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The Top 7… Games with badass helicopter fights


5. X-Men Origins: Wolverine

The kickass copter battle: Logan introducing a pilot to his bird’s rotor blades for the first time.

If there’s one thing wolverines love to do, other than contemplate suicide while being forced into photographs with crass cardboard advertising…

...it’s sending helicopter pilots straight to Beelzebub. We don’t exactly know why Wolvey’s blood pressure gets so riled up every time he sees a chopper. After all, it’s not like their bullets can cause much harm to his indestructible, regenerating ass. Yet every time he sees one, he throws himself at it claws first, like the poor chap inside had just finished double teaming Mrs. Wolverine with the aid of Sabretooth.


Above: Sadly, this is not an image of the aforementioned soul-scarring threesome

Everyone’s favourite Canadian mutant then proceeds to destroy his metal foe with nothing but the power of his admittedly several feet long, ludicrously deadly claws. Well, maybe the word ‘destroy’ is overegging Johnny Stabby Britches’ efforts just a little. He actually just breaks the windscreen.


Above: Take that, you glassy bastard

Turns out, though, helicopters won’t keep themselves in the air without the assistance of a human being. Which kinda makes this a problem…



Cynics will rightly claim each copter battle is just a glorified QTE. And well, they’d be right. An important life lesson Origin proves, though, is that even the most unoriginal game mechanic can be saved by letting you shish kebab a pilot with rapidly rotating metal blades.


4. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

The kickass copter battle: MacMillan and Price almost being killed by a crashed copter in All Ghillied Up.

It’s a little known fact, but helicopters are fiercely loyal and protective of their own. Send one of their ranks to that great airplane graveyard somewhere in the middle of a desert outside Las Venturas, and you can be sure a self-addressed envelope is making its way to you marked ‘agonising death’. This is a problem Captain MacMillan and a certain young John Price face when they take down a helicopter during an assassination mission in Chernobyl.

After setting up a blind date between their 50 cal. sniper rifle bullets and a Ukrainian chopper pilot’s face, the pair soon find themselves facing gunfire from a second whirlybird. Seemingly monumentally pissed about the felling of its airborne brethren, it not only fires at them, it even does its level best to kill them after it’s been shot down. Why not let the modern wonder of internet imagery demonstrate this death-defying scenario to you below?

One of the most thrilling, prolonged setpieces in COD 4, this is an example of Infinity Ward scripting at its very best. While there’s really no danger of Leftenant Price being minced by the oncoming copter, we defy you not to fill your pantaloons the first time you see its blades crashing towards you, as they chew through an abandoned playground.

And even though he gets his leg crushed by several tonnes of reinforced metal, MacMillan's wee flesh wound is nothing he can’t shake off. And soon he’s taking out a small army of terrorists with pin point accuracy without the little luxury of y’know, being able to move from the waist down. Yup, they sure do now how to breed production lines of near indestructible soldiers on the mean streets of Scotland. 

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55 comments

  • Metal4Ever - January 24, 2011 4:25 p.m.

    Battlefield of some sort needs to be in here somewhere!! whether it's Bad(ass) Company, or an older one. Modern Combat had some pretty killer chopper fights, if i remember rightly...
  • HAHAFTW - January 24, 2011 1:57 a.m.

    I loved the McMillin terminator. lmfao
  • tomasspipass - January 20, 2011 9:55 a.m.

    Gamesradar,you need to follow this article up with a part 2. Out of all the helicopter battles i've fought my way through, Die Hard Trilogy's last level involving destroying a helicopter by driving a car up a ramp is all kinds of awesome. They even paid tribute to it in the latest die hard movie!
  • AlpineGuy - January 19, 2011 6:24 p.m.

    Another awesome article only GR could make, complete with hilarious photoshops to make you eeeextra sure what site you were on. Good job, guys!
  • Shuuvuia - January 19, 2011 8:50 a.m.

    I actually liked the second helicopter fight from Uncharted 2 better. It was funny when Drake is being attacked by both a helicopter and soldiers on top of the train, and he yells at the soldiers "Don't you a#@holes see the helicopter?!! I've got enough problems!!!!" I laughed out loud at that. That scene also had the rolling coal car, which was awesome.
  • Skykid - January 18, 2011 10:44 p.m.

    *Grins Manaically* Pilot meet .50 cal, .50 cal meet pilot's face! That moment in Modern Warfare is still so damn good. great job resurecting it in Black Ops, sorta
  • batman5273 - January 18, 2011 10:41 p.m.

    That Uncharted 2 scene was intense. Makes me wish I had a PS3
  • Japanaman - January 18, 2011 8:11 p.m.

    Does Double Dragon II count? It had a helicopter battle with a bunch of thugs hopping out to kill you.
  • Howetzer - January 18, 2011 12:33 p.m.

    Lol @ Bellakaza.
  • philipshaw - January 18, 2011 11:12 a.m.

    When I read the headline I had the same top 3 in my head,also the DR2 boss battle is so stupid but at the same time personifies everything I love about the game
  • barrage7667 - January 18, 2011 10:18 a.m.

    @HankVenture The mission with the Chopper IS the carnival mission. I just played Uncharted 2 again 2 days ago. Might i say whoever was playing was pretty darn good.
  • cart00n - January 18, 2011 7:49 a.m.

    I like the helicopter "fights" in Split/Second - threadin' the needle 'tween multiple rocket explosions in a souped-up musclecar, rackin' up combos to earn your own missile salvos to fire back, all whilst attempting to beat the best time? The very DEFINITION of an edge-of-your-seat-thrillride!
  • Rattlehead - January 18, 2011 3:37 a.m.

    Like the battle in HL2: Ep. 2 more
  • Dutch - January 18, 2011 3:29 a.m.

    YO! What about 50cent Blood on the sand! The only bosses you fight in that game are are helicopters RASIST HELECOPTERS!
  • SuperStingray - January 18, 2011 3:20 a.m.

    Dude, what the heck? No Prototype? Really? Dead Rising 2 I was definately expecting, but you can't tell me that none the 101 ways you can take down a helicopter in that game kick flying steel ass.
  • quincytheodore - January 18, 2011 3:10 a.m.

    "..it’s sending helicopter pilots straight to Beelzebub. We don’t exactly know why Wolvey’s blood pressure gets so riled up every time he sees a chopper. After all, it’s not like their bullets can cause much harm to his indestructible, regenerating ass. Yet every time he sees one, he throws himself at it claws first, like the poor chap inside had just finished double teaming Mrs. Wolverine with the aid of Sabretooth." ^epic writing, the inclusion of Hind made me happy
  • gopikmin - January 18, 2011 2:19 a.m.

    I would have wanted Just Cause 2's helicopter fights except that after a bunch of times of doing it, it really isn't badass anymore.
  • NightCrawler_358 - January 18, 2011 12:05 a.m.

    Uncharted 2 Chapter 15: Locomotion. after finally rpg-ing the chopper that was giving you trouble the whole trainride, it starts crashing and rolling along the train about to crush you... ! and then it hits the door of the tunnel and your safe. I actually shouted at that moment!
  • Clovin64 - January 17, 2011 11:38 p.m.

    Imagine my complete lack of surprise to see Uncharted 2 at #1. I died a fair few times during that chopper battle, but that didnt make it any less awesome. All in all, a brilliant Top 7, with the same brand of humour I've come to expect from Meiks. The Justin Beiber pic and the Keanu Reeves pic made me lol hard.
  • HankVenture - January 17, 2011 11:12 p.m.

    @twinkletitsmcgee I only remember bits and pieces of that level, like the end while I fight off people until some time limit..

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