STAFF REVIEW of Airforce Delta Storm (Xbox)

Thursday, January 3, 2002.
by Stephen Cameron

Airforce Delta Storm Box art If you enjoy beautiful high-flying jet action with an arcade twist, then Airforce Delta Storm is the game for you. I extremely enjoyed this game despite its few flaws and weird qwirks. Thus, be warned that this title is not a flight simulator; it is a 100% pure arcade jet fighter game! The one feature that stood out for me was the wide range of planes you can choose from, this is quite remarkable, over 70 of them and there are four (4) missions to wet your appetite. You will either love this game of hate it. I personally like (stand in the middle) it 50-50.

A very interesting aspect of Airforce Delta Storm was the fact that they don?t glorify the jet plane crashes, this is a little weird and shocking at first, but I find that this unique feature to the game is very inviting. Honestly, we do not need to see a plane crash. In addition, it is an easy way to get out of rendering/creating a crash sequence?LOL

Overall I really enjoyed Airforce Delta Storm and worth your money. It might be a renter, if you are not sure. But honestly, it?s a huge pile of fun!

The gameplay is good, but I can see this title getting slammed for not being closer to a simulator. This is not an entirely bad thing, but there is unfortunately not much depth in Airforce Delta Storm. It?s a pure arcader shoot?em up, and that?s what Konami is good at delivering.

You start things off in the briefing section, where you are briefed on your missions, should you choose to accept it. Shortly after you?ll be presented with a small world map, from there you complete various missions, to allow you to move up to the next one. This part is very clear and easy to get around, very nice. Then comes to good stuff, the full 3D, a-la Xbox combat screen, this at first will leave you in awe!

The air combat is fast a furious. However, I find that some missions a little on the short side.

When you are done shooting down your enemies, you get to watch an instant replay of the battle you have just finished, this feature get old very quickly. I always wanted to exit the instant replays; it drove me crazy after a while. I could not find a way to turn this off, unfortunately. They should add this.

The controls are a little limiting, meaning that there is no real afterburner power-up. Well, there is a sort of afterburner feature, but not in the arcade-exaggerated way. This would certainly add to the fun factor of this game, maybe in Airforce Delta Storm 2. Who knows.

The game makes awesome use of the Xbox?s graphical power, using lighting and shading to it full advantage. There is even heat waves coming from the back of the plane that give it that realistic exhaust look. In addition, the plane itself looks to the average joe as real as it gets. The jet even gets burn marks when you are hit by other jet fighters. This game never dropped a frame! Overall, the graphics look amazing! Well done!

The sound effects are nice, although I?ve never been in a real jet fighter plane, the environment sounds are really nice. This game is in true Dolby Digital 5.1, which makes the game even more fun as a rocket from another jet fighter zips pass you.

The music, well, it was ok. During option selection in the menu system, you get a nice Top-Gun like soundtrack, but while in the game you wish the music was more on the fast side.

Overall sound is fine. But could be better. We know that music for a game is hard to make.

Eject cockpit feature in order to survive, a way to turn off the instant replays at the end of your battle, a more dynamic afterburner power up, to get that extra burst of power.

Overall: 7.0 / 10
Gameplay: 6.0 / 10
Visuals: 9.0 / 10
Sound: 6.0 / 10


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