previews\ May 14, 2003 at 8:00 pm

Secret Weapons Over Normandy - XB - Preview

E3 2003 - First Look


Lawrence Holland, the creator f X-wing, TIE Fighter, and Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe is back with a new title that combines sterling flight elements which a rich mission-based backdrop that covers some of the biggest moments of World War II.


Secret Weapons Over Normandy, demonstrated by LucasArts Entertainment at the E3 trade show in Los Angeles, takes place between 1940-1944. The game covers the exploits on a U.S. pilot who has joined the RAF in 1940 and finds himself embroiled is some truly big moments of the war.


There is a storyline in place, one which will place the pilot in a variety of planes and task players with a variety of duties. You may be required to fly fighter support for naval ships in the Pacific, or sit in the ball turret of a B-17 gunning down Nazi planes, then parachute behind enemy lines to steal a German airplane.


This is not a flight sim in any way, shape or form. It happens to be an action/adventure that has flying in it.


Game features also include intuitive targeting and an enemy-rich environment. Players will be able to exert their cinematic talents with camera angles in replaying the last 15 seconds of any battle, and will also have the opportunity to slow down the combat sequences. There is also a wide variety of planes to fly and advanced weaponry to fire.


A pending 2003 Winter release for the PC, PlayStation2 and Xbox, this game will feature split-screen and cooperative play for the PS2 and Xbox, and a screen editor for the PC platform.


Secret Weapons Over Normandy is a solid-looking game with strong visual elements. From the radio-controlled missiles that provide an up-close look at the destruction of a target to the steady stream of targets while encased in a ball turret, this game is well-paced. Play is interrupted for mission briefings but once into a scenario, it appears that the game is tailored easily to the player’s experience level.


Game players who like something more than a flight sim, but also like those elements will likely wish to take at look at this product.

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