Air Conflicts: Vietnam Ultimate Edition - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

September 16, 2014

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Summary:

In Air Conflicts: Vietnam Ultimate Edition on the PlayStatin 4, the Vietnam War, one of the most explosive and violent wars of all time. You are Joe Thompson, a courageous and determined pilot in the US Navy fighting for the ideals of his country. You'll also be playing the Vietnamese pilot Nguyen An Toon in the 'Lost Letters' campaign, who's trying to fight off the invaders. In the Ultimate Edition, there´s an additional, action-packed multiplayer mode: Carrier Battle. Get airborne.

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Details

  • Developer(s):
    • bitComposer
  • Publisher(s):
    • Majesco
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  • ESRB Rating:
  • Player(s):
  • Online Player(s):
  • Online Play:
    • Optional
  • Series:
    • Air Conflicts

Technical Information

  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Required Disc Space:
    • 11GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Sound Engine:
    • DTS Digital Surround
    • Dolby Digital
  • Game Format:
    • Blu-ray Disc
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2014-10-15

caramba

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PS4

6.5

Gone are the days when a game merely had to offer lots of fast heavily armed supersonic fighter jets or helicopters in action against airborne or ground based opposition to become big sellers. Nowadays you have to be the best in the business to sell big time. Air Conflicts Vietnam does well in the air simulation department but fails to rise above the clouds in its overall presentation.

The Vietnam War caused much protest in America at the time and probably, along with the music of the time, defined the era. Think Good Morning Vietnam and Apocalypse Now and remember the horrific picture of a young civilian girl on fire after being Napalmed or. The Vietnam War also gave us Woodstock. While there were many draft dodgers, in general most young men, and it is usually young men who fight wars, obeyed their call to duty. Very few of these returned mentally unscathed. No game can ever capture this reality.

The aircraft involved in the game number around and include the UH-1 Iroquois chopper, affectionately known as the Huey, the fire breathing AH-1 Cobra helicopter gunship, the F4 Phantom and F104 Starfighter fixed wing jets and the B52 Stratofortress. The opposition presents mainly with Russian Migs of various vintages. You get to fly in ground support and air combat missions and with experience you can control a squadron of four if you wish. There are Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag modes as well as an eight online opponent ability.

The flying is fairly simple simple and straightforward but the choppers, by their very nature, are a bit if a challenge until you get the hang of them. The camera perspectives are also not what you would hope for but it is impressive watching the scenery while performing a barrel role in a fast jet. Weapon selection is not too difficult either. Allowed flight paths are delineated by transparent "walls" and ideally you would want to stay within them but it is usually not a game breaker and no damage is sustained if you stray outside as long as you return within bounds fairly smartish.

The basic early missions can be used as a tutorial as they ease players into the fundamentals of jet and helicopter piloting. These levels are pretty boring to fast learners but for the rest of us represent time well spent which pays dividends when progressing to more intricate missions.

The game takes place decades ago when the Americans were in Vietnam but unfortunately the graphics outside the cockpit almost look contemporary with this age. The rendering of the fighting jets and helicopters is workmanlike and the hardware looks like it has seen a bit of action and not squeaky clean, but the view out of the window is something of a let down. On the ground it is hard to distinguish friendly from enemy forces and the explosions are nothing to write home about either.

The reasonable musical soundtrack is not equaled by the unexpressive voices which sound very much as if they were produced on a very dated speech synthesizer. There also misspellings in the text captions. Characters in the game rarely speak and when they do the conversation (for want of a better word) is unnatural and repetitive. The less said about the cheesy letters to and from home the better as they certainly add nothing to game on the "emotional" level which I suppose they were intended to generate. The sounds of the flying machines certainly seem better but how can you tell? If you have heard a Chinook at one hundred feet you will be hard pressed to find an artificially generated sound to even approximate the rotor noise and attendant vibration.

If you want anything bar a fairly decent jet and helicopter sim with some generation defining music then look elsewhere.

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