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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 4.7
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.2
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.9
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
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. 3.8
Overall User Score (22 votes) 3.9

Critic Reviews

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Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge is an excellent addition to the Xbox lineup. It combines an enthralling story with addictive gameplay and endless value online. The sound and music are more than appropriate, adding significantly to the tension, leaving very little to complain about. Even if you don’t have Live, this offering aims to please with hours of gameplay that begs for multiple retries to attempt the whole game again at a higher difficulty with some of the planes you may have ignored in one go. If you have Live, this is a must buy. If you don’t, it still has great appeal that shouldn’t be overlooked.
The Video Game Critic (Jan 28, 2004)
Crimson Skies is easy to play and loaded with personality and subtle humor. Even the graphic quality of the computer-generated scenes is amazing, particularly the facial expressions. There's even a kick-ass split-screen multiplayer mode thrown in for good measure. There's not much bad you can say about Crimson Skies, and it's madly addictive to boot. I don't think I will ever stop playing this game.
Game Shark (Nov 27, 2003)
If you have Xbox Live then Crimson Skies is an essential purchase. For those contemplating signing up – this is the ideal game. Crimson skies comes complete with two months subscription to the online multiplayer system. Even without Xbox Live, Crimson Skies: The High Road to Revenge is a gorgeous action packed shoot ‘em up with a wonderfully quirky setting.
GamePro (US) (Oct 21, 2003)
That feeling is really the key to Crimson Skies appeal. The swelling chase music, idealized world, larger-than-life story, and easy-to-master controls combine to cut through the clutter of some more pretentious games and deliver a sense of majesty and bravery straight to your heart. You can’t help but get wrapped up in High Road to Revenge, and you won’t want to resist. Nor should you Crimson Skies is escapist gaming at its finest.
PGNx Media (Nov 07, 2003)
Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge is a very impressive game. Saying the game is a technical wonder isn’t an overstatement. But best of all, it’s a blast to play. There are tons of things to do and even more when you play online.
XBox Solution (XBS) (Nov 03, 2003)
Dashing heroes, dangerous dames, and deadly dogfights! That’s what the friendly skies have in wait for you when you pop Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge in your Xbox console. America does not exist as we know it. Texas seceded from the U.S. in an alternate past, and it’s a collection of nation-states now. Fighting is common among these nation-states and they have isolated themselves by demolishing roads, bridges and railways. The zeppelin and airplane have replaced cars and trains as the only reliable modes of transport. As these nations make war in the air, a new breed of air pirates has taken to the skies to seek -and steal- their fortunes. That’s where you come in, as Nathan Zachary, a rough and tumble air pirate out to make his fortune.
Deeko (2003)
Xbox gamers everywhere should breathe a collective sigh of relief, as the one year delay on Crimson Skies was well worth it. Quite frankly, this is one of the best reasons to own an Xbox and the Xbox live online service. The single player experience is downright fun and completely entertaining, with oodles of missions out there for your amusement. However, take the game online and you'll see that this is easily one of the best games on live to date. The incredible controls, stunning graphics, and beautiful soundtrack simply make Crimson Skies one of those rare games that never waver in its presentation, giving gamers an experience that can truly be appreciated on every level.
Game Chronicles (Nov 12, 2003)
The single player game offers a compelling story and loads of challenging gameplay that will certainly prepare you for the challenges that are already waiting for you when you go online against real humans. Even if you decide not to enjoy the massive multiplayer content this is still one title that no Xbox owner should be without.
GameZone (Oct 28, 2003)
Crimson Skies High Road to Revenge is a MUST HAVE game for your Xbox! This game has an enthralling single player and the multiplayer is out of this world. If you can only get one Xbox game this year, I highly suggest that you pick this up! You will not regret it. See you online.
The Next Level (USA) (Nov 14, 2003)
It's somewhat unfortunate that Crimson Skies has to share the limelight among several other high-profile online titles, including Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3. Crimson Skies is the type of game which will appeal to avid FPS fans or anyone with even a remote interest in flight-based action games (Ace Combat types, take note). Hyperbole notwithstanding, if you fall within that category, consider this a warranted purchase that you won't regret. And if you want get the most out of what this game has to offer and you don't have Xbox Live, well - you know what to do.
