Excerpt: Gaijin Entertainment seems to have the incredible ability of mixing a air/air to ground combat simulator and arcade and creating something that may well please the flight combat fan and casual gamer alike.
Summary: Even the most casual observer has seen a change in the nature of war themed video games over the past couple of years as the stranglehold that World War II had over the entire genre begins to loosen.
Excerpt: We’re not short of flight combat games, well ones featuring planes anyway. Poor old helicopters on the other hand are mostly ignored by developers. So with Apache: Air Assault Gaijin entertainment (developer of the likeable but flawed I-L 2 Sturmovich: Birds of Prey ) have found a bit of a niche.
Conclusion: If you ignore the poor locations and forgive the steep difficulty curve, then Apache: Air Assault is an enjoyable flight sim that offers plenty of challenge. The combat packs a real punch and the aircraft are lovingly recreated, plus there's the added bonus of the incredibly tricky 'Realistic' mode.
Summary: It has been a while since I last played a dedicated chopper simulation game on consoles, even on PC in fact. The last one I played was KA-50 Black Shark on PC, where it took me nearly 30minutes of clicking switches before my choppers rotors started spinning and I was being lifted off the ground.
Pros: Great graphics and sounds, Suited for core and casual types, Some challenging missions
Cons: Some graphical glitches, Repetitive mission structure over time, Limited lifespan once complete
Conclusion: The base is under heavy enemy attack. Red markers indicate the attackers on my heads up display. Tangos all over the place. The rotor blades start humming, I'm up in the air and take aim for a number of armoured vehicles and foot soldiers carrying rocket launchers.
Summary: En conclusion, Apache : Air Assault est somme toute un bon simulateur de combat aérien et autant les joueurs occasionnels y trouveront leur compte en mode « Entraînement » que les joueurs d’expérience avec le mode « Réaliste ».
Pros: + Hélicoptères bien rendus + Mode réaliste + Mode en ligne
Cons: - Mode Coop local - Missions répétitives - Présentation générale du jeu sobre