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Activision Reveals Apache: Air Assault For 360, PS3

Huey! ChinNOOK.

Today, Activision announced that players will be able to stop worrying and love the copter in Apache: Air Assault, a new "modern combat" helicopter simulator for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Developed by Russian developer Gaijin Entertainment, Apache: Air Assault will put players in the cockpit of various Apache birds as they take on missions that only a helicopter is equipped to carry out. 
 
Of course, if you've ever played a helicopter game, you know that the missions a helicopter can carry out are
 

  1. Destroy other helicopters
  2. Blow up buildings
  3. Lift stuff up with that crane
  4. Hover
  5. Put out a fire (maybe?)
 
So, I imagine the game will mostly revolve around those objectives. Well, 80% of them.  
 

I'm comin' for ya, 50!

== TEASER ==Activision's announcement also mentions that players will be able to select between "arcade" and "realistic" game modes, depending on how much helicopter you want to helicopter. Apache will also include standard online multiplayer modes. In addition to the online play, Apache will offer a neat wrinkle on the standard co-op gameplay formula; instead of two players in two helicopters, Apache's co-op mode will put both players in the same copter as pilot and co-pilot. Unfortunately, that co-op is local play only, so I hope you live close to friends who want to helicopter as much as you do. 

As the Activision press release points out, there haven't been many recent releases dedicated to helicopter combat, regardless of technicality and strategy. Maybe Activision recognized that the positive reception to the helicopter combat sections of Call Of Duty: Black Ops could lead to a successful game devoted solely to helicopter-on-helicopter action. We'll see how many RPG hits it takes to bring you out of the sky (three!) when the game is released this fall.
 

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Posted by MattBodega

Today, Activision announced that players will be able to stop worrying and love the copter in Apache: Air Assault, a new "modern combat" helicopter simulator for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Developed by Russian developer Gaijin Entertainment, Apache: Air Assault will put players in the cockpit of various Apache birds as they take on missions that only a helicopter is equipped to carry out. 
 
Of course, if you've ever played a helicopter game, you know that the missions a helicopter can carry out are
 

  1. Destroy other helicopters
  2. Blow up buildings
  3. Lift stuff up with that crane
  4. Hover
  5. Put out a fire (maybe?)
 
So, I imagine the game will mostly revolve around those objectives. Well, 80% of them.  
 

I'm comin' for ya, 50!

== TEASER ==Activision's announcement also mentions that players will be able to select between "arcade" and "realistic" game modes, depending on how much helicopter you want to helicopter. Apache will also include standard online multiplayer modes. In addition to the online play, Apache will offer a neat wrinkle on the standard co-op gameplay formula; instead of two players in two helicopters, Apache's co-op mode will put both players in the same copter as pilot and co-pilot. Unfortunately, that co-op is local play only, so I hope you live close to friends who want to helicopter as much as you do. 

As the Activision press release points out, there haven't been many recent releases dedicated to helicopter combat, regardless of technicality and strategy. Maybe Activision recognized that the positive reception to the helicopter combat sections of Call Of Duty: Black Ops could lead to a successful game devoted solely to helicopter-on-helicopter action. We'll see how many RPG hits it takes to bring you out of the sky (three!) when the game is released this fall.
 

Edited by Vinny_Says

Cool helicopters are still a threat! Ryan was right. I hope you don't get shot by RPGs too much.

Posted by knownspace

The official Noel Edmonds  game.

Posted by Klaimore

So no more hating on helicopters?

Posted by WiFiPirate

I can already hear the Tiger Heli music playing in my head.

Posted by Toxin066

So would this game be classified as a "play as the villain" game?

Posted by some1

"...helicopter simulator for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3."

Just because it looks realistic doesn't mean it's a simulator Activision.

Posted by Chocobo_Blitzer

hahah yes! Can't wait for Ryan to review this.

Posted by Waffles13

Helicopter is now a verb.

Posted by fedorajay

I loved the Strike series so hopefully this will bring back the heli love. Also, thanks to the 360's custom soundtracks, I'll totally be playing the Air Wolf theme to this.

Posted by President_Barackbar

Someone's an Army Men fan, eh Mr. Kessler?

Posted by Diamond
@some1 said:
"...helicopter simulator for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3."

Just because it looks realistic doesn't mean it's a simulator Activision.

It's made by the people who made IL-2 Birds of Prey, so it should be simmy enough.
Edited by Scenium

No PC version?! Flight Sims works best on PC's, that's a fact. This type of sim/game is what I bought My Logitech G940 for....I would hate to be Forced to buy it for My PS3 or 360...

