View Full Version : Yager Impressions! (56k!)

03-12-2003, 04:05 PM
Having played through a few hours of the near-final European build, I can promise that Yager offers a lot more than your standard shooter. There's an excessive amount of quality voice over here and a deep storyline filled with several subplots. And, unlike many shooters, it's not just laid out for you to hear and see it all by simply following a line of breadcrumbs. Much of the goodness in Yager comes from exploring outside your primary objectives, finding other people in need, and uncovering hidden power-ups cleverly placed throughout each massive area.

In both modes, the left thumbstick steers, and the D-Pad toggles between third-person, ****pit, and bumper views (you can also look left and right in any view mode). The left trigger serves as thrust and the right trigger is your primary fire for your currently armed weapon. X zooms in, for more accurate shots, Y switches weapons, B locks on to an enemy, and A uses secondary fire, if the weapon supports it. Black button performs actions like grabbing pick-ups and landing. The white button brings up a very handy map and mission information. Pressing in on the left thumbstick puts on the brakes in Jet Mode and lets you move backwards in Hover Mode. Lastly, pressing in on the right thumbstick switches between the two modes.

The dogfighting is damn cool in Yager. Enemy ships range from giant flying carriers, to submarines, to small one-man fighters. Enemies have some smart AI and will constantly try to gain the upper hand in battle. Your flying skills will be put to the test quite often as enemy ships trail you. I've had several occasions where one ship gets on my tail and actually tries to drive me right at his buddy who's coming at me head-on. Yowch!

The story unfolds both in cut-scenes between levels and with dialogue while in flight. You'll pass by freighters with guys who'll chatter with you on the comm. The voice-acting is pretty cool with a number of archetypal characters popping up. Throughout your travel (and exploring some of the various areas is sometimes reward in itself, because everything's so beautiful) and during combat you'll get various people piping into your comm. Some are friendlies, who will come to your aid, others are baddies who will call you out.

The movies and screenshots speak for themselves. Yager looks fantastic. The areas of quit large and are filled with a variety of terrain. Just look at the gorgeous water. The most impressive, for me anyway, is the ship designs. One you've unlocked the many ship profiles, you can get an up close view of the detail on these ships. The design and the color variations are top notch. Everything from the small fighters to the enormous freighters look like they were designed with a great deal of love and attention. This isn't some cookie-cutter action game produced by some development factory.


03-12-2003, 04:06 PM

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03-12-2003, 04:07 PM
Wow that looks awesome. I really like the bullet holes in the windshield. I never heard of this game either. Any news on when it is due?

03-12-2003, 04:55 PM
I have so been waiting for this game. Those screens are sweet.

03-12-2003, 04:57 PM
I have been casually following this title for some time now and it seems to be coming along quite nicely. The textures may need to be a little buffed up but all else seems up to standard.

As for a release date, I am really not sure.

03-12-2003, 09:54 PM
still waiting....looks so cool

03-12-2003, 09:56 PM
Yeah, the game look interesting and its seems to look like a PC game I play a while ago called Ecolon.

03-12-2003, 10:21 PM
what about multiplayer?? any news?? and if so, xbl support??

shrew king
03-13-2003, 12:05 AM
How have I not heard of this game yet? It looks awesome.

03-13-2003, 02:07 AM
Wow, it looks better than the last time I saw it on OXM. So far it looks like a rental. Don't exactly see what seperates it from any other air-fighting game, unless it has LIVE support...

03-13-2003, 09:12 AM
i read that this game is only being released in Europe. its not coming to the US:( :(

03-13-2003, 10:44 AM
I heard that too but then I heard that it WAS comming out here? Its anybodies guess.

03-13-2003, 11:40 AM
Last I heard it was not coming to the US, but I hope that has changed. Sweet looking title.

03-13-2003, 11:49 AM

This link talks about Yaeger and how the dev team wants it to be released in the states, but the publisher doesn't want to...

l Maximus l
03-17-2003, 11:30 AM
Looks good...really good............eventhough I am not into flight sims. But, show me a good one, and I'll play :)

03-17-2003, 11:51 AM
Some of those shots look pretty cool, but its not my type of game.