Giveaway of the Day - Sky Aces – Cold War

Sky Aces – Cold War
January 16, 2010

The action is taking place in present time. What could the third world war look like? Apparently, it would be all about cutting-edge weapons and space-age aviation! The side that will be more aggressive and better at controlling its jets will be the winner! In this game, you will take the pilot’s seat in a machine of pure destruction. The powerful machine guns and missile launchers of your plane will not cool down for a second, as there are so many missions ahead!

Your tasks will include: defense of the friendly airspace from sudden enemy attacks, escorting bombers and transport planes, attacking enemy objects, transport convoys and endless dogfights. This high-quality simulator was developed in full accordance with the standards of its genre – shooting, explosions, rapid maneuvers and non-stop action. All you need to do is choose the plane you will control and join the fight. The game includes a great number of real planes belonging to the air forces of different countries – from MIG’s to Sabres. All of them possess different combat characteristics. Intuitive controls and an active gameplay will help you quickly get familiar with the main piloting principles, while high-quality graphics and the accuracy of plane models will be a pleasant surprise for all fans of 3D games. Finally, the ever-changing weather and day/night transitions add plenty of realism to the game.

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System Requirements: Windows 98/ME/XP/Vista; Pentium III processor; 256 Mb RAM; 50 Mb HD space; 32 Mb video memory; Sound card; DirectX 7
Publisher: Fly Games
Homepage: http://fly-games.com/inde...
File Size: 30.8 MB
Price: $6.99

This software was available as a giveaway on January 16, 2010, this giveaway is not available any more. You can download the trial version of this software at http://fly-games.com/index.php....

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  1. Sky Aces: Cold War aka Warlike flyboys – WW3

    Today’s giveaway is another version of Sky Aces, with a change of period and aircraft. The arcade style flight simulator uses the same game engine as the previous game given away last week. With similar missions and three modes of play, Training, Campaign and Arcade mode it’s virtually a carbon copy apart from the modern aircraft and the change of nations. I’ve uploaded around 50 images to my photobucket account, some of which show several of the jets available in game. I’ve listed the names of the 23 jets you’ll find in game below in the Game basics section.

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    The following is Fly Games description of the game:

    This time, the action is taking place in present time. What could the third world war look like? Apparently, it would be all about cutting-edge weapons and space-age aviation! The side that will be more aggressive and better at controlling its jets will be the winner! In this game, you will take the pilot’s seat in a machine of pure destruction. The powerful machine guns and missile launchers of your plane will not cool down for a second, as there are so many missions ahead! Your tasks will include: defense of the friendly airspace from sudden enemy attacks, escorting bombers and transport planes, attacking enemy objects, transport convoys and, of course, endless dogfights. This high-quality simulator was developed in full accordance with the standards of its genre – shooting, explosions, rapid maneuvers and non-stop action. All you need to do is choose the plane you will control and join the fight. The game features a great number of real planes belonging to the air forces of different countries – from MIG’s to Sabres. All of them possess different combat characteristics. Intuitive controls and an active game play will help you quickly get familiar with the main piloting principles, while high-quality graphics and the accuracy of plane models will be a pleasant surprise for all fans of 3D games. Finally, the ever-changing weather and day/night transitions add plenty of realism to the game.

    Reference accessed HERE on the 15th Jan 2010

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    The Game Basics:

    We’ve had WWI and WWII aircraft, now we get contemporary jets to play with. :lol: The following description is an edited version of last weeks review, with minor changes made to take account of the differences between today’s and last weeks game.

    The preferences menu enables you to tweak the game for either speed or graphics quality by changing the rendering; a lower render quality giving better speeds. If you’ve got an old computer this would be the setting for you; though we’re talking computers built at the turn of the millennium, lol. Most computers should be able to max out the settings and enjoy a thoroughly decent arcade game. I just hope this game doesn’t suffer the same problems that last weeks game had for some community members.