Posted by Landon

Cool story, Activision.

Posted by skrutop

The only chopper game you need.
Posted by flashdim

Chopper Dave flies again!
 
UH OHHHHHH!

Posted by Wildfire570

I would never beat the game. I would crash my own helicopter every time on purpose because of my hate for helicopters.

Posted by MattBodega
Posted by buzz_killington

What is this, 2003? Activision publishing stuff developed by a company they don't own? Kessler stop fucking with us.

Posted by PeteyCoco

When I saw Air Attack, I was hoping for an Army Men remake... I'm disappoint

Posted by dawgpound89

Desert Strike was one of my favorite games.  Hopefully this can be as good

Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw

I like having the option for a more realistic sim.  Looking forward to seeing more about this one.

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Posted by DukeTogo

If it's even close to as good as this I'll be pleased.
 

Posted by Bionicicide

Confused if it it's just Apaches.

Posted by Seppli

If it feels as good and satisfying as BF:BC 2's choppers, I'm in.
 
There will be destruction? Right?

Posted by Zatoichi_Sanjuro
@Scenium said:
" No PC version?! Flight Sims works best on PC's, that's a fact. This type of sim/game is what I bought My Logitech G940 for....I would hate to be Forced to buy it for My PS3 or 360... "
It won't be a sim. It's using the Birds of Prey engine, which is awesome, but even that game on "sim" mode is not a sim. How "realistic" it will be is yet to be seen. But it is a budget title so I won't be surprised at all if it's all external-view combat with no guncam/FLIR.
 
Still, should be worth playing.
Posted by fedorajay
@dawgpound89 said:
" Desert Strike was one of my favorite games.  Hopefully this can be as good "
I still rock that game on my GameGear. Good times.
Posted by Jimbo

Buying Ryan this for Christmas.
 
I want Desert Strike Rearmed, with co-op, thx.

Posted by LankyPikey

It's Cacktivision. Thanks, but no thanks.

Posted by FlipperDesert

The plot will revolve around an elite squad of ragtag helicopters taking down a militia of RPG-wielding rappers in a bid to protect their nation, Helecoptonia.
 
I hope.

Posted by JerichoBlyth

Woah - basically another Strike game then? Excellent! :- )

Posted by Southgrove

About time!

Posted by Meteora

Hopefully it'll turn out at least good or decent, I love me some helicopters.

Posted by Marz

Cool, we need another jungle strike, desert strike chopper destroying game.

Posted by IcySandman

Comanche Gold is all I'll need.

Posted by Oni

Finally, the long-awaited spiritual sequel to Desert/Jungle/Nuclear Strike!

Posted by mazik765

I read about half that article and already had no interest in this game.

Posted by murse2008

So I guess a helicopter action game is like a 3rd person shooter from the second person perspective?

Posted by CptBedlam
@Oni said:
" Finally, the long-awaited spiritual sequel to Desert/Jungle/Nuclear Strike! "
What are you people talking about? This has nothing to do with the Strike-series.
Posted by Oni
@CptBedlam: Hence the 'spiritual' part
Posted by Gre

So is it going to come with separate collective and cyclic controllers? 

Posted by Splodge
@CptBedlam said:
" @Oni said:
" Finally, the long-awaited spiritual sequel to Desert/Jungle/Nuclear Strike! "
What are you people talking about? This has nothing to do with the Strike-series. "
"Spiritual"
Posted by CptBedlam
@Oni: I don't get that part either. What has this game more in common with the Strike-series than with any other Helicopter-game of the past such as Apache Longbow 1 & 2, or example?
Posted by FuzzYLemoN

Sounds like fun. I loved Commanche & Commanche 3 when I was a kid.
I'll keep an eye on this.

Posted by CptBedlam
@Splodge said:
" @CptBedlam said:
" @Oni said:
" Finally, the long-awaited spiritual sequel to Desert/Jungle/Nuclear Strike! "
What are you people talking about? This has nothing to do with the Strike-series. "
"Spiritual" "
@CptBedlam said:
" @Oni: I don't get that part either. What has this game more in common with the Strike-series than with any other Helicopter-game of the past such as Apache Longbow 1 & 2, or example? "
Posted by MeatSim

Ryan is really going to hate this game.

Posted by Honk

I really hope they don't screw this up.  It's been really hard to get fun flight sims on the 360 that were also realistic.  Fingers crossed!