Oh Hey Look It’s Apache: Air Assault

There's nothing more devastating than a big chopper.

Helicopters are mighty fast, but are they as fast as the RPS readership? Not on your nelly. As a result of my whinging yesterday about how flight sim games have tailed off I woke up this morning to a desperate missive from RPS reader Yarisse about a game called Apache: Air Assault. It came out on the 16th of this month, you can buy it from shops or from the official site, and you can watch the latest trailer below. It only looks marginally less arcade than H.A.W.X., but there’s some intriguing stuff in there about how they talked to Boeing to make sure the machine handled correctly.

Man, you can read about the Apache Longbow on the official Boeing site. That’s bizarre. It looks like it should have a “Add to basket” button at the bottom.


  1. Nallen says:

    Your basket:
    1x AH-64D Apache Longbow


    Spend another $32,000,000 and qualify for FREE delivery!

  2. Thrawny says:

    desert strike 2010?

  3. David says:

    But how does it compare to Gunship 2000?

    • ShaydeeAdi says:

      Man, every time I bring that game up nobody has a clue, I played that game every day when I was 8, the maps were hench, the controls were great, loads of missions, just a classic. Properly did my 286 justice.
      And this Apache Air Assault has nothing on it. Seriously

    • Pemptus says:

      +1 for exploding my head by means of massive nostalgia.

    • Jp1138 says:

      Microprose we miss you :..(

    • BIG_D_101 says:

      Man, I loved Gunship 2000! Just played it to get medals and promotions! Those were the days!

    • Harlander says:

      Gunship 2000 was indeed great – I bought it in one of those shops that let you trade in PC games for cash and other games, a business model that seems to have sadly died – but I’m most curious about the use of the word ‘hench’ as an adjective.

      Please, tell me more.

    • EJ says:

      *Ride of the Valkyries*
      Best C-64 game ever. I wasn’t even aware there was a second one made.

  4. Dominic White says:

    I gotta try this one. It looks like a helicoptery version of Ace Combat (let us never mention HAWX again – it sullies the names of better games), which is exactly what I want. I’m too shit at flying to hande a serious chopper sim, but a high-speed chopper shooter? I can do that.

    Sadly, unlike Ace Combat, I doubt I’ll be fighting any enormous superweapons or elaborate boss-craft. This is sad, because you could have some really clever boss stage design requiring a helicopters agility to navigate.

    • Fede says:

      You boss-thing argument reminds me of G-Police. Loved it.

    • Dominic White says:

      The Ace Combat series is full of outlandish boss fights, just thrown into the otherwise pseudo-realistic setting, like the Aigaion, an enormous aerial battlecarrier with a wing of flying frigates.

      It really gives the series its character. Unfortunately, the latest game in the series has ditched the whole alternate earth/sci-fi angle and is going all Tom Clancy on us. AAAAAARGH.

    • Vodka & Cookies says:

      It’s like a mix of both not quite arcade but not quite sim either though it does have a hardcore mode.

      It was fun’ish to play but I wasn’t a fan of the controls when I played the PS3 demo.

  5. LimEJET says:

    This looks incredibly dull and uninteresting.

    That being said, I love arcade-style flight games like HAWX (I’m not calling HAWX a “sim”, because it isn’t).

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  7. snv says:

    Jane’s Logbow 2

    Just had to say it.
    Sadly i never found a co-pilot in these days, and either got shot down while piloting or crashed while shooting.

    • dotslash says:

      Longbow 2, best sim ever!

      I’ve got it running relatively crash free on my win 7 pc :D

  8. Wilson says:

    That is an odd website. Also, does the music here: link to boeing.com remind anyone of Dwarf Fortress?

  9. sasayan says:

    “single screen co-op”? Sold.

    • nichevo says:

      Careful with the co-op. If you’re playing on the same console there’s no split screen. You’re either in pilot view or gun view, meaning one half of your team is going to be screwed over at any one time. If you play multiple consoles then you’re each in a different chopper — so no pilot/gunner teams that way.

      (What I say is true of consoles. Not sure if this is true on PC, but be warned all the same.)

      More info here:
      link to co-optimus.com

  10. TheLordHimself says:

    Looks like it might be a fun blast actually.

  11. Shadowcat says:

    Shhh, Quintin… Don’t cheapen this.

    • Rosti says:

      Exactly what I was thinking! (Although not the bit where we brush Quinns’ luscious locks aside and lean in. I mean, he’s no Philippa)

  12. pissant says:

    but do i get to kill reuters journalists and launch hellfires @ civilian housing this is very important

    • killmachine says:

      i found this black&white heat vision scene pretty disturbing. you know, we all saw something like that on the news a couple of months ago and there were innocent people killed.

    • Kristinn says:

      Yeah, I have to say the FLIR gun camera reminded me a little too much of that video to be able to play this without feeling a bit queasy.

  13. Optimaximal says:

    What I really want is a proper full-3D update to Comanche 3 (none of that overly-arcadey Comanche 4 nonsense).

    I can’t get on with a handling model that essentially has me flying what amounts to a gun platform with a rotor like it’s a plane. Whoever is flying in those demo vids spends all his time nearly barrel rolling the thing, when what he should really be doing is hiding behind a hill, popping up and then hell