Apache Air Assault (Xbox 360)
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  • There is actually a plot to the campaign, but it's hardly what i'd consider grade A script writing
  • One particular challenge I enjoyed was stealthily flying up the amazon river while having to maintain a suicidally low altitude above the water, all the while having to blow up every boat on the river lest they radio in my position
  • The standard gamepad works just as well though, and on training mode you will be boring holes through the sky in no time
  • There is nothing like pulling a barrel roll in a helicopter mid-combat to successfully avoid an air-to-air missle
  • All in all I think Apache Air Assault is a great game, and really fills a big gap for those who have been craving a good flight simulator for their xbox

    • by gruntythirst77
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      Apache Air Assault is not a game for everybody. You essentially pilot the same helicopter in a variety of single and multiplayer missions, and besides this there is not a whole lot to do. But then there are some of you out there like myself who grew up playing various flight simulators on pc back in the 90’s and early 2000’s, those who get a kick out of simply mastering the physics of various aircraft and raining hell from above with a variety of real-world weapons. For those of you who own an a current generation console and wish there was a game which could compare to those old pc simulators, look no further. For a budget console title, Apache Air Assault delivers.

      There are a 16 single player missions, and 13 “squad operations” missions, making a total of 29 missions available. The single player missions are straight forward, and offer about as much variety as you can get with an apache. There is actually a plot to the campaign, but it’s hardly what i’d consider grade A script writing. Some will have you attack strategic targets such as buildings or tanks, some will have you protecting a convoy, or even a downed wingman. One particular challenge I


      enjoyed was stealthily flying up the amazon river while having to maintain a suicidally low altitude above the water, all the while having to blow up every boat on the river lest they radio in my position. Some people would find this frustrating after the third try, but I am sure i’m one of many that love these demanding missions. The squad operations missions are much like the single player missions, but allow multiplayer squads up to 4 choppers as well as single player. The game truly shines when you have a few wingmen with microphones to strategize with as you approach and tackle each combat scene. There is also a local co-op option which allows one person to pilot the chopper while a friend mans the guns. This may sound fun, and it is, but you better be ready for a steep learning curve. I attempted this with a buddy my second week of having the game, and after over a dozen tries we still hadn’t survived one mission. Suffice it to say that this mode will keep you occupied if you somehow find a way to become bored with the regular online multiplayer.

      Generally speaking all these gameplay choices are standard fare, so what makes this ...


      • so much fun? Simply learning to fly and master the apache is the real entree here as far as I am concerned. I opted to buy a Cyborg Fly 9 flight stick for this game, and while it may be harder to have precision with this stick its quite entertaining. The standard gamepad works just as well though, and on training mode you will be boring holes through the sky in no time. Realistic mode will take some time for those of you who aren’t already experts at flying apaches, but in the end this will allow you alot more room to really fly this helicopter to its limits. There is nothing like pulling a barrel roll in a helicopter mid-combat to successfully avoid an air-to-air missle. This game definitely does not have all the features you’d see in a fully functional pc flight simulator, but the realism is an un-matched new achievement for a console. There is much more to learn beyond the flight though, such as how to get that perfect angle for a rocket attack on heavily armored tanks after you have used all your hellfires. Or how to effectively alternate between your regular flight mode and using your nose turret while auto-hovering.

        There are

        multiple versions of the apache available to use, and eventually you will also unluck a couple other gems which I won’t spoil here. You also have a decent system for customizing the look of your helicopter with various paint schemes and decals. The graphics of this game are pretty good for what it is, but don’t expect it to look like Crysis. This is a simulator after all. The environments look pretty decent as well, but as with most flight simulators they can become dull after a while. I think the addition of some more urban settings would have been nice.

        All in all I think Apache Air Assault is a great game, and really fills a big gap for those who have been craving a good flight simulator for their xbox. Of course this does mainly appeal to that niche audience, but I’d encourage anybody who’s curious to download the demo and check it out. It’s too bad that this game never had any marketing campaing to promote it, and will likely fly under the radar for most gamers. Consider yourself enlightened if you just found out about this game, and don’t hesitate to go pick up a copy if you enjoy flying around and blowing up bad guys.




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