Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Blazing Angels 2, Secret missions of WW2- PS3

I like flying shooters. I think my first experience with a flying shooter was wing commander for the PC. I thought it was amazing and since then, I've been playing variations on the genre when they come out. I must say, that not many of these types of games are made, but when one is released, I usually pick it up. Some are really good, but for the most part, they all rank in the OK dept.

Blazing Angels 2 is set up in the WW2 era. So it has all the planes of that era and even the secret ones that were only talked about. The secret army of the Germans and Japanese. For anyone who has never played any of these type of games, they all consist of , 1) Protect this, 2) Escort this, 3) Destroy this. It may or may not have a time limit attached to the mission. I prefer the ones without the time limit, mainly because I like to fart around alot in games.

The story revolves around a secret air group who have to do a secret mission to protect the world from the crazy Nazi's. Oh, those crazy Nazi's and there blimps. You are sent on mission after mission, to do 1 of the 3 things mentioned above. Now this may seem pretty boring, the same 3 things over and over again. But There is quite alot of variety in the game. For one its never just protect this thing, its always a variation on what needs protecting, so it never feels like I am doing the same things over and over.

In regards to the planes themselves, you can select from over 52 planes, each with there own set of parameters, certain planes are better suited for the job. Although you cannot choose what weapons you attach to your planes, they are pre-set. You can upgrade your weapons and defensive weapons and your plane, speed, maneuverability, armor, armor piercing bullets, etc, you get the idea. There are alot of stuff to upgrade.

You can even customize the look of your plane, paint job wise. Put insignias on them, make it all bright green if you like. Which ties in with the other part of the game. It has some of the better multiplayer for flying games, I've played. With all the customization , you and your friends can make a fleet of planes, and sorta run amuck online. Their is coop mode, which is pretty neat. And a bunch of mulitplayer options.

My only gripe with the game is, and I think this for most PS3 games, the print is so damn small, I can't see it. I guess when they make these games, they must think everyone has a 50inch TV. Because my little 25inch, I can never see what the hell the print is, the same on dead space and GTA4. So that being said, I guess I can't complain about that for this game, since it does seem like a PS3 thing.

The other thing is the customization area. Selecting planes should be has easy has clicking left, plane, left, plane. but instead, its left..loading.....loading....loading.....plane,. Clicking on any option to get to the next plane or color scheme, takes a little too long. And I'm thinking with the PS3 supposing to be this big super computer. Load times that make you feel like their are load times are unacceptable.

But that doesn't have anything to do with gameplay.The game itself, is fun, but nothing that I haven't seen before. There are achievements in the game. But since they are not trophies, I don't care about trying to get them all. I finished the game and put it away. Maybe I will try it some time when I want to go online and fiddle a bit. Its a average game, not bad, but nothing new either.