Reviews and Problems with Secret Weapons Over Normandy
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Secret Weapons Over Normandy Review
11 March 2010
Conclusion: There is no doubt that SWON is a capable arcade type simulation of what it was like to fly fighter planes in WWII. The question remains if people are willing to give up a less thematic dogfighter (Crimson Skies) for one with more authenticity in its presentation.
Excerpt: Secret Weapons Over Normandy is an arcade flight combat game, designed by Lawrence Holland, the creator of Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe and the X-Wing series. The game offers over 30 air-to-air and air-to-ground combat missions across the globe in epic WWII battles.
Excerpt: SWON casts players in the role of James Chase, amateur barnstormer and pilot assigned to the Royal Air Force at the beginning of the war. Shortly after assisting the evacuation of British forces at Dunkirk, Chase gets enlisted into the Battle Hawks, a secret crack squad of fighter aces tasked with...
Excerpt: Whenever I hear mention of "Totally Games" or "Lawrence Holland" I can't help but break out in a cold sweat. Although I certainly enjoyed both X-Wing and TIE-Fighter, the mission designs were devious. I used to lay awake at night imagining combat maneuvers and trying to work out approach patterns.
Conclusion: Reign of Fire had all the potential to succeed but with some major gameplay and graphical flaws it really hurts the game, which is why it receives a lower rating. My only hope is that the developers would pay more attention in the gameplay department if it wants to capitalize on a movie license,...
Conclusion: To be honest, I really wasn't expecting much from this game but it turned out to be my surprise hit of the year, it's fun and there are plenty of secret movies, planes and missions to unlock (and you can also go back and redo any mission you've completed to improve your standing).
Pros: Fun., Nice selection of planes., Very good sound.
Cons: Tad repetitive., Rubbish two player., Bit short once you master it.