Review by Edwin Lim
"An Excellent World War Two Flight Simulator"
WarBirds III from iEntertainment Network is a world war two online flight simulator with excellent graphics and challenging gameplay.
This game does not have a storyline so I cannot rate it in any way. It is aimed towards realism, aerial combat and bombing missions.
WarBirds III gameplay is split into two main categories. You have the offline mode where you can fly freely in the terrain and plane of your choice. You will also have the selection to choose other offline modes such as offline air attack, ground attack and free arena. In the online mode, you play against other players. You can join a bomber formation, a fighter formation or a convoy of tanks.
There are basically four countries in WarBirds III. ''Red team'', ''Green team'', ''Gold team'' and ''Purple team''. Some online arenas have only two teams while others have up to four. The types of planes you fly depends on the team you choose. For example, ''Red team'' flies the axis army which include Messershimitt Bf-109s, Mitsubishi A6Ms and Kawasaki Ki-84s. The ''Green team'' on the other hand flies the allied army which include Grumman F4Fs, Grumman F6Fs, Lockheed P-38s, Supermarine Spitfires and Hawker Hurricanes. For whichever team you fly, your mission is to destroy the other team’s facilities such as factory, air fields and planes.
WarBirds III has a very steep learning curve. There are basically three category of training you are required to master. You will have to know how to handle and fly the aircraft. Basic piloting skills such as take-offs, landings and stall recovery are very important. Then followed by other skills such as aerial combat maneuvering and gunnery. This isn't the 21th century where you have high-tech weapons such as missiles. This is world war two. Your plane you are flying only has machine guns, cannons and a simply looking gun-sight at the cockpit. You will need to master gunnery skills such as lead aiming and deflection shooting if you are even thinking of hitting anything with your guns. Thankfully, there is an online training arena where instructors will teach you the above skills step by step.
The graphics in WarBirds III are a feast for the eyes. The aircrafts, terrains and other visual effects such as clouds, smoke and machine gun fire were very well detailed. But again, good looking graphics comes at a price. You will need a good computer if you are even thinking of running it at an acceptable frame rate.
The sound effects in WarBirds III were pretty good. The sound of the engines and machine gun fire were pretty accurate.
Replay value: 10/10
WarBirds III is one of those games that doesn’t get old as quickly as you might expect. It also has regular online updates which add more features and planes to an already awesome game.
This game is fun, intense, frustrating and exciting. The feeling of killing your first online opponent doesn't get any better than this!
Rent or buy?
If you love world war two flight simulators and have a decent computer and a good joystick, I will recommend downloading WarBirds III right away at totalsims web site.
Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 09/07/03, Updated 09/08/03
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