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Lock On Modern Air Combat Download NEW!

Lock On: Modern Air Combat ships your main load of action in taking over the wing of your adversary in a dogfight. You can choose from nine different fighters, including the F-15C Eagle, the A-10A Thunderbolt, and the Su-33 Flanker, and each has its own specific strengths and weaknesses. A number of enemies will appear on the mission map, and as they move around, they'll take their positions in formation. Then when you take to the skies, it's time to get down to business.

Lock On Modern Air Combat Download

At a push, Lock On could get a bit frenetic at times, but there are clearly enough touches to the game to make it a worthwhile experience. So long as you're an old pilot, one of your allies will be in constant radio contact with you, both when in battle and on the mission map. Plus, you can shake down a friend's score to earn a few extra points when playing in Instant Action mode, and you can name and register nine aircraft in your created profile, which will also be replicated for your wingmen. With the inclusion of mission maps, you can fly one of four different missions on each mission, and an excellent tutorial system will guide you through everything you need to know. There is even a decent multi-player function, which allows you to go up against both human players or AI opponents. Finally, there's a variety of special missions that call for a well-equipped pilot to check out.

It all sounds good, but there's a problem - and it's a big one. The biggest problem with Lock On is that the fickle, nose-heavy design philosophy of the genre gets the better of it. Take off is still a piece of cake, but landing is a tricky business - there's also no roll rate when returning from a low pass, so if you're returning to the deck you're in for a rude awakening. Forget about jinking as the A-10 and Flanker do, because unlike other, more nimble jets, the A-10 and Flanker are more than capable of destroying the F15 and Warthog, and in the process drain themselves of fuel and ammunition. Landing a Flanker or A-10 is like shooting a tiny jet out of the sky - and with only a few iron birds in the game, you can't expect the same kind of awesomeness on the ground. Even with nine separate aircraft to control, the AI is inconsistent, and in this game most pilots make the same kind of mistakes, which is a bit of a downer. All in all, it's an okay game, but we'd recommend trying a bit of flight simulation before making the jump to dogfighting action.


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