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.
yes: I recommend this product