APACHE AIR ASSAULT
PS3 (also on Xbox 360, PC)
back to the days of the take-home flight simulator that were totally
owned by Microprose, all AAA needs is ‘Wild Bill’ Stealey’s
mug in the ads and to be renamed Gunship Somethingorother to
be the complete chopper enchilada.
Yes, it’s a simulator. If you’re looking for a spot of 3Dimanated
Tiger Heli then you wouldn’t be more off the mark if you were in
Hawaii and your target in any country suffixed ‘stan’.
What’s included is an officially-licensed fleet of Boeing’s other
finest, their Apache military helicopter range. They're laden with numerous
missiles, guns and other means of messy destruction, plus a
selection of views ranging from behind the chopper, in the chopper,
infrared and more. A whole bunch of missions await (16 levels of
multiple stages to be more precise), all of which serve well to have
you punching the air and hollerin’ “America, fuck yeah!” Erm, should
you actually manage to master handling the thing.
At the risking of repeating ourselves, yes, it’s a simulator.
‘Training’ mode’s OK for taking your bird out for a spin, but even
that takes skill in order to avoid the ground-biting and the
exploding and the bent blades and the na-hey. Shift this puppy into
‘realistic’ mode and you’ll likely be crashing more than a methed-up
Local multiplayer amounts to one person steering and the other
making kaboom, whereas online’s more engaging as you join a chopper squad
and annihilate fictional butt.
Whilst a softcock, dumbed-down. veggie Thunder Blade-like
arcade mode that looks this purty would have been super-ace, we must
again stress that this is a simulator. It isn’t easy to get to grips
with, and mastering it will require mucho effort. Kinda like the
real thing, meaning mission accomplished.