Apache Air Assault
Something Different than your Normal Shooter
This is the first of it's kind of game that I've played on the Xbox 360, being a flight simulator of some kind. It is a Helicopter fighter simulator, so obviously you'll be flying around gunning down ground infantry, boats, and of course other helicopters. The only thing I've played similar to this, is flying Helicopters in Battlefield 3 and the Google Earth Flight Simulator. This game was a definite switch of style for me. This game gave a great first impression, and I will probably try out more Helicopter and Airplane fighter games in the future. I can't say it has many control problems, but it takes some major getting use to and practice to be able to fly correctly. I switched back and forth between beginner and realistic settings here and there as I figured out the controls, although switching difficulties changes almost the entire control layout. There are around five different helicopters you can fly in this game. In the campaign they will be automatically selected, as well as your weaponry. There are also two other game modes though, Free Flight and Squad Operations. In Free Flight you can set up everything to your liking, such as the enemies, the helicopters, the weather, and weaponry. I would recommend playing Free Flight some because it is basically your Tutorial setup the way you want it. Squad Operations is Apache's multiplayer, which is basically a second campaign almost. I would like to say it's great fun, but since I'm so late to the Apache Air Assault party, there is nobody online to play it through with. It can still be played solo or local Co-op, but it would've been nice to play it with live players.
+Something different rather than playing all the First Person Shooters
+Challenging and fun once you get the hang of it
+Customization of helicopter's looks
+Not too long, not too short
-Controls can be hard to get used to
-Three or Four of the missions seem near impossible, but can be passed
-The helicopter seems to not want to ascend rather often even when your heli isn't damaged
-When attempting to pick up speed, you may find yourself diving toward the ground or with a terrible camera angle
-It's hard to pay attention to the storyline, because all you want to do is skip the cutscenes and start blasting stuff
-Taking down enemy helicopters can be a major pain. You'll think there going down in that black smoke, but they seem to just keep on fighting
Overall Verdict: This is a great Helicopter Fighter simulator that will entertain anyone who likes shooter games as long as you can get use to the controls and defeat the hard missions.
Good Apache Sim, Not for everyone
The Goods: 1.Once unlocked, the realistic controls provide excellent approximation (I chose that word carefully) of helo controls. 2. The local co-op is fun, even if the gun cross is hard to see at times. on line multiplayer with a friend is fun. 3. Single player is fun and challenging. The Bads: 1. Learning curve is steep, especially if you have never flown a helicopter and don't understand the physics. I have flown both and the realistic controls aren't bad for a console, but they're not "real." 2. Graphics for "afghan-like" country are dated and seem rushed. The bad guys look and die like toy soldiers. No "ragdoll" effects here. 3. Some of the sound for the 30 mm gun is very tinny, kind of MIDI cymbal-esq. This game lives in a niche that is undersupported in consoles, that of flight simulation. It brings a lot of good features at the expense of some of the ones you'd probably expect like cutting edge graphics. I fly on line with a friend of mine (also a former military aviatior) and we both love the game, but he had to buy it for us to fly together. I've never seen another person on-line. The local co-op is fun, one flies and the other shoots. It requires teamwork. The controls start out in easy, but the realistic controls, once unlocked, are much better and provide great maneuverability and add a lot of realism. If you are looking for a FPS style helo experience like in BF seried, this isn't for you, you will be frustrated with the controls. Enemy AI choppers are hard to kill. Dogfighting in a helo is MUCH different than a fighter. If you are looking for a more simulation-esq helo shooter that feels like a follow on to Gunship or Apache from days of old, pick this one up. It has staying power simply for its uniqueness. You will be underwhelmed by some of the graphics and surpised by others. If you like flight sims and want one for your XBOX, pick this one up.
