Thursday, November 4, 2010


What is it with these weird aerial shooter games?  Why do they have to stray from the classic vertical or horizontal shooters?  Meh.

Air Cavalry is an interesting take on the aerial shooter genre.  This one introduces the first person perspective from the cockpit of a helicopter.  It works a lot better than you might imagine, but it still has a ton of problems.  Once again, I don't understand why military based games like this and Air Strike Patrol can not just stick with the vertical shooter format.  I suppose these games are going for a sense of realism, but I'm playing a video game.  I'm playing to have fun, not to deal with shitty controls that are supposed to be more realistic.  It's Super Nintendo for fucks sake, how real can it get?

Some things shouldn't be realistic.
When we start the game, we are given different war-time scenarios that we can play out.  You are then given vague mission objectives and shown a completely worthless map of the area.  I can sum up every mission objective in this game.  Blow shit up, don't die.

The controls are bad.  You have buttons for switching weapons, firing weapons, stopping, moving back and forward, up and down, speed, altitude...etc.  Then you also have to move with the D-pad.  They could have simplified a lot of this, but then it wouldn't be as realistic.  After beating this game, I feel like a certified helicopter pilot.

Some of you may remember a joke I made about using the Flight of the Valkyries in a aerial shooter.  Sadly, this game proves me wrong.  It does NOT guarantee success.  So other than destroying one of the most motivating battle songs ever, this game doesn't have much to offer.  Horrible static filled sound effects and "MAYDAY" over and over.

While searching for "mayday", I found a j-pop band by that name, a boy band called mayday parade, and some sort of underground rave society that had a pretty cool logo.  What I didn't find, however, was any pictures of "Mayday" Parker.  Google has no love for Spider-Girl.
 It's not easy to judge this game for its graphics.  A lot of it looks decent, but the actual in game graphics range from squiggly lines to blurry dots.  The closer you get, the more detailed they become, but you'll also die for getting so close.  The goal is to blow these things up BEFORE you can see them.  This also plays a huge part in the....

Gameplay.  The whole problem with this game revolves around the range.  You can only shoot a certain range, and everything else in this game can shoot further.  You are guaranteed to be hit at least once before you can hit them, but in most cases, your helicopter will be shot down before you can even see what is shooting you.

Air Cavalry is not really that bad of a game, especially when compared to shit like Air Strike Patrol.  The game could have been executed a lot better, especially with the controls, but I feel that it deserves 2 squiggly line trees out of 5. 

You win.  Have a picture of some helicopters.


Paul said... [Reply]

O this is one i never got to play

Anonfourtwenty said... [Reply]

That is the funniest picture with ugly asian chicks and how they would look in an anime!

SpringyB said... [Reply]

I had to look up some gameplay footage before I understood what you were talking about. The sad thing is, when I was a kid my mind probably would have been blown by it's "fancy hi tech" looking style.

Guy Movie Blogger said... [Reply]

Reminds me a bit of "LHX" on the Sega Genesis. This looks like it was even worse though...

Telia Tuli said... [Reply]

I would like to try this game out as well

Campino said... [Reply]

looks interesting

Mr.Brightside said... [Reply]

interesting post.

Copyboy said... [Reply]

Poor Tom DeFalco. He'll be so sad his beloved Mayday is google-less. Naw, shooter games ain't like the Defenders and Galaga of old. Can't believe they didn't break any laws for massacring the best movie song of all time.

RoodNverse said... [Reply]

lol ima go find this game and try it out lol...

Donkote said... [Reply]

you should listen to mayday parade :D

Nostalgist said... [Reply]

the last pictures reminds me of a game called "destert strike"

The Angry Vegetarian said... [Reply]

I did the same thing as SpringyB. Just looks like a horrible game all around. Glad I never got my hands on this when I was younger.

About Insurance said... [Reply]

I need to check this game out

MacPCharmony said... [Reply]

good post!

Mr. Bloggity said... [Reply]

Great Review!

Fuuuuuuuu said... [Reply]

that's pretty interesting

Swift Love said... [Reply]

I'll try this game out

amidoinitrite? said... [Reply]

nice, I like this

dee jey said... [Reply]

funny game

Dan said... [Reply]

lol sounds lame. Atleast the art looks sexy-retro

ModerneFusion said... [Reply]

LOLOLOLOLO!!! that picture made my day LOL

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