There is a substantial depth of strategy here, but it just doesn't feel right on the DS. Trying to keep your pilot alive while soaking in all the maps, dense button combinations, and touchscreen implements seems impossible at times. Plus we found you can usually get by with simple speed and bravado.
All in all, the scaled-down warfare is quick paced and fun, but it doesn't provide the level of strategy it purports to due to the convoluted nature of its layout. Glory Days may pass you by, but perhaps that's reaching too far for a Springsteen reference.