Comanche 4
Written by Shigamoto   
Saturday, 26 February 2005

In Comanche 4 you will fly a high tech helicopter in some of the world’s most dangerous places, could it be any better?

<pThe game is based on the US Armed Forces future attack helicopter Comanche RAH-66. This means that the game is set in the future and with future hot spots. There are a number of places you will operate in, the Philippines, Belarus, Syria and many other places.

I think that Novalogic have managed to capture the environment pretty good in all the places. I especially like the Philippines, which looks like a couple of vacation paradise islands, except that they are cluttered with pirates.

The missions you will perform are everything from protecting boats, helicopters and other objects to all out attacks. Often you have to stay out of sight when entering dangerous areas. To do that you fly close to the ground, which is more fun than it sounds like.

You have a number of weapons at your disposal; all of them are standard for the US Armed Forces. For example hellfire missiles and machine guns. What I really like about the weapons in the game is that you can really feel the anxiety of the enemy when firing them.

Graphically Comanche 4 might leave something to be desired. Sure the environments are beautiful and there are a lot of details. For example when you hover over sand you see dust rising around you. But the inside view of the helicopter isn’t really that detailed or nice, and with today’s standards it’s pretty bad.

All targets you lock onto can be seen in a little display inside the helicopter. So if you unleash the machine gun on a guard tower you see it falling apart and soldiers fleeing. It really makes you feel powerful.

A major problem in the game is learning the controls and the handling of the helicopter. I feel that Comanche 4 has a somewhat steeper learning curve than other games in the same genre. But once you learn the handling it’s really loads of fun.

Overall Comanche 4 is a good helicopter simulation that creates feelings that other simulations can only dream of. Sure it has some faults, but generally the game is a good experience. Novalogic deserves some extra credits for the level editors that come with Comanche 4.

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Developer: Novalogic
Website for Game:
Publisher: N/A
O/S: Win 98/ME/XP
Cost of Full Game: N/A
Year of Release: 2001

Pentium II 450 MHz, 128 MB RAM, 16 MB VRAM
Tested on:
Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM, ATI Radeon Graphics Card


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