Metascore
62

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 34
  2. Negative: 5 out of 34
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  1. Heroes over Europe is an entertaining title between action and authenticity.
  2. 72
    If you love intense, hectic dogfights, you will not be disappointed by Heroes over Europe. The authenticity of the planes is rendered beautifully, but this is marked contrast with the appalling ground detail. Take the difficult controls into consideration, since they will not sit well with everyone.
  3. Multiplayer modes are limited, though the dogfights and team battles for up to 16 players are still quite fun. It's satisfying taking down an enemy plane when you know there's a human cursing you out from his burning cockpit on the other end.
  4. With Logitech's new flight sticks coming out and the fast and furious pace that the game goes, the next version of it could be an even sweeter flight to take-off with. Until then, try before you buy.
  5. Game Informer
    65
    Strange missteps abound in Heroes Over Europe, but glimmers of fun WWII arcade flight shooting shine through from time to time. [Oct 2009, p.90]
  6. An incredibly lackluster game.
  7. Where Il-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey brings something fresh to the table in a crowded genre of WWII-flying games, in no small thanks to its realism, Heroes over Europe doesn't. Adding the Ace Kill doesn't change anything about the blandness of this title. Heroes over Europe needs a change fast before people stop caring.
  8. If you're a PC gamer that is a bit intimidated by IL-2 Sturmovik and are sick of playing H.A.W.X., then Heroes Over Europe might be worth a look. If you're expecting it to completely fulfill your air combat needs though, you'll be disappointed.
  9. Heroes Over Europe could have been so much more... The arcade approach to its gameplay has huge potential, but this very approach ends up affecting its structure with far too many unrealistic outcomes shaking your wings as you fly and fight in the crimsom Ubisoft skies.
  10. Heroes Over Europe offers some enjoyable arcade dogfighting, but it lacks the depth and excitement needed to keep you coming back for more.
  11. It's a fun arcade experience, and really easy to pick up and play, but the fact that the mundane objectives will start to bore you after a couple hours makes this one hard to suggest.
  12. 60
    For all it offers in terms of forgiving controls, it lacks in diversity of handling across the available plane models, making the tedium of its mission goals and awkwardness of its special attack features all the more pronounced.
  13. 60
    With more time and more polish, this could have been a hit but somewhere down the development line, the game misfires and falls short of something that had the potential to be better.
  14. Heroes Over Europe is a nice air combat action game a la Ace Combat set mostly during the World War II, where you can control the Allies airplan across a variety of well known WWII battlefields in the skies over Europe.
  15. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    70
    Unimpressive graphics and animation make this an experience that is better than average, but really not much more than that. [Nov 2009, p.71]
  16. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    60
    Its action isn't really very good. [Nov 2009, p.124]
  17. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    70
    It's just not satisfying enough to be worthy of a combat commendation for serious flight combat fans. [Nov 2009, p.74]
  18. 63
    Heroes over Europe is an arcade flight game. It takes you to the critical fights from World War II. The complete package isn’t great. We have seen the gameplay before, the graphics are poor. Only the audio is pretty good.
  19. PSM3 Magazine UK
    69
    A decent game, released at completely the wrong time. [Nov 2009, p.92]
  20. If you are a simulation fan, then Heroes Over Europe is definitely not for you. However, if just like to have fun with a decent action game, you will be happily surprised as the use of bullet time and the breathtaking challenges hundreds of meters in height will be almost worth the while.
  21. 65
    Heroes over Europe is an enjoyable and entertaining title during the first hours, but in the long run it becomes increasingly repetitive and limited in its gameplay experience.
  22. As an arcade blaster it does a reasonable job, but repetition ensures that even the ridiculous-but-fun Ace Kills get old quickly.
  23. 63
    Heroes Over Europe has become a decent flight game. But you should consider Il-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey, if you’re looking for more serious simulation flight action.
  24. 70
    The humorous dialogue and quirky cut scenes are enough to keep you entertained, but the steep learning curve and frustrating checkpoints will kill the arcade vibe.
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Oct 25, 2015
    7
    Pro:
    - Graphics are nice, up close, they're quite pixelated, but you're supposed to be looking at them from a Kilometer up, so it's fine
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    Pro:
    - Graphics are nice, up close, they're quite pixelated, but you're supposed to be looking at them from a Kilometer up, so it's fine
    - Lotsa planes: 40 (Including variants of 1 plane. ex: Spitfire Mk1, Mk5, Mk9, Mk14)
    - Some interesting missions. (One involving a lone mosquito buzzing around Berlin on the Nazi Party's birthday)
    - Fun Missions in general.
    - Controls are easy to get used to. left stick for basic steering, right stick for speed and rolling.
    - "Ace kills" are fun and satisfying.

    Cons:
    - Not much of a story besides the "Main character" Tom Forester. Even with him, it's just a more detailed backstory than others.
    - Useless wingmen. I've seen my wingmen on the tail of a enemy flying straight and level and not firing. Also, they make no attempt to cover you as you make runs on enemy bombers. They might as well be flying slow, lazy doughnuts around the sky with neon signs saying: "Shoot me!" Also, they will fly into you if you're on the tail of an enemy.
    - Ace difficulty is such a far jump in difficulty from pilot, it's almost stupid hard. In Pilot, your health regens quite slowly, (you have a lot of it anyway. roughly 5x more than Ace), Enemies have a fair amount of health, and everything seems balanced for a nice happy time. Ace on the other hand...Your health does not regen, ever. (you especially feel this in longer "defend *location* against waves of bombers" missions) Normal enemy AI is ruthless. They will hound you constantly, and with your low health, will kill you if you give them half a chance. Friendly AI is still as useless as ever. Enemy health is stupid high, even with if you're using planes with lots of weaponry. Rams on bombers will kill you and they will keep flying.
    - "Invisible" Fighters: Enemy planes that are supposed to give the AI something to fight, (But as stated, they don't) and they don't have target markers over them, making them extremely hard to spot in a furball of Spitfires and Bf 109s, and they will still shoot at you, and will follow you throughout the entire level. They will be your bane on Ace difficulty. I only learned halfway through the game the pressing R2 in their general direction put a little red triangle over their plane
    - Limited HUD: No speedometer, No gun overheat bar, No altimeter. Nothing. All you get is your secondary weapon, crosshair, enemy target arrow, and name of enemy plane and distance to target.
    - Relatively short, only 14 missions, and Multiplayer was dead from the start. So replay value is lacking.
    - All the Bf 109s use the same model. So the G6 looks the same as the E. It's dumb. Why didn't they change it? They changed every other model in the game with other variants.

    TL:DR. It's a nice, fun arcade WW2 flight sim on normal difficulty, but on Hard, the mechanics of this game fail it. Best to buy as cheap as possible or a rental.
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  2. AnonymousMC
    Sep 23, 2009
    10
    in this game you have about three things to keep in mind. 1: you're going to get distracted by how BEAUTIFUL everything is. 2:in this game you have about three things to keep in mind. 1: you're going to get distracted by how BEAUTIFUL everything is. 2: you're going to get pissed off because the game is HARD and you're going to see dudes flying in and out of your screen, like in real life, and you can't just press some magical button and make it all OK. and 3: the better you get, the better the game gets. all in all, it's a bad ass experience and i highly recommend it to anyone who is into flight sims and even people who have never touched one. Full Review »
  3. ReddB
    Sep 22, 2009
    10
    Do not pass this up. If you do, you