you are after a realistic flight simulator than you have come to
the right place with Lock On Platinum. Developed by Eagle
Dynamics, Lock On Platinum is one of the most realistic flight
simulators on the PC and it helps that this company has a track
record of creating high quality flight simulator games. Although
the gameplay is pretty much perfect, the graphics of this title
is visually quite stunning as you become a professional jet
opposed to some of Eagle Dynamics previous releases, Lock On
Platinum features a variety of aircrafts that the player can
virtually test fly that include planes such as the F-15C Eagle
or my favourite, the MiG-29A Fulcrum. Best of all, these
aircrafts all handle differently but in order to be truly
submerged into this title, a PC flight stick is recommended as
opposed to the keyboard and mouse. This is the biggest shortfall
of the game... it's not quite the same without a flight stick.
the game contains a variety of different aircrafts (8 to be
precise) which includes Russian and American planes. For the
purists, the LOP contains the following, A-10A Warthog, F-15C
Eagle, Su-27, Flanker B, Mig-29 Fulcrum A, Mig-29 Fulcrum C,
Su-25 Frogfoot, Su-33 Flanker D and the German Mig-29 Fulcrum A.
So what kind of flight simulator is this?
what country you are located, the game revolves around 20
missions, each with its select missions and goals. Best of all,
this game actually contains a story that does make this game
more than just a stock standard flight simulator because it does
help immerse you into the game and give you some control.
Speaking of controls, controls work exceptionally well with our
Saitek Flightstick. We did try to use the mouse and keyboard but
no... it doesn't work very well. Ok, it works but the experience
is just du
In essence, the
game is a fighting game or dog fighting game as you fight a
variety of enemies in the sky, the ground and even naval forces.
Where the game does shine is through the dogfights against
enemies and if the difficulty gets in the way, the game contains
a scalable difficulty. Another cool aspect of the game is that
there are over 50 different types of AI controlled planes and
not all of these are enemies. Flying close to non enemy planes
really gives you a great sense of accuracy and it really makes
you appreciate the development of this realistic title. And then
you have the non flight variety of enemies which can cause you
some grief but nothing is more satisfying than flying close and
bombing them to kingdom come.
Once you have
finished the single-player mode or if you're after something a
little different, than why not try the mission editor. The
mission editor allows you to create your own missions and
needless to say, it can become quite addictive as you attempt to
create your own perfect environments. Just be warned, it's not
the easiest thing to do but at least the developers have tried
to do something different. As mentioned, the difficulty or
realism of the game can be scaled and by turning it to maximum,
the game becomes a true simulator as opposed to an arcade
fans, the game is compatible with DCS: Black Shark in both head
to head and cooperative play. Playing against other LOP owners
is very satisfying, especially in cooperative play because just
like Top Gun, this is what the experience feels like.
Unfortunately when we tried to play, we did not find too many
contenders and had to wait a little. Hopefully this will improve
with the release of the game. So whether you're a owner of LOP
or DSC: Black Shark, it's time to get rough.
is a very detailed game and does require a relatively high end
PC to run it successfully. Load times can also be an issue. Both
the interior and exteriors of the planes are extremely detailed
and then when you match the outside with reflective surfaces,
realism takes a new meaning. The terrain is photorealistic but
unfortunately as with most flight simulators, the closer you get
to the ground, the more flat it becomes. None the less, it's a
very nice looking game from start to finish with some great
weather effects and lighting (day and night missions).
In the end, Lock
On Platinum is a very realistic game that contains a rather
steep learning curve. If you have never played a simulator
before, the realism may turn you off but if you are after a very
realistic and engaging flight simulator, than this is the game.
The attention to detail is amazing and even the subtleties
are there from the slight differences between the US and Russian