Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII Xbox


Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
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  1. The Follow Camera turns a decent game into a great game. Deeper multiplayer support would have been nice to drive home the "next-gen" quotient.
  2. Ubisoft had an excellent idea with the squad idea and the squad controls, but I never really felt like they were a big part of the game.
  3. BA is best played online, but the single player mode can be fun for awhile; it may not capture everyones attention span for the entire 20 missions.
  4. Game Informer
    Blazing Angels is definitely a sight for sore eyes. Its visuals will leave you gazing in wonder, but at the same time, the gameplay will have you fighting back tars. [May 2006, p.94]
  5. Official Xbox Magazine
    The game still has looks to kill for and offers up the identical Xbox Live modes and challenge of the 360 version. [May 2006, p.71]
  6. Blazing Angels would be a perfect place for someone who's never played a dogfighting game to start. For someone who's played a dozen, though, it's just more of the same. It's extremely well-executed sameness, but sameness nonetheless.
  7. Pelit (Finland)
    Fun to play and easy to look at, but the gameplay is ultimately a bit too straightforward and shallow. It is borderline outrageous that the single-player campaign lasts only for 5 hours. [Apr 2006]
  8. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    The fantastic visual detail and easy controls make it immersive and challenging, and if you're into flight sims or WWII games will really enjoy it's sinister atmosphere, powerful score and deeply satisfying explosions when the bullets hit home. But everyone else will quickly grow tired of the repetitive missions, and once the game's finished there's very little replay value. [May 2006, p.72]
  9. This is about as standard as a mission-based flight game can get--you'll get to bomb targets, dogfight, and defend a lot of stuff in a variety of era-specific planes. While it's a competent package, it doesn't stand out in any way.
  10. 68
    Flying through the historical battles are fun the first time, but after you complete the game you'll feel more of a sense of relief than elation because, without any real story, the game lacks emotional appeal.
  11. The game looks pretty good from the air - especially the awesome blur effect when you speed up - but it's almost embarrassing to see some of the details up close.
  12. I kept playing it thinking there was more, or something I missed that was jading me. But in the end the game is just not that good for me.
  13. 60
    With the ability to repair your plane while in the air, Blazing Angels is a pretty simple game.
  14. Fun to play in the short term, especially over the course of a mission or two, there's a repetitiveness to the gameplay that fails to entice players to experience the campaign for hours on end.
  15. 60
    Blazing Angels is a lot of fun, but it's kept down by a lot of irritating levels. Hopefully for the sequel, we'll see an improvement in the mission types which aren't just dogfighting.
  16. It's not that the game is very bad, it's that the game doesn't ever try to be very good.
  17. games(TM)
    The repetitive nature of the majority of missions soon takes its toll, and the primary motivation for progressing soon becomes the desire to see how nice the next level looks, not the love of playing the game. [Apr 2006, p.110]
  18. The only thing blazing will be the tail section of your plane and your fragile patience.
  19. Recommended only to Xbox Live subscribers or kids with half-assed history papers due tomorrow.

Awards & Rankings

#59 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2006
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. JamesD.
    Jul 3, 2006
    it is brilliant and a really good arcadey style feel with all of the spitfires and mustangs.
  2. BlueFalcon
    Apr 25, 2006
    This is a very solid flight sim. I played it alongside Wings of War and Blazing Angels is definately the superior title.