Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge Xbox

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  • Summary: Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge combines thrilling aerial combat with the swashbuckling style of a Hollywood action-adventure movie. Set in an alternate 1930s world of gunship diplomacy and sinister intrigue, the game lets you pilot powerful aircraft--armed with detonator cannons, teslaCrimson Skies: High Road to Revenge combines thrilling aerial combat with the swashbuckling style of a Hollywood action-adventure movie. Set in an alternate 1930s world of gunship diplomacy and sinister intrigue, the game lets you pilot powerful aircraft--armed with detonator cannons, tesla guns, or remote-controlled rockets--against nefarious air pirates and behemoth war zeppelins. As the daring air pirate Nathan Zachary, leader of the infamous Fortune Hunters, you take off on a high-flying adventure, filled with daring escapes and damsels in distress. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
  1. 100
    The swelling chase music, idealized world, larger-than-life story, and easy-to-master controls combine to cut through the clutter of some more pretentious games and deliver a sense of majesty and bravery straight to your heart.
  2. Plays like a dream! The controller fits this game perfectly, all the buttons are used, and they are conveniently located so players will be able to use them with the utmost accuracy. While flying the planes it feels like they are moving through the air like a hot knife cutting through butter, the gameplay is that smooth.
  3. Aside from minor issues related to multiplayer gameplay, Crimson Skies claims to be nearly flawless with intense airborne action and beautiful interactive visuals.
  4. It's not an innovative wonder that will blow your socks off, but the new Crimson Skies succeeds in providing an extremely well executed and polished dogfighting experience both off and online.
  5. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    88
    It's your plane's incredibly fluid feel that turbo boosts the fun here into the stratosphere. [Jan 2004, p.148]
  6. GMR Magazine
    80
    But whoever designed the final level) filled with screen-obscuring lightning attacks) and behemoth boss is a cruel, cruel person indeed. [Jan 2004, p.52]
  7. games(TM)
    60
    While the accessible arcade action delivers thrill-a-minute multiplayer dogfights, over time the game's inherent lack of substance becomes increasingly evident. [Dec 2003, p.121]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. May 21, 2011
    10
    The planes in this game are a joy to fly, the characters are badass and the story is a blast! The graphics are amazing for an original XBOXThe planes in this game are a joy to fly, the characters are badass and the story is a blast! The graphics are amazing for an original XBOX too. Everything has a surprising amount of detail, the worlds are aesthetically pleasing and the water especially is stunning. It looks even better on the XBOX 360, where it runs in HD with a smooth framerate.

    Simply put, the best game you can get for the original XBOX, even though XBOX Live is no longer supported for it. Pick it up. It's well worth the $10 it'll cost you.
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  2. Riposte101
    Oct 25, 2003
    10
    Simply Breathtaking. When I see 16 players swarming all over each other vying for dominance of the skies I?m tempted to sit back and just Simply Breathtaking. When I see 16 players swarming all over each other vying for dominance of the skies I?m tempted to sit back and just marvel at it all, but I can't because if I'm not at the controls I'm dead in two seconds flat. Expand
  3. Jake
    Nov 20, 2003
    10
    This game is totally awesome, and a must have for anyone who enjoys flying games. The graphics are amazing, and the locations are extremely This game is totally awesome, and a must have for anyone who enjoys flying games. The graphics are amazing, and the locations are extremely detailed, even up close. The multiplayer is extremely addicting, and the varied game choices (dogfight, keep away, flag heist, and wild chicken) make this game my favorite game since Halo. Yes, Halo. It's that good. My only complaint (if I have any) would be that I would like to have more environments to fight in (there are only 5, but all beautiful). However, that is a minor complaint. If they reissued this game with new planes and new environments every year, without changing anything else (a la Madden 2003, 2004, etc...), I would keep buying it. Although less "authentic" than Secret Weapons Over Normandy, it is more fun to play, and has better graphics and environments to explore. I would highly recommend this game. Expand
  4. JohnS.
    Dec 26, 2003
    9
    I was all set to hate this game. But after one level, I returned my rental copy and bought it. How's that for a good review? The I was all set to hate this game. But after one level, I returned my rental copy and bought it. How's that for a good review? The controls are smooth and intuitive, the music/sound is excellent, and the graphics have that punch and inventiveness that makes you happy you have the best console on the market. Once you finish the relatively short but satisfying game, you have some excellent multiplayer (XB Live or systemlink/splitscreen) to make this a keeper. You've never played Capture The Flag until you've played it in all directions like this. My only disappointments are that the system link is only 2 per xbox, and that I want many more game options (defend a zeppelin, bombing runs, etc.) If they add those additions as a download, this could easily replace Halo for those system link game nights I have with friends. Expand
  5. Alex
    Oct 18, 2005
    9
    Too fun. too addicting. too awesome. most all of the planes are based off of real-life designs, which adds a sence of "this really could haveToo fun. too addicting. too awesome. most all of the planes are based off of real-life designs, which adds a sence of "this really could have happened". One-stick flying takes a few minutes to get used to, but its manageable. some of the bosses remind me of "Wild Wild West" starring Will Smith. Expand
  6. Rick
    Mar 2, 2006
    8
    Best flying action game on the Xbox. Deserves the praise. What I want to know is when are they going to bring back a remake of Elite from the Best flying action game on the Xbox. Deserves the praise. What I want to know is when are they going to bring back a remake of Elite from the Commodore 64. An open ended galaxy full of anarchaic star systems, with trade options, ship upgrades, docking stations and unlimited adventure. Sorry am off the track - buy this game, best in its field. Expand
  7. EdwinC.
    Mar 21, 2005
    4
    A Disappointment. Flight physics are poor, and compared to the PC version (I played the demo of that) the controls are crappy. With two A Disappointment. Flight physics are poor, and compared to the PC version (I played the demo of that) the controls are crappy. With two analog sticks, why not follow the convention of RC planes, and use Right Stick for Elevator/Ailerons, Left Stick for Throttle/Rudder. Knowing how to fly is a disadvantage in playing the game, as little of flying is captured in the gameplay. Game has No Throttle, No Airspeed management, it's not a flight simulation at all! Expand

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#19 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003