Excerpt: Before the genre-leading beast that is Ace Combat arrives on the Xbox 360 later this year, another aeronautical sequel has landed in the form of Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of World War II. The game's predecessor was a fairly mediocre release, which was dogged by its own choice of theme. In opting to focuses on military technology that was cutting edge sometime before rock 'n' roll hit the charts, the first Blazing Angels felt a little sluggish and unwieldy.
Conclusion: If you decide to bring the battle online, your normally-A.I. squad mates will become visceral. Interesting cat-and-mouse gameplay types in co-op, solo and squadron (team multiplayer) modes make for an interesting mixture of attack plans. FPS-style games like capture-the-flag and a form of President will make shooter fans feel right at home here, while the co-op Kamikaze mode and Assault will bring out the WWII flying ace in most gamers.
Excerpt: Blazing Angels Secret Missions shows World War II from a different perspective - that of an elite pilot who is part of a secret team. In the game, the player will undertake some of the most dangerous missions in exotic locations all over the globe. As an elite pilot, the player goes from one great adventure to another, while battling the most lethal experimental weapons of the Third Reich. The squad's mission is to prevent the ultimate weapon from being built.
Xbox 360 Review - 'Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII'
2 November 2007
Summary: Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII is an intense action-adventure air combat game that takes place during World War II. The players lead an elite undercover squad of pilots secretly created by the American government to execute Operation Wildcard.
Excerpt: Blazing Angels 2 is a fairly straightforward mission-based flight game set against the backdrop of World War II, much like its predecessor was. But instead of sticking to the facts like the first game tried to do, the sequel heads off into that not-so-lofty "what if?" territory that World War II-themed games eventually seem to get to, where Nazis are either resurrecting dead humans and making horrific zombies, or building huge Tesla coils and prototypical laser cannons...
Pros: The plethora of upgrades creates a meaningful sense of progression, Lots of over-the-top technological toys
Cons: Multiplayer servers feel a little barren, making it tough to enjoy the game's wide collection of modes, The game is a little too easy
Excerpt: If there’s one tried and true formula in game design it’s the simple fact that shooting Nazis just never seems to get old. Perhaps it stems from the great joy that can be gained repeatedly thwarting a genocidal manic with plans for global domination, but by now the large majority of us have in some way helped blow the heck out of the German war machine from Normandy to Stalingrad without leaving the comfort of our own homes.
Conclusion: Blazing Angels 2 is a very clear improvement over the original game, though the balance has swung over to the easy side in this sequel. And, of course, if you like your WWII games to be historical and rooted in fact, you probably won't enjoy flying a prototype jet under the Golden Gate Bridge very much. But if you're after a loose, simple game where you get to fly a lot of different, crazy planes and blow up a billion German fighters, you'll probably have a good time.
Pros: The plethora of upgrades creates a meaningful sense of progression, Lots of over-the-top technological toys.
Cons: Multiplayer servers feel mostly barren, making it tough to enjoy the game's wide collection of modes, The game a little too easy.
Excerpt: Aircraft simulations have a tough time trying to break the mould. You can have all the planes you want, massive guns and impressive upgrades, but in the end you’ll end up either bombing ground targets or flying around in circles engaging enemy planes. Sky Odyssey changed that on the PS2 six years ago by introducing stunts to perform and tasks to the complete, featuring the classic train fly-over and the intense difficulty of doing so.
Conclusion: BA2 has clearly fixed all issues that hindered the original and thankfully focused on its strengths. If you enjoyed the original, you’ll love this installation. If you never played the original and are hungry for a solid, arcade flight shooter, it’s well worth a look. Missions are beautifully diverse, dog fights are decent and levels are often majestic. Live unfortunately lacks a playable local population but the single player campaign certainly compensates.