Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. It reintroduces the sometimes forgotten concept of a 10-15 minute learning curve, and has done away with a 200-page flight manual on the basics of aviation.
  2. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the game played more like a first-person shooter in the skies. In fact, any action fan comfortable with the traditional mouse and keyboard controls inherent to shooters will feel right at home piloting the Comanche.
  3. 86
    If you want gorgeous, consistent, believable action that controls well, Comanche will appease your militaristic alter ego.
  4. Despite the ultra clean graphics, the boredom factor lies in wait for experienced gamers. I played through most of the Comanche 4 campaign missions in a few days. But, those were a good few days.
  5. A perfect balance between authenticity and accessibility. It probably won’t appeal to the hard-core sim fans, whilst those that like their action immediately up front will probably also be deterred.
  6. 79
    Throw in some amazing graphics and entertaining mission design and you have a fun, action-packed title that should appeal to trigger-happy pilots everywhere.
  7. PC Gamer
    78
    It may be just a pretty face, but damned if Comanche 4 doesn’t have enough hot-looking curves to take your mind off its lack of brains. [Feb 2002, p.70]
  8. The excellent graphical effects, nonstop action, and nominal helicopter content make this a great game to fire up for a while just as a change of pace.
  9. A fun-filled, fast-action title with missions of all difficulty levels, which is achieved at the cost of in depth graphics and technical stability.
  10. Computer Gaming World
    70
    The missions are interesting and, let’s face it, every once in a while, it’s a cathartic blast to wade into the middle of swarms of bad guys and teach them the folly of opposing truth, justice, and the American way. [Mar 2002, p.91]
  11. The quality graphics, accessible interface, fun single-player and multiplayer action, and effective sound all combine to make this a very appealing release.
  12. By making the game more accessible to general consumers, they also took out some of the much needed depth. What it does, it does fine, but it doesn't do too much.
  13. Game Informer
    65
    The game is, for lack of a better term, tired. [Mar 2002, p.89]
  14. 60
    It may fall between two stools. It isn't realistic enough to please the sim crowd but action players may find some of the restrictions placed on them -- only four weapons to choose from, the inability to point the nose where they want and the need to rely on concealment -- too confining.
  15. It appeals to a man's primal (well, juvenile, at any rate) need to blow stuff up, that part of the pre-adolescent male psyche that puts fireworks in model airplanes, melts GI Joes, and burns down popsicle stick cabins.
  16. 40
    This one flies in the face of taste, tweaks the nose of subtlety and goes down in a blaze of glory, all guns blazing.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. Oct 29, 2011
    10
    This game has gotten some undeserved bad reviews. It is one of the last playable Helicopter battle sims, with the exception of Apache AH64This game has gotten some undeserved bad reviews. It is one of the last playable Helicopter battle sims, with the exception of Apache AH64 Assault. I have both of these titles and they are both good and fun to play. Comanche 4 doesn't have a long learning curve like the old Janes flight games and everyone I have gifted it to have only praise for it. It isn't a New Title so the graphics aren't perfect, but if you want a fun game that gets challenging as it progress's then Buy It you won't be disappointed. It also has a fun multiplayer! Full Review »
  2. Jun 30, 2017
    10
    Great titleGreat title sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooits cool Full Review »
  3. Mar 2, 2017
    8
    As a sequel to Comanche 3, it's true eye candy and more action-packed with more cities, buildings and so many enemies engaging you at the sameAs a sequel to Comanche 3, it's true eye candy and more action-packed with more cities, buildings and so many enemies engaging you at the same time (drone swarm mission). But it certainly falls short of being as militarily realistic as Comanche 3 which requires a lot of critical thinking and planning because it is just more difficult. Regardless of its faults, this is a thoroughly enjoyable game with plenty of fun to be had with interesting (though slightly unrealistic) missions and much faster-paced engagements. I still remember all the hype and interviews about the beautiful graphics about this game and an ATI spokesperson saying that the water effects in this game was the most visually advanced in world at the time. Ofcourse it was! Full Review »