It’s been a while since I’ve seen a good aerial combat game that makes me want to play it. Games like this I try to avoid because of the same old style of game play that involves a small plane or jet fighter flying around aimlessly looking for that one target but Dogfight 1942 is something completely different.
“By combining the pick-up-and play-ease of an arcade game, the convenience of digital download, with the depth and production value typically found only in traditional retail games, Dogfight 1942 brings new life to the aerial combat genre!” States the press release and hell, they weren’t wrong!
Another thing that won me over with this game is the ability to play split-screen multiplayer. Something that most games are lacking thanks to online multiplayer taking over.
It also look as if they’ve sorted out my biggest peeve about aerial combat games and that’s that half the time the aircraft obscures a good portion of the view making it increasingly difficult to actually chase the target.
Dogfight 1942 features three unique game modes — Dogfight, Survival and Campaign, each of which offer a completely different play style and even more action that you can “just jump into”.
If you haven’t guessed it yet by the title, Dogfight 1942 is set during WWII and players can fly over 40 historically accurate planes, ranging from the fabled P-38 Lightning and Britain’s Spitfire, to the feared Messerschmitt 109 and Japanese Kate.
You can get Dogfight 1942 on Xbox Live Arcade for 1200 MS Points, Steam for £11.99 and coming soon to PlayStation 3.