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Review: Strike Vector

Flying is great. Fighting while flying is pretty great, too, but for some reason, dogfighting in good ol' atmosphere hasn't caught on as quickly as dogfighting in space. Despite the resurgence of space games brought on by the...   more

Review: Strike Vector photo

Strike Vector gets its first free DLC pack

Strike Vector is still chugging along, and developer Ragequit Corporation is following through with their promise of free DLC after launch. Today, you can grab a new Capture the Flag mode, as well as two new maps -- Firestorm...   more

Strike Vector gets its first free DLC pack photo

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon ditches Games for Windows

The PC version of Ace Combat: Assault Horizon is no longer tied to Games for Windows Live as of an update released today. According to Namco, existing saves and achievements can be transferred between now and April 1, which i...   more

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon ditches Games for Windows photo

Review: World of Warplanes

Free-to-play is still a bad word these days with a lot of gamers. But it doesn't have to be. Titles like Path of Exile have shown that providing a model where most of the content is free, but the cosmetic upgrades are pa...   more

Review: World of Warplanes photo

Strike Vector entering open beta January 2014

The nine-man team behind Strike Vector have announced that their awesome looking dog fighting game will be entering open beta in January 2014. The developers designed the game in "the pure tradition of the sacred monsters of...   more

Strike Vector entering open beta January 2014 photo


Strike Vector entering open beta January 2014 photo
Strike Vector entering open beta January 2014 photo
Strike Vector entering open beta January 2014 photo
Strike Vector entering open beta January 2014 photo
Strike Vector entering open beta January 2014 photo
Strike Vector entering open beta January 2014 photo



War Thunder passes five million players in first year

It was only with the announcement for PlayStation 4 that I started to pay any real attention to Gaijin Entertainment's War Thunder. The free-to-play WWII aerial combat title has surpassed five million players in its first ye...   more

War Thunder passes five million players in first year photo

Flight combat game Strike Vector coming in 2014

You have my attention, Strike Vector. This multiplayer-centric air combat game jumps between first- and third-person flying, all while offering some high intensity action. It looks absolutely insane, and after a successful s...   more

Flight combat game Strike Vector coming in 2014 photo


Flight combat game Strike Vector coming in 2014 photo
Flight combat game Strike Vector coming in 2014 photo
Flight combat game Strike Vector coming in 2014 photo
Flight combat game Strike Vector coming in 2014 photo
Flight combat game Strike Vector coming in 2014 photo
Flight combat game Strike Vector coming in 2014 photo



Pilotwings SNES is coming to the Wii U Virtual Console

It's not Pilotwings 64, but the original Pilotwings for the SNES is set to hit the Wii U Virtual Console pretty soon, with a tentative July 4th release date. Like most Wii U SNES games it'll be priced at $7.99, with the optio...   more

Pilotwings SNES is coming to the Wii U Virtual Console photo

The WWII dogfights of War Thunder are headed to PS4

Gaijin Entertainment is bringing its free-to-play massively-multiplayer online game War Thunder to PlayStation 4 this holiday season. There's nothing in the way of screenshots for the expanded release, though we do have a te...   more

The WWII dogfights of War Thunder are headed to PS4 photo

God Factory: Wingmen is about arcade dogfights in space

Dogfighting games are somewhat of a rarity these days and we are definitely overdue for another one. God Factory: Wingmen is an arcade-style space combat title that scratches a specific itch I've had...   more

God Factory: Wingmen is about arcade dogfights in space  photo

Flying high on Luftrausers with Vlambeer

Holmes talks with the ever-charming Rami Ismail of Vlambeer to help those of you with short attention spans learn more about Luftrausers, coming soon to almost all the things (PC, Mac, Linux, PS3, PS Vita). Check out more of Holmes' Talk Fast interview series!   more

Flying high on Luftrausers with Vlambeer  photo

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon heading to PC next year

Originally released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in October of last year, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon is now scheduled to get a PC release in Q1 2013 by way of Steam. Unfortunately, this version will rely on Games for Window...   more

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon heading to PC next year photo

Review: Damage Inc.: Pacific Squadron WWII

In theory, flight simulation games offer fans of the genre accurate flight controls with a diverse array of those amazing aircrafts they love so much, with powerful dogfights and skill helping push along a narrative worthy of...   more

