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Developer: JetCat Games
Genres: Action, Vehicle Combat
Heliborne is a great online-multiplayer experience for both helicopter enthusiasts and those of us that just want to fly around and shoot stuff. It won't win any awards for its graphical prowess, but the controls work well and the different game modes are unique enough to separate Heliborne from the crowded online-multiplayer vehicular-combat subgenre. The progression feels balanced and the huge variety of helicopters available ensures you always have something new to try out. So grab your helmet, blast 'Ride of the Valkyries' over loudspeaker and take to the skies, pilot.
Heliborne is a great tribute to the helicopter's contributions in modern warfare, while it focuses mainly on the helicopter entity itself, and not so much anything else. In some ways this makes the game feel unfinished, but you can be sure to find a beautifully crafted helicopter model awaiting your arrival.
The end result is a fun, but flawed, multiplayer helicopter combat game that’s at its best in cooperative combat missions. The limited scripted single-player missions, with their hyper-accurate AA fire short time limits, are best viewed as tune-ups for the real action.