Take flight for an­other dog­fight

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH - MIKE WIL­COX mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com

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.

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