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Die Blazing Angels haben mit ihrem zweiten Auftritt eindeutig einen Schritt nach vorne gemacht. Nicht nur technisch, sondern vor allem inhaltlich sorgt die Fliegerei trotz mancher Frustmomente und Orientierungslosigkeit mit abwechslungsreicheren Missionen und dem Tuning-Part für gute Unterhaltung. Zwar wird euch die Kampagne schon relativ lange beschäftigen, doch ist es vor allem die gelungene Auswahl an Mehrspieler-Partien, die dafür sorgt, dass Blazing Angels auch nach erfolgreich absolvierten Einzelspielermissionen immer wieder im Laufwerk landen kann. Schade ist nur, dass man die Technik vor allem am PC immer noch nicht richtig im Griff hat und es gerade in hektischen Kampfmomenten immer wieder zu fiesen Slowdowns kommt und PC-Piloten sich ein ums andere Mal über die Textur- und Schattendarstellung aufregen. Unverständlich erscheint mir außerdem, warum ich nur mit der Simulationssteuerung in der Cockpitansicht fliegen darf.
But in the end, Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII simply isn't worth the price of admission. We'd like to recommend it for fans of the original, but even then, there are some fantastic titles sitting on the shelves right now. While this one isn't bad at all, the AI is questionable, the combat is plagued by some lame-duck special effects, the control and collision detection is erratic, and your wingmen simply don't live up to expectations. The positives do outweigh the negatives, thanks mostly to a deep and entertaining upgrade system and that arcade-style accessibility, but there are certainly better titles to be had. Chances are, you're already behind on all the greatness from 2007, and while we'd like to reiterate that Secret Missions of WWII is a pretty good game, we have to conclude it's not a "must-have" title. For flight aficionados, though, it'll make for a good rental.
Blazing Angels 2 is a very clear improvement over the original game, though the balance has swung over to the easy side in this sequel. And, of course, if you like your WWII games to be historical and rooted in fact, you probably won't enjoy flying a prototype jet under the Golden Gate Bridge very much. But if you're after a loose, simple game where you get to fly a lot of different, crazy planes and blow up a billion German fighters, you'll probably have a good time.
While it's a more arcade-like take on the Nazi conflict, Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII is enjoyable, albeit easy. The game is somewhat unbalanced thanks to the numerous weapon pickups, wingmen that aren't particularly useful, and large numbers of ineffectual opponents. However, there is some fun to be had, even if you find yourself blowing through the single player missions and taking out the limited number of pilots online via multiplayer.
As a sequel, Blazing Angels 2 is a much better game than the original but its few problems keep this game from being an excellent arcade-styled aerial combat game for the PS3. While the missions are fun and the online multiplayer more than adequate, the game can be completed with very little trouble. If you enjoyed the first game you will certainly like this one even more.
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Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII is an improvement over its predecessor, but still suffers from a few obvious flaws in its design to be considered a 'must-have' title. However, if you dig flying planes and shooting stuff, this title is certainly worth checking out.