Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge

By: sayed islam

Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge was a Xbox video game that made its debut in October of 2003, and the game was a flight simulation that revolutionized the genre. The storyline transpires in the 1930s with a twist. It occurred in an alternate reality that was completely fictitious. This twist being that the United States was divided into various independent nation states. Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge was a game about how the deceitful air pirates want complete control. The protagonist in the game was the audacious Nathan Zachary. He was in charge of an elite group of pilots known as the Fortune Hunters, and he was sent to prevent the cruel pirates from taking over. I must admit that this game had the best plot I have seen for a flight simulation. The gameplay was all about Nathan Zachary and his amazing aerial combat. Crimson Skies: High Road never felt like an arcade game, and it never felt like an insipid flight simulation. The game did an brilliant job of balancing the two for an extraordinary gameplay experience. Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge did have a sandbox type feel from start to finish. In the single player campaign, gamers will be doing a variety of things. These entailed flying missions, firing missions, assaulting missions, and the dreaded escort missions. The game provides an immensely detailed map, so it was nearly implausible to get lost (which was a great thing).

Players can also land their aircraft during a mission and get in the cockpit of a gun turret; furthermore, you can also land an aircraft and switch to a different aircraft. In addition, Nathan can land his plane in order to have it repaired. The controls in the game are responsive and intuitive. None of the maneuvers were an afterthought, and many people will be using evasive dodging to navigate their way around. Gamers can fly planes that had machine guns, homing missiles, and lightning guns to name a few. The artificial intelligence in the game was precocious throughout the entire game. I was blown away with the visuals in the game; the graphics are fantastic. The environments had a distinctive aura about them that other flight simulation games lacked. Shooting a target will leave you with a dazzling array of particle effects that are unbelievable. All of the visuals are crisp and slick. Even with all this chaotic action that happens, there seemed to be absolutely no glitches with the frame rate. The third person camera perspective gave a fabulous view of the aircraft and made performing commands rudimentary. The audio was as impressive if not more impressive than the visuals. Voice acting was incredible. Every line of dialogue was well rehearsed. The music perfectly compliments the tone of the game fairly well. Every single explosion, gunfire, and engine effects sounded remarkable. Even the sound of birds chirping in the distance can be heard with great accuracy. The game did support a sixteen player multiplayer Xbox Live feature and even had two months of Xbox Live for free. Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge had all the bells and whistles that made the multiplayer gaming experience so engrossing. There were the standard deathmatch, team deathmatch, capture the flag, and something called a chicken mode. This is where you would have to either carry a chicken to a location or eradicate chicken carriers. If this sound inane, it was because it was inane. One flaw with the game was that it was arduous to discern what aircrafts had which weapons. I had to guess and check to see if this plane had machine guns, or if that plane had rockets. This made the game more vexing than it need to be. I am not sure why the developers did not just show the weapons that the aircrafts had before entering the vehicle. Nonetheless, this was a minor inconvenience. The game clocks in at around fifteen hours, so that was more than enough time to lit up the sky with fireworks. Overall, Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge had just about everything any gamer could ask for in a flight simulation. You do not have to be an avid fan of airplanes to enjoy this game.

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