on Arma 2 engine, I would never consider buying this. I still did not try it, but I bet that engine is not optimized and that FPS will be horrible.

P.S. I did try it right after writing this review... and yes... I was disapointed to be right. FPS is terrible, no matter that my PC is above recommended requirements.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
38.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Not as graphically pleasing as I'd like - but it has enough going for it to immerse yourself nicely.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Not as good as it looked :-(
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Horrible i thougt it was fun but nope
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
When I bought this game I wanted to fly around a city relaxed. This game don't provide that. It takes around 7 steps and 2 minutes to start up the helicopter (for example). If you seek a extremely realistic helicopter simulator this will do... If you seek (like me) a simple simulator you have to keep searching. Worth mentioning is that i bought it on 90% sale...
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Not the most realistic helicopter simulator, even for a 2011 game.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
This is a pretty awesome game if you like heli's. Pretty complicated but I like that in a sim
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
just awsome
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