Heroes Over Europe Review
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System: X360, PS3, PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Transmission Games 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Ubisoft 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Sep. 15, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-16 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The inclusion of a few dramatic special moves punctuates the game's intentional ignorance of realism in an attempt to round out the dog fighting experience. Tailing an enemy ship in your targeting sights long enough gradually fills a meter that lets you engage the ace kill mode. This temporally zooms-in, slows down time, and gives you an opportunity to take down your opponent in a single shot targeted to a key area (pilot, engines, tail, etc.). It basically acts like a sniper rifle.

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Rocketing upwards and then diving down full throttle at enemies kamikaze-style with your guns Gatling away triggers an "energy attack" that boosts your damage and affords greater protection from bomber's tail gunners. As cool as they might be, neither special maneuver is as effective as your trusty old machine guns. They take too long to setup during frenzied encounters against large volumes of enemy planes.

Heroes Over Europe has a punchy visual flair that incorporates colorful, retro-WWII propaganda and stylish static art pieces into its design. All of the game's menus are super flashy and loaded with cartoonish art, which is stimulating and amusing. While the rest of the game looks good in motion, the graphics aren't as honed as they could be. They're not necessarily ugly; they're just not that amazing. The way planes crumbled under a direct hit is certainly well-done, and the ridiculous level of visible damage your planes will sustain is cool. The rest is hit or miss.

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Multiplayer modes are limited, though the dogfights and team battles for up to 16 players are still quite fun. It's satisfying taking down an enemy plane when you know there's a human cursing you out from his burning cockpit on the other end. But this doesn't negate the game's underlying issues. Had it been released a bit sooner, it might be worth recommending for a quick fix of airborne mayhem. Heroes Over Europe arguably has some high points but fails to outshine the competition.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
There's some nice stuff to look at. However, the graphics aren't amazing.
4.0
Control
Responsive and easy to pick up, but the hardcore flight sim fans will find the realism levels to be lacking.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Great dialogue adds a nice level of personality to the characters and the war at large.
3.3
Play Value
The 14 missions are reasonably lengthy and the online modes are fun, yet the core gameplay gets repetitive quickly.
3.6
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Advanced WWII realism: 14 legendary planes like the Spitfire or the Mustang, iconic environments like the London Bridge Tower, Berlin, or the French Alps Mountains, and fully customizable aircrafts with localized damage.
  • Immersive dogfights features: Master the "Ace Kill" to blast your enemy with one shot, experience the thrill of dive bomb attack and use contrails, clouds and the sun to hide and evade.
  • Largest number of online modes for a console plane simulation: Play in the two dogfight modes -solo or team dogfights - or choose to play the two tactical modes- Conquest Battle or Conquest War.


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