Publisher: City Interactive S.A
Developer: City Interactive S.A
Genre: Flight Simulator
Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
ESRB Rating: Teen
Release Date: 9.5.12
Price: 1200 MSP
Review Copy: Yes
City Interactive’s Dogfight 1942 is a World Word 2 themed flight simulator with a focus on the historical account of Pearl Harbor. The game’s intro alone isn’t what you would expect from an arcade title and sets a bar that few have dared to accomplish in a flight simulator for the package. But is the intro enough to make this title stand out? With all the titles available on the market today why should you even consider this one?
These are the same questions I pondered while playing this easily accessible title. Dogfight 1942 is the title that welcomes you to enjoy what a simple and to the point simulator has to offer. It offers what the title is about (Dogfighting), gives you a decent amount of eye candy and objectives that accessibly entertaining. Dogfighting is played across territories such as Dover, London, France, Midway and Iwo Jima. Those territories offer beautiful coastal landscapes while enjoying the rain or the sunny day. There is a survival mode in the dogfight category with those stages as well. The campaign was enjoyable as well offering 2 acts which consist of 13 stages in total. If you need a wingman, you can dive in to the local co-op or quick play with a friend to bring havoc to your enemies. Some objectives consist of protecting bombers, some stealth but for the most part the stages focus on making sure the enemy (the Japanese) doesn’t come out on top.
The planes in Dogfight 1942 were pretty good as well but not necessarily in the beginning. In the beginning you’ll play with something with sub par speed, maneuverability, armament and armor but as you play through the missions you’ll get to play with a jet powered plane later on the in game. One of the things I really enjoyed in Dogfight 1942 is the dogfight mode and kill cam. Those allow you to be more engaged in the sky. There is also a hardcore mode that removes a great portion of the titles and icons to make the fight even more challenging. As far as controls for the planes, those actually vary according to the plane that you are using. Each plane has their strengths and weakness and some stages allow you to choose which plane to battle with.
The it factor for this game is the quality of the graphics and presentation which is not something that you would expect from an arcade title. Dogfight 1942’s presentation is what you would expect from a full retail title. Not only that, but the cut-scenes during the missions are very well done. City interactive could of easily charged way more for this title then what you are paying for on the digital platform. Overall Dogfight 1942 is a welcoming flight simulator that can easily be picked up by anyone. The very fact that they were able to fit all of the ingredients that you would find in a AAA title is downright impressive. Being able to play with the MadCatz Av8R flight stick is a treat as well and Dogfight 1942 will definitely bring out the maverick in you.