Review: Aircraft Evolution (PlayStation 4)

Fight through 4 time periods, from the era of the First World War to futuristic battles. Level up and evolve your aircraft from a wooden plane to a fighter of the future.

Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • 535.2mb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Four difficulties-easy, normal, hard, and very hard.
  • Stick sensitivity slider.
  • The campaign plays out over four eras with each era housing 10 levels.
  • 2D shooter gameplay.
  • Plane- earn credits to upgrade plane parts like armor, fuel, speed, maneuverability, matching gun damage, rocket damage, bomb damage, and bomb attack speed. Can also change the color of the plane whenever.
  • 10 planes to buy. Uses a rank and credit system.
  • Shop-buy new weapons, planes, and upgrades.
  • Fast loading.
  • Earn EXP and credits after every level complete or life.
  • Attacks-bombs and guns.
  • Enemy health bars show.
  • Basic tutorial.
  • Can repair your plane on the fly.

Cons:

  • No invert sticks option.
  • Hard to see what you are selecting in the menu.
  • The soundtrack is dull and repetitive.
  • Simple gameplay and you can do levels by just going backward and forwards shooting.
  • Hard to see the guns shooting.
  • No real hook to keep you playing.
  • Slow burner overall.

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Sound - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
6.8/10

Summary

Coming into this game I was hoping for a competent and pass le shooter with world war 2 theme. It disappointed straight away, it’s all set on a 2D screen and you fly side to side shooting enemies, structures, and planes. That in mind I didn’t like that it doesn’t have an invert option and the tutorial is so basic it’s almost nonexistent. The gameplay is very basic especially for the genre, I was able to clear levels no problem by just going side to side and pressing speed burst to avoid enemy projectiles. The menu is fine in layout but a pain in navigation, for you never see what you are highlighting and it’s all slow. Overall I just could get enthusiasm for playing it or even unlocking more planes, the gameplay just isn’t there and its a very shallow and empty experience.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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