Summary: Combat flight simulators, like real-time strategy games, are a resilient breed which has always struggled to find its place on consoles. A mouse and keyboard control scheme is almost always preferred over a gamepad when it comes to fast-paced strategy games, and flight sims really need a flightstick if you are going to opt for a realistic feel. Console flight sims traditionally veer into the arcade space ( H.A.W.X.
Excerpt: A plethora of games use the theater of war as their centerpieces, relying solely on the battles fought by ground troops. With first-person shooters still on the rise thanks to Call of Duty, Battlefield, and Halo, it’s no wonder why the trend has continued for over the past decade. It’s rare then, when a developer decides to tell the story of conflict through navies or aerial forces.
Pros: Enjoyable combat, Mission editor and unlocks add longevity, Visual touches like anti-air shells add great ambiance
Cons: Unsatisfying competitive multiplayer, Aimless flying for minutes on end, Nothing truly wows
Conclusion: Birds of Steel had real potential. It had the visuals, the historical missions and the online co-op and head-to-head action. The controls pretty much ruined the experience. A little bit more work on those and this game is up there with the IL-2's of the world.
Excerpt: There are definitely not enough flight sims on the PS3 and generally this genre has been allocated to PC Gamers. Fortunately this is not the case for this game and developers Gaijin have released Birds of Steel for the PS3 that boasts around 100 classic planes such as the Messerschmitt and even the Australian Beaufighter MK21. Consider this Forza game for flight sim fans!
Excerpt: I lauded it as a great simulator, let down by console controllers. Now I am introduced to Birds of Steel, a new flight simulator with two of the greatest things in gaming: World War II and fighter planes!
Summary: Flying. It’s the shit, am I right folks? Honestly, what’s not to love? The speed. The freedom. The scope. There’s just one problem... Though I REALLY want to like flight simulators, I just don’t. I reckon the bulk of gamers might echo these sentiments too. And for this reason alone, many gamers won’t enjoy Birds of Steel . I didn’t, not really. But as a flight sim, it’s actually rather spiffing! In Birds of Steel, Planes fly less good without both wings.
Conclusion: We’re not going to lie – this isn’t for everyone. Historical flight simulators / games are hardly the top of everyone’s list, but those lamenting the stumble of Microsoft Flight or desiring something new to delve into, there’s plenty here to keep virtual pilots happy.
Excerpt: Birds of Steel is a fairly rare thing. It’s a serious vintage combat flight sim on consoles. It eschews much of the hyperbole of modern combat flyers, avoids the over-the-top action of arcade flyers and pitches itself firmly at the sort of console gamer that avidly watches the History Channel. It’s not a wide market, for sure.
Cons: Ground scenery gets a little rough around the edges at times., Campaign mode pacing is hampered with repetition., Voice acting makes radio chatter cringeworthy.
Excerpt: Wohl kaum eine andere Epoche der Luftkriege bietet sich so sehr für das Schmieden von Legenden an wie der Zweite Weltkrieg. In dieser größten aller Materialschlachten des letzten Jahrtausends entstanden Geschichten vom Ruhm und Glanz heldenhafter Flugzeugpiloten. Birds of Steel versucht, dieser Zeit ein Denkmal zu setzen.
Pros: zahlreiche Flugzeugmodelle der Alliierten und Achsenmächte, drei verschiedene Flugmodi, ausgefeilte Steuerung, nette Geschichtsvideos, Missionseditor
Cons: mittelprächtige Grafik, oft relativ ereignisloses Geschehen, unübersichtliche Menüführung