Metascore
62

Mixed or average reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 39
  2. Negative: 3 out of 39
  1. 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.
  2. Heroes over Europe is an entertaining title between action and authenticity.
  3. 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.
  4. Very different from IL-2 Sturmovik: this is an arcade shooter, without any simulation elements. A nice shooter, but nothing else.
  5. In comparison to other flight action titles, Heroes Over Europe just doesn’t measure up.
  6. I can put aside the historical inaccuracies, the tie-fighter-style flight modeling and all the other things that make Heroes Over Europe inferior. And maybe if I hadn’t just played and greatly enjoyed IL-2 Sturmovik, I might be feeling a bit more generous. But unfortunately Heroes Over Europe comes across as not much more than a budget title.
  7. 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]
  8. 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.
  9. Heroes Over Europe delivers a classic arcade dogfight experience.
  10. Heroes Over Europe is playable without ever becoming too boring or repetitive, but some defects undermine its gameplay and the challenge level that people desires from this kind of games. If you aren't looking for an overly simulative experience, you could consider at least renting it.
  11. In short, Heroes Over Europe is a mediocre title which adds little to the arcade flight-sim genre.
  12. When on form it's a great arcade flight game. When it isn't, the gameplay can be monotonous. [Dec 2009, p.70]
  13. Not outrageous enough to mark itself out as a must-have arcade WWII flight game. [Dec 2009, p.82]
  14. 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.
  15. This game has its good points, and while enjoyable in places, unfortunately lacks the appeal and polish to make it a long-term favourite.
  16. A clear improvement on Heroes Of The Pacific, but IL-2 Sturmovik is still the superior fighter ace.
  17. 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.
  18. As an arcade blaster it does a reasonable job, but repetition ensures that even the ridiculous-but-fun Ace Kills get old quickly.
  19. 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.
  20. 60
    If you're looking for a straightforward World War II-themed aerial combat game, Heroes Over Europe is worth a look. While competent, there are better flying titles worth your attention.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. If the thought of realistic flight modeling, amazing graphics and gameplay, and historical fact scare you, then this budget game might be up your alley.
  24. An incredibly lackluster game.
  25. Nothing more than a weekend rental, Heroes Over Europe is a disappointing title when gamers look back and take notice at how well Transmission Games handled their first flight game, Heroes of the Pacific.
  26. Shallow and dull, but it's also inoffensive and marginally enjoyable. [Oct 2009, p.73]
  27. 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.
  28. Heroes Over Europe offers some enjoyable arcade dogfighting, but it lacks the depth and excitement needed to keep you coming back for more.
  29. The best elements of Heroes Over Europe can only ever be described as 'meh', while the worst will make you want to rip out your own hair. [Issue#51, p.92]
  30. Unfortunately, with an unstable online community, it loses the majority of its selling power. Heap on top of that, a thin plot that gives up shortly after takeoff, graphics more haggard than London after a blitz, and some occasionally frustrating controls, and a recommendation can’t be given with a clear conscience.
  31. Some of the latter missions are quite fun and Ace Kill skill adds some interesting variety but it seems unlikely the average player will get that far as they’re inundated with a never ending sea of German fighters, useless comrades and clichéd World War II stories of heroics.
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Nov 12, 2011
    2
    Holy crap did I accidentally fire up my playstation? Is this game really on my 360? Some of the worst graphics I've seen on the 360 in a longHoly crap did I accidentally fire up my playstation? Is this game really on my 360? Some of the worst graphics I've seen on the 360 in a long time....what a peice of crap, glad I only rented this heap. Even at that it was a waste of money. Full Review »
  2. KellyW
    Sep 22, 2009
    9
    Zipping through the skies over Europe, pounding enemies with hot lead, I realize that this is the fighter pilot game I
  3. TrixyF
    Sep 22, 2009
    10
    Much has been made of the fact that this game and Il-2 have been released so close to each other. Many comparisons are being drawn between the two. I