Lethal Skies: Elite Pilot: Team SW

Global warming threatens life on earth. Frozen regions of Siberia have melted, submerging entire countries. As part of an elite group of pilots assembled by…
Bollocks, you know the rest. If you don't, you could probably create something more interesting yourselves anyway.

"Lethal Skies: Elite Pilot: Team SW: Unnecessary Subtitle" is apparently a franchise (I know of a "Lethal Skies II", but I'm not sure if it's the sequel to this or not, seeing as it doesn't have all the subtitles) very much along the lines of Namco's Ace Combat series. The game compares favourably with Ace Combat, having very nice graphics and sound, good overall presentation and a decent flight model. By decent flight model, I mean not unnecessarily realistic, considering this is a combat game and not a flight simulator. There are options to toggle G-force blackouts and motion blur effects, though, so that could add to your sense of realism.

The presentation isn't quite up to the standard of the Ace Combat games, but it is decent, and there's a lot worse out there. The game includes over a dozen different planes, missions of various types and goals, and you have wingmen chattering in your ears. I wish I could go into more detail on the features, but I bought this a while back as a cheap ex-rental and unfortunately, it didn't come with a manual - anyone have a spare? I could find them out by playing the game for hours on end, but, well, I'd rather throw in "Ace Combat: Belkan War" to be honest.

Forgive my lazy comparisons to "Ace Combat", but it really is the premiere franchise on PlayStation 2 if you're after flight combat games. "Lethal Skies: Elite Pilot: Team SW: Also Ran" could certainly serve as an amusing diversion if you're done with or temporarily bored of the "Ace" games, but probably shouldn't be your first choice. On the other hand, it seems to be pretty rare, at least in Australia. Normally, I wouldn't buy a game without the manual. Then again, normally I wouldn't wear pants, but I'm wearing some as I write this.

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