- The missions in the game have a good variety to them and they throw up some surprises along the way, which in turn keeps things fresh.
- I was very impressed with the controls in the game because they remained fluid and responsive throughout, and this kept things fun and limited frustration.
- The presentation side of the game worked really well in my opinion and I must admit that I was especially fond of the Minecraft-like visuals.
- There is a decent amount of replay value to be had in the game and that’s mainly down to the vast amount of unlockables you can unlock along the way.
- Whilst there are a number of weapons for you to get to grips with unfortunately most of them feel the same and have the same impact.
- Obtaining the required amount of stars to unlock a new level can be quite frustrating at times.
- There are too many hazards to navigate through at times and when everything is mayhem it can be quite difficult to complete the level you’re on.
All in all I have been waiting for a game like the original Choplifter to come out for a long long time and I can still remember how much fun I had with Choplifter back in the day because it was a simple yet very enjoyable affair. Thankfully Dustoff Heli Rescue 2 is as close to the original Choplifter as you can get, and whilst it suffers with a few problems I still ended up having a great time with the game. There are a number of missions for you to tackle in the game and they’ve done a brilliant job of making each mission feel considerably different and in a way very exciting. I will say though that some levels can become very difficult and dealing with a number of hazards can be a frustrating affair at times. Thankfully the controls hold up really well and don’t cause any more frustration, so if you make a mistake it’s down to you and not the controls. In order to play new levels you will have to unlock a number of stars and getting these stars can be a testing affair. They do however keep the grind interesting by throwing in a number of unlockables for you to sink your teeth into and this gives the game quite a lot of replay value. Most of the unlockables in the game are pretty decent, but I was a little disappointed with the weapons and the main reason for that is because every weapon pretty much felt and reacted in the same way. The presentation side of the game is something that I didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I did. Visually the game has a Minecraft feel to it and I think this particular style works very well for the game. The sound design also delivers in a number of areas and the different sounds definitely add a touch of immersion to the game. At the end of the day Dustoff Heli Rescue 2 is a simple game to get to grips with and this simplicity makes the game accessible to a number of different gamers. They do a very good job of easing you in and the tutorials leave no stone unturned, so you go into the game with a lot of confidence. There are a few niggling problems here and there but the game delivers a lot of nostalgia so I kinda forgot about them and in the end it does more than enough to get a thumbs up from me.
I rate Dustoff Heli Rescue 7.5/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Invictus Games
Publisher: Invictus Games
Release Date (Xbox One): December 26, 2017