With 'Combat Wings: The Great Battles of World War II,' developer City Interactive hopes to recapture that thrill while dialing back the gameplay to something a little more approachable and arcade-friendly. Players strap themselves into the virtual cockpits of authentic period aircraft to boom-and-zoom their way through four wartime campaigns: The Battle of Britain, North Africa, the Eastern Front, and the Pacific.
Among the game's innovations is an intuitive control scheme that's tailor-made to work with motion-control devices on two of the release platforms, the Wii and Playstation 3. Whether waggling a WiiMote or a Playstation Move stick, players will feel a direct, vertiginous connection to the action; but it's also playable with a more conventional gamepad. The emphasis is on fast, up-close action: enemy planes will be right up in your sights as you blow them to glory in freedom's name.
The action unfolds against lovingly-rendered backdrops. Particularly striking is the 1940-era London spread out below your aircraft -- Big Ben, St. Paul's Cathedral, and all --- as you defend England from its would-be invaders.
Combat Wings touches down on PS3, PC, Wii, and Xbox 360 in November 2011.
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