Aces of Luftwaffe: Squadron DEALS
Not being a massive fan of vertically scrolling shoot’em up games myself, I was a little sceptical about playing Aces of Luftwaffe: Squadron edition. The visuals are pretty sharp, with cartoonish graphics, which I felt gave the game some real character. The game’s bosses really did benefit from these visuals, who each had their own stylish vehicles of mass destruction.
Snazzy visuals are useless if a game isn’t fun to play, so I was pleased when I started playing Aces of Luftwaffe: Squadron as the gameplay doesn’t fall flat. It was also nice that it offered a bit more than simply shooting enemies. Although don’t get me wrong, you’ll still be spending the majority of your time doing just that, as well as collecting pickups and avoiding bullets.
Each and every one of the Aces of Luftwaffe: Squadron 25 stages features a secondary objective for you to achieve. Sometimes it might be simply shooting a number of ground units, but on the odd occasion it might be doing something interesting, like defending a plane or staying out of the sight of enemy searchlights. They’re not groundbreaking tasks in any way, but they do offer a challenge other than simply making it to the end of the stage unscathed. You are rewarded for your efforts too.
When killing enemies, you will often be rewarded in medals, which are left behind and you have to fly near to pick up. Earn enough medals, which you will then level up, which gives you a skill point to allocate. If you factor in that completing the secondary missions reward you with an abundance of medals, and you’ll see the benefit of completing them.
When it comes to spending the skill points, there are four skill trees available; once for each of the games pilots. In single player you’re forced to play as the lead, Mark, who suffers from poisoning. If more players join you, however, they’ll get to control one of the three other pilots, who also each suffer from an ailment that sometimes rears its ugly head during battle. They all largely play the same in reality though – at least at the outset, anyway. Once a pilot’s skill tree is greatly developed do they begin to come into their own.
While many skills will simply provide bonuses to a pilot’s health and damage output, there are some that benefit the whole team and others that unlock special abilities. It’s wise to plan ahead, and spend your points in a strategic manner to acquire the most beneficial skills as early as possible. And the skills that are more helpful to you may differ depending on whether you’re planning on playing alone or with friends.
With all four pilots taking to the air no matter how many players are present, their skills can sometimes come in useful even if there’s no one directly controlling them. If you’re dead set on playing Aces of Luftwaffe: Squadron with your friends, for example, you might decide to spread your skill points rather evenly between all the pilots, ensuring they’re all equally capable of dishing out damage. If you know no is going to play it with you though, you can double down on upgrading Mark, while only upgrading other pilots to gain any passive benefits that are available.
This freedom to develop Aces of Luftwaffe: Squadron’s pilots, as well as multiple difficulty levels, gives the game considerable depth and long lasting appeal. You could blast through all of the game’s stages in only a few hours on normal difficulty, despite the odd difficulty spike here and there. To do so on extreme difficulty, you would need to max out each pilot’s skill tree and master the stages. And if you need to go back through stages other than to obtain more medals, there are some additional aircraft to unlock, which aren’t given to you so easily.
Aces of Luftwaffe: Squadron
Aces of Luftwaffe: Squadron, whilst to begin with I wasn’t too sure about it, it has made me go back to it time and time again, wanting to do better each time, and collect more medals and skill points. It’s a great game to just pick up and play, even for half an hour. But be warned, you may find yourself playing for a good few hours.
- Fun and enjoyable quick play game
- Excellent visual style, with a cartoonish feel
- Offers more than just a shoot’em up
- Storyline is a bit of a dud
- Slightly annoying voice acting
- No online multiplayer
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