Blue Angels Aerobatic Flight Simulator is an aerial simulation game which has been originally released on mobile devices, then it made its way for PC a few months ago and now it recently just got released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles. It has been developed and published by Rortos Srl.
Blue Angels Aerobatic Flight Simulator is a simulation game which is made in collaboration between the developer and the US Navy which means it includes several official and special maneuvers these special pilots do, that you can try to replicate them controlling the airplanes in the game. You can do special maneuvers such as Parade Pass, Diamond Roll, Delta Flat Pass, Fleur De Lis and much more.
The scope of the game is pretty straightforward, you will have to complete different stages which basically include challenges which are a tutorial of each maneuver that you can attempt with your airplanes and you will collect stars and medals if you complete them successfully.
Each stage includes some modes as well. In Additive mode, players will be able to choose their own start position of their planes and fly them to make fascinating maneuvers and record their own replays which they can watch afterwards. There are also some free roam play modes as well which let players to fly freely without any indications or discover some sightings. Finally, the stages include a mode called Airshow, and as the title suggests the players can choose the maneuvers they want and put them into practice for the Airshow.
Each stage is set on real-life locations such as Naf El Castro, NAS Key West, Baltimore, Reno, Elmendorf AFB and Reno, however, the problem is the locations look pretty lackluster. You can’t see much details from the places at all. The only things that you can see clearly and identify on the ground are the airstrips that are used in the gameplay.
The gameplay of the game is easy to pick up, but pretty hard to master like it’s supposed to, but some controls may require a re-mapping because they may feel uncomfortable to some players. There are also difficulty options such as Easy and Medium which include guides and some assists to help new players with the flying and finally, the hardcore Simulation mode which let players have complete control of the airplane. Players who will use the simulation mode have to watch the detailed guides of each maneuver and complete them.
A detection system is on place which tells you how accurate your moves are and how precise you are on the challenges. You will get experience points to level up, but even if you level up you can’t unlock anything. The progression system of the game feels unnecessary as you can’t unlock anything else afterwards.
The airplanes you will take control in Blue Angels Aerobatic Flight Simulator are only two, the F/A-18 Fighter Jet and the C-130 Transport aircraft. The aircrafts look great and their visuals are great and the interior cameras are welcome, but there could have been more airplanes for players to control.
Blue Angels Aerobatic Flight Simulator visuals disappoint and it’s clear from the very first challenge. However, the airplanes, the interiors, and the sky all look great like they should, but the rest are below the standards of a game with that scope. There are also some frame-rate issues when you use the smoke which in some occasions causes the game to crash (at least for us on Xbox One).
The sounds of the two aircrafts are fine. The game also includes few music tunes such as rock and electric pop and they play on gameplay. Other than that, there isn’t anything else to add to the sounds.
I really wanted to like Blue Angels Air Fight Simulator, but it’s a pretty disappointing and a lackluster release. You can have a few hours of playtime with the game, but it doesn’t have to offer much. There could have been more challenges, more missions, more locations and more airplanes. It’s pretty fun and enjoyable making those special maneuvers with your AI teammates, but it’s not enough to make it a worthwhile purchase.
I give Blue Angels Aerobatic Flight Simulator a 4/10 as it’s an aerial simulation game which includes poor visuals, a lack of content and a progression system that leads nowhere.
Blue Angels Aerobatic Flight Simulator is available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Steam and Android devices for 14,99€/ $14,99/ £11,99 (prices may vary per region and platforms). If you want to read more about Blue Angels Aerobatic Simulator, you can visit the game’s dedicated webpage.
***Reviewer’s note: A game copy was provided by the developer/publisher for the purpose of the review.