Wings Over Vietnam
- Simulation gameplay of air combat during Vietnam War
- Accurate planes, weapons, flight models, and enemy AI
- Experience historical missions and air-to-ground missions
- Fly as a U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps, or U.S. Navy pilot
- Single and multiplayer gameplay from novice to experienced
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- Platform: Windows XP / 98 / Me / 2000
- ESRB Rating: Teen
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
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Wings over vietnam recreates the intense air combat experience in the skies over north vietnam at the height of the air campaign during the vietnam war. Fly in historical missions including the rolling thunder campaign of 1965-1968 to the hard-hitting blows of the 1972 linebacker ii operations. Fight your way through north vietnamese air defense during the christmas b-52 bombing campaign, the air battle that brought north vietnam to the edge of defeat.
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WOV attempts to simulate air combat over North Vietnam from 1965 to 1972. Most of the major U.S. fighter and bomber types from the period are provided. Additional U.S. and flyable communist aircraft types are available as after market "add-ons". The game includes instant action, single mission and dynamic campaign modes.
Campaign missions are identical to the missions found in single mission mode. The only difference is that in campaign mode your actions in previous missions will influence the nature of the missions you will fly in the future. The game is designed to please casual gamers as well as your "hard core" flight sim nuts. As a result the game is extremely scalable, however, if you want a realistic flight experience you must play with all settings on hard!
The flight models provided for the individual aircraft types have been thoroughly researched and offer a very effective and believable simulation of the "real thing". The dials and lights on the aircraft control panel function realistically however the game suffers from a lack of working switches and buttons. A good example of this problem is the lack of an aircraft trim function.
The game's AI coding in the "out of box" version is very weak. Aircraft controlled by the AI do not like to fight in the vertical plane and as a result end up getting shot down while flying in a straight line. This problem can be reduced by using one of the many "patches" available for the game.
The games weapon systems are very well done and for the most part behave like the "real thing". SAM's can only be dodged if you see the launch and follow up by taking evasive action. The early AIM-9's miss most of the time, just like they did in real life. At low altitude the AAA is thick enough to walk on especially over Hanoi and Haiphong! The air to air cannon effect has been the subject of much debate on the WOV forum because of the fact that very few aircraft can survive more than a one second burst from cannon fire of any calibre.
The graphics are a mixed bag. The aircraft textures are very beautiful as well as the AAA and bomb blast special effects. The ground textures do well at creating the feel of flying over Vietnam but they lose a great deal of realism at altitudes higher than ten thousand feet. The graphics engine isn't very good at simulating high altitude. Sound effects for the most part are very good, especially the bomb blast, AAA blast, and jet engine sound effects. I consider the air to air cannon sound effect to be very poor.
Like in many flight sims, the radio chatter can be quite annoying. Most of the time radio warnings such as "SAM Launch!" are meaningless because the speaker never bothers to identify himself or the person he is warning! Radio messages also lack the raspy tone that voice communications were known for at this time.
All its issues aside, WOV is a hell of a lot of fun to play. I am a big fan of the warbirds of the 50's and 60's era, so this sim is a "must have" for people like me. The game controls are all programable and work well with my CH flight control gear. If you are a flight simer looking for a break away from Falcon4 or Lock On then I would highly recommend installing Wings Over Vietnam on your hard drive.
It just drives me crazy when people bash perfectly good games just because they either don't have a decent machine to run it or they just plain don't know how to set it up!
It's a great game, folks.The aircraft are beautifully modelled..Way better than I had expected.
The missions are too long? Hit alt-N.
All the things you don't like about this game are a matter of setting it up / use it correctly. Ok, the graphics can't be improved, but they're not that bad.
I won't write out what I like about this simulation - just read the other 5- and 4-star reviews.
I just want to point out the few downsides I consider a pitty:
- The manual is a bit too short when it comes to radar and weapon useage. I still don't know if you can lock on ground targets, and if so - how, if not: what's the radar good for and what about the radar-guided air-to-ground missiles?
- Wingmen are kind of useless.
- A list about which squadron flies which aircraft could be helpful when starting a campaign.
- Did you really get no replacement for shot down pilots in your squadron??
- all told the immersion could be better. movie-clips (what about a game-intro at all?!!), greater briefings, something else than just a screen saying "the campaing is over"...
--- by the way: please email me if you have some good bombing-techniques. it's hard to find anything about this game in the net.
That said, I am not much into jet era combat. Why? It is very impersonable.........modern air combat is boring to me! You have advanced technology so you can detect your enemy before you even see him visually and lanch a heat seeking missle at him miles away to blow him out of the sky. Keep in mind, I have played Lock-On, Falcon 4.0 Allied Force which to me are boring and dull jet era flight sims. Sure you have the best jet sims out there on the market but what fun is a dog fight when you can't see your enemy?
We'll my friends the Vietnam era was still as personable as WWII was. The heat seeking missles and rader technology was in it's infency and that meant you still had to interact visually with the enemy not lanch a missle to hit a target on the ground or in the sky miles out of your visual range! It was the last era for this type of "old fashion" combat so I picked up the sim and gave her a try! I first hated it I admit because of the learning curve (there is a learning curve depite what another reviewer stated) so naturally I had to be very patient which is not my forte! I even uninstalled WOV for a half a year (I have had this game from the first release date!) and just recently gave her another try. Now that I have more experance with other flight sims like IL2 series and Lock-On I eased into the curve and now have became more of an adverage player than just a impatient newbe! Graphics are not that great as some of the other newer flight sims out there except for the plane detail which is what counts overall, but that's not why I play this game for anyway. So, listen to the other reviewers and give this game a try if you are a historical air combat freak like me. It is a more personable jet sim than anything you'll find out there on the self in the past and present!