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Birds of Steel, a WW2 aerial combat simulator from Konami and Gaijin Entertainment, is due for release on Xbox 360 and PS3 early in 2012. The game is said to feature the most pivotal air battles from World War II, including the battle of Midway, Guadalcanal, Coral Sea, the historic attack on Pearl Harbour, the Mediterranean Maltese island, Germany’s Ruhr Valley, and others.

Players will be able to choose how detailed each of the 20 campaign will be. 100 planes from the entire axis and allied forces rosters are included.

"For far too long, first-person shooter fans have been tied to the foot soldier point of view, but we aim to bring the seat-of-their-pants skill and daring of dogfighting and aerial combat to a wider audience," said Martin Schneider, general manager, Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH. "Birds of Steel pushes the throttle of realism by giving fans what they've been missing when it comes to co-operative online gameplay, incredibly realistic visuals and game dynamics, while spanning the entirety of the war's air campaigns."

As expected, Birds of Steel will include plenty of online functionality, including co-op missions and multiplayer dogfights.

Gaijin Entertainment's most notable previous releases are IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey for Xbox 360 and PS3, and Apache: Air Assault for Activision.

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thompo555@ Wido

Well there is no point in arguing with you (even though I'm right ;) )

We're looking at this in a totally different way - the Battle of Britian wasn't a constent fight, you did actually have to fly between missions. It, really, was made to play with a stick. How I play, and love it.

I really like the realism of it all - which is why I dislike AC so much.
Posted 20:45 on 26 May 2011
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Wido@ thompo555

Ace Combat any day to be honest. HAWX doesn't even compare to Ace Combat, as HAWX was poorly designed, thought straight from the word go.

I got IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey on the PS3, and it was ok, but linear in my opinion. The dogfights were far and between, and there was no feel that you are in a war 'Battle of Britian' springs straight to mind. The history behind that battle wasn't coming through the level, which was a huge disappoint.
Posted 19:44 on 26 May 2011
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This is also coming to PC:

From a very trustworthy source:
Don't worry, it will come to PC as well with a later announcement.

EDIT: Infact Anton Yudintsev himself just announced it on the Gaijin forums :P
Posted 19:21 on 26 May 2011
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thompo555@ Wido

Unfortunately my, very humbly, opinion of that is that it's a load of BS.

I've never had a handbreak in an aeroplane, I don't want to fly up behind someone and get an insta-kill with a rocket. Then there would be online: it'd be like Hawx which basically consists of gain altitude, dive a target, hit the missile button and climb back up. Rinse and repeat. Its so monotonous and boring.

What you need is to be able to fly at 200 feet, in the cockpit, looking out at your shining silver wings when they suddenly get a splattering of hot metal. Pulling up, controlling the plane with the effects of the damage and getting behind your opponent takes skill, observation and patience. Something all of my games need.
Posted 14:59 on 26 May 2011
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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon fella's!

The only flight game that I will be getting this year, as I am a big fan of the Ace Combat series.
Posted 14:49 on 26 May 2011
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thompo555@ neilmike

The console games are made by Gaijin and the PC ones by Oleg Maddox, two different companys. It's not anyone's fault that this isn't on PC.

@PB I prefer my games to be pure sim - getting out and running on the ground would destroy that for me.
Posted 14:44 on 26 May 2011


Birds of Pray was great, a good mix of arcade and sim, depending on how you wanted to play.

What would be even better would be to have an FPS element where you could land and then go into a COD style war game as well.
Posted 11:11 on 26 May 2011
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well there will be a pc version of wings of prey 2

screw u Konami
Posted 00:00 on 26 May 2011
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This has made my day, month and year! I've been waiting for an announcement for about 2 months now! :p
Posted 20:59 on 25 May 2011

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Release Date: 16/03/2012
Developer: Gaijin Entertainment
Publisher: Konami
Genre: Flight Sim
Rating: BBFC PG
Site Rank: 12,935 366
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