Conclusion: As uninspiring as it is, Heroes Over Europe does deliver adequate multiplayer features that are found in a majority of other similar titles. The online dogfights can be entertaining when there are smart users behind the aircrafts. From the typical free-for-all (Dogfight) to the last man standing gametypes (Survivor), Heroes Over Europe is a better multiplayer game than it is a single-player title.
Summary: The camera and Ace Kill timing issues kill this game. Had they stuck with even the first game’s flight controls the game would have been this generation’s go to game for propeller heads. Instead it’s not even as good as Blazing Angels .
Conclusion: If Heroes Over Europe wanted to go the ridiculous route, why didn’t they go all the way with it? Extend the fantasy out to cartoon proportions and create a unique alternate-history hybrid? Ubisoft has some experience with the genre, having previous experience with Blazing Angels . But even that game tried to approach the story of the air war in WWII more realistically. Heroes Over Europe doesn’t appear to know what it wants to be.
Excerpt: Just how many video games have been set during World War II? By now the total figure has to be well into triple digits, and yet still they keep on coming. True enough, WW2 was the decisive conflict of the twentieth century, and it was inevitable that such an important event would have a permanent impact on the face of pop-culture. All the same, the war's continued popularity with game developers is somewhat bewildering. There have been other military struggles, you know.
Excerpt: Flight-simulators have long used World War II as a backdrop before Call of Duty and Medal of Honor popularized the war time shooter, but rarely in the manner as Heroes Over Europe . Ditching the simulator along with a limit on machine gun rounds, Heroes Over Europe adds some skills the Allies would have killed for back in the day and aims to deliver a fast paced arcade flight-sim that honors the pilots of World War II.
Conclusion: Heroes Over Europe managed to keep me entertained for a short amount of time, once I was able to accept the fact it wasn�t the second coming of Crimson Skies. Unfortunately, with an unstable online community, it loses the majority of its selling power. Heap on top of that, a thin plot that gives up shortly after takeoff, graphics more haggard than London after a blitz, and some occasionally frustrating controls, and a recommendation can�t be given with a clear...
Conclusion: Heroes Over Europe is an average World War II flight sim and one that has the misfortune of arriving just after IL-2 Sturmovik, which is a better game that offers a superior arcade experience as well as a hardcore simulation mode. If you like a flight sim where you can jump in a plane and start shooting, then you'll get some enjoyment out of the dogfighting. However, the repetitive gameplay, easy difficulty, and risible dialogue keep this game grounded.
Pros: Very easy to pick up and play, Good menu presentation, Good musical score., Very easy to pick up and play, Good menu presentation, Good musical score.
Cons: Terrible dialogue and voice acting, Ace kill feature becomes repetitive, Poor in-game graphics and some frame-rate issues., Terrible dialogue and voice acting, Ace kill feature becomes repetitive, Poor in-game graphics and some frame-rate issues.
Excerpt: Heroes Over Europe is a World War II air combat game that lies firmly in the arcade category. While this means you can jump into a Spitfire and shoot down Nazi planes without having to worry about losing ammunition or stalling your plane, it also results in a game that just isn't rewarding to play. The repetitive missions, terrible voice acting, and shallow difficulty curve all conspire against Heroes Over Europe, which stalls before it even leaves the runway.
Pros: Very easy to pick up and play, Good menu presentation, Good musical score
Cons: Terrible dialogue and voice acting, Ace kill feature becomes repetitive, Poor in-game graphics and some frame-rate issues