PC War Game Reviews

Battlestations: Pacific

Battlestations: Pacific

Going back to the Sino-American side of conflict, Battlestations Pacific returns to familiar ground, though this time providing players with insight to both side of the war. Very few games have a Japanese campaign alongside an American campaign, which makes this a new experience for most. Narrative aside, the battles are nothing short of intense. This is particularly true during the first playthrough. Thankfully, the game is a little forgiving, and it is not uncommon for players to find unorthodox ways of being able to turn the tide around despite having tough odds.

This RTS-slash-combat simulator game has players in charge of both individual craft and of entire fleets. The story progression helps with learning the mechanics, so getting the hang of the game is made fun and exciting.

Available On: PC

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Battlestations: Midway

PC War Game Reviews

War is massive affair that consists of many small yet critical battles that eventually affect the larger outcome, and in Battlefield Midway, players can get to see how these battles took place in the Pacific during the Second World War. From the assault on Pearl Harbor to the retaliatory attacks on East Asia, the campaign is interspersed with dramatic storytelling (the use of wartime clips and footage certainly bring out a sense of history).

With warships, subs, and various planes at their disposal, players are able to take the battle as both a fleet commander in the game's RTS mode, and at the same time, have the option to manually control a specific craft.

Available On: PC

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Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X 2

Set in an alternate future, players in Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. are forced to take on a powerful mercenary force in order to defend the United States of America. This high-speed aerial combat game is chock full of dramatic explosions and twirling missile trails but has none of the conventional concerns of a traditional flight sim. Flying and combat controls are simplified and players are given plenty of aids that make the game quite easy to play such as a new assistance mode and the ERS, this makes the game quite easy to get into even for gamers who have never played a flight sim before.

Available On: PC

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Wings of Prey

Wings of Prey

If you loved the very first IL-2 Sturmovik game, then you will love Wings of Prey. The game is basically a revamped version of the original IL-2 game with fancier graphics and a streamlined gameplay system. Both arcade style players and core flightsim fans will appreciate the new combat mechanics that is designed to find a halfway point for both side of the camp. Visually, the game is impressive as it fills up the skies with dozens of friendly and hostile aircraft. There's a lot of great little details in the game, and playing it via cockpit view is one of the most visceral experiences you can have in a dogfighting game especially if you have TrackIR.

Available On: PC

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Blazing Angels Squadrons of WWII

Blazing Angels Squadrons of WWII Review

Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII is a no-nonsense arcade style flier that puts players in the seats of some of the era's best fighter planes and sets them off on a variety of missions that should be familiar to old-school dogfighters (which mostly involve blowing stuff up in the skies or on the surface). The controls are easy to grasp and the overall challenge level is decent, making this a great game for anyone looking for polish their skills. That said, it does look a bit dated and even during the time of the game's release, the visuals already felt a little lackluster. So is this the type of flying game that would suit your needs? Read on and find out.

Available On: PC

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Jane's F/A-18 Simulator

Jane's F/A-18 Simulator

Some old games are just hard to let go of; and when we say that there is a flight simulator that still manages to outdo so many of the titles that are being released more than a decade later in the simulation category, then chances are, you're thinking of an entry in the Jane's series. Yep, that is just how good of a reputation this old school EA games title has with flightsim fans, and among these games, it is Jane's F/A-18 Simulator that manages to stand out the best.

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Available On: PC

Birds of Steel

Birds of Steel

Realistic flight simulations have mostly been confined to the PC market where there are more gamers who are inclined to play with planes on a more realistic approach –most of the titles for consoles offer a more simplistic arcade-style approach to flying. This is why Birds of Steel manages to stand out. Despite being a console only title, it was obviously made for gamers who appreciate the finer aspects of warplanes. This PS3, X360 game is filled to the brim with authentically recreated planes and many of which are considered to be rarely found in other games as well.

Available On: PC

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Sid Meier's Ace Patrol is a Lesson in Airborne Tactics

Sid Meier's Ace Patrol

If playing a turn based game sounds a little slow paced to you, then you might want to pass up on this little gem of a game due to its unconventionally slow pace. But if careful battle planning and having loads of historically correct military specs is your cup of tea, then this is the perfect game for you. Welcome to Sid Meier's Ace Patrol. Most console and desktop gamers would immediately recognize the name and have an idea of what kind of flavor this game delivers. But for those of you not familiar Sid Meier is best known for the Civilization game series, and games featuring his name are often chockfull of historically accurate content and pretty good turn-based combat mechanics.

Available On: PC

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Two Full Campaigns Await in Sid Meier's Ace Patrol Pacific Skies

Sid Meier's Ace Patrol Pacific Skies

Taking on the events of the American-Japanese war during the World War II, Ace Patrol Pacific Skies takes players back into the game's in-depth, turn-based, strategy-centric, dogfight mechanics with all new planes, missions, and stages. Is this still the same game? The truth is yes, if you have already played the first Ace Patrol game then you already know what to expect. There have been a few improvements in the overall game performance and in some of the animations, but aside from that Pacific Skies is basically a re-skinned re-take of the previous title. That said, unlike the original, this is a fully paid app, and that means all the content is right there at your fingertips the moment you purchase it; that factor alone gives this game a definite edge over its' predecessor.

Available On: PC

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