Favorite Game so Far
This game is awesome. A really great game such as this one isn't necessarily easy to master. Every mission that you attempt, as you progress through the many missions to defeat the enemy, helps to sharpen your skills and make you ready for the next mission. When you get frustrated the best thing to do is to work on your shooting accuracy. The game play is awesome. In the heat of battle as you destroy the enemy you hear rockets whizing by you and bullets hitting and bouncing off the tough skin of the Apache. Before getting this game I read a review written by an active Apache pilot who loves this game and said that the game play was very realistic. The best improvement for this game would be getting more campaigns and new missions so that the challenge is continually refreshed.
graphics and sound are good and the goodness ends there don't get the controls don't get the game if you get this ih your dairy you'll write dear dairy i just made the worst desion of my life then you'll hate yourself forever
This game is amazing. The controls are real, the sounds are real, the models and textures are real. This is a REAL hardcore game. Anyone who bashes it doesen't know the first thing about a realistic game. All thos COD and Halo fanboys that claim thier games are 'realistic' or 'the future' obviously don't know what they're talking about. You want a truely realistic game? This is it. I myself have been waiting for a good AH64D sim sience Team Apache for the PC in the 90s. This game is what I've been waiting for. I'm no retied pilot or RC heli pilot or ex military or anything, I'm just a fan of the raw power an Apache holds and how it can really ruin an enemy's day.. Forever! Haha! But seriously I'm in love with this game. Everything except sound recieves a 10. Sound gets a 9 for repetitive soundtrack and a sound glitch.
Apache: Air Assault is a fun, if middling and apparently somewhat rushed, helicopter flight simulator, something that was sorely needed on the current generation of systems. When first playing the demo I was highly impressed by the actual gameplay and the nicely-rendered graphics and full, realistic sound effects...but my one recurring thought was "I need a human-controlled gunner." Imagine my excitement, then, upon seeing how big of a deal the game's advertisements made about the local co-op play! With a handful of friends actually quite excited about the prospect of doing just that I decided to go ahead and shell out for a new copy of this game, as pre-owned was impossible to find around here. Excited, a friend and I sat down to play, and were immediately disappointed.
With as much of a big deal as they were making in the adverts about the local co-op, I was confused to find out that they had chose to have the pilot and gunner share exactly the same view, with no split-screen. Okay, great, so now my gunner has about a third of the firing arc available to him, and he can only see what I can see...not to mention the fact that the gunner's only indication of where they're firing comes from a small reticle that's the exact same color as the rest of the HUD, making gunnery all but impossible if the pilot needs to do more than fly smoothly in one direction. What's the point of even implementing the co-op? The computer targeting can usual end up doing better under most circumstances, so why waste the code?
So it dawned on me that perhaps the real problem was the fact that we were using a standard-definition television, so we took the game out to the forty-something-inch 1080p TV...with the same result. At least on an HDTV the gunner has a fighting chance of keeping track of his aiming reticle, and admittedly it was more fun once we got into a groove, but it simply wasn't enough. After that first day it sat on the shelf for a month before being traded in.
If you're looking for a good helicopter flight-sim, I can honestly say that yes, I DO recommend this game...but only for those flying game fans who are sick of fixed-wing aircraft. If you're not at all interested in the half-cocked and highly disappointing co-op you might not be disappointed.
Got bored fast.
The game is fun for a couple of missions than you'll get bored. You're just doing the same thing over and over.
I am glad that a helicopter flight simulator game has finally come out on the 360. This game is not for people who are only the run'n gun, first person shooter (ex: Call of Duty/ Halo) fans. This is about as real as it gets for video games. The graphics are awesome and the game play is just as good. One of the many features of this game that I like is that a second player on the local console (not online) can be the gunner in the same helicopter. Many games these days do not have the second player option for local games, unless you have set up a system link to another console.
At Long Last!!
