Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 80
    Multiplayer has been improved upon as well, with full four-player co-op throughout the entire campaign and a huge number of online dogfighting options. And again, it all works beautifully because the fundamentals of the game are so simple and solid.
  2. 60
    Excellent multiplayer options and a lengthy single player campaign manage to add up to a commendable air combat experience.
  3. Boasting fantastic locales from Cairo to the Himalayas and strange experimental fighters never seen in the history books, the titular secret missions in question are pretty unbelievable. The exaggerated weapons and battles are actually the most exciting and engrossing aspect of the title; much of Blazing Angels 2 veers heavily into frustration and obfuscation.
  4. Though it falls well short of greatness it does manage to be pretty good, and the multitude of upgrades make for a huge improvement over the original.
  5. Solid gameplay, stunning aerial effects, but nothing that will have you celebrating. [Oct 2007, p.82]
  6. So if it’s short on believability and plain fairness, what does Blazing Angels 2 have to offer? In a word: variety. [Oct 2007, p.110]
  7. The game comes so close to hitting its mark, but its unforgiving difficulty simply can't be ignored.
  8. Blazing Angels 2 is a clear improvement over the previous game, though history buffs will probably hate the game's fictional missions.
  9. 70
    Blazing Angels 2 is superior to the original game in every respect, but it's still not as amazing as the Xbox classic "Crimson Skies."
  10. Ubisoft Romania has done a great job in making a sequel that one-ups its predecessor in every way, from innovative gameplay in a by-the-books-genre, to a full-bodied multiplayer experience.
  11. Ubisoft has changed the formula and from my standpoint, it worked. It definitely held my interest a lot longer than the first Blazing Angels ever did.
  12. Many will mock Blazing Angels 2 for its repetitive nature and although it’s true to a certain extent the game is still a marked improvement from the first encounter. Flight sim aficionados will probably do well looking elsewhere for their thrills, but pick up and play pilots will find a pretty enjoyable romp in the skies awaiting them if they give this title a chance.
  13. 80
    Blazing Angels 2 is a marked improvement over its predecessor, and a game that arcade flight gamers will enjoy.
  14. If you’ve not played a flying game before and have the impression that they are mind numbingly boring with added beeping then perhaps the arcade antics of Blazing Angels 2 could sway you.
  15. It may not share the same rarified air as Microsoft's genre-leading "Crimson Skies", but Blazing Angels 2 elevates the franchise a helluva lot closer. [Dec 2007, p.66]
  16. Ultimately, the game lacks any real impact, feeling a bit like a gutted "Rogue Leader," but from moment to moment you'll find yourself having a great time. [Oct 2007, p.92]
  17. 65
    Blazing Angels 2 goes in guns-a-blazin', but runs out of fuel rather quickly.
  18. Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions has very little to do with war or flying but it's pretty fun to play and nice to watch. And that's enough for me. [Oct 2007]
  19. While Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWIIisn’t a flying revolution, it is a flying game on a system which is short on them, and one which should appeal to a larger demographic due to the historical license that Ubisoft exercised in its creation.
  20. This is by no means a must-have title, but one that can take care of a boring weekend ahead and still have room to venture back through either for achievements or some risky, gun-toting action.
  21. If you're looking for a complex, challenging flying game then you're better off spending your cash elsewhere, but if you fancy some light-hearted arcade action and know you'll make use of the multiplayer mode, or just have some leftover enthusiasm for WWII games, this could be the one for you.
  22. If you enjoy flight games, can still stomach WWII-themed titles and are willing to step away from the single-player campaign when the later missions make you start grinding the enamel off your molars — better yet, if you'll forego the campaign mode altogether — Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII is well worth your time for a different sort of deeper, involved multiplayer flight game.
  23. Marginally superior to the original but too many rough edges remain. [Nov 2007, p.85]
  24. Better looking, better sounding, and better gameplay should be a winner in anyone's book, so if you liked Blazing Angels but hoped for more, then your prayers have been answered. It isn't perfect, but getting to fly futuristic jets and take down giant Nazi zeppelins goes a long way to balancing out the problems!
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. GaryK.
    Nov 22, 2007
    9
    Nice venues, great options and simulations -- loved the multiplayer, too.