Search and Rescue 2
Written by Shigamoto   
Thursday, 18 August 2005

Everyday you read about the US Coast Guard’s helicopter pilots rescuing people, hunting smugglers and doing routine inspections. Now you can be a part of all that action in Search and Rescue 2.

In Search and Rescue 2 you work for the US Coast Guard, you job is to pilot a helicopter to different locations. The mission ranges from hunting smugglers to just dropping someone important off. Most of the missions are however rescue missions where you have to rescue people from drowning.

There are a number of different weather types; you can choose to play a mission in a hurricane or in bright sunshine. You also set the time of day and the amount of realism you want.

Flying the helicopter is actually quite hard, especially if you have set the realism level high. There are a number of controls that you need to get hang of before even starting to fly. You also have to be very careful with the helicopter, especially during takeoff and landings. But there are also other obstacles such as power lines that can get in your way.

The flying experience is very complicated in the beginning, but you get used to it. One of the problems is that there are so many elements you constantly have to check, that is altitude, vertical and horizontal speed, navigation, torque but also if the doors are open or closed, the gears and stuff in the way.

To help you with the radio you got your co-pilot. The modeling of the pilot isn’t exactly top-notch but it does the job. You can’t hear the radio conversations the co-pilot has between ships that are being inspected and so on, this is a bit sad and would have given the game much more depth.

The graphics except for the co-pilot is generally good. Surely you could have wanted a better-modeled ocean since you are over that kind of terrain a lot. It would have been nice with seagulls, small fishing boats, waves and much more. Now it’s just blue plain water and a boat (usually the boat that you have to interact with), this gets boring fast.

Another thing about interaction is the fact that there are no other Coast Guard units out there. Just your helicopter, no Coast Guard ships assisting you, no planes or other helicopters. It’s actually kind of silly since the Coast Guard usually works with multiple units. The days where you could develop games and skip interaction is over.

Flight Simulators where you actually save lives are pretty scarce these days and that makes Search and Rescue 2 special. Sure there are some complicated elements and the game tends to become boring after a while because of too little interaction. The flying itself is however pretty fun.

Related: Comanche 4
Developer: Interactive Vision
Related Website: N/A
Publisher: Global Star Software
O/S: Win 95/98/ME/2000/XP
Cost of Full Game: N/A
Year of Release: 2001

Tested on:
Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM, ATI Radeon Graphics Card

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