Iron Aces 1942 - Dreamcast

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Iron Aces 1942 (Dreamcast)
Viewed: 3D First-person Genre:
Simulation: Flight
Shoot 'Em Up
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Global Arts Soft. Co.: Global Arts
Publishers: Xicat (GB)
Released: 29 Jun 2001 (GB)
Ratings: 3+
Accessories: VGA Compatible, Visual Memory Card

Summary

It’s true that flight simulators are mainly PC-based products. This is largely because of fewer controls on a console’s controller. Many simulators of this kind require an extensive control system that make use of at least twenty or so key functions. But because the Dreamcast has mouse and keyboard compatibility, Xicat took it upon themselves to create the first World War II-based game for the console. But how does it fare in comparison to the PC alternatives?

You have just come out of training and straight into one of the bloodiest wars in the history of mankind. You must prove yourself to be one of the best. The pressure is immense, and this could be your last flight as one of the Iron Aces of the Second World War.

First of all, Xicat has paid great attention to detail with Iron Aces. The company has done its best to recreate the intense atmosphere that was present across the globe in the early 1940’s, but more specifically, 1942. After climbing into the cockpit of your P-51 Mustang, you can participate in any of the 17 available missions. The game essentially consists of action-based gameplay, in which you must take out every enemy and their carriers, submarines and air bases. But the Pacific Empire of Hirohito is a force to be reckoned with. You will often find yourself under fire from hiding enemy craft. Tracking them down can be frustrating, and it is equally rewarding to see them plummet in a ball of fire. The handling of the craft isn’t as well executed as certain PC simulators, but it is sufficient and doesn’t reduce the playability of the game. Good luck.