I think the game console community has been waiting for title like this for far to long. This is not your average 2D copter game. The is as close to Computer Aviation as you can get. If your a big fan of computer aviation games, then this game is perfect for you. If your a point and fire gamer, (Halo-Fanboy_Run and Gunner) then I would not recommend this game. This is a different type of fun game that is for people who want to dive into true flight dynamics. The flight dynamics of Apache are really on key. You have to multi task every second as you would with the flight controls of an actual Apache. The games gives you a couple of options for flight controls, two of which are "Training" which is a simplified but still tough flight dynamic, and "Realistic" which comes with all the dynamics of the real thing. Your consistently making adjustments, just as a real pilot would. The graphics are about as good as any computer aviation game. Your not going to be dazzeled by graphics, but the layout is strong enough to keep you quite interested. Having a helicopter game in the console gaming community that actually carries some worth is FAR OVER due! I personally like the game a lot. The price is set at $49(new) and I would say thats about right. I wouldn't pay $60, but I do believe the current price is accurate. The control scheme is tough to start out, but you'll pick it up pretty fast. I am using a flight stick for the 360, and I suggest you do the same. The regular Pad just takes the fun out of it. On a final note, this game isn't going to make headlines in the market, but it will make a lasting impression to those interested in a true aviation dynamic, in my opinion for the first time on console. If all else fails, you always have ace combat coming in Feb. Helicopters are going to be included in that package. Happy gaming people!
Kick the tires and light the fires!
Gameplay gets a 10 because the Apache handles like a real chopper would, with realistic controls, and you can use TADS along with DVO and FLIR for that gritty real-world feeling of raining down lead from 2 miles away through a black-and-white filtered optic mounted to your 30mm cannon. Full damage affects each part of your chopper both visually and control wise. Lose one engine? Adjust the collective (throttle) to maintain altitude. Lose both? Better look for a safe place to land [crash]!
Graphics receive a 9 because the aircraft are so meticulous detailed you have to see them to believe it. The terrain is also gorgeous (and extremely varied, depending on where you are in the world), and the ground objects look quite detailed as well. Some people around the net are dismissing the graphics saying they are only average, but I strongly disagree and question how they drew this conclusion. The entire landscape was taken from 3D satellite imagery (not flat imagery) - heck even the trees look good. Which is a plus when you're flying 10 feet over the top of them, tracking targets and yelling at your co-pilot (your friend, who can be your gunner!) to SHOOT SHOOT!
Sound gets a solid 8, with only a few points taken off due to repetitive soundtrack and a sound bug. However, the developer is aware of the bug and has a patch in the works. All the missile, rocket, cannon, explosion, etc. sound effects are great and realistic, and will fill all 5.1 channels nicely if you are lucky enough to have surround sound.
Lasting appeal scores a 10 because EVERY mission in the campaign can also be played via Local co-op (pilot and gunner in the same chopper). Also there is Squad Operations mode, which has a whole page of SEPERATE co-op missions (different than the campaign missions), flyable online with 2-4 players (1 player per chopper). These can also be played by yourself, but be aware, they have been designed to be fought out with at least 2 choppers, so they can be quite hard depending on the mission. I see this as a good thing though. And finally, there is the much sought after Free Flight mode, where you can adjust everything from time of day, weather, location, to the number of ground/air units, their difficulty/skill level, number of friendly A.I. ground/air units, and more.Included in that 'more' is the ability to fly as the legendary Russian Mi-35 Hind helicopter in free flight. It is also flyable in a number of Squad Operations missions! Not enough? How about multiple skins for all of the helicopters - there are 3 Apaches (AH-64D Longbow, AH-64X, AH-1), the Mi-35 Hind, and MQ-8B Fire Scout - all flyable with several skins for each. Still not enough? How about you throw some decals on your chopper? Angry eyes, shark teeth, symbols, shapes, etc. can all be 'painted' on your chopper. I can vision a versus mode, more choppers, and lots more missions coming via DLC...which would be purchased immediately by this armchair pilot.
All in all this turned out to a totally fantastic game (well worth the $50 asking price), and probably flew in under your radar. Pun intended.
I suggest you buy this game immediately if you have any interest in helicopters, the military, combat, or flight in general. Support the developer and buy it new (it's not even $60)! All of us flight-junkies want to see more games just...like...this...