Game Over Online (Oct 27, 2003)
Crimson Skies: High Road To Revenge is a masterpiece for the Xbox. Players should thank the gaming gods that Microsoft refused to release this game until it did the series justice. This is a game that no Xbox owner should be without, and you’ll probably wind up playing it over and over again. I simply have one request for Microsoft: Make more of these games! The Crimson Skies universe is way too rich to merely be restricted to only two titles, and if Microsoft could repeat their success with this game for future sequels, they’ll have a runaway franchise on their hands.
Game Revolution (Oct, 2003)
But what they did, they did really, really well. Crimson Skies oozes style and substance, matching its PC counterpart bullet for bullet and raising the stakes with its upgraded control. Fans of any sort of action be it in the air or in the corridors - simply should not let this one get lost in the upcoming holiday game blitz. And I'm not just swashing your buckle.
IGN (Oct 20, 2003)
Crimson Skies High Road to Revenge is a lot of game for the price thanks to the 12 plus hours of single player and huge potential for online fun. When compared to Midtown Madness 3 and MechAssault, there seems to be extra motivation to complete CS's single player game beyond just getting the best vehicle. The story is compelling and mission types varied enough to keep me playing way past bedtime. The multiplayer game as we got to experience it prior to release was enjoyable but a little sterile compared to what we know it's going to be when the public has at it. And as we saw with MM3 and MA, really that's when things get exciting. Strangers talking trash in the skyways with rubber chickens fluttering from their wings should be enough to move Crimson Skies up on your list of must have Xbox Live games.
90 (Oct 31, 2003)
Fliegerherz, was willst Du mehr? Eine nette Story, richtig feine Grafik und ein erfrischend einfaches Spielprinzip, das immer wieder wohltuende Erinnerungen an die ersten Wing Commander-Spiele weckt, lassen einen nicht mehr vom Pad loskommen. Das Missionsdesign ist ebenfalls durchdacht und sorgt immer wieder genau im richtigen Zeitpunkt für Abwechslung und neue Herausforderungen. Und wer über Xbox Live-Anbindung verfügt, wird auch die knapp zwölf bis 15 Stunden Kampagnen-Spielzeit verschmerzen. Denn in punkto kurzweilige Action gibt es derzeit kein Xbox Live-Spiel, das Crimson Skies auch nur annähernd das Wasser reichen kann. Da der Simulationsaspekt trotz deutlich spürbarer Unterschiede der verschiedenen Flugzeuge auf ein Minimum zurück geschraubt wurde und die Steuerung prompt und gut reagiert, können sich sowohl alte Hasen als auch Flugfrischlinge auf einen spannenden und durchweg unterhaltsamen Flugaction-Ausflug in die Zeit der Luftpiraterie freuen!
ToTheGame (Oct 30, 2003)
A great game without a doubt, Crimson Skies should definitely be on your X-Mas list. Single player pulls you in for some good times with a story that was put together in fine fashion. A lot of action and some of the best dog fighting I’ve seen since Star Fox 64. Though the single player was good I’d like to think of it as a preamble to online play. Crimson Skies is just one of those games where Xbox Live is a must or you’re just not allowing yourself to have as much fun as possible. A great buy for all the fly boys (and girls) out there. You won’t be disappointed.
Xboxdynasty (XD) (Apr 03, 2005)
Crimson Skies ist für alle Xbox Spieler ein gelungenes Spiel geworden und macht im Single Player Modus und per Xbox Live enorm viel Spaß. Es ist extrem leicht und der Umfang ist auch okay, und mit den Content Downloads sogar erweiterbar. Nur Simulations-Flieger sollten besser die Finger von Crimson Skies lassen, denn das Spiel gewährleistet schnelle Action mit exzellenter Grafik und einfacher Bedienbarkeit.
Thunderbolt Games (Nov 12, 2003)
Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge is one of those games that does pretty much everything right but isn't really revolutionary in any way. However, the game mechanics are well thought out, the storyline is decent and dogfighting is great fun. Oh, and it's got pirates in. If you haven't got Xbox Live yet, then it's still worth your money for the singleplayer and the offline multiplayer modes alone. For Xbox Live owners though, it's really an essential purchase. At the end of the day, Crimson Skies' fast and furious gameplay, excellent graphics, top-notch presentation and lengthy lifespan make it a great all-round package and one of this winter's must-have games on Xbox.
