Pilot Sports is not a good game. It lacks fun, good and comfortable mechanics, content, variety, polish… Basically, we can only recommend it for its split-screen multiplayer but, even with that, what we actually suggest is to look for another option, because there are better titles in the genre.
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Pilot Sports rigidly emulates Pilotwings, but doesn't bring anything new to the table. By inviting the comparison it only reflects negatively on what might otherwise be a reasonably fun but uninspired game.
Pilot Sports is a huge disappoint to me. I've been waiting for a game in this style for a while now and so to finally get something with the flaws that this game has feels a little bit like a "Monkey's Paw" situation to me. If you're thinking though "Hey I bet it's at least pretty cheap", I'm sorry to disappoint you again.
Pilot Sports just comes off as a poor man's attempt at trying to recreate Pilotwings. It simply does not have the same level of polish.
Pilot Sports has pretty, vivid graphics with catchy, exotic music. However, the challenges become monotonous and the controls are too sensitive.
Although Pilot Sports is not exactly bad, it is likewise far from compelling in its own right. Most of its best qualities are shared with the far more polished Pilotwings series, with its reliance on homage doing a considerable amount of damage. The content present is fine enough, but that, in itself, is a problem. Fine is not good. Pilot Sports is a below average flight simulator that might scratch that wholly unique Pilotwings itch, but only for so long.
None of these are serious problems, though. While you’ll probably want to mute Pilot Sports’ annoying soundtrack, there’s plenty of fun to be had with this surprisingly challenging and varied retro flying game.
With some fine-tuning, Pilot Sports could be an easily recommendable challenge-based flight game.
Pilot Sports came in with a great idea… relive an old classic but it fell short to hit its mark. For a current generation game, it doesn’t feel worth the outrageous price of $29.99 for the PlayStation 4 version. It borrowed so much on nostalgia to pick itself up that it never really tried to stray away from the original and bring something new to the table with more aircrafts to learn and master. The difficulty hurdles during singleplayer progression, however, give for a rewarding feeling as you set your eyes to be the top of the leaderboards yet it comes off as more of a “buzz off” to newcomers and casual players alike.
If you're looking for a Pilotwings substitute, keep looking.