Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII review

What's better than shooting Nazis in the face? Watching them plummet from the sky in a flame-gouting fireball

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    Painstakingly rendered skies

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    Vast array of planes

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    Follow Camera


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    German pilots' comments

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    Crashing into buildings

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    Landing on an aircraft carrier

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Screaming low over the roofs of London while unleashing a scorching fury of bullets into a formation of hapless Nazi pilots brings a joy that warms our justice-loving hearts for days afterward. Executing a flawless barrel-roll in between the legs of the Eiffel Tower to evade a German ace hell-bent on swiss-cheesing your fuselage delivers unmatched satisfaction. While tooling around in a WWII plane may not sound complicated, that lack of complexity is exactly what makes it such good fun.

Blazing Angels mixes realistic looks with an arcadey experience that grabs you by your most basic instincts. You don't needthe years of training and study it would take to actually be a pilot to appreciate this.It taps into that part of the brain that lives to line targets up in cross-hairs and let go a raging tide of metal and death.

Just fire up the engine of your P-51 Mustang and gun down foes, either in the sky, on the ground or in the water. That's the premise: shoot all the bad guys. Simple idea? You betcha. Simple to do? Not so much.

Many of the enemies you face in Blazing Angels are extremely talented dogfighters, skilled at dropping bogeys. This is especially true if you venture online where your opponents (up to 15 others) are flesh-and-blood aces looking for an opening to plug you full of ammunition. Grudges erupt shockingly often online.

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DescriptionAwkward and oh so frustrating - it's WWII through and through.
Platform"Wii","Xbox","Xbox 360","PC","PS3"
US censor rating"Teen","Teen","Teen","Teen","Teen"
UK censor rating"12+","12+","12+","12+","12+"
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)