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As long as you don’t expect a riveting simulation or some epic WWI tale, Wings of War is an entertaining, albeit arcade, flight combat game with lots of action spread across a massive campaign with plenty of unique missions, both ground and air. It’s not going to compete with the AAA titles out there but at $19, it wasn’t meant to.
Wings of War is a solid combat title for Xbox owners who want a more arcade like experience. Unfortunately, Silver Wish Games didn’t take the game online. Nonetheless, for $20, you’re getting many hours of enjoyment out of it.
You’ve got to hand it to these guys, they took on a niche game that few have tried before. In the last 15 years I can think of only one World War I flying game on a console – Wings 2: Aces High for the SNES. Even taking in handhelds, you only add the Lynx’s Warbirds and GBA’s old Cinemaware PC game convert Wings. That is pretty slim pickings. Gathering and Silver Wish Games are to be commended for adding a very solid entry in this under-utilized genre … and for $19.99, anyone who has an interest in flight games should pick Wing Of War up and take it for a dogfight.
The Xbox version doesn't include any kind of multiplayer game, either online or split-screen. This is especially unfortunate given that the PC version of Wings of War includes several multiplayer modes. The Xbox version is also lacking some of the advanced control options available to PC users, and it supports fewer total planes in instant action mode. Given a choice, the PC version is clearly the one to get. That said, Wings of War is a simple but lengthy and often exciting single-player experience that's a real credit to the world of budget-priced games.
Next Level Gaming
The game Wings of War is actually not a bad game. It is a pretty good budget title. It is like Crimson Skies without the Xbox Live support. And that could be a problem. This game could have maybe scored a much higher score if it did support Xbox Live and came in at a $20 price. But it is just a basic old school shooter. The graphics are decent at best and you are basically getting what you paid for. The controls are pretty good and you get a lot of missions and planes in the game. Not a bad job by the developers. A nice little budget title game.
If you are looking for a good flyer and really do not need the multiplayer, then I would recommend picking up this affordable title. The campaign mode is outstanding and provides quite a few hours of fun and mayhem. Who can resist fun and mayhem? The lack of multiplayer severely hurts this title for me, but the cost helps ease some of the pain.
As a budget title we wouldn’t hesitate to call Wings of War a classic, as it’s well worth the inexpensive asking price. Budget titles are notorious for being shoddy and everything else bad, but this one here strays onto a better path. It’s a fast-paced title that never lets you pause for breath, and for such a cheap price we have never found the hostile skies so inviting.
Wings of War is a game that surprised us, not only by its sudden appearance but also by its playability. The fact that it has released at a budget price just sweetens the deal, making it one of the more enjoyable budget new releases we have played. For those looking for the cheap thrills of a reasonably challenging arcade flight game we can certainly recommend Wings of War.
Wings of War isn’t a bad game, it just lacks the right elements that make arcade-styled flight combat games a real treat to play. The missions are plentiful but many of them become repetitive but it’s the jerky flight controls that will frustrate gamers the most. Try this one out as a weekend rental.
While there are some frustrating shortcomings, Wings of War isn't too bad for the price. Though the World War I setting is fairly superficial, the developers have created an enjoyable arcade game. People who are looking for more than just mindless action will find their enjoyment of this game compromised by the complete lack of any sort of narrative. Gamers who don't mind the lack of story may still find themselves turned off by the overly long missions. Multiplayer (for the PC version) might provide some extra enjoyment but there simply aren't enough players online right now to tell. As for Xbox Live? Well, the ain't any. What is there, Instant Action Deathmatch, is balanced like a kernel in a popcorn kettle, i.e., not terribly balanced at all.
Game Informer Magazine
It's right around the first time you jump from one biplane to another while in flight that you realize the line between realistic combat flight sim and arcade shooters has been muddled, confused, and utterly lost somewhere along the way. Wings of War isn't really terrible as much as it is uncertain about its own identity.
Wings of War is a great game from a little developer which most people will pass up, but they shouldn't. I believe they where close to making a great game, but decided somewhere that they needed arcadish elements which spoiled the overall feeling. I would suggest renting Wings first unless you a war plane buff.
Wings of War knows seat time is its strength and does an excellent job of making sure that 99 percent of the time you put into the game is spent manning the controls. While flight sim purists may belittle it for including modern aids like radar and game-like powerups of shields and rockets, it's those very additions that make it so playable for everyone else. The real failing here is the unfamiliarity and limited appeal of WWI and the lack of Live support, but if the yearn to pull-on the leather cap and goggles and throw the scarf around your neck strikes, by all means hop in and give her a whirl.
Wings of War hat sicher nicht annähernd die Klasse eines Crimson Skies, aber nostalgische PC-Piloten mit schmalem Geldbeutel und gelegentlichen Multiplayer-Ambitionen werden dennoch ausreichend bedient - einen passenden Joystick vorausgesetzt. Eine spannend inszenierte Kampagne, kompromisslosen Realismus oder audiovisuelle Höhenflüge solltet ihr allerdings nicht erwarten, und gleichzeitig gewagte Stilkreuzungen wie ein Weltkriegsszenario mit farbenfroher Power-Up-Hatz mögen. Auf der Xbox gibt es sogar überhaupt keinen Grund im Take2-Cockpit Platz zu nehmen, da der mittlerweile ebenfalls zum Sparpreis erhältliche Überflieger Crimson Skies 2 dem technisch biederen und spielerisch unausgereiften Billigflieger aus Tschechien in fast allen Belangen haushoch überlegen ist.
Wings of War ist zwar wunderbar zugänglich, aber leider ebenso öde. Wer Einsteiger ins Flugzeug-Cockpit locken will, muss mehr bieten als dumpfes Dauerfeuer. Story, Atmosphäre, Interaktionen mit Flügelmännern all das fehlt bei Wings of War.