- I was very impressed with the maps that were available in the game. Each map has a good size to it and there is a decent amount of variety present in each map.
- There are plenty of different flying maneuvers for you to get to grips with and each time you pull a specific move you get a great deal of satisfaction.
- The presetation side of the game is something that I actually liked and whilst it won’t win any awards here I think it fits the game’s style very well.
- I found the bombing missions to be the most enjoyable in the game and I wish all the content went down this route.
- The controls in the game are an absolute nuisance and the fiddly controls will definitely cause you a lot of frustration.
- There is a lack of variety when it comes to the missions in the game and this makes things become tedious quite quickly.
- I was a little disappointed with the lack of a story in the game.
- The amount of content in the game is pretty scarce and you can complete the game in just a few hours.
All in all as a child I absolutely adored aerial combat game’s and to say that I sunk a huge amount of hours into them would be a massive understatement. So when a new game comes out in this specific genre I must admit that the child in me gets all excited again. Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China thankfully does provide me with some enjoyable moments, but the problems unfortunately do get in the way on a number of occasions. The biggest thing for me in a game like this are the maps, and thankfully they come up trumps big style here. Each map has a lot of variety going for it and I only wish that they had put in the same amount of variety when it came to the missions you can play. Don’t get me wrong some missions are very good and I especially liked the bombing missions, but most of the missions are tedious and this doesn’t help the game because it already suffers with a lack of content so that means the replayability dwindles even more. The planes you can fly in the game are pretty decent and you can tell they’ve had some effort put into them, which is great. The controls on the other hand though cause you a great deal of frustration and this can be very off putting, which is a shame because performing a difficult flying maneuver can definitely give you a good thrill. The presentation side of the game was actually something that I enjoyed. Don’t get me wrong it doesn’t look or sound amazing by any stretch of the imagination, but in my opinion the presentation lends the game a certain charm and it manages to combine a retro feel with a modern touch at the same time, which is great. At the end of the day if your a fan of the old-school plane fighting game’s then you will definitely find some enjoyment here. The problem is that the game won’t appeal to many other gamers and if you’re a newbie to the genre then you will find your limited time with the game to be pretty frustrating. As it stands at the moment this game can’t get a full recommendation from me because in my opinion it’s overpriced, but if it drops in price then I think it satisfies just enough to warrant a purchase.
I rate Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China 6/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Ace Maddox
Publisher: Ace Maddox
Genre: Simulation/Flight Combat
Release Date (Xbox One): January 12, 2018