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Lethal Skies

Developer: Bit Town | Publisher: Sammy Studios
Players: 1 to 2 Player Game | Release Date: 05/31/02 | Genre: Simulation

Flight Simulators over the years have tried to be many things. Some are all about being realistic. Others are all about the action. Very seldom do we get the chance to see a real complete Flight Sim game. And this is especially true on your home video game system. Well thanks to Sammy Entertainment we might just have our first success story for the PS2.

Global warming threatens life on earth. Frozen regions of Siberia have melted, submerging entire countries. As part of an elite group of pilots assembled by the World Alliance, your mission is to take out the World Order Reorganization Front, an organization that exploits natural disasters for its own benefit. So it's time to get inside your cockpit and rid the world of these evildoers! This will not be an easy task though by any means. You will need to work hard (and of course get lucky.)

The Gameplay in this game is simple. You are briefed before every mission and what you are supposed to do. And the best part about that is while you are being briefed you find out why your mission is so critical which in the long run develops the story for you and makes you want to keep playing. You will need to utilize the machine guns, air, and ground missiles in order to succeed in this game. But fear not there is a training mode to get you set on your tough missions ahead.

But the biggest plus in this game is the control. Not only is the game easy to pick up and learn the controls right away, but also the overall feel of controlling the plane is one of the best I have ever seen. The plane flies so smoothly that you are actually able to fly though and around buildings without crashing into them like in over flight Sims games. This really adds on to the replay value in the game because seldom do you feel that you have crashed due to poor controls. And this also makes the game easy for you or a younger player that wants to try a game where you don't have to have a pilot's license to enjoy it.

Graphically this game is very good also. The details on the planes are great. And the background is breathtaking at parts. And with the option to choose from different views while flying (cockpit or over the plane) you really can get inside the actual game. And you fans of the Gran Turismo will appreciate this. There is also a replay mode after you complete each mission so you sit back and enjoy your fancy flying and pat yourself on the back for those great moves!

Audio on the other hand is somewhat humorous at times. With comments from your teammates who will try to help in this hard battle, you will find yourself chuckling at their silly responses. The actual sound effects of the plane and weapons sounds are great. It will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat.

What's not so good? As I mentioned before if you are looking for a hard core Flight Simulator this isn't for you. This game is not complicated for some of you wannabe pilots out there (which is fine for me cause I leave it up to the professionals) but some of the folks out there might think it's just a little too simple for their taste. Also as in every Flight Sim I HATE TO LAND. I can't do it and I don't think I ever will be able too. But luckily you don't have to land in all the missions. So yippee for me!

Overall this is a pretty good game. It is a great game if you haven't tried a Flight Sim before and want to see what it is all about. It is also a good one for the younger crowd. And it is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB so no worries about the kiddies getting their mitts on this one! But if you like a simple Flight Sim then this one is for you!

By Chris "Hoss" Neupert - 07/08/02
ESRB Details: Mild Language, Violence

Screenshots for Lethal Skies

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