Air Conflicts: Secret Wars (X-Box 360)

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Air Conflicts: Secret Wars offers perhaps the best flight mechanics around, with crisp, responsive controls and well designed combat that never disappoints. So if you’re even a casual fan of aerial combat, this budget priced release is one you’ll want to run out and add to your collection right now. This is an arcade style experience, so while realism isn’t a focus, fun is and you’ll have a blast in these skies. The combat is fast paced, so you’ll need a quick trigger finger and some fancy flying skills, but you’ll pick up all the little tricks in no time. The controls are simply excellent, especially if you can learn to make the most of the simulation set-up, which allows you to truly master the skies in combat. I’ve played a lot of promising aerial combat games that drop the ball with unintuitive combat, but Air Conflicts nails that concept. The arcade style combat really opens up the skies, so you’ll be focused on gunning down enemies, not searching the clouds to track them down.

But just because this has an arcade style design doesn’t mean it is a simple experience. You will find a lot of depth within Air Conflicts, which if put to good use, means the difference between life and death. So while you’re able to focus on combat more than in most games, so can your opponents. If you take some time to learn the subtle tricks and spend some time with the simulation control scheme, Air Conflicts offers an unparalleled flight experience. Being able to pull off wild air stunts while showering the ground with bombs is awesome, as are some of the stunning kills you can pull off in dogfights. The missions offer a good amount of variety and Kalypso has worked hard to deliver a competent story to go with the action. You’ll also be able to unlock new planes as you progress, which adds to the replay value. And don’t forget about 8 player on-line dogfight matches, or the 3-D support, which actually works quite well. Air Conflicts: Secret Wars is simply the best aerial combat title you’ll find on your X-Box 360, so of course it earns a high recommendation.

Video: How does it look?

The game plays very fast, so you won’t often be able to check out the visuals, but it does look quite good. The planes show a lot of detail and combat plays out in a smooth, fluid fashion. I was especially impressed with the devastation you can lay down on ground targets, which blow up quite nicely. The air destruction looks good also, with very cool crash & burn takedowns that never fail to elicit a jolt of adrenaline.

Audio: How does it sound?

The sound design doesn’t really stand out, but I have no complaints. The combat sounds good, with adequate explosions and gunfire, though more kick would have been nice. The music is brisk and never annoys, though the narration is probably going to grate on some folks. Overall a more than competent sound design, but it never seems to catch your attention.

Supplements: What are the extras?


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