Review: Damage Inc.: Pacific Squadron WWII photo

Kickstart this project unless you hate space combat games

Yep, another Kickstarter. I know, we also got tired of them and that was well before Double Fine Adventure changed the game. As a result, I completely glossed over a few press releases for Starlight Inception, which may have...   more

Kickstart this project unless you hate space combat games photo

Crimson Skies could be next for Weisman after Shadowrun

In a chat with Shacknews, game designer Jordan Weisman spoke about his interest in possibly working on more Crimson Skies once the chaos of Shadowrun being Kickstarted has died down. "I'm hopeful that's another property that ...   more

Crimson Skies could be next for Weisman after Shadowrun photo

Microsoft Flight appears on Steam with a DLC bundle

I wouldn't have necessarily expected a game like Microsoft Flight to show up on Steam, but such an arrival does put the free-to-play flight sim in front of a bunch of new gamers, so you can't really argue with those results. ...   more

Microsoft Flight appears on Steam with a DLC bundle photo


Microsoft Flight appears on Steam with a DLC bundle photo
Microsoft Flight appears on Steam with a DLC bundle photo
Microsoft Flight appears on Steam with a DLC bundle photo
Microsoft Flight appears on Steam with a DLC bundle photo
Microsoft Flight appears on Steam with a DLC bundle photo
Microsoft Flight appears on Steam with a DLC bundle photo



Review: Birds of Steel

Combat flight simulators, like real-time strategy games, are a resilient breed which has always struggled to find its place on consoles. A mouse and keyboard control scheme is almost always preferred over a gamepad when it co...   more

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Review: Microsoft Flight

Though I do desperately hope to one day see a full-on resurgence of aerial combat games, I've never been a die-hard fan of flight sims. I wholeheartedly respect the people who make them and the ensuing audience that appreciat...   more

Review: Microsoft Flight photo

Microsoft Flight is finally out today and it's free!

It seems like everything is jumping on the success free-to-play is bringing these days, and Microsoft's line of flight simulator titles is the next franchise to test the waters. Out today is Microsoft Flight and, as was promi...   more

Microsoft Flight is finally out today and it's free! photo

World of Warplanes enters global alpha, sign up now

Wargaming.net has kicked off the global alpha for its flight combat MMO World of Warplanes. You can sign up over here, if you're interested, or here for Europe and here for Russia. A word of warning: the application for this ...   more

World of Warplanes enters global alpha, sign up now photo

There be planes in Combat Wings: The Great Battles of WW2

Yep. Imagine that, another World War II game! This one, however, is an aerial combat title that puts you in the cockpit of some of the most famous planes to have patrolled the skies during the Second World War. Players will ...   more

There be planes in Combat Wings: The Great Battles of WW2 photo

Microsoft Flight will be free starting this spring

Though "simulator" is nowhere to be found in the name, Microsoft Flight -- due out this spring as a free-to-play PC game -- is still very much what it sounds like. Accommodating new players seems to be a focal point, especial...   more

Microsoft Flight will be free starting this spring photo


Microsoft Flight will be free starting this spring photo
Microsoft Flight will be free starting this spring photo
Microsoft Flight will be free starting this spring photo
Microsoft Flight will be free starting this spring photo
Microsoft Flight will be free starting this spring photo
Microsoft Flight will be free starting this spring photo



Ace Combat Assault Horizon gets Tekken skins, no idols

Fans of unrealistic jet fighter combat and fun cross-franchise promotion are in luck, because Namco Bandai have announced their latest pack of download content for Call of Duty: Modern Air War Ace Combat Assault Horizon....   more

Ace Combat Assault Horizon gets Tekken skins, no idols photo


Ace Combat Assault Horizon gets Tekken skins, no idols photo
Ace Combat Assault Horizon gets Tekken skins, no idols photo
Ace Combat Assault Horizon gets Tekken skins, no idols photo
Ace Combat Assault Horizon gets Tekken skins, no idols photo
Ace Combat Assault Horizon gets Tekken skins, no idols photo
Ace Combat Assault Horizon gets Tekken skins, no idols photo



Review: Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

The combat flight sim genre is in a pretty good state these days. While PC owners can enjoy the IL-2 Sturmovik games for that excellent full sim experience, console owners have still seen a slow but steady flow of arcade air ...   more

