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All I knew going into the Xbox One version of Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China was that it was an arcade-style flying game originally released for the PC, and one that Steam’s user reviews were decidedly split on for whatever reason. A significant number of the complaints seemed to be focused on various errors impeding the ability to play, however, or invoked other arcade-style flying games (which is generally code for “I went in expecting something different and this thumbs down doesn’t actually reflect anything but those original expectations”). I always relish the opportunity to drill deep into unfamiliar territory and figure out which criticisms are valid and which aren’t, and right off the bat, the fact that I finished the campaign in something like 3 hours suggests that those centered around Shadows Over China’s length have merit.
To call Flying Tigers: Shadows over China a pleasant surprise would be an understatement. Going in completely blind I was expecting a boring history lesson with ancient planes. What I got was a compelling story with flight gameplay that is fun and exciting. The challenge modes are a welcome change of pace and online multiplayer can potentially extend replay value for years.
Flying Tigers: Shadow Over China is a pleasant game. It's important to remember that the game is not a simulator. It's a game that banks on broadly unknown story of volunteers that served to protect China when it was threatened. Missions are always a bit different and every once in a while a bit harder than they should be. It's better than Dogfight 1943, that's for sure.
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Flying Tigers: Shadows over China is an aerial combat game with a clear arcade tendency, which although it has some shortcomings, will please fans of a genre that has been forgotten for some years.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
What FTSOC offers, principally, is perhaps the best video game look at the China-Burma-India theatre ever done. That’s a low bar to clear, admittedly, but one that should be appreciated by fans of aviation games with access to either an Xbox One or a decent gaming PC.
When it worked, it was good fun. Casual players might enjoy picking up the relatively quick achievements that are available, but this is mainly a title for those fans of the aerial combat genre.