Battle Of Britain II: Wings Of Victory (PC)

By Steven Marsh

Published on Saturday, April 5, 2008

Graphics: 8.50
Sound: 10.00
Gameplay: 9.00
Replays: 7.50
Gamelength: 8.50

Shockwave Production’s historical air combat simulation, “Battle Of Britain II: Wings Of Victory” is sure to knock the socks off of any history fan with a love for air combat video games.

This game is not for those who are anything less than hardcore when it comes to aerial combat sims. Even more still, those without a serious love for history will probably want to turn back as well. However, for those who are still interested, let’s hop aboard the time machine and claim our part in history as we fly through “Battle Of Britain II: Wings Of Victory”.

When this game first came out, the graphics were astounding. They hold up fairly well, but if you’re looking for the next Doom 3, Oblivion or Crysis, you wont find it here. Still though, for the time period, this game has some of the best graphics you’ll find and they really do hold up well today. The skies, water, explosions, smoke, planes and..well, everything looks amazing. The textures are all beautiful, even up close and the game seems to handle system resources quite well. Unlike most flight sims, there’s not much slowdown at all in this game. This is pretty impressive by my standards!

The same could be said of the sound quality, which recreates the sounds of all historical aircrafts involved in each of the missions with astounding accuracy. At times, you may feel as though you’re really there, watching these historical scenes in person. The sense of immersion created by the sound quality is absolutely wonderful.

Upon installing the game and loading it up for the first time, you’re presented with several options. First of all, you may want to alter the difficulty settings to accomidate your own play style. If you’re a beginner, you may want to stick to the “Novice” settings. Otherwise, your own confidence in your abilities will determine which settings you’ll want to stick with. After you’ve set that up, you can choose between “Instant Action” and the “Campaign” modes. “Instant Action” presents several options, which include “Basic Training”, “Advanced Training”, “Dog-Fighting”, “Ground Attack”, “Interceptions” and “Historic”. The “Campaign” mode is generally the same idea, but presents players with real history to match the various historical missions. There’s quite a lot of content spread out between the 2 modes and will keep any enthusiast busy for a long time. Combine this with the wonderful opponent AI and the aerial side of one of the most historical parts of World War 2 and you have a recipe for perfection, except for one thing. This game lacks online play. That hurts replayability and depth for many players, but this game is all about the historical missions. Nothing more, but by far nothing less. I think this a wonderful game with a wonderful premise and I stand by that statement.

Overall, “Battle Of Britain II: Wings Of Victory” is a great game, but the lack of online play might hurt the game for some players. This is most certainly a different take on the overused World War 2 theme and breathes new life into it all over again, though.

Pros:
-Great graphics.
-Absolutely spot-on sound quality.
-Perfect recreations of historical events.
-Plenty of missions to plow through.
-Can be tweaked to be extremely newbie friendly.
-Not too expensive.

Cons:
-No online play.

Bottom Line:
For those who have a serious love for both historical combat and flight sims, this game is a definite must-have. Anyone who likes flight sims in general may find something here, but think twice if you love online play, as it doesn’t exist in this title.

Overall Rating: 8.00

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