Agile Warrior: F111X deftly snags a top position on the PlayStation charts with strong graphics, riveting action, and engaging missions. This aircraft shooter won't lure flight-sim junkies, but its frantic blasting will glue arcade shooters to the control pad.
Agile's ten tough missions send you around the world to quash political crises like Burmese drug lords and terrorist SCUD installations in Libya. You preserve the peace with real-life hardware like Sidewinders, Maverick missiles, and napalm. In an awesome touch, you can switch to the Maverick's perspective and steer it into the target.
Agile takes a simple approach to flying by preventing ground collisions, restricting your altitude and flight path, and replenishing your stores via power-ups. Although less realistic, this style of game-play lets you and your adrenaline concentrate on the fun, glossing over the stress of flying in favor of intense combat.
Despite the sometimes-slow onscreen movement, you'll need to concentrate hard. The missions generally pit you against overwhelmingly superior forces, requiring you to swiftly penetrate the enemy's defenses, obliterate the target, then scramble out.
The button layout is perfectly manageable, but the plane's odd handling demands serious practice. Once you overcome that hurdle, you have a lean, mean destruction machine at your fingertips, though the throttle remains too twitchy for precise speed adjustments.
Other shortcomings? You can fly only one plane, and there's no two-player action, which mildly limits the fun. Gamers will gladly weave through Agile's rabid skirmishes on their own, though.
Agile's missions open with nice full-motion-video briefings, then send you streaking through icy tundra and densely foliated jungles. You'll rocket by finely detailed buildings and enemy equipment, but the generic backgrounds lack detail, and the horizon occasionally scrolls up too slowly, which can be disorienting.
Decent guitar rock paces the combat, and the helpful mission control warns you of incoming bandits. The high-octane explosions and hilarious death screams keep the action both gripping and amusing.
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With better realism and plane selection, Air Combat may remain the first choice for flight-sim fans. All pilots, however, will relish kicking in Agile Warrior: FlllX's afterburners to cut a path through this fun, frenzied action.
- When outnumbered, crank up your afterburners and flee - you can return later when the pack has scattered,
- Take out planes and choppers on the runway - you'll have fewer to shoot later.
- Use the Maverick rockets to take out big targets, such as buildings. Switch to the missile's point of view and steer it to the target
- Leam to steer and fight with the map view up so that you don't lose track of your position.
- In slow moments, keep the Sidewinders selected so that you get a lock-on tone as soon as possible.
With the PlayStation's vast abilities being shown with every new CD, it was only a matter of time before a barrage of flight sims was to hit the system. From Air Combat to Warhawk, we've seen different styles of gameplay.
Agile Warrior is a bit more realistic in its presentation. Fly a real plane into lifelike scenarios. For example, you can perform bombing runs in the Middle East and take out terrorist forces. AW gives you lots of targets to shoot at, but ' you'll have to conserve your ammunition. Remember, realism is the key point of this game.
To keep you glued to your set, there are full-motion cinemas that brief you on your mission. (Here's a hint: Try hitting a button during the cinemas to blow up whoever is talking!)
Agile Warrior's graphics are far from the smoothest when compared to the other games we've seen. However, they are fast-flowing, and after some time, you don't notice. Of course, this game is early so that could change.
As it is, Agile Warrior looks and plays well. Let's wait and see how the finished game is. Hopefully we'll receive a finished copy. It should be decent.
- PUBLISHER - Virgin
- THEME - Simulator
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1