Rogue Aces (Switch)
Synopsis3 planes left in your whole squadron, and you’re the only pilot. Just pop out and win a war for us would you, old chap? In Rogue Aces, you’ll battle for air, sea and ground supremacy while gradually upgrading your precious aircraft’s stats. Rogue Aces is about hot acrobatic dogfights, heroic mid-air plane-jacking, sweet fully destructible buildings and different-every-game procedural landscape and mission generation shizzle. Just don’t leave it too late to deploy that parachute, what what?
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Rogue Aces does a fine job of balancing randomness and giving agency over the flights, and it definitely doesn’t deserve to be buried by the wave of eShop releases every week.
Overall, this is a pick-up and go type of addition for the Nintendo Switch. It’s available on other platforms, but most gamers will find it’s best on the go. Strong artwork, mechanics, and cleanliness of the title make it extremely polished, but the lack of depth made it hard for me to want to put any more than a couple hours into Rogue Aces.
Rogue Aces is a stellar, fresh experience - even more so if you never played spiritual forerunner Wings of Fury - that has landed on the Switch eShop seemingly out of nowhere. It not only delivers an audio-visual treat but also an overwhelmingly entertaining stimulation of the senses thanks to the frenetic aerial ballets you will take part in. Easy to pickup but devilishly hard to walk away from, Rogue Aces demands just the right amount of arcade shmup skills and strategic planing with the odd lucky break when something just works out.
There’s little doubt about it, Rogue Aces is a very enjoyable game, and one of the best and most entertaining Switch games within its price range. Controls are hard to master to begin with, and impatient gamers will need to be more lenient with this game and give it time. If you do allow it time, then Rogue Aces rewards you with high-octane thrills and spills from start to finish.
This is the arcade game the 12-year-old version of you was always meant to play. Fast, frantic, outrageously challenging and with the sort of free-form play that requires and rewards player creativity. Infinite State Games have created something very special here. I’ll see you in the skies, just try and beat my high score.
Perhaps including different pilots with varying skills might have made opened up interesting paths, lending the title some variation in play style or mechanics. While the actual combat is appealing, after time the inherent samey-ness ends up asking too much of the player. It wasn't long before I was pining for another game to play.
We have to say though that Rogue Aces surprised us with how much it hooked us in, getting us into a rhythm of taking off, wreaking havoc on our foes, and landing again in no time, getting better and better to reach higher scores, all of which was underpinned by a soundtrack from Kevin 'Kevvy Metal' Black that really got our motors going. A bit more variety would've been great, but we can't take away from a great arcade game, one that took us to the clouds above.
It’s the perfect game to take out and about with you and have a 5-10 minute blast on. It can get a little repetitive but in short bursts and playing across the various modes this is a cracking little game to have in your library. For less than thirteen dollars, Rogue Aces gives you a lot of bang for your buck.
Cualquier aficionado a este clásico género va a disfrutar mucho con lo que ofrece Rogue Aces, que es mucho. Dentro de un esquema de juego sencillo se esconde una jugabilidad más amplia, táctica, desafiante y hasta variada de lo que muchos podrían esperar en un principio.
Es gibt auch Schwachpunkte wie die nervöse Kamera oder den Umstand, dass es den prozedural generierten Schauplätzen nach ein paar Stunden an Abwechslung mangelt. Trotzdem hat mich das Spiel sogar um einiges besser unterhalten als seinerzeit das übertrieben knifflige Wings of Fury oder das schnell monoton werdende Luftrausers. Ein echter kleiner Arcade-Leckerbissen – vor allem für unterwegs!