Combat 4: Shattered Skies promises to put you in the
cockpit of a real military jet fighter and sets you
loose in the sky in pursuit of bad guys. Did it live
up to its hype?
you've shied away from such aircraft games in the
past because of the vertical learning curve you will
be pleased to know that you can get your plane up
and running in this game in after a few short lessons
that are built right into the game. You don't have
to customize your cockpit, learn all the gauges and
the landings and take-offs are all taken care of for
you. So all of us short attention span jockeys out
there can rejoice and get on with the show.
some of the plane's functions to the automatic pilot
makes the game more accessible but it's not exactly
an arcade game. I should, however, warn some of the
PC sim freaks that unless they feel like taking a
vacation from virtual flight school and are in the
mood for a good shooter with lots of action, then
they might just want to rent this one if at all. It's
not an incredibly challenging game but it sure is
fun and easy to follow. If you've always wanted a
realistic, straightforward, flying experience without
all the mess then you've come to the right game.
graphics that look better than satellite surveillance
photos, you will really believe you are flying and
not pretending to do so in a flight simulator. Even
the cockpits glows and flashes with a swarm of gauges
and buttons that look so darn pretty you might be
tempted to just stare at them while the ground begins
to fill your view in the window.
24 missions are each prefaced with a solid battle
plan that includes ground troops and weapon selection.
There are a good many weapons to choose from but you
have to pick the right ones for the right job. The
same goes for the planes, as you can purchase up to
19 more that range from something the Wright Bros.
would have rejected to the stealthy F-117A. Each plane
has different flight characteristics and you have
to be wary of how it will handle when loaded with
certain weapons. A plane full of bombs may be tailor-made
for a bombing mission but it may be like asking Louie
Anderson to run the hurdles when it come to a dogfight.
of surprises can be expected as few missions ever
go as planned. You can expect to encounter a wild
card in each level that is typically not in your favor.
It keeps you on your toes and helps keep the game
from feeling redundant. As I mentioned, this is not
a sim and some of the missions are little "out there"
but within the context of the storyline these little
flights of fantasy don't seem too crazy. Did I mention
the storyline? There is one, but it's not going to
win any awards, or many fans for that matter. It's
as lame as Top Gun but it does absolve you of having
to apply your own intellect to the missions. For example,
you will be asked to perform maneuvers that will re-enact
the famous trench run scene in the first Star Wars
movies and on another mission you will have to protect
the Earth from falling stars with your anti-asteroid
after real aircraft, the planes look fantastic, in
fact all the graphics are top notch. The sounds of
the different jet engines adds character to each aircraft
and although I don't know what these planes sound
like in real life, I can't imagine them sounding any
different. That's a testament to how much trust I
place in the developers judgement just seeing the
great job they did with the graphics. Radio contact
with your mates is ensconced with crackles, hiss and
white noise; and never sounded better. The animation
of the planes is smooth and the explosions are a treat
to watch and listen to anytime.
there is a better air combat game that is easier to
get the hang of than Ace Combat 4, I've never heard