Conclusion: Fans of flying games and WWII buffs should already have Blazing Angels Squadrons of WWII pre-ordered, and if y’all don’t, then pick this title up, post haste. Graphic ho’s will also marvel at how Ubisoft Romania managed to make each frame of action look like a professional oil painting depicting the harsh but strangely beautiful skies of WWII.
Conclusion: Visually you’re in for pretty much the same stuff that has been scattered across the screen dating back to the heyday of the big black box. There’s a lot of good here; batch enemy animations are believable and character skins depict costumes that are as ornate as one would expect for this time period. I’m also a fond of the 3D battle map and the time put into the cards and other off-battlefield elementals.
Excerpt: The arcade-style WWII aerial combat game isn't exactly one of the most common, but you can pretty much guarantee that a few of them will arrive each year. Ubisoft has released Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII for the Xbox 360, Xbox and PC, and it ticks most of the boxes when it comes to dogfighting: large scale aerial battles, squad control, missions based on actual events, online play and more. Sounds good, but is it actually any fun to play?
Excerpt: Blazing Angels is an arcade-style flight sim set in World War II, and enables players to jump right into air combat action, and work their way up from being a rookie through to an ace squadron leader. The game enables players to experience the most gripping and famous battles of WWII through the eyes of a squadron commander and ace fighter pilot. From the battle for England, the attack on Pearl Harbor, to the bombing of Berlin, your pilot skills will create WWII history.
Summary: Blazing Angels doesn't add anything new to the shooter genre. It has good controls, but, it's bland to the very end. I couldn't get hyped when shooting Nazis, which really is the best thing about a WW2 game.
Pros: Only game on Xbox Live that allows for some dogfighting.
Cons: Split-Screen action isn't as appreciated as Xbox Live.
Excerpt: Ever since Namco unleashed Ace Combat on an unsuspecting Playstation-crazed world, the console flight simulation genre has been packed to the rafters with historical, modern and futuristic takes on the Wright Brothers’ greatest invention. Not to leave out the newest format, Ubisoft have released Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII for the Xbox 360, complete with an Xbox Live powered multiplayer online dogfighting mode. Chocks away!
Excerpt: Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII is like that dinner guest you’re looking forward to seeing who manages to say something awkward five minutes into the visit and never really recovers. The concept alone is what really grabbed me as I tend to love anything WWII based, especially when they involve planes. However, I’ve had to rely mostly on PC games to get my fix -- making Blazing Angels such an exciting and promising prospect.
Excerpt: Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII, an introduction. The Xbox 360 may have launched with a cluster of FPS, driving and sports games but gradually games from other genres are beginning to appear. Blazing Angels is the first air combat game to arrive on the console and whilst flight based games aren't usually the most popular games, Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII does provide a refreshing change to the games that are already available on the console.