If you’ve never heard of ‘Apache Air Assault,’ it may be for good reason. The game sports an amorphous ‘early 2011’ Oz release date from its publisher, likewise is literally incognito on EBGames and Game Web sites. It has, however, been lurking around North America (and Play-Asia) for about a month’s time.
Now why should you care? If there’s even a closet flight simulator fan lurking within, this chopper sim-that-could is a sugar addiction waiting to happen. For starters, it’s made by the same people (Gaijin) behind the ridiculously good il-2 Sturmovik, arguably the best next gen, console flight simulator on the market. Moreover – and echoing its predecessor – Apache Air Assault will (on the PS3) play nicely with most mainstream flight sticks, fantastic news for anyone with a PC Thrustmaster or equivalent lying around. While playing Hawx via dualshock certainly has its fun moments, these are pittance compared to simulated flight feel via any compatible flight stick.
Perhaps the most giddy-inducing aspect of Apache Air Assault, however, lies in the simple damn fact it’s a helicopter game, period. Very fond memories reside in the likes of Desert Strike and Chopper Command, two of the few and proud of the miniscule helicopter-based, gaming genre.
For those fearful of getting sim’ed to death – il-2 was not for the arcade at heart - Gaijin deems Apache slightly lower in learning curve, emphasizing combat versus takeoff/landing physics.
Publisher provided highlights (quoted verbatim):
More coverage to come closer to Oz release. If you’re looking for sneak peeks, head over to apache-game.com. North America version’s already been patched, meaning a fairly polished should hit our shores in the month or so (?) ahead.