Suit up, because today we are diving into dog fights! Its been a while since we got a decent updates to this genre. The game apty named metal skies, puts you right in the cockpit of a WWII plane as Tiger Squadron’s leader , fueled to the brim, loaded with ammunition and ready to take down the intruding Shadow Jaegers. Metal Skies is one of the most highly detailed and well layout games I have come across recently. It wastes no time and gets you right onto business with a couple of tutorials. They might appear annoying to many but players most certainly appreciate all the elaborate description later when faced with the multitude of options to choose from.
In game dynamics surely reminds me of Ace Combat, one of my favorite games of all. Understandably its not as detailed or diverse as the PC or console title but it makes good use of the mobile GPU and small screen. You need to use the accelerometer to target the enemy plane and then mash the turret button or wait for a lock on to fire missiles. Longer lock on time signified by orange and red color rings deal more damage than a basic blue ring lock on.
How to Dodge Missiles?
There is a handy evasion button that lets you dodge income missile targets. This is usually the third button on the left side marked with 10%. The issue however with the dodge button is that it only works 10% of the time, but you can try alternating the timing you hit it to play around with success rate. Incoming missiles are notified via warnings in the middle of the screen and you have some time to play around. I’d say if you are really having trouble dodging missiles you can try upgrading your plane that has better evasion capabilities. Weapons are customizable and there are a plenty of options to chose from once you progress throughout the later stages of the game.
How to Deal More Damage?
Another neat trick I noticed was missile positioning when hitting an enemy plane. No matter what type of missile you are using, if you are able to hit the underside of an enemy plane it deals a lot more damage than hitting its tail. Secondly, I noticed that if you hit the nose of an enemy plane it deals the least damage. So its quite possible that if you have red ring lock on and you are able to hit the middle of an enemy plane you can take its health down to about 90%. Now, If you don’t want to spend too much money on buying missiles for every fight (since they are one time use) you should upgrade your turrets. They are a permanent upgrade dealing a lot more damage plus upgrades allow you longer firing times and shorter cooling times, when the turrets heats up. Using the turrets alone I have been able to win a lot of multiplayer fights.
Metal Skies offers two game modes. The players can either play the campaign mode which has a decent amount of missions and story line to it or test their skills in the arena which back to back realtime multiplayer fights. Both modes earn you rewards, weapon unlocks and plane skins, increasing your overall rank and battle abilities.
The elaborate upgrades and multiplayer mode options, earns this game a high re-playability score, however Metal Skies gets an easy 96 because unlike all other games you can actually buy/upgrade a lot of items using the in game earned currency. It won’t keep bothering you to purchase every single item using your credit card. Although, those looking for a shortcut or eager to smoke their opponents can go that route but it most certainly isn’t blatantly pushed into your face. In fact such purchases are neatly tucked under medal packs which can then be converted into gold or used to get upgrades.
So players do have the ability to use pure skill and earn upgrades. Random item drops through out the game only enhance the experience and if that wasn’t enough you even get daily bonus rewards of being loyal.
Although the game is very solid right now, developers could add a couple of more features like damage dynamics, environment effects and tone down the lengthy tutorials a bit. Furthermore, each battle costs you a tank of fuel, which replenishes after some time. This is nothing new as we have seen other games make money off of impatience by offering fuel or energy bars using money. However, recharge or refuel times on Metal Skies are not as horrible and cause just a minor inconvenience. That said, we are definitely looking forward to updates and improvements to this title.
Developers at Kabam have certainly done a wonderful job at putting this title together. The made sure to check all boxes making Metal Skies an exhilarating game. Good graphics, exciting storyline, engaging sound effects, clear layout and the desire to keep playing is the dream of every gamer and Metal Skies has all of it. We would definitely recommend giving metal skies a shot!
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