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Apache Air Assault by Activision




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Apache Air Assault is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 10.
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  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Developer: Activision
  • Category: Action
  • Players:1-2

Fly the officially licensed Apache AH-64 from Boeing. Paralyze your enemies with the revolutionary war machine that changed battle plans forever. Each of the 30 mission based levels will take you behind enemy lines and into the heat of battle. Designed to survive heavy attack and inflict massive damage, the Apache AH-64D is a terrifying war machine capable of mass destruction in a few seconds. If you are skilled enough to survive and complete your missions, you will return to base to fly another day!


Game Details

Co-op Mode
Offline co-op 1 - 2; Online co-op 2 - 4
Number of Players
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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. Pros +Something different rather than playing all the First Person Shooters +Challenging and fun once you get the hang of it +Somewhat realistic +Great graphics +Local coop +Customization of helicopter's looks +Not too long, not too short Cons -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.
    Date published: 2013-06-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
    Date published: 2012-01-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
    Date published: 2012-01-19
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from stooopid 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
    Date published: 2011-11-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! 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.
    Date published: 2011-05-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Disappointing Co-Op 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.
    Date published: 2011-01-29
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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.
    Date published: 2011-01-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular 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.
    Date published: 2010-12-26
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