Apache Air Assault - PS3

Release Date:

19 November 2010

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7.5

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In Apache Air Assault, your goal is to fly to various international hotspots to neutralize a series of terrorist threats. Over the course of 16 multi-stage missions, you'll engage enemies in the air and on the ground along the African coast, across Middle Eastern mountains, and through Central American jungles. The terrain has been re-created from high resolution map photos taken by satellite. Two play settings include an "arcade" option for fast-paced action and a "realistic" option for more simulation-style elements.

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Coming up with a plan and executing it at full strength is a top priority. Sounds like there's a brewing war, right? The video game Apache: Air Assault, as you will have guessed, is a battlefield game. Shoot the targets and enemies perish. The game is all about the feeling of victory after you annihilate the enemies, which is quite an achievement as handling the AH-64 Apache isn't such an easy task. Gajin Entertainment, the game developer, has created a fantastic game that focuses on helicopter combat simulation that emphasizes strategy, style and tactics. Now, are you ready to ride the AH-64 Apache?

There are two modes with varying degrees of difficulty, these are the Training and the Realistic modes, both designed to gauge your capability in flying the helicopter during combat. The Training mode approach is mainly about providing you with assistance and when you are shot down, you get respawned automatically to continue blasting the enemies. This mode is especially suitable for new players and is aimed at getting them acclimatized with the video game and its controls. On the other hand, things get a bit more difficult and challenging when you get to the Realistic mode. Here you will be dealing with more difficult helicopter maneuvers to keep your machine out of danger while still keeping up the pace and accuracy of firing at your enemies.

Needless to say, the two modes are vastly different. The Training mode functions in an arcade style, which further restricts your movements and is really quite annoying. It feels like the helicopter is struggling to fly even in the most straightforward tasks such as when trying to gain altitude or fly over mountains. Now imagine how difficult it is in air-to-air combat! In the Realistic mode, movements are much more free-flowing, and as a result much more enjoyable. An auto-hover function has even been added to conveniently put you on the right track in a hurry if need be. Once you get the hang of it, you can do some sensational maneuvers that you do not have the capability of doing in the Training mode.

Let us go to combat, which is more of a premeditated confrontation in the Realistic mode. You have got to have plans to maximize your limited ammunition (heat-seeking missiles) while also mastering the art of evading the volley of bullets and missiles if you want to survive, make no mistake the enemy helicopters are quite accurate in hitting you! This kind of challenge you cannot find in the Training mode, as you probably guessed, the enemies in the Training mode are a little bit shy when it comes to knocking you out of the sky.

Upon finishing the Realistic mode, you get to play a bonus round in the Veteran mode, quite exaggerated really and only suitable to game addicts. In this mode, you get limited lives with limited ammunition but unlimited enemy bullets, missiles and aircraft.

One great thing about this video game is that the helicopters have been effectively developed to depict and convey the appearance of authentic war birds. The game boasts of remarkable realistic images to give you a total feel, including cockpit instruments and helipads. With the astounding sound effects that the game also provides, you definitely get one hell of a ride!

The game may be played by two players playing as pilot and co-pilot in the Cooperative mode, where your buddy plays as the gunner while you focus on flying the helicopter. Now, that makes the game more interesting and even more enjoyable. You and your mate must establish a real connection to synchronize your moves better and if you do you will definitely be dominating the battlefield in no time at all. Your expertise as a team allows you to level up to the customizable Mission mode. This is where you can fully test your abilities and coordination skills. Another option once you have mastered these Apache skills is to take the game online.

The only glaring negative aspect of the game is the aged storyline that has seen better days and many of them. It has been recycled from past helicopter video games where pilots have been caught by terrorists or been trapped in a distressing situation when attacking drug cartels. In the general perspective, the game also suffers from a minor glitch of failing to establish the real essence and feel of the storyline.

By and large, however, Apache Air Assault ultimately delivers a very exciting, and breathtaking experience that any gamer can realistically expect to from game.

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