Mad Catz new FlightStick is a well deserved "8", but the game isn't up to the same standard.
When it comes to flying games, joysticks are designed to make you feel more in control. It gives you a more realistic feel as if your sat in the pilot seat. Unfortunately, the launch title that comes with it doesn't do the product any justice. It's obvious that Mad Catz have developed the game to help sell their new Pacific AV8R FlighStick. It's just a shame that it doesn't quite take off. Something that the game does get right is the planes.
Throughout the game, you will take control of over 30 different planes. Each of them look authentic and are the best looking part of the game. With that said, everything else seems dull. The scenery looks extremely dated, and it has a low budget feel to it. The biggest issue isn't with it's visuals though. The main flaw lies in it's controls. Playing the game with the FlightStick feels very unnatural. It's not as fluid as you would expect, and it never feels like your getting a more immersive experience. It wasn't long till I jumped to the game pad instead. Playing it with the Xbox 360 control makes you feel far more in control, although, it's kind of defeating the object.
The FlightStick itself is acuallty a great peice of kit. It's very well designed, but the game doesnt offer the same quality. Thankfuly, many other flying games are compatible with the FlightStick. So it's not all bad for those who purchase the collectors edition. Games like, Ace Combat 6; Apache Air
Assault; and Birds of Prey all work. It offers a far more rewarding experience, and is recommended if you want the most from the new FlightStick.
The main campaign is rather lengthy. It can take around 11 to 12 hours to complete. Whilst that is a decent length for a game, none of that times feels very enjoyable. As you progress, you will take part in many attacks. From Pearl Harbour, Battle of Iwo Jima, and more. You will travel across many different landscapes, but the game feels very repetitive. Each mission feels very samey and it lacks any thrill. The game does support multiplayer, offering four different game types, but it still lacks the enjoyment from other flying games.
Whilst Damage Inc doesn't do much for Mad Catz FlightStick, that doesn't mean you cannot get the most from it. With many compatible games on the market, I still recommend the Pacific AV8R FlightStick. It's a great peice of kit, and it deserves an 8/10. It's just the game that drags the overall score down.