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July 5 2007
Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
29/11/2007UbisoftUbisoftUbisoft Romania
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
12-16$119.95

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Yet again the screenshots look impressive.
The first game in this series, Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII, was a solid, if somewhat uninspiring flight simulator released for the launch of the Playstation 3 last March. Only a couple of months on and the sequel has just been announced for release late this year. Titled Blazing Angels 2: Secrets of WWII the game looks to polish many areas of the original game, add in some neat new twists including 'secret' and 'experimental' technologies to push the series into a partial imaginary realm. Will it work? We don't know, but we can give you the details and early screenshots.

In Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII, you are the leader of Operation Wildcard, an undercover and elite squad of pilots secretly created by the American government. Your mission is to sabotage and destroy the Third Reich’s evil plans to create a weapon of mass destruction. During this mission you and your team discover that the bad guys also have an elite team of their own. In an attempt to disarm the enemy, you engage in dramatic and movie-like spy missions in some of the world’s most exotic locations, using experimental weapons and flying never-before-seen prototype aircraft.

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Let's hope we also get a good frame rate!
Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII includes 18 varied missions which include tasks such as bombing bridges, stealing secret weapons, destroying Zeppelins and more. Through the game you will be able to pilot over 50 authentic planes and prototypes including the Gotha Go 229, DH Vampire F Mk 1, Heinkel He 162 "Salamander", Me-163 "Komet", Kyushu J7W Shinden ("Magnificent Lightning"), Meteor and many more. Battles take place in the skies above Cairo, the Himalayas, Moscow’s Red Square, Rome’s San Pietro’s Cathedral, the Swiss Alps, the Baltic seacoast and China.

Where this game varies from the authenticity of other World War II based flight sims is the ability to use experimental WWII weapons including High Velocity Cannons (such as the German Mk 103), Earthquake bombs, Self-Guided and TV-Guided missiles. Intereting the developers are promising 'epic boss battles'. How do you have that in a flight sim you ask? Well in one mission you'll have to take on a giant German Zeppelin over the pyramids of Cairo. Take out its nine gun turrets while you expose its vulnerable underside.

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The plane models really are terrific.
The game offers quite a bit more in terms of customisation as well. The player earns prestige through his actions and can spend it on upgrades for the planes. It's also possible to visually alter the look of your plane with new paint schemes and special markings. Players can also rearm, repair and occasionally change the plane on friendly airfields. He can also steal aircraft from enemy airfields while a full replay mode has been incorporates so you can watch the entire battle over and over again.

Multi-player will also be supported in Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII so you can challenge up to 15-players in free-for-all, co-op and squad-based missions, including the all-new Epic Battle and Capture the Flag modes. But there's also another mode which sounds most exciting, and will be an exclusive to the Playstation 3...

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Battle over the Himalayas.
The PS3 version of Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII includes some exclusive features as well. First up the Sixaxis motion sensing can be used to fly the planes. The developers are including four alternative control configurations, but if you don't like the motion sensing - and in the first game we didn't feel it was accurate enough - you can revert back to traditional controls. The other exclusive content are some multiplayer racing modes. Here you will fly in a racing circuit while trying to navigate the natural terrain, avoid urban obstacles and other landmarks, and pull ahead of your opponents to be the first to cross the finish line.

The real question with this game on a technical level concerns the stability of the game engine. The orginal game had some pretty horrendous slowdown when you flew close to explosions. Given that the developers have had plenty of time to further optimise the engine we will be bitterly disappointed if this isn't fixed. The game now has an added free-look camera though so that is something.

With Ubisoft Romania back on development duties we're hopeful that Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII will provide a fair share of thrills when it hits the shelves on November 29 2007. We don't mind the idea of the developers including 'secret' technologies in the game, it should add a bit more spice into a genre that, let's face it, can be a bit slow. So far, this is looking pretty hot.