Review: Ace Combat: Assault Horizon photo

Here's some screens for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

A new batch of screenshots for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon recently came out and, as you might expect, they contain some jet planes that you can expect to take for a spin yourself. They are not just any jet planes though, as ...   more

Here's some screens for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon photo


Here's some screens for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon photo
Here's some screens for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon photo
Here's some screens for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon photo
Here's some screens for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon photo
Here's some screens for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon photo
Here's some screens for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon photo



Productivity in peril: Glider coming to iOS devices

Growing up in the United States and attending public schools in the 90's pretty much guaranteed you were going to run across a Macintosh computer at some point and there are solid odds that there was a version of John Calhoun...   more

Productivity in peril: Glider coming to iOS devices photo

TGS: I'm not sold on Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

Namco Bandai invited us out to their offices in Japan to see the Tokyo Game Show line-up before the show opens today. There was a lot to see, so we didn't have too much time with all the titles, which sucks since I really wa...   more

TGS: I'm not sold on Ace Combat: Assault Horizon photo

Put some Ace Combat 3D Cross Rumble screens in your mouth

Some more screens for Ace Combat 3D Cross Rumble have come out of the Nintendo 3DS Conference 2011. They involve planes, a radar, a weapon loadout, some Japanese text here and there, and yep, that looks like an Ace Combat gam...   more

Put some Ace Combat 3D Cross Rumble screens in your mouth photo

Ace Combat Assault Horizon gameplay shows OMG CHOPPERZ

Are you hankering to get yourself into a fighter jet and shoot down some bandits? I sure am, but if you are too, we're both going to have to wait a little bit, because Ace Combat Assault Horizon features attack chopper seque...   more

Ace Combat Assault Horizon gameplay shows OMG CHOPPERZ photo

Preview: Combat Wings: The Great Battles of WWII

I think that we can all agree that games set in World War II are pretty much dead. Medal of Honor started it, Call of Duty treaded in and eventually killed it, and Brothers in Arms is taking a page from the Que...   more

Preview: Combat Wings: The Great Battles of WWII photo

Review: Air Conflicts: Secret Wars

Combat flight simulators are not exactly the hottest genre in town, especially on the consoles. Whereas IL-2 Sturmovik dominates all opposition on the PC, the console games are almost universally more arcade-oriented. And wit...   more

Review: Air Conflicts: Secret Wars photo

Hands-on: Kerbal Space Program

July 8, 2011. Space shuttle Atlantis departs from Florida to cap off the US space program. It was a glorious, if not bittersweet moment. It left us asking: where do I go now to see super awesome rockets shoot off into space? ...   more

Hands-on: Kerbal Space Program photo

E3: Ace Combat: Assault Horizon takes my breath away

When it comes to arcade combat flight sim console action with an over-the-top dramatic story, it doesn't get much better than the Ace Combat series. Sure, it's no IL-2 Sturmovik but it's not supposed to be. Ace Combat: Assaul...   more

E3: Ace Combat: Assault Horizon takes my breath away photo

E3: Top Gun: Hard Lock wants you in the danger zone

In an alternate reality, Tom Cruise and his husband Jonathan "Katie" Holmes are enlightened philosophers who fight injustice, superstition, and illiteracy around the world. Unfortunately for us, in this reality 505 Games is p...   more

E3: Top Gun: Hard Lock wants you in the danger zone photo

E3: World of Tanks devs announce World of Warplanes

Wargaming.net, the team behind the world's most popular free-to-play World War II tank MMO, has announced a new free-to-play game: World of Warplanes. WoW World of Warplanes will be another free-to-play game and will be stand...   more

E3: World of Tanks devs announce World of Warplanes photo

Mad Catz forms flight simulator MMO development studio

Wait what? You read that correctly, Mad Catz -- grown into the biggest peripheral maker in recent years -- has announced the formation of ThunderHawk Studios, a studio focused on developing a series of MMO flight simulator ga...   more

Mad Catz forms flight simulator MMO development studio photo

ArmA 2 creators want you to get to da choppah

Ever since it let the Operation Flashpoint license rot in Codemasters' hands, Bohemia Interactive has been wowing the world of military sims with the ArmA 2 series. So it makes perfect sense to follow that up with... a helic...   more

