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“The sky was a maelstrom of exploding bombers, twisting tracers, flaming parachutes, and Robert's own burning fighter... then his engine quit!” FTSOC, short for FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA, is an air-combat action game based on the true events of America's secret volunteer squadrons that defended China against Japan in the China-Burma-India theatre of World War 2. Experience rarely depicted air-battles as you take on the role of headstrong fighter pilots, self-sacrificing transport navigators, and daring bomber crews and gunners of the AVG, the RAF, and the USAAF to repel the onslaught of the Japanese war machine. Dogfight skilled enemy aces using “hit and run” tactics, carry out breakaway air-strikes behind enemy lines, and take part in the defense of China's critical supply-routes, from Rangoon up the Burma road, and across the deadly Himalayan "Hump". FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA recreates some of the most legendary events of the China-Burma-India theatre. A decent collection of historical missions are included, such as the Japanese Christmas-raids on Rangoon, the AVG's first combat over Kunming, the Battle of the Salween Gorge, “Hump” transport missions over the Himalayas, flight-training at Kyedaw in Toungoo, the surprise Invasion of Malaya, and many more. RARELY DEPICTED AIR-BATTLES OF WORLD WAR 2 Action-packed campaign recreates the clandestine operations of the American Volunteer Group in fighter, bomber, gunner, reconnaissance, torpedo, and night missions. APPROACHABLE TAKE ON AIR-COMBAT Features TrazerTime slow-motion precision firing, arcade-like combat maneuvers, sim-style pitch & roll controls, moody weathers (including thunderous monsoons, beautiful sunsets and misty dawns), 20+ Allied and Japanese planes, adjustable mouse & keyboard, gamepad, and flightstick controls, and more! MULTIPLAYER FOR UP TO 16 PLAYERS Steam leaderboards eternalize players' online rankings across five battle modes! Coordinate devastating air-attacks in TEAM DOGFIGHT while providing cover for your comrades, outdo all enemies using powerful rocket weaponry in ROCKET BATTLE VS, or take to the skies to “Capture the Flag” in the FLAGBUSTERS mode. PAY ONCE AND PLAY No micro-transactions or F2P-elements - for a single purchase, you'll get the full, stand-alone experience - with unrestricted multiplayer! FLY IN COCKPIT OR THIRD-PERSON MODE Soar through the skies of Southeast Asia in third-person or cockpit view in a variety of American, British, Russian/Chinese, and Japanese aircraft. STRIKING RENDITION OF THE FAR EAST Faithful environments, beautiful graphics, booming sound effects and an epic-orchestral soundtrack create a lasting impression of the China-Burma-India theatre.
I keep the review short:
You like IL-2 Sturmovik but how do the 150+ assignable buttons get on your nerves? Flying is good but a tick Too realistic?
There you have Flying Tigers;
Pro: The WW2 feeling is da
- Arcade flight simulator with... PvP potential (but still more simulator than arcade
-planes are quite versatile (for early access amazingly many) and sound fantastic and look great
-It is amazingly simple but still quite difficult (with joystick)
- can be played with all kind of controller games (joystick, Keyboard, Mouse-Keyboard, Controller)
Incredibly beautiful terrain (graphical) and realistic weather effects
-More or less bug-free
-it crasht starting from a mission (with me) why the campaign is over from 75% for me (will certainly be fixed)
-Online is nobody there (1 server where sometimes 2-3 players are on it, which will not remain so, though)
-Unrealistic flight behavior with some airplanes (looping with a 20 meter transport as easy as with a 6 meter fighter??)
Conclusion: The game has a lot of potential and already uses a lot of it, but the game isn't really ready for the market (it's still a lot of fun)
should you buy it? Definitely. The game will not be in alpha/beta forever, and from then on I guarantee for a hammer game. Should I buy it NOW (05. 08. 16)? Not necessarily, since I only got out 5. 7 hours, but they were surprisingly good.
(Reviews might be translated for user convenience)