This is a dogfighting game featuring a more accessible aesthetic and some fun gameplay. It features two campaigns to work through, a survival mode and a local 1v1 multiplayer setup. The campaigns available are the Triple Alliance and Triple Entente.
Both offer unique perspectives story wise using pictures with voiced dialogue to tell a story every so often between the missions present. There’s a good selection of missions to work through, and they do tell a decent historical type of tale.
There are also a wide range of planes to work towards, with some cosmetic adjustments being present. The levels themselves feature things such as destroying targets, rushing through hoops or even protecting assets. There’s a good amount of variation there, and that keeps it mostly fresh throughout.
This carries a rather interesting visual cartoon aesthetic that looks really good in action. It’s vibrant, and presents some stunning backdrops. You can enjoy these whether it’s the bright day, or when the stars are shining above in the night sky. The clouds are volumetric and super puffy to fly through.
The combat isn’t too difficult, but you may face some situations where you get blasted out of the sky. Aside from regular firing, you do have some abilities to deploy during combat. This includes doing a barrel roll, a sort of flip around and even some target options.
Those include having a squadron come in to assist, or to perform a sort of assassination move on an injured pilot. It’s fairly clear to understand what you’re doing in the levels and it’s well presented for sure. You’re also always earning stars towards upgrading your planes overall in order to improve smaller elements of how effective they are in combat.
Red Wings: Aces of the Sky is a fairly solid dogfighting game presenting a good selection of maps, and some alright supplementary modes. I think it hits the mark as being a somewhat fun experience, and having variation in regards to what your goals are in each level.
The two campaigns bring some interesting narrative moments amidst the battling you’re doing in the skies. Both have a decent amount of levels to them, and I think this one could go further with a follow-up down the road.
It’s got a neat visual style to it, and presents quite a bit of fast paced action. There’s a decent selection of planes, adjustments and ways to engage with this. It’s probably got some level of finite gameplay to it, but a fine time when you’re giving it a whirl.
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