ArmA 2 creators want you to get to da choppah photo

IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover takes off in March

1C Company and Ubisoft announced a new combat flight sim today. Previously called Storm of War: Battle of Britain, IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover has key features such as "New aircraft", "Flyable aircraft" including British...   more

IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover takes off in March photo

Yuji Naka's new flight game coming to the Wii and 3DS

Yuji Naka has said in the past that his upcoming flight-focused game, Tenkuu no Kishi Rodea, is the game is he "might" have made into a sequel to NiGHTS. As a huge fan of the NiGHTS series, I'm all squeaky with joy over the g...   more

Yuji Naka's new flight game coming to the Wii and 3DS  photo

Preview: Apache: Air Assault

Apache: Air Assault is a special beast. While it might be considered a helicopter version of Gaijin Entertainment's IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey, a military aerial simulator released in 2009, it is clearly a differ...   more

Preview: Apache: Air Assault photo

Ace Combat Assault Horizon isn't Ace Combat 7, says video

Hey, you know Ace Combat: Assault Horizon for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360? Sure you do! It had that awesome trailer, after all. Make no mistake, though. This game is not, I repeat, is not Ace Combat 7. Said director Kazuto...   more

Ace Combat Assault Horizon isn't Ace Combat 7, says video photo

Impressions: Top Gun 2 for the iPhone

Top Gun 2 was released on iPhone and iPod Touch yesterday for those wishing to revisit that nugget of their youths when "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was but a twinkle in Bill Clinton's eye. Political agendas notwithstandin...   more

Impressions: Top Gun 2 for the iPhone photo

Here's what H.A.W.X. 2 has to offer in latest trailer

War games always have some kind of drama going on and H.A.W.X. 2 is no different. Bad guys are doing bad things so the good guys need to step in and make things right again. The trailer shows off a few different types of mis...   more

Here's what H.A.W.X. 2 has to offer in latest trailer photo

Seriously, check out Snoopy Flying Ace on XBLA

Who here has fond memories of Crimson Skies? I certainly do, as it was both my first purchase for the original Xbox and my first online experience on a console. With such a beloved game on your mind, you are now in a perfect ...   more

Seriously, check out Snoopy Flying Ace on XBLA photo

Here's what H.A.W.X. 2 looks like

Earlier this month, Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 was announced. Besides carrying the same ridiculous name as its predecessor, little about the flight game was mentioned. Jump forward to the present, where we now have a boatload of...   more

Here's what H.A.W.X. 2 looks like photo


Here's what H.A.W.X. 2 looks like photo
Here's what H.A.W.X. 2 looks like photo
Here's what H.A.W.X. 2 looks like photo
Here's what H.A.W.X. 2 looks like photo
Here's what H.A.W.X. 2 looks like photo
Here's what H.A.W.X. 2 looks like photo



Like puzzles? Spaceships? Bob Came in Pieces is only $10

You know what's cool? Instant gratification, that's what. If, for example, you get really jazzed over indie puzzle titles that combine the look and feel of Little Big Planet with core conceit of Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts...   more


Contest: Win IL-2 Sturmovik (PS3) and a flight stick

What's that in the sky? It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Destructoid's 25 days of giving! ... It's also a plane. A plane in the form of IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey for the PlayStation 3. We have four copies of the game to gi...   more

Contest: Win IL-2 Sturmovik (PS3) and a flight stick photo

Win free copies of Xbox 360 flight sim IL-2 Sturmovik!

Free stuff -- I has it! Today we have five prize packs to give away, each containing a copy of the new aerial combat game IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey, and a code which nets you two exclusive in-game planes. You can wins the...   more

Win free copies of Xbox 360 flight sim IL-2 Sturmovik! photo

IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey demo up now on Xbox LIVE

Not long ago we told you about IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey getting a September 15 release on consoles as well as DS and PSP. And wouldn't you know it, now there's a demo for the game up on Xbox LIVE Marketplace too. As a co...   more

IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey demo up now on Xbox LIVE photo

IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey gets a release date

Allow me to go out on a limb here and say that many of you have no idea what IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey actually is. Don't worry -- we aren't here to judge. The game is a combat flight sim set in World War II, which explai...   more

IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey gets a release date photo