Choplifter HD Review
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Choplifter HD Box Art
System: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Dev: InXile
Pub: InXile
Release: January 10, 2012
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Alcohol Reference, Blood, Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence

There's also a Hardcore difficulty, which increases your enemies' hitpoints, and the Survival difficulty, which makes you guzzle fuel like a frat boy guzzles beer. Not only that, but you'll also only get one life to complete every mission you accept. One life! I know the developers were going for a retro difficulty feel, but come on!

Choplifter HD Screenshot

I played both console and PC versions of Choplifter HD, and they are nearly identical in every way. That being said, I preferred keyboard and mouse controls. Every helicopter in the game is a little unwieldy, and being able to fine-tune my movement with the skills that I carried over from FPSes was a big help. Using an analog stick and bumper control scheme just made the game feel a little bit too loose to me. It's not the worst thing in the world if it is your only option, but I would prioritize the PC version if you could.

In this day and age of HD remakes, we don't always expect simple classic gameplay to carry over to modern versions of old games. However, Choplifter HD is an exception. Even though the game mixes up your missions quite a bit, even though you're fighting zombies and terrorists rather than nameless tanks, even though the game has stats, leaderboards, achievements, and all the facets of modern gameplay we know and love, you are still playing Choplifter at the end of the day. Your goal is to pick survivors up, put them down, and not die in the process.

If you are the type of gamer who loves this type of simplicity and all the difficulty that comes with it, Choplifter HD is the game for you. If not, well then Choplifter HD won't make you want to go out and try the Apple II version any time soon. As for the final value of the game, it's fifteen dollars, which is just a bit over what I would want to pay for it, but then again I was a total newbie to the Choplifter franchise. Veterans who remember the original will probably find that price more than acceptable.

Angelo M. D'Argenio
Contributing Writer
Date: January 16, 2012

Choplifter uses the Unreal engine, and that sometimes makes small things like survivors hard to see. But the graphics are obviously a vast improvement over the Apple II version, so how can I complain?
The controls feel a bit loose, but you can train yourself to get used to them.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music is pretty forgettable and the voice acting sounds like it came straight out of a B movie.
Play Value
It's addicting, it's difficult, and it updates the best parts of the original while staying true to its classic gameplay.
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • In Choplifter HD, players take on the role of an up-and-coming rescue pilot asked to join the elite, international helicopter rescue team.
  • Pilots will be trained to command a variety of helicopters deployed on more than 30 different missions. Combining reality with elements of fantasy, missions will range from captured military prisoner extraction to saving survivors of viral outbreaks.
  • Pilots must bank, hover, touch-down, and sometimes even shake zombies from their chopper during lift-off in order to make their rescue and complete their mission.

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