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Platform: Xbox 360
Genre: Flying
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Taito
ETA: TBA 2006 




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Over G Fighters


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As the Xbox 360 gets settled into the market, we’re starting to see more and more games from different genres make their way into the console’s library.  So far we have racing games, first person shooters, platformers, sports titles, and the like, but to this point there has been a disappointing lack of airplanes.  However, this won’t be the case for much longer, as Ubisoft has picked up the North American, and European publishing rights to Taito’s Over G Fighters.


Similar in concept to more arcade-like fighter plane outings such as Ace Combat, and Afterburner, this title will focus on fast-paced, visceral gameplay, without inundating players with lots of nuts and bolts control options.


One thing that a lot of gamers like to see in air combat games of this sort is a wide selection of planes.  That in mind, it appears that Over G Fighters will have quite a number of aircrafts to choose from including the F-22A Raptor, F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16C Fighting Falcon, F/A-18C Hornet, Su-27 Flanker, MiG-29A Fulcrum, and F-117A Nighthawk.  While flying around, players will be able to use either a cockpit view, or see the action from a perspective outside of their plane.


While it’s nice to have a bunch of heavily armed jet fighters to soar through the sky with, one still needs a reason to be up there protecting the skies, and in the case of Over G Fighters that appears to be fighting terrorists.  What these terrorists want, and how exactly players are supposed to stop them is somewhat vague, but players are part of a worldwide coalition put together to combat this sort of thing.  Thinly veiled social commentary ahoy?…


All of this will go down through over 80 missions.  These appear to be divided into different parts, where players have basic objectives to hit first, and 



later must go after larger key targets.  Also, if players want some online play, this will be possible through Xbox Live, where up to eight people can play together, either cooperatively, or in full-on every man for himself dogfights.


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Games featuring fighter planes have always been a nice niche with a very dedicated fan base.  As the number of Xbox 360 owners continues to increase, the demand for aerial combat games will surely go up to.  What remains to be seen is how well Over G Fighters can fill this need.


Mr. Nash

(March 13, 2006)


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