(http://www.skycrawlersinnocentaces.com/) Rated Teen by ESRB. As an arcade-style combat flight simulator based on the anime film adaptation of Hiroshi Mori’s novel series “The Sky Crawlers”, the Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces not only succeed in its gaming genre (Ace Combat) but also in its amazing anime-based storyline. The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces is the latest flight simulation game from Project Aces, the development team behind Ace Combat series. It is fortunate that XSEED Games helps published this amazing game from Namco Bandai. This game’s intense dogfights and blazing fast visuals, along with its well-crafted characterization and storytelling, the Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces has sets the bar for flight combat games on Wii.


 

(http://www.skycrawlersinnocentaces.com/) Rated Teen by ESRB. As an arcade-style combat flight simulator based on the anime film adaptation of Hiroshi Mori’s novel series “The Sky Crawlers”, the Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces not only succeed in its gaming genre (Ace Combat) but also in its amazing anime-based storyline. The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces is the latest flight simulation game from Project Aces, the development team behind Ace Combat series. It is fortunate that XSEED Games helps published this amazing game from Namco Bandai. This game’s intense dogfights and blazing fast visuals, along with its well-crafted characterization and storytelling, the Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces has sets the bar for flight combat games on Wii.

 

Presentation:

Adopted from the animated film, the story sets in an alternate history of the world where it is at peace and war is no longer necessary. However, greedy private corporations realize that there is cash to be made off war. Therefore, they decide to contract fighter pilots to run missions and blow each other to smithereens. The battles continue in an endless loop and all these are building blocks for newspaper headlines and publicity for the corporations.

The overall presentation for Innocent Aces is pretty impressive. The mission briefings come with full voiceover and a pre-launch map that is detailed with all elements you need to know before deploying. The debriefing section is also fun to review. You can see your mission from different angles and shots, and even watch the flight lines of every friendly and enemy unit in the mission. Besides, the animated cut scenes and constant in-game character conversations are superb as well. With the in-game plot centered around 20 minutes of total animation, players are expected to enter with some sort of background of the Sky Crawlers world.

Graphics:

Innocent Aces isn’t going to stun anyone visually, but points taken with its effort. The landscape uses GeoEye images to create landscapes captured from satellite images of the Earth’s surface. Rather than being photo-realistic, it takes an animated approach in order to create a sense of coherence with the entire game presentation and it is still great to fly over cities, deserts, forests, and oceans. The aircraft is not too refined visually but decent enough. The game also runs smoothly and properly conveys the speed of an aircraft in flight. The in-game cinematic maneuvers are truly captivating, if you use the gameplay mechanic called the “Tactical Maneuver Command” system. Moreover, the hand-drawn cinematic and cut scenes are just fantastic and the art is amazing. For those who enjoy anime, this is something you don’t want to miss.

 

Sounds:

The overall sound effects and background music are well tailored for the game. From its excellent engine sounds and gunfire sound effects to its creative voiceover work and soundtrack, nothing is less from expectations. Engines sound, gunfire effects, and explosions sound are placed fittingly to the various context and situations. The background music is one of the gaming elements you would not get disappointed from these Japanese producers. The soundtrack is highly compelling as if you were watching an animated film. The music changes dynamically to the situations. The core themes and event scores keep the music interesting, fitting, and distinct. The music ranges from exciting and intense to somber and haunting. With its excellent music, it intensifies your gaming experience. There are also hundreds of dialogue lines within punctuating missions, cut-scenes, and briefings. It is easy to miss out on those situational dialogues due to the intense dogfights, but those who notice them will feel the perils of war.

Gameplay:

On top of decent visuals and excellent audio efforts across the entire package, the core gameplay further makes this game a triumph. The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces includes some well-crafted animated sequences and awesome in-game actions. There is an impressive sense of speed throughout the game and plenty of intense action to keep you going from mission to mission. You will be able to unlock different aircrafts and weapons throughout the game. Missions are easy to follow and different kind of tasks will keep you entertained. The audio offering is very strong. Everything is voiced in the game. Amidst the hundreds of lines of dialogue are some great soundtracks that really push the action. The game also introduces a gameplay mechanic called the “Tactical Maneuver Command” system. When you access this system, you will switch to an animated maneuver mode and gain the ability to automatically perform acrobatics to gain better position in a dogfight.

Rather than using the buttons and d-pad to do everything, the Wii remote and Nunchuk simulate the actual flight stick and throttle on an airplane. Although there is a brief learning curve, these controls eventually become second nature. There is a helpful optional tutorial that would settle all the issues you will have before getting into combat. The game also features support for the GameCube controller. The aircraft is controlled with the analog stick, but the Nunchuk’s motion sensor serves its purpose well enough that you would actually find it more fun to use. The motion sensor controls are surprisingly precise and they’re far more realistic than conventional controls.

Conclusion:

The Sky Crawler: Innocent Aces is truly an outstanding flight combat game on Wii that XSEED has delivered to us. The action is fast, the dog fighting is intense. You simply won’t find a better flight game on Wii. The animated cut scenes are well executed. Through those fantastic movies and in-flight dialogue, you will be able to enjoy the story as if it is an anime film. And the challenge is truly there should you take on the game’s top difficulty level. Moreover, the unique control scheme is effective in providing a sense of connection with your aircraft than mere button-pressing controls. The sound is amazing and the graphics are solid. Mixing in dozens of different mission types within the multiple stages, the Project Aces team has put together an anime-inspired spin on its typical flight-combat game and the result is truly amazing.

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