    There are three modes, training, instant action (quick game) and campaign. It seems that some community members were getting problems when trying to run the training missions. If you do get the same problem, that is crashing to the desktop, then try skipping the training missions. They aren’t compulsory and to be honest, they aren’t really needed as the control of the plane is almost entirely achieved using the mouse button, though you do need to use the keyboard for some weapons; (see below for a list of key bindings). You get to choose from one of 23 different jet fighters, each with it’s own characteristics. None of the jets were locked in the demo, so I’m assuming the full version will be the same. :lol:

    The game play is relatively easy whichever difficulty setting you choose; though make sure you know which way to move the mouse for diving and climbing. I think the mouse needs to be inverted for a more intuitive set up. There are three difficulty settings from Novice, Veteran (Soldier) or Ace of Aces, but I found little difference between the three. (I still haven’t figured out wat the differences are, :lol:You can also change the environmental characteristics for example play at night, early in the morning or on a bright sunny day if you play in the instant action mode. The plane is controlled by either the mouse or the keyboard. The latter being more responsive. Unfortunately there’s no joystick or game pad facility, but I’m sure that Xpadder program that’s been mentioned previously will enable those with an aversion for the keyboard to play this game. (Unfortunately it’s no longer freeware). The campaign consists of 33 different missions, which take place on five different maps. When playing in instant action mode you also get to choose one of four different areas, that are Twer, Seliger, Mumansk and Belgorad.

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    There are three Air force groups, Russian, NATO and US, each with their own jets, which I’ve mentioned below. There are 23 planes in total to choose from (the same number as last weeks game), but these are limited to the Nationality you choose. These include several jets used by the Russian, NATO and US air forces or example Mig 15, 19, 17, 21 and 23 plus the SU15 for the Russian air force. CF5, HFIR, Lightning, MD450, Mirage 3, SAAB, Harrier, J22 and TSR for NATO and for the US air force we have the A4, F101, F104, F11, F111, F16, F86 and the Super Sabre.

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    I do think the maps are rather similar to last weeks and each map looks similar, though there are obvious differences as well. All ground and air targets are destructible. If you crash you even make a dent in the ground or come plummeting to earth if you hit a barrage balloon or other plane, lol. There are seven types of weapon which are selected using the mouse wheel or appropriate key binding. These include the primary and secondary machineguns, large and small bombs plus three types of rocket, fixed, air to air and air to ground missiles, though not all weapons are available for all missions. There’s no facility to change the key bindings which is a pity as we all have our own preferences.

    Controls:

    Movement………………………………………………Mouse axis or arrow keys
    Increase or decrease throttle………………A and Z
    Fire Gun…………………………………………………Space or LMB
    Bombs…………………………………………………..LMB
    Rockets………………………………………………….Alt
    Menu………………………………………………………Esc
    Pause……………………………………………………..P
    Camera Angles……………………………………..C, V and B
    Toggle Map…………………………………………….F2
    Zoom……………………………………………………..Left Shift
    Select Weapon………………………………………..Mouse Wheel

    Main Features:

    - 25 Plane models

    - Intuitive Control

    - 3 Campaign, Arcade mode, 3 difficulty levels

    - 33 Missions for each Nation (though the 3 nations have similar missions)

    - Quality sound effects and music (see my comment in the conclusion about the music)

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    SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:

    - Windows 98/ME/XP/Vista

    - Pentium III processor

    - 256 Mb RAM

    - 50 Mb hard drive space

    - 32 Mb video memory

    - Sound card

    - DirectX 7

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    Images:

    You can see all of the images on one page by following the slideshow link which is accessed HERE. Just click on the button labelled Grid which is located to the bottom right of the page, just above the thumbnail images.

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    Conclusion:

    I enjoyed playing last weeks game, and what little time I got to play the demo for this weeks game, (which was limited to 30 minutes) I also thoroughly enjoyed. The game play is exactly the same as last weeks game apart from having different nations to choose from and different jets/aircraft. If you’re into flight simulators it’s a welcome change from the complexity of some of the big boys, though my most recent purchase called Wings of Prey is a superb simulator with some of the best visuals I’ve ever seen in a dedicated WWII flight sim, and its almost like playing an arcade game because the controls have been simplified. I’ve mentioned it below in the alternatives section.

