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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.8
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.8
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.9
Overall User Score (40 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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Crimson Skies is, quite simply, one of the most enjoyable game experiences I've played in some time. Innovation, game play and design are blended in near-perfect measures, resulting in a game that's such a delight to play that I'm already begun working our way through it for the second time -- which is something we haven't done since the first Descent: FreeSpace. FASA Interactive's first game for Microsoft is a brilliant action game that allows the player to really feel like a star throughout the course of the 24 missions, which lead from the sunny skies of Hawaii to a giant movie lot in Hollywood and a secret fortress in the clouds, then culminate in a dramatic chase through the darkened city streets of midtown Manhattan.
Gamer's Pulse (Oct 11, 2000)
Crimson Skies is a definite gem of a game. With no major problems and a high level of fun, this flight sim may have the effect of revitalizing the market. I haven’t had so much fun with a flight sim since Red Baron. I wholeheartedly recommend this game to all people in search of a good flight sim - or just a chance to be a daredevil pilot.
Gamezilla (Oct 20, 2000)
While suffering from some initial problems with a repetitive soundtrack and audio related performance issues, Crimson Skies makes up for it with strong and unique gameplay, detailed graphics, and a 1930's feeling that just won't quit. All of you Rocketeer fans out there better sit up and take notice, this is the closest you'll ever get.
Game Revolution (Sep 01, 2000)
Okay, when I say pirates, what's the first thing that comes to your mind? Chances are, you just pictured the skull and crossbones, some dude that looks like Captain Hook, or even that drunk guy hanging out with a pig in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. But what if the path of history took a different course and pirates turned out to be smooth talking, fearless warriors of the air rather than liquor-guzzling sea ruffians? Well, Microsoft and Zipper Interactive have imagined just that and cranked out a game worthy of an old Hollywood studio.
So many small nuances coalesce here to make this game one of the most rewarding flight experiences since the generation of TIE Fighter and Wing Commander IV. Graphics, Music, Sound and superb gameplay are all to be found here in one form or another. The flight model is realistic enough to provide a challenge, but very forgiving to beginners. It isn’t really a flight sim so much as a great adventure that happens to take place behind a cockpit in the great blue vastness of the firmaments. The small number of bugs and problems with loading times can be bothersome, but they aren’t nearly enough to bring this title crashing into the sea of mediocrity. Here is captured the essence of what made Errol Flynn’s movies classics; the chance to be a dashing swashbuckling hero and live adventures instead of watching them in black and white on the television.
ESC Magazine (Oct 16, 2000)
A final reminder: Flight sim enthusiasts, either temporarily forget your quest for the perfect flight model or go elsewhere. The rest of you, don’t pass up this title. Crimson Skies puts gameplay first and realism second, and the end result is one of the most playable free-flying objective-based action games since the classic TIE Fighter. Undoubtedly one of the best releases of 2000, Crimson Skies will provide hours of thrills, spills, and the occasional erased save-game (patch before you get anywhere!). With a fast-paced storyline, a strong atmosphere, intense gameplay and a high fun factor, the only thing Crimson Skies needs to make me happy is a sequel.
Power Unlimited (Oct, 2000)
Microsoft gaat met Crimson Skies waarschijnlijk goede zaken doen, want welke gamer kan weerstand bieden aan een spel met een sterk verhaal, goede aktie en een vernieuwende gameplay. Ik in ieder geval niet, ik ben weer helemaal down met flightsims.
Absolute Games (AG.ru) (Oct 10, 2000)
Выискивание достоинств и недостатков, тыканье пальцем в отдельные элементы игры, с мясом вырванные из контекста — занятие неблагодарное. Главное не в этом. Значимо лишь то, что у игры есть абсолютно уникальный стиль. Все эти причудливые самолеты, дирижабли, отрывки из газет в межмиссионых экранах, свинговый саундтрек и черно-белая фотография красотки в каюте главного героя образуют целостную, неповторимую картину “другой” Америки тридцатых годов. Последний раз такое было, кажется, в Interstate’76. То есть двадц… простите, три с лишним года назад.
Pro: Durchweg gelungene und abgefahrene Geschichte um einen galanten Freibeuter mit dem Charme der flippigen Dreißiger Jahre, verpackt in abwechslungsreiche und rasante Missionen.
Contra: Es spricht nichts gegen dieses Spiel, wenn man unkomplizierte, spaßige Action mag.
Fazit: Einsteigen, losfliegen, Atmosphäre genießen. Wer auch nur ansatzweise etwas fürs Fliegen übrig hat, muss dieses Spiel zumindest angetestet haben.
Voor piloten die niet kunnen vliegen en toch door de lucht willen zwieren, en Young Indiana Jones-achtige avonturen willen beleven in een tijd die had kunnen bestaan als het lot anders had beslist, is de semi-flightsim Crimson Skies het aangewezen spel.
ActionTrip (Oct 10, 2000)
From all things mentioned, you can but draw a conclusion that the game is great. But, it just happens to be one of those games (one of those many games) that got released unfinished. Crimson Skies is in a bad need of a patch. First, while loading the missions, you can detect a slowdown in the whole system, and you can experience a system crash. If you "survive" the mission loading, it will play without problems. But this is not the main problem; the worst thing is that the game erases your saved games during the campaign for no apparent reason. This has something to do with the way the save-games are stored. It sometimes happens that a saved game gets deleted when the player creates a plane for single player or multiplayer missions. The elements of flight simulation in Crimson Skies in combination with a lot of shooting and a lot of acrobatics, all wrapped in a cute story promise a great game, but the general feel of the game will be ruined if the patch doesn't appear soon.
IGN (Sep 22, 2000)
What the hell happened? After getting my hopes up about this game, I've been disappointed by the reliability of the released version. My opinion has changed a little bit since I posted my First Impressions last Monday and although I still love the game, some gamers (including me) have been experiencing a minor but admitedly annoying bug that corrupts their saved game data.
The second Crimson Skies was up and running, I started enjoying myself immensely. All you need to know is where the trigger and throttle buttons are and you’re ready to go. Missions are well put together with plenty of brief real-time cutscenes to let the player know exactly what their next objective is and what it looks like. The game’s chief asset is its ambience and character. Whether you’re in the middle of a mission or loading a plane up with new ordinance, the game is brimming with audio and period artwork, and all the stereotypical characters you’d expect from a ‘30s radio serial. The terrain texturing could have used some work, but who cares? All but the most realism-bent flight sim fanatics will love this game. People with older machines should beware, however. Despite the game’s relatively low graphic detail, it demands a high-end PC.
GameStar (Germany) (Oct, 2000)
Ja, genau so muss es sein! Crimson Skies macht einen Heidenspaß, ohne zum fliegerischen Leichtgewicht zu verkommen. Klar, die Maschinen kann man leicht in der Luft halten, doch nur solange einem kein Gegner im Nacken sitzt. Trotz einer gewissen Übungsphase stören mich aber auch Abschüsse nur wenig – umso motivierter starte ich den zweiten Versuch. Dafür sorgen die spannenden Missionsziele und eine Story, die immer wieder für eine Überraschung gut ist. Oder hätten Sie geglaubt, dass ein U-Boot auch als Flugzeugrampe dienen kann? Die schöne Grafik vergisst man fast dabei. Schade nur, dass Crimson Skies ein wenig zu kurz geraten ist. Geübte Piloten werden selbst auf dem höchsten Schwierigkeitsgrad spätestens nach einem Wochenende den Abspann sehen. Doch bis dahin werden sie exzellent unterhalten. Wer auf Action-lastige Fliegerei steht, sollte unbedingt zuschlagen
Gameplay (Benelux) (Oct 30, 2000)
Een bruisende cocktail van vliegkunst, aktie en avontuur. Een aanrader en niet alleen voor flightsim liefhebbers!
4Players.de (Nov 02, 2000)
Ein Spiel, das man einfach lieben muss. Ob nun ein schnelles Gefecht oder die ganze Kampagne, ganz egal, es macht einen Heidenspaß mit der Flugkiste in die Luft zu gehen und eine Mission nach der anderen zu fliegen. Der „nur noch eine Mission"-Virus hat mich voll erwischt. Alles in allem ein Spiel, das die Bezeichnung Top verdient.
Wahnsinn! Welch grandiose Luftkämpfe! Mit dem Seitenruder bleiben Sie an fast jedem Jäger dran oder fliegen die krassesten Manöver - ich habe etwa einen Zug überholt. In einem Eisenbahntunnel, wohlgemerkt.
Ein wirklich gelungenes Spiel, das einiges an Respekt verdient. Der Held des Abenteuers redet frei Schnauze und bringt somit viel Spaß ins Geschehen. Auch die Idee, die Flugsimulation eher in ein Action-Adventure zu packen, bringt Crimson Skies einige Bonuspunkte ein, da hierdurch die Motivation wesentlich gesteigert wird. Einziger Kritikpunkt ist die - jedenfalls für geübte Flieger - relativ kurze Spieldauer.
Jeuxvideo.com (Oct 23, 2000)
Mais le revers de la médaille peut s'avérer bien lourd. Surtout quand on ne prend pas le temps de paufiner ses jeux... Il reste ainsi quelques bugs il est vrai dans Crimson Skies. Les menus par exemple sont très très lourds, forçant des chargements bien trop longs ou des longueurs inexpliquées. Pareil pour les différentes interfaces qui vont sûrement alourdir encore le phénomène sur les plus petites configurations. La version américaine possédait en plus un bug qui écrasait les sauvegardes aléatoirement, je vous laisse imaginer les dégâts quand vous êtes à 2 missions de la fin... Je n'ai pas eu l'horreur de voir ce bug dans la version française testée et j'espère qu'il aura été corrigé...
GameSpy (Sep 30, 2000)
All gamers, flight fans and novices alike can find a lot to be happy within Crimson Skies. It's lot of fun and instills a great sense of adventure to its players.
Crimson Skies er en fis og ballade version af Combat Fighter Simulatoren, og byder på mange fornøjelige timer. Det er ikke dedikeret til hardcore-flyfolket, ej heller til det rene action-publikum. Spillet er simpelthen beregnet til dem der kan lide at flyve uden at tage hele tastaturet i brug, og dem der bare kan lide et rigtigt godt shoot-'em-up - og dem er der jo, vor herre bevares, nogle stykker af.
PC Games (Germany) (Oct, 2000)
Optik und Action waren bei der Entwicklung von Crimson Skies augenscheinlich wichtiger als akkurate Flugphysik und Realismus. Die Landschaften und Maschinen begeistern mit einer verschwenderischen Liebe zum Detail und der Soundtrack swingt stilecht fit, während Sie die Gegner reihenweise vom Himmel pusten. Realismusfanatiker wird Crimson Skies allerdings unterfordern.
If you have a nice system, and you like flight sims, pick up Crimson Skies. If you have a mediocre system (like mine), and like flight sims, get an upgrade, then get Crimson Skies.
PC Joker (Oct, 2000)
Der Sound schließlich entspricht dem durchgehend positiven Gesamteindruck. Charlestonmusik gibt es ebenso wie dramatische Klänge, dazu natürlich massig Effekte und deutsche Sprachausgabe. Letztere ist oft humorvoll, streckenweise aber etwas zu hektisch: Nicht immer haben wir kapiert, was uns der Wingman oder ein großmäuliger Gegner nun eigentlich sagen wollte. Drücken wenigstens wir uns also unmissverständlich aus: Crimson Skies es ist die Flugsimulation für den besonderen Geschmack, quasi der Errol Flynn der Lüfte. Noch Fragen?
Akustisch und optisch ist das Spiel selbst nach zwei Jahren noch oberer Durchschnitt. Die Musik fetzt im passenden 30er-Jahre-Stil, und die Landschaften sind schön gestaltet. An den Fliegern, Booten, Zeppelinen und Fahrzeugen sieht man viele kleine Details, die Stimmen wirken markant und professionell. Crimson Skies ist ein Vergnügen für alle Freunde der Fliegerei – alles andere als eine Luftnummer. Ein klar verdientes „gut“.
If your PC is up to it, this is one impressive game. It's a great twist on the average dogfighter; the visuals will make you tremble and the gameplay is easy to get into, full of action and a whole lot of fun. And multiplayer provides a wicked twist to the current FPS frenzy. The only people who'll be disappointed are the kind that like to sit for six hours at a PC, piloting a jumbo across the Atlantic in real-time.
Gry OnLine (Dec 14, 2000)
Jednak to, co najważniejsze, czyli grywalność stoi na najwyższym poziomie. Łatwość pilotażu połączona z dynamiczną akcją i jej przebiegiem, gwarantują godziny dobrej zabawy. Niektórych może drażnić zbyt uproszczony model lotu, ale przecież zamierzeniem twórców nie było bicie rekordów realizmu, tylko dostarczenie każdemu dobrej zabawy. Jeżeli dodamy do tego doskonałą oprawę audio-wizualną i przymkniemy oko na drobne wady, to otrzymamy produkt prawie najwyższych lotów. Suma sumarum, pomimo powyższych wad, Crimson Skies to gra naprawdę warta polecenia i jeżeli Microsoft kilka lat temu stworzyłby system operacyjny dostarczający równie wiele przyjemności użytkownikowi, to dzisiaj nikt nie śmiałby się z Pana Gatesa.
But the handling of the planes themselves, once you get used to the controls, is fine, and the levels are laid out well enough that flying around in them is fun. There are plenty of tunnels, canyons, and crevices to fly through, whether of the natural (Hawaii) or human- made (Manhattan) variety, and you win kudos from your team and snapshots for your ingame scrapbook for flying through especially tight spots. Meanwhile, the worse the odds against you become, the more exhilarating it is when you prevail. It may take three or four tries, but when you finally sneak your plane through the gap between two bridge struts, blowing the thing up as you pass, there’s no feeling in the world like it. It may not be “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” but CRIMSON SKIES can certainly hold its own with all the Universal Studios serials I’ve ever seen, and that’s more than any computer game before it could say.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Oct 31, 2000)
Crimson Skies is an exceptionally fun game to play - the fight model is spot-on (entertainment wise), and the missions and storyline are both sufficiently interesting to keep the player involved in the action. The superb graphics and sound are the icing on the cake, and whilst multiplayer is not as well-polished as the rest of the package it is still a worthwhile complement to the singleplayer game. The only major flaw in Crimson Skies is the front end - not only is it unresponsive at times and prone to the odd crash, but the first version of the game contained several bugs which could erase saved games under certain circumstances. If you do buy Crimson Skies, your first port of call should be the official website to download the patch for these problems...
Gamekult (Oct 11, 2000)
Pour les amateurs de combats aériens avides de simulation savamment équilibrée avec l'action défoulante, Crimson Skies est un must ! Tous ceux qui ont toujours rêvé de pilotages virtuels d'avion à hélices sans jamais avoir osé passer le cap du briefing, Crimson Skies constitue le pas à franchir absolument. Avec son univers "années 40" déjanté, ses missions intenses et variées, sa jouabilité hors-pair, et ses graphismes 3D exceptionnels, Crimson Skies tient vraiment toutes ses promesses, faisant presque oublier ses quelques bugs fâcheux, et la configuration PC plus soutenue que la moyenne requise pour en profiter. Microsoft, en gardant tous les éléments indispensables à une simulation tout en édulcorant les aspects les plus rébarbatifs, signe ici un spectacle aérien très réussi et à la portée de tous.
2404.org PC Gaming (Oct 26, 2002)
I really enjoyed this game and can recommend it to anyone who likes flying combat Sims. Even the multiplayer is fun which has the basic types: Deathmatch, capture the flag and defend your Zeppelin. In each type, there is a refuel station that once you fly through, all damage is repaired and all ammo is replenished.
WomenGamers.com (Nov 07, 2000)
I’ll be honest with you. I’m not a real fan of flight simulators and here’s why: Most of the time, I find myself grappling with keyboard or joystick controls, both in configuration and execution. Rather than shooting the enemy right to the next century, I struggle haplessly with a hundred and one buttons and notches.
JeuxVideoPC.com (Aug 03, 2006)
Se déroulant dans un monde librement inspiré des années trente où l’aviation connait un essor florissant, Crimson Skies fait partie des dogfights les plus incontournables de toute l’histoire du jeu vidéo. Retour, à l’occasion de ce nouveau test, sur ce titre très axé arcade, fruit de l’imagination débridée des créateurs de MechWarrior.
Gameplanet (Oct 25, 2000)
The game's graphics are excellent throughout, and they feature wonderful landscapes and clean, crisp aircraft models. The colors are bright, and the effect is in keeping with the story, as it all seems larger than life. Crimson Skies uses the variety of locales to keep the gameplay fresh, and when combined with the story, it's enough to push you through the game without ever slowing down.
Jammer van de technische onvolmaaktheden want anders was dit moeiteloos een van de beste games van het jaar geworden.
GameSpot (Sep 22, 2000)
The game's graphics are excellent throughout, and they feature wonderful landscapes and clean, crisp aircraft models. The colors are bright, and the effect is in keeping with the story, as it all seems larger than life. Crimson Skies uses the variety of locales to keep the gameplay fresh, and when combined with the story, it's enough to push you through the game without ever slowing down.
Fragland.net (Sep 18, 2002)
Since the latest titles from Microsoft weren't all that good, and the beta version of Crimson Skies didn't work on my computer (it made my pc crash) I wasn't all in favor of testing this game. To my surprise, however, I did like it (and I'm in no way a flightsim lover).
PC Gamer Brasil (Dec, 2000)
Crimson Skies, apesar de toda a sua aparência de simulador de vôo, já que os heróis entram em ação a bordo de máquinas voadoras, tende mais para o lado dos arcades, não obrigando o jogador a ter de passar noites em claro estudando aerodinâmica e centenas de teclas para ativar cada parte do avião. Para exemplificar melhor, será que você se lembra de um game pré-jurássico chamado Afterbunner? Sim, aquele que os velhos TK-90s e MSXs rodavam com uma pobreza gigantesca de requintes gráficos, mas que faziam os jogadores passaram horas e mais horas brincando de Top Gun. O novo game da Microsoft é mais ou menos assim. Pelo menos no conceito. Mas, antes de pré-julgar Crinson Skies, o que pode ser um pecado capital, é muito importante conhecer seus pontos fortes.

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