Aces of War
Aces of War is the latest flight sim epic
to land on the PSP that is developed by 505 Games and is set in the
turbulent setting of World War II. Featuring traditional flight
sim/arcade gameplay, the PSP version accurately portrays a wide variety
of WWII aircrafts that also allows you to recreate historical accurate
events such as the invasion of Pearl Harbour and other wartime
accurate settings and context and realistic briefing sessions make
for a truly realistic flight sim.
Choose to fly in
simulation or arcade mode.
Play in Free Flight
mode to experience both flying simulation and combat.
Bring your skills to
the edge to unlock a full range of secret airplanes.
secret planes in your storage hangar
Multiple missions to
complete allowing for great longevity
and realistic recreation of aircrafts
Before embarking on your
mission, players have the choice of selecting two main modes of play
which include arcade or simulation. The arcade mode is similar to your
traditional arcade flight simulators that lets player get straight into
the crux of the battle and lets realism take a back a seat. This mode
also gives the gamer more access to firepower and makes the enemy behave a
little less aggressive then simulator mode.
Whereas simulator mode
follows the laws of physics to the letter that limits the number of hits
your aircraft can take and also increases the difficulty of enemy pilots.
Needless to say, depending on your preferred mode, there is definitely a
choice for everyone or how much time you have to spare.
Apart from arcade and simulation, the gamer can
also experience a realistic free flight mode that lets the player sore
through the majestic skies in a variety of World War II settings.
The control system of
Aces of War is quite easy to master with almost all buttons on the PSP
used with the analog stick used to steer your aircraft. I must admit
that the control system is a little lapse when playing the arcade mode
due to the speed of the gameplay, however with simulation, the control
is quite apt and handles quite realistically.
Those not use to the PSP
control system may take some time in mastering, however more experienced
gamers should have no difficulty whatsoever. With this in mind, some
missions are extremely frustrating as you can literally dog fight for
quite a considerable amount of time.
Graphically, Aces of War is a visual treat on the PlayStation Portal
that contains historically accurate World War II aircraft modes which
move with a real-world realism and grace. Each aircraft features high
resolution textures with reflective surfaces.
The only downside to Aces
of War are the background environments that range from sparse to
sometimes detailed, depending on the mission you are playing. The water
affect looks quite impressive while you are flying dangerously close,
however from the air it looks like quite flat and uninspiring.
The mainland missions are rather detailed for such a small console and
will impress most gamers. There are also a variety of views available,
depending on which gameplay mode you are playing whether it's a in-cabin
view or outside the aircraft view, both quite cool.
Featuring a World War II
musical score, Aces of War features all the sounds you would expect to
hear during this lull in humanity. The engine sounds are quite deep and
match that with explosions and the rata tata ta of the machine guns and
505 Games have really upped the ante of what the PSP can do.
In conclusion, Aces of War is a sturdy game that although may not appeal
to all gamers will definitely hold an audience for those gamers who just
love flight simulators, especially for those that wish to play this on
the go. Decent graphics, great sound and addictive and varied gameplay,
Aces of War is a must have for those lovers of this genre.