    Personally I think the music that the developer has chosen for this weeks game is appalling. The music from last weeks game would have been more at home with today’s game. That said, the music is in the MP3 format so you should be able to replace the default music with something of your own. Someone pointed out a few weeks ago that you didn’t need to rename the music, just swap it over.

    Overall I still think this game is worth 7 out of 10.

    Problems:

    If you get any problems running this game I suggest you check out last weeks comments section to see if there are any suggestions that may help to solve the particular problem you may have. You can find the comments http://game.giveawayoftheday.com/sky-aces-world-war-ii/#comments

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    Alternatives:

    There are several free flight simulators available via the free games project, which you can find in the games discussion forums or via the free games synopsis HERE. Or you can several games related to flying and war such as Air Typer, Sky Fire, Naval Strike and Air Assault over at Gametop.

    when installing most Gametop games you need to uncheck the tick boxes that appear during installation otherwise you may end up with unwanted toolbars and/or your homepage changed to Gametop – (both are easily remedied, but it is a minor annoyance if you miss them). Also whenever you turn off a Gametop game our browser is opened to the Gametop home page, however this is harmless

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    I purchased a new WWII flight sim yesterday called Wings of Prey, while it was still on a deal (about 10% off) It cost me the equivalent of about six times today’s game, but it was well worth it. Just take a look at some of the images I’ve uploaded to my photobucket account HERE, or the images I’ve posted below (I was going to post a few more, but that would have taken the emphasis away from the actual game giveaway, which despite its ‘not so good’ graphics when comparing them to Wings of Prey is still a very playable game if you don’t suffer the problems that some got last week.

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    Other relatively new commercial alternatives that I’d recommend are Heroes over Europe, Blazing Angels 2 and Tom Clancy’s HawX. The former two are WWII sims and the final one is a modern day jet fighter sim’ that’s really easy to play despite it looking like a million dollar flight sim’ .

    Another very cheap alternative, (though not really a flight sim’ would be any one of the Battlefield games. All of them give you plenty of opportunities to fly a whole range of aircraft from WWI biplanes via a Battlefield 2 mod right up to futuristic jets in Battlefield 2142. Battlefield 2 is probably the better of the four Battlefield titles (IMO) as there are loads of free mods (modifications) that allow you to fly many different aircraft and helicopters, though if you want WWII planes the original Battlefield 1942 is the best; however the maps for BF1942 are relatively small, which gives you little room to move around in.

    Personally; of all the above games I’ve mentioned, the latest one, Wings of Prey is probably the most satisfying. It’s easy to play, has amazing visuals (individual trees can be seen, buildings can be destroyed and each scenario gives you hundreds of square miles to fly around in. There are also loads of missions that cover several theatres of war plus there will be more missions available in future expansion packs. The images I’ve linked to only show the Battle of Britain scenario in training mode, so doesn’t give a true representation of the game.

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    Comment by Whiterabbit-uk — January 16th, 2010 at 1:56 am
  2. Not too realistic, but then again this game fantasizes on arcade visuals and not realistic plane visuals.

    It moves slightly choppy even on good hardware.

    Check out the games from small rockets called Red Ace Squadron if you are looking for a more satisfying game.

    Comment by Jason Carver — January 16th, 2010 at 3:24 am
  3. I love flight games, but none of the one´s you offered, is running on my machine. DirectX10, Vista Home Prem 32bit, 2 GB RAM.
    Always ERROR. MEMORY ACCESS VIOLATION

    Why???? Whats wrong? Why always on your games????

    Please help me.
    Thanks
    Michalis

    …………………….Moderator Comment…………………

    Pease check the link under problems in my first post (@#1) for possible solutions. Both my children are going on week long ski trips later today, and I want to spend as much time as I can with them, so won’t be answering any queries that ask for help with memory access violations or any other problem that was encountered last week with the WWII version of this game. Please check the comments section from last weeks game giveaway for possible solutions. Thank you.

    Comment by Michalis — January 16th, 2010 at 4:50 am

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