Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII

Common Sense Media says

War aerial simulation hovers near average.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

You are a soldier fighting in WWII.

Violence

You can shoot down other planes or drop bombs on targets, such as tanks.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

While nothing too profane, some words may offend, such as "damn" and "hell."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this World War II aerial combat simulation lets players shoot down enemy aircraft and drop bombs on bases and tanks. It's not graphic, but violence is the core game-play component. Parents may prefer the kind of war-based conflict in this game over games played from a more immersive and graphic first-person perspective, such as Call of Duty 3.

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Kids say

What's it about?

Climb into the cockpit of more than 50 authentic World War II aircraft, including the famous P-51 Mustang and British Spitfire, in Ubisoft's BLAZING ANGELS: SQUADRONS OF WWII. You'll assume the role of an ace pilot who must take on the Germans and Japanese in missions in Berlin, London, the North African desert, and Hawaii. This PS3 version also includes two exclusive missions -- North Sea and New Georgia Island in the Pacific -- along with 11 new aircraft, such as the Boulton Paul Defiant and De Havilland Mosquito. Mission objectives vary, but most involve listening to a briefing, assigning orders to your squad mates, locking onto targets in the unfriendly skies, and of course, blasting the enemy into oblivion. Other missions involve taking photographs of activity on the ground or bombing runs. Supports up to 16 players in multiplayer modes.This PS3 version also contains a bonus squadron-based multiplayer game, dubbed Base Assault, not found in other versions of Blazing Angels.

Is it any good?

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The gorgeous graphics suffer from poor frame rates, which cause the action to slow down whenever there are a lot of planes or tanks onscreen at the same time. This not only takes away from the suspension of disbelief, but those who shelled out up to $600 for a PS3 and its allegedly powerful Cell processor will probably be disappointed in the occasionally choppy performance.

Another problem is the somewhat repetitive and easy single-player missions. Despite the fact that you can play through more than 20 chapters in the main campaign -- and unlock three additional solo game modes -- the lack of variety in the objectives and simplified artificial intelligence mean you're likely to get bored after a couple of sittings. That said, war buffs or flight enthusiasts may want to get their wings by renting this PS3 game for the weekend.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the events presented in this game took place in real life during World War II, where millions of soldiers and innocent civilians lost their lives. Does playing this game make history seem more real and immediate? Is there a negative side to this type of entertainment -- can a game like this trivialize the memory of this war? Why or why not? What can we get out of the study of history? How can studying WWII help us in conflicts today?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:December 13, 2006
Genre:Simulation
ESRB rating:T for violence, language (PlayStation 3)

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Adult Written byed1993 December 30, 2010
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9
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Remember Dresden AND Coventry, Hiroshima AND Pearl Harbour

It is a war game, no prizes to the person who points out the violence then! I've had this game on the PC for about a year and found that once the controls were mastered it was an enjoyable game to play, this history, as in the Medal of Honour series, is integral to the game, although notably light. I have certain reservations as to the gaming ethics of this title, like many combat flight simulators, and indeed the concept of remote warfare. It is important that children are aware of the real human consequences of all combative actions. This title I feel oversteps the boundary into celebrating warfare, which is why I consider it iffy. The implicit violence and gore in titles such as this may be more socially damaging than the explicit violence in the Medal of Honour series
What other families should know
Educational value
Teen, 14 years old Written byCedricDoodlehopper December 9, 2010
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10
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Good game, but not realistic

This is a good game, but it is not realistic. You are usually facing about 60 bad guys with just about 10 good guys. Another problem is that there are some inaccurate sizes. The aircraft carriers seem to be too small to hold 100 (or even one) planes, and the people on the ground do not appear to be as big as you would be considering how big your plane is. It is a good game though, and is educational, but is kind of violent and there is some bad language.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Educational value
Teen, 15 years old Written byski123 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

Okay but repetitive

This game is fun at first but gets dull quite soon. The only thing you do is fly around shooting. If you find this fun then this game is for you.

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