Take flight for another dogfight
ANOTHER month and another World War II aerial combat game has touched down in the Xbox Live marketplace with Dogfight 1942 taking you to the air once again.
Surprisingly, this is quite a substantial offering for a budget priced downloadable title, featuring more than 40 historically accurate aircraft to pilot, ranging from Spitfires and bombers, all the way through to the German tank of the sky, the Messerschmitt 109.
Each plane handles differently from the lumbering turning circle of the Catalina, to the nimble mechanics of zippy Mustangs and Spitfires.
Sadly, this is where the authenticity and accuracy take a nose dive. The main issue, as I see it, is the game’s developers couldn’t make up their mind whether they were making an arcade fighter or an authentic simulation style squadron shooter.
My money is on the former, resulting in the game being easy to pick up and play as little is needed to master the controls and they are very forgiving.
This account of WWII is fought in bite- size combat missions modelled on actual engagements. While the main action is unlikely to appeal to those in search of a serious flight sim, it is perfect for anyone looking for a fast, fun arcade aerial shooter. The game even barrel rolls into multiplayer with grace, allowing a second set of wings to take off.
A Co- operative mode sees you and a friend tackling some of the main missions together, plus there’s Survival mode against waves of enemy fighters, and a good old- fashioned Dogfight mode where you square off against each other.
These give the game a welcome shot of longevity once the single player campaign has run its course. But neither have enough depth to ensure a fresh experience week after week.
Dogfight 1942 is a stylish mid- air shooter offering high production values and a sure fix for that itchy trigger finger.