Published on October 30th, 2010 | by Kyle LeDuch0
Apache: Air Assault
When was the last time you played a helicopter sim? Entertaining a niche market is not Activision’s usual forte, and against the slew of holiday head turners, Gaijin Entertainment’s Apache Air Assault probably isn’t going to turn heads like Call of Duty: Black Ops or Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood inevitably will.
Regardless, Russian developer Gaijin Entertainment, whose specialization includes popular flight simulator IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey, pushes on with their military-edged helicopter sim, bringing the mastery of Apache flight into some adrenaline-fuelled skirmishes.
The campaign alone is a 16-mission tour through a variety of colorful locations, including South American jungles, the mountains of the Middle East and South African coasts, each one a visual stunner lavished with a stunning score laid down by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
It certainly screams of high production values far beyond your typical flight-sim, but that doesn’t mean Gaijin hasn’t compromised the intricacies of piloting an Apache.
Squad Operations, a co-op mode akin to Modern Warfare 2’s Special Ops, puts two players together as a team manning a single helicopter – one as pilot and another taking aim with the chopper’s fire power across 13 missions. You can even enjoy a simple trip in Free Flight – pick your helicopter, a venue, a scenario and enjoy your ride.
We can’t see Apache topping charts or breaking sales records when it launches this holiday, but flight sim fans should know they’re in for something quite special with Apache. Keep this on your radar.