Sky Battles – Preview

What would happen if you combined and mixed prominent gameplay elements from both Crimson Skies and Shadow of the Colossus?   You’d get Sky Battles that’s what!  Developed by Magnetic Studios, Sky Battles attempts to take fast paced arcade style air combat to bold new places.  Does it succeed?   Well, the game is still in development, but it’s shaping up to be quite the experience and after playing a working build of the game, I think it’s safe to say that Sky Battles has a lot of potential.  Keep reading.

After diving in and playing around with the game mechanics and enjoying the sheer spectacle of battling larger than life enemies, I’m certainly looking forward to the full game.  The controls are fairly simplistic so far, and that’s a good thing considering the action / arcade style gameplay involved.  This isn’t an air combat simulator, and it does have more of a Crimson Skies feel to it, even though you’ll be taking on Godzilla and King Kong like enemies.

In the build that I played there was only one plane and two maps available.  There’s also a multiplayer mode but it wasn’t available yet.  Speaking of multiplayer mode, I can’t wait to see how that plays out as I’m a huge Crimson Skies fan and there hasn’t been much in the way of a good Crimson Skies multiplayer experience since it was originally released.  The plane(s) are controlled using either a keyboard or a simple mouse setup for movement and shooting, but I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t an option for gamepad or controller support.  The mouse control is smooth, though a little unwieldy at first, and the keyboard control is function but lacks the analog precision of a controller.  I do think the controls would feel even better using an Xbox 360 controller or a generic twin stick gamepad.  Hopefully, this is something that will be implemented in the not-so-distant future though (fingers crossed).

Sky Battles development is well underway and you can expect to see the game made available on platforms such as PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices.  No word of a Linux build yet, but hopefully that’s something we’ll see in a future update.  If you like what you see an would like to learn more, head on over to the Magnetic Studios website.  If you’re excited about a new arcade style air combat game with a full single player story and online multiplayer, then be sure to head over to the Steam Greenlight page where you can up-vote Sky Battles and hopefully fast track this title to the Steam storefront.

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