Reviews, XboxJoel Szerlip

Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge

Reviews, XboxJoel Szerlip

Overview

As the Xbox Live service continues to grow, and continues to try and become the ultimate online console service, they have made a huge effort to do so in the these holiday months with releasing quite a few titles that have Xbox Live support. One of the first this holiday season is Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, a flight action title that attempts to be a top notch single and multiplayer game, and in the end does a nice job of accomplishing both its goals.

Gameplay

Although the majority of players of the Crimson Skies title will be spending the majority of their time playing the multiplayer portion of the game, Microsoft included a pretty solid single player mode along side a somewhat interesting story. The story helps things move along in the single player mode, but other then that doesn’t have a huge effect on the game. There will be several cut scenes that will show you what is going on, and will further the plot throughout the game.

Throughout the single player mode you will be doing a lot of different types of objectives to attempt to keep things alive and fresh. These different types of objectives range from racing, to escorting, to assault missions that are all found frequently in the single player mode. Throughout the game if needed you can go to repair stations where you can switch aircrafts (at a cost), and continue on through the missions. This is shown in a variety of cut scenes that shows you changing planes and then being placed right back in the action again.

The one thing that really keeps Crimson Skies single player mode interesting is the aggressive attitude the computer has. It’s not like in most games where you just shoot the computer while it’s idle/standing still, but instead the computer is actually coming after you, trying to terminate you. What’s kind of odd though is the fact that you really don’t have a whole lot of reason to change planes throughout the game (except when forced to), because most of the aircrafts can get the job done throughout the entirety of the game.

By far the more talked about portion of Crimson Skies is not the single player, but is the Xbox Live support. It’s been a while since we have seen a solid fast paced action title hit the Live service (Mech Assault), but now people can also turn to Crimson Skies to get some more great fast paced action on Live. To be able to play with up to fifteen other people via Xbox Live is quite impressive, and quite frankly makes the game! There are six different game types (Dogfight, Team Dogfight, Flag Heist, Keep Away, Team Accumulate, and Wild Chicken) and with those game types includes five different maps to choose from. The Flag Heist is my personal favorite; it is basically a capture the flag mode that really works excellently in the action flight setting online. Surprisingly I found the gameplay on Live to be quite good and not all that laggy. There were some games that didn’t work overly well, but for the most part my experiences on Live were always quite good and didn’t consist of much lag at all.

With all of that the game ends up keeping up its fair end of the deal in the gameplay itself. The game plays at a pretty fast pace compared to some flight action games but it works quite nicely and does a nice job of controlling quite well. The PC enthusiasts may not enjoy the controlling of the game, but for the most part everyone else should feel right at home with the games graphics.

When you combine both strong single and multiplayer modes into one game you know you’re onto something, and Crimson Skies definitely does well in both categories. There aren’t many complaints to be had in the game, just that it could have had more planes and levels, but there is always downloadable content to be had!

Graphics

Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge is one of those titles that does well in all categories. Graphically Crimson Skies is a top notch looking game that really does all the necessary things well and in many cases goes above and beyond what we would have expected from the game.

The game takes a far away approach that really allows you to get a more filling feel of exactly what is going on in the game. It’s this view that allows you to really get a good feel for how good this game looks. The environments in which your flying in are not only beautiful but in the end are gorgeous due to a lot of detail and some great lighting effects that truly bring out the best of these environments.

The plane models and such are also quite good, and really have enough detail to really have key differences between different aircrafts. All of the plane models have their own unique look and appeal to them that really show some of the depth placed on the graphics of Crimson Skies.

You would have to be a fool not to see the beauty that is Crimson Skies, and it even retains most of its beauty while playing online. This is one of the best looking Live titles to date, and also one of the better looking Xbox titles to date.

Fun Factor

If you enjoy fast paced action online and offline then you can seriously have a lot of fun with Crimson Skies. The Live play truly shows the capabilities that the Live service has and really is quite fun. Luckily there aren’t many problems with the lag in the online play either which a definite plus is. The single player portion of the game holds it own as well, which proves to make a fun time online and off.

Overall

If you are looking for a good flight action title for your Xbox then look no further then Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge a solid online and offline title that will sure to impress most Xbox owners. If you’re not sure about this one, it will make an excellent rental, but if you’re looking for a good Live title, this one is definitely one for you.

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