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Red Wings: American Aces

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Red Wings: American Aces puts you in the pilot’s seat of a nostalgic, action-packed arcade shooter illustrated in a fun comic-book style with a gaming mode for every occasion—local or online, solo or multiplayer. Prove yourself in exciting aerial battles and make a name for your squad as the best aces of WWI!

A Multiplayer Must-play

Do you believe in the strength of the squadron? Choose a map and game mode and gather your pilots to play in a team of up to five players against other squads in online multiplayer. Prefer flying solo and plucking others out of the sky? There’s game modes for that too! Compete with up to nine other pilots and fly to the top of the scoreboard. Local co-op is available for smaller fighter groups of one or two pilots for a much more ace-to-ace experience in various customizable game modes, including a campaign mode with 30 missions.

Rise to the Challenge

The clouds hide many dangers, there’s more than just enemy pilots waiting up there! Thunderstorms will blast your skill cooldowns, while sandstorms can make visibility spiral to near zero. To make things even more interesting, you’ll encounter other challenges such as missions where you’ll only be able to take out enemies with barrel rolls, planes that release a gas that will block your view when you least expect it, and more!

Become an Ace of the Sky

Rack up skill points for completed missions to upgrade your pilot progression skill tree and add to your arsenal. Strategize and rearrange your points depending on the mission and ensure you emerge from every dogfight victorious.

Key Features:
  • Fly online—Test your skills against a max of 9 other players in Last Man Standing, Score Battle, or Time Battle modes or gather your squad of up to 5 pilots and battle other squads in Elimination, Time Team Battle, or Score Team Battle modes

  • Fly locally—Play custom games in 3 different modes (Score Battle, Time Battle, and Hide n’ Seek (2 players only)) solo against AI or against another player

  • Complete 30 missions in campaign mode—relive the aerial dogfights of WWI and encounter all manner of unexpected challenges (available in local co-op for 1-2 players)

  • Upgrade your pilot progression skill tree—develop your pilot skills and rearrange points depending on the mission at hand

  • Pilot 15 different warplanes, each with unique skins—stand out in the heat of battle with a plane your enemies won’t soon forget
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

The spin-off/sequel to 2020's Red Wings: Aces of the Sky brings a little more content to the table while still maintaining simplistic, fun, and easy to learn arcade air combat action.
The game pretty much retains all of the previous game's content whilst forgoing the British/German campaigns from the first game for a 30 mission campaign centered around the American volunteer pilots of the Lafayette Escridille, with a few new appropriate planes to boot.
The title also introduces online multiplayer and co-op which is really the main selling point, it's alright as a single player title but you get more out of it if you have a friend to play with.
All of the previous game's planes can only be used outside of the campaign though, giving them very limited use and the local and online gamemodes are kinda lacking with really only deathmatch and last man standing. It would be nice to see more customizable matches with more planes in the sky, and more unique gamemodes. The zeppelin battles in the campaign are great fun and those would be great in multiplayer.
Overall, the game is a steal on sale with great gameplay and visuals but kinda lacking in content, would love to see updates to this title.

Review from Steam

Underrated title, a dogfight first world war game with, different types of missions, an american comic style story and clean graphics, you can play co-op and even online but with the singleplayer mode is enough for me to recommend it, on sale is very cheap. I even bought the DLC skins.
Titulo infravalorado, Un juego de aviones de la primera guerra mundial, con distintos tipos de misiones, una historia de estilo cómic y gráficos limpios, se puede jugar co-op y e incluso online pero con el modo singleplayer me basta y sobra para recomendarlo, en oferta esta muy barato, tanto que hasta me compre los DLCs.

Review from Steam

This is a fun little game if you play in co-op. Playing as a world war 1 fighter pilot, backing up your friend and watching each other's back in the sky with some fun abilities is really fun and enjoyable.
Unfortunately, it's hard to recommend this game unless its on sale like it is now for launch. There just isn't a lot of worthwhile content outside of playing co-op. Singleplayer has different progression then co-op despite having the same exact levels, meaning you'll have to replay the same missions when you switch between them. The head-to-head multiplayer is pretty underwhelming too. There's no one playing online for it either. There's also no online co-op either despite what the game is advertising on the Steam page, which is a really bad oversight at best. This game also seems almost identical to their previous game: Red Wings - Aces of the Sky.
Even though I have various problems with this game, if you can get it for cheap and for co-op, it's a fun time, the abilities, sound design, music and general feel and combat for the planes ranges from good to great. I really enjoyed blasting down enemy planes. The game has a lot of variety in its singleplayer utilizing objectives and a score system to keep you coming back. But again, buy it only on sale and if you've got a buddy nearby to play with, otherwise I'd skip this one.
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