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Rise of Flight: The First Great Air War - Iron Cross - Standard Edition

by 777 Studios
Windows Vista / 7 / XP
 Everyone 10+
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:   Windows Vista / 7 / XP
  • ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Iron Cross edition for PC:The award-winning WWI flight-sim Rise of flight is back and its bigger and better than ever with Rise of Flight: Iron Cross Edition! Rise of flight: iron cross edition comes chalk full of new features, exclusive content and numerous game play improvements. Rise of flight: iron cross edition brings intense WWI aerial-combat to your computer like never before with enhanced graphics, new modes of game play, new campaigns, new terrain, new special effects and twice the flyable planes! Its never been a better time to pick up the most realistic WWI flight sim ever created and take to the virtual skies! Do you have what it takes to be an Ace. ROF still includes all the features which made it an award winner, such as an advanced flight-model, adjustable difficulty, complex physics engine, progressive damage model and super powerful Mission Editor. And don’t forget the gorgeous graphics, awesome special effects, beautiful 3D models, detailed terrain and challenging artificial intelligence. Rise of flight: Iron Cross edition has something for every flight-sim fan, from single player campaigns to multiplayer dogfights, but one things is for certain, the aerial combat in intense and brutal. Grab your goggles and silk scarf…come join the fight above the trenches!In Addition: Rise of flight from Russian developer neoqb is a state-of-the-art PC flight simulation title that sets a new standard in fidelity, beauty and realism. You can fly eight legendary WWI fighter places alongside or against over a dozen other beautifully rendered aircraft including scouts, fighter, bombers and recon planes. Fly the Spad XIII, Fokker D.VII, Albatross D.Va, Nieuport 28, SE.5a, Pfalz D.IIIa, Sopwith Camel and deadly Fokker Dr.1 into aerial combat over the western front.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Daring, Sublime, Resource Hungry and Evil (DRM) Sept. 6 2010
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This is ambitious offering is a truly a top-of-the-line flight simulator. It is at least two generations ahead of anything Microsoft has produced. It is simply stunning.

It is simply the most accurate historical recreation of World War One air combat that exists, and is very close to the most accurate that can be imagined.

However, there are some drawbacks.

Pros:

The aircraft are absolutely gorgeous, with an extreme attention paid to every detail. Each aircraft seems truly unique and individually valuable. The terrain and clouds are quite good and there are a variety of detailed ground objects.

The flight model is very high-fidelity. The sense of flying an aircraft is intimately there and you can almost feel the aerodynamic forces as the air moves over the plane. Even if you don't want to dogfight it is worth it just to fly. Each aircraft handles differently and details such as rate of climb and diving speed that were more important in WWI than any other time period are present. Any movements on the plane's will create drag and cause it to lose speed, making air combat more like a game of chess than anything else.

The damage model is also fantastic. Parts of the aircraft can bend as a result of damage. An aircraft that has lost a wing will gradually pick up speed and crumple like a butterfly as bits are torn off by the airstream. The internal structure of the aircraft are modelled and a bullet to a spare or the pilot can take out an aircraft, while a hundred bullets through the fabric will have no effect - this leads to a lot of different situations. The artificial intelligence is quite strong in some areas and can manage energy states to end up higher or faster than the player.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I am quite happy with this product Sept. 22 2013
Platform for Display:PC|Verified Purchase
once getting past the set up I found the graphics really good and the missions well laid out. Just wish there was more choices
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes owning a PC worthwhile July 31 2010
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Lets face it the only thing computers are really good at are manipulating pixels... whether in an image or as in this case - a game.

Yes, the load times are a pain, the (still) limited number of planes (bombers/recon.) are a minus and little quirks in the game are something to hope for a fix in a patch... but WOW what an amazing, immersive, thrill to be in a WWI airplane in this game.

If you have an older dual core with 2 GB of ram (like me) you are going to barely meet the min. system requirements but as long as you don't have a sky full of planes it will be fine. When I first had IL2 on my old windows 98 machine I was in the same position. As One on One duals are the main interest for me it is not a big deal, others may disagree.

I bought the Iron Cross Edition and the user interface for setting up a one on one battle is the best I've seen. It also has a "Survive" option which gives you waves of ever increasing numbers of planes which can be a real challenge.

So, what else does it do great?!

Amazing graphics, rendering of the planes, damage model. The AI is good and unlike other games of this type you can kill off the rear gunner in two seaters.

Flight models seem to be right on - just amazing. And in full realism flying is amazingly difficult to master although you have options to dumb it down. TIP: Watch your airspeed - energy management is all important in flying these "kites"!

Absolutely incredible lighting and shadows on/in the plane although the shadows on the ground are not optimal yet.

Sounds are quite good as far as I can tell on my system (PC Works 2.1).

I don't use the multi-player but it seems to be thriving and busy even though I can't comment on it first hand.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Info - not a review Jan. 29 2011
By D. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
While it is my intention to purchase and play this game, I have done neither at this point.

*This is not a review - it is updated info on this release. Based solely on previous reviewers and a very trusted simulation columnist I read, I rated it 4/5 simply to be able to post this update. When I finally do play it, I may ammend that review up to a 5/5*

Some of the glowing reviews indicate concerns over limited aircraft and lack of support or playability in offline mode should anything happen to the original developer, Neoqb. I have recently discovered (while researching this game as I will NOT purchase any solo playable game that requires persistant online connection - and I'm pointing at you UbiSoft) a U.S. company, 777 Studios, has pruchased all rights to the game and thus there is now mainline North American support options. They will be releasing patches/updates and additional game content. This should calm some of the fears of the original Russian developer giving up, closing down, being bought out, etc and players being unable to continue to play in offline mode.

No guarantee I suppose, but more promising for the overly doubtful like myself!

I also understand that 777 Studios has already released 2 or three patches since this versions 2010 release, including some more graphic tweaks (someone said something about cloud shadow but I can't recall the details) and additional planes. A British bomber I think.

Another tidbit of info was that 777 Studios was working on a campaign/career mode with "squadron management" and even more planes. This sounds like a downloadable update, but may end up being DLC for a fee. I haven't heard any more on it.
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