90 (GAF) (Dec 15, 2003)
Granted, Crimson Skies isn't perfect. Some of the targeting could be a little easier to use, and the main game is fairly short. But, overall I highly recommend Crimson Skies to anyone who wants a fun game, and a fun online game that isn't sports or FPS.
Video Game Talk (Nov 07, 2003)
Despite facing a number of stumbling blocks throughout its production, many of which were detailed in a special on the Discovery Channel, Crimson Skies soars, well-worth every microsecond of the additional time that went into its creation. Addictive gameplay, stunning graphics, a fully fleshed-out single player experience, and a variety of infectious multiplayer modes make for one of the most compelling XBox purchases of the holiday season. Highly Recommended.
If Crimson Skies has any weaknesses (and it does) then it's the length of the solo game (like a lot of the best things it's over too soon), and the criminal lack of a co-operative mode (the story really lends itself to one too). Despite a couple of grumbles CS is a lovely game, and essential for budding Red Barons and Xbox Live subscribers - you even get a two month free Xbox Live trial certificate in the box if you have Broadband and fancy giving online gaming a try.
GotNext (Aug 03, 2004)
It's somewhat unfortunate that Crimson Skies has to share the limelight among several other high-profile online titles, including Rainbow Six 3. Crimson Skies is the type of game which will appeal to avid FPS fans or anyone with even a remote interest in flight-based action games (Ace Combat types, take note). Hyperbole notwithstanding, if you fall within that category, consider this a warranted purchase that you won't regret. And if you want get the most out of what this game has to offer and you don't have Xbox Live, well - you know what to do.
90 (Feb 16, 2004)
Crimsons Skies: High Road to Revenge is a great aerial combat game. It has just about everything you could want and need. There is also downloadable content for new aircraft and game types. Along with 16 player Xbox Live support and system link support how can you go wrong? The graphics, environments and aircraft damage are outstanding and make this a must have for Xbox owners.
Next Level Gaming (Oct 19, 2003)
I was tossed up a bit about the overall impact of this game on the market. Once again, it doesn't have a household name that seems to keep a lot of decent games from being looked at. Then I got this puppy online, and I was totally blown away. This is a great game, and one that online gamers should have on their shelf. I still would love to hear feedback from some of the hardcore flight gamers and see what you think. But this marks yet another solid solid solid game from Microsoft Game Studios. They seem to be on a roll lately, and good for them!
GameSpot (Oct 23, 2003)
The awesome online mode and strong single-player segment combine to make Crimson Skies an easy game to recommend to Xbox Live subscribers, and the enclosed two-month free trial lets nonsubscribers give it a shot--free of charge. While it would certainly have been nice to see more multiplayer maps--right off the bat--the five levels and different modes included provide hours of excitement. If you needed to find a reason to stay connected to Xbox Live for another 12 months, look no further.
88 (Dec 02, 2003)
Nathan Zachary, der Held aus Crimson Skies, ist für mich der Indiana Jones der Lüfte. Dank einer fantastischen Präsentation, spannenden Missionen und einer ungemein stimmungsvollen Atmosphäre verdient sich die Actionflugsimulation Crimson Skies von Microsoft Höchstnoten. Das interessante Setting, die unterschiedlichen Flugeigenschaften der Maschinen oder die spannenden Story, bei diesem Spiel passt einfach alles, so dass man Mängel schon mit der Lupe suchen muss. So wäre es schön gewesen, wenn man nach dem absolvieren der Kampagne eine freie Missionsauswahl gehabt hätte und nicht einfach mit den verbesserten Flugzeugen neu starten müsste. Der Wiederspielwert ist dank versteckter Extras aber dennoch recht hoch, für Xbox-Live-User ist der Titel ohnehin ein absoluter Must-Have.
XBox-Zone (Nov 11, 2003)
Was für ein Spiel! Seit Yager hat mich kein Actionspiel mehr so gefesselt wie der neueste Titel von den FASA Studios. Obwohl die Steuerung im Vergleich zu Yager sehr einfach ist, kann man mit seinem Flugzeug viele Manöver ausführen und in den Luftschlachten seine ganze Klasse unter Beweis stellen. Das Feature mit dem Benutzen von unterschiedlichen Flugzeugen und Geschützen wurde zudem hervorragend umgesetzt und sorgt für die nötige Abwechslung. Zum Mehrspielermodus fällt mir nur ein Wort ein: Wahnsinn! Egal ob per Splitscreen oder Xbox Live, Crimson Skies ist der König des Mehrspieler-Himmels.
GamingExcellence (Nov 11, 2005)
Crimson Skies was one of the debut titles for the Xbox, and remains a true gem. Although it's a few years old, it still offers a very solid single player campaign, incredibly addictive multiplayer over Xbox Live, and one of the most innovative and well-designed flight engines for the Xbox to date.
Netjak (Dec 24, 2003)
I have to say that I'm glad my first XBox review is for a game that meets our standards for excellence; otherwise, people would be saying that all I can do is rave about PS2 games. Crimson Skies is a great game, albeit very, very short, and a stripped down version of its predecessor. Crimson Skies is definitely worth playing through for the experience, although there isn't a whole lot to keep you around after the first play through if you're not online. I can see the replay being around a 9 or so if you enjoy the online multiplayer, but since I was playing it single player...that's why it's a 6.
80 (UK) (Oct 31, 2003)
Overall, High Road To Revenge is an excellent, polished package that offers instant and constant entertainment from the moment it hits the disc tray. It's by no means groundbreaking or remotely innovative, and you might get fed up with some rather samey single-player mission objectives, but it's all delivered with a charm and style that will win over your heart and ultimately offers a satisfying multiplayer facet that helps round off the package nicely. Definitely one of the most enjoyable Xbox releases we've seen this year.
GameSpy (Oct 20, 2003)
Crimson Skies was not a surprise -- from the first time I played it, I knew the only thing separating it from a positive review was time. This game exemplifies the sleeper hit; its unique feel, solid gameplay, and great aesthetics offer up something a little left of center, but it's something that anyone who's remotely interested in the genre should be checking out. One of the problems with the Xbox is that it has a shortage of the unique, personality-filled titles you see on other consoles. This is a feather in Microsoft's cap and offers something fresh and fun that just about anyone can enjoy.
Factornews (Dec 03, 2003)
Crimson Skies fait assurément parti des nombreux hits de fin d’année ! Les amateurs de sensations fortes ne peuvent passer à coté. Quand à ceux qui aimeraient s’essayer à un jeu d’avion, c’est le moment ou jamais !
80 (Nov 01, 2003)
Fun et bien réalisé, Crimson Skies est un titre qui s'apprécie aussi bien seul qu'à plusieurs. L'univers rétro et décalé donne une touche très particulière à ce jeu d'action dont les affrontements sont de véritables ballets aériens de toute beauté.
Gamesdog (Nov 10, 2003)
It is obvious from this outing that Crimson Skies was always meant for a console gamer. It's fun and fast paced with plenty of action. Better still it actually takes the boredom out of the flight sim. Great fun flying planes.
Diehard GameFan (Nov 24, 2003)
There are several game types to choose from, and up to sixteen people can play at the same time. Missions include Dogfight, which has every man for himself, Team Dogfight, which pits two teams against each other, a King of the Hill type game, and a Capture the Flag mission, where the flag just happens to be a chicken! If you have X-Box Live, you will have fun. I guarantee it.
Möjligen är handlingen lite tunnare nu än den var i första spelet, men man kan ändå inte låta bli att engagera sig och vilja komma vidare. Hur Nathan klarar av att både hämnas och pussla ihop flörtandet med alla vackra kvinnor ha nmöter tänker jag inte avslöja. Jag kan däremot lova att det är en fröjd att ta reda på det.
Crimson Skies is value packed. The single player portion of the game will take around 12 hours to complete depending on the amount of secrets you can find. But the most important part of the game is the multiplayer, and its good enough to make you put down your Halo 2. Upon entering the lobby you?ll get to choose from all of the planes that you played with from the single player mode. There are also around 7 different game types including, deathmatch, team deathmatch, capture-the-flag, keep away, and wild chicken which has you and 15 other players shooting down a flying chicken for points. I?ve spent about 15 hours in the multi-player and basically all of my games have been lag free. If that?s not enough, we also get tons of free downloadable content courtesy of the game?s developer ?Fasa Studio?. Planes, maps, game types it just feels good getting free material.