Apache Air Assault
Where's The BUZZ?????
I am anxiously awaiting this release as there has not been a simulation like this one released on the XBOX 360 since it's debut. A few screen shots is all we have seen. If it is as immersive as Activision is claiming, let's see some gameplay. A release date of 11-16-10 and not even a box cover yet? There are a lot of Sim Pilots out here waiting for a decent flight simulator, give us something to chew on Activision!!
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...
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.
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!
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.
XBOX 360 DEMO
I just finished playing the Apache demo for the XBOX 360, and I have to say I was blown away. I was very sceptical about a Helicopter game and how the control scheme would be, having been a fan of the Ace Combat series I was hoping it would be compatible with the flight stick controller. After scrolling through the control schemes and set-ups, I was very pleased to find that the ACE EDGE Flight stick was listed as I had hoped. It took a litle getting used to ( again I'm used to flying planes NOT choppers) but after a few minutes, it felt natural. The demo was awesome, and I predict the finished product will be even better.
Worth the 40 bucks
Played the demo... worth buying from what I see.. Game is only 39.99 has good graphics and pretty solid gameplay especially if you like gun cam on Modern Warfare. I will buy this for sure when it comes out.
Finally! Get to the CHOPPPAAA!
These guys did an awesome job on IL-2, and this will be no different! Cant wait!
Try the demo, be amazed. Day 1 purchase for sure.
From the makers of IL-2 Sturmovik comes this diamond in the rough, this little gem of a flight combat game - with helicopters! Finally! Tailorable flight experience for novices through seasoned sim pilots, and featuring a host of co-op modes and free flight/skirmish scenarios, it seemed like the perfect game to fill the complete void in quality air combat games. The demo was released a few days ago on Live/PSN and confirms everything I've wished for and more. Great graphics? Check. Realistic flight model and controls (inluding joystick support): Check. Co-op pilot/gunner online AND same-screen? Check. Co-op team based missions and scenarios? Check.
Being published by Activision, I'm sure they've dedicated all their resources to the launch of CoD: Black Ops and unfortunately neglected this masterpiece any sort of advertisement, which is a shame. And although Apache:AA is being released on the same day as NFS: Hot Pursuit (a game I have been looking forward to forever) after playing the demo I can at this point say that Hot Pursuit will have to wait...
Download the demo and try it for yourself. You will certainly be pleased if you are looking for a high quality, realistic air combat game. There is definitely a market for these kind of games, they just have to be done right - and Apache: AA plays like it's full of win.
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.