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Published on February 15th, 2010 | by Greg


Wii Flying with Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces

XSeed has a pretty good track record as a studio, helping to bring some interesting games to life. We’ve seen several of their titles on the DS before as well as their holiday games from last year on the Wii and DS. This time around, they bring a Japanese game to US shores, from the team behind Ace Combat. Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces isn’t likely to absorb serious flight simulation fans but offers surprisingly good graphics on the Wii, and fun controls that are simple enough to allow nearly anyone to fly. It’s probably the best flight game on the Wii.

The Story mode makes up the bulk of the game, and luckily the campaign offers plenty of unlockables and decent missions. There isn’t as much variation as you might want, but the combat is satisfying. It’s also easy to enjoy the cutscenes, which are anime-like, as the series is based on Japanese series and movie (though the plot can be confusing for those who aren’t familiar with it). A quick recap: the world is at peace, but corporations realize that there is money to be made off of conflict, and there are genetically-modified immortal “Kildren”, and… well, the story isn’t deep, but this is a game all about flying. And certainly the game shines best when engaging with other planes; dogfighting is uniformly excellent. Loading times could be pretty bad, but once ready to go, it was a finely balanced blend of challenging and fun.

At $30 and available online, it’s a nicely budgeted title that offers pretty good bang for the buck, even if the story mode felt a bit short. There isn’t online or split-screen multiplayer, which is a pity- but for those who want to fly alone, Sky Crawlers offers a fun experience.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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