September 17, 2012

Flying Ace

Lasting First Impressions of Dogfight 1942

Developed by City Interactive

Dogfight1942_Cover» There was a time when aerial combat games were quite popular but they’ve taken a bit of a backseat lately.  City Interactive hopes to change all that with the release of their downloadable title, Dogfight 1942.  This game takes players through the major theatres of war during World War II and it sure to please any fan of flight combat sims.

Dogfight 1942 was an unknown to me when I downloaded it and prepared to load it up so I really wasn’t sure what to expect from it.  With it being an XBLA title, however, I was sure it wasn’t going to rival the popular retail titles of days past.  I was wrong.  From the moment the game starts, it was clear to me that this was a AAA title with a digital distribution price.  The quality of the opening cinematic was incredible with realistic looking water effects, characters, and vehicles. Additionally, the quality of the visuals did not end with just the cinematic. It was clear that I was going to be in for quite a treat.

The gameplay in Dogfight 1942 is just as you’d imagine from such a title.  Each Act and level is another mission from WWII and consists of different types of objectives: Escort missions, dogfighting, and ground assault. Each of these objectives still contain the same great aerial combat the game is centered around.  And does it quite well.  The combat is quick, intense, and satisfying. It did not take long to get right into the game and enjoy taking down the enemy planes. Afterall, isn’t that what the game is all about? It shouldn’t be hard to begin doing what you’re supposed to do.


Not only does the game look beautiful, it controls perfectly.  The controller scheme took no time at all to understand and just feels right so anyone can jump into Dogfight 1942 and start playing immediately with no struggles. Not only that, but this game has been designed to be a true pick-up-and-play arcade simulator with levels that don’t last too long.  In my one hour review time, I managed to complete nearly 10 missions, meaning missions only took about 5 minutes each to complete.  Complete but not master.

City Interactive has done a great job creating a true arcade combat game that will appeal to the hard-core aerial combat fan as well as the casual consumer. It is easy understand and simple to control, but will take time and dedication to truly master and obtain a full 5-star rating on each level.  Unlike other sims of this kind, I loved the fact that Dogfight 1942 will highlight where I should be targeting the enemies in order to hit them.  Naturally, you would need to target in front of a plane’s trajectory in order for your bullets to traverse the distance between you and hit the target. Dogfight 1942 will give you that target allowing you quicker kills and continuous action.


The easy pick-up-and-play arcade action is really what makes this game to accessible and fun to play.  While visually gorgeous and realistic, Dogfight 1942 keeps the gameplay moving like a true arcade title and doesn’t make any single mission so long or difficult that you get bored or frustrated.  It truly deserves to be called an arcade title but has all the qualities of a full AAA retail release.

Dogfight 1942 also has multiplayer options for playing with or against your friends which will certainly extend the life of this game past the campaign.  If you’re a fan of flight sims or aerial combat, you will not be disappointed with this gem that seemed to just fly under the radar.

City Interactive, I gave you an hour and I am IMPRESSED.

About the Author

Sean is an avid gamer and lover of all thing tech. He is a dedicated husband and the father to three beautiful daughters. In addition to taking his love of gaming to a new level with this site, Sean is also host of our podcasts: The OMG! Hour, Lost Treasures of Gaming, and Primetime as well as the bi-weekly podcast mashup show, Gamers Unscripted. Follow Sean on Twitter as @Xiantayne and this blog as @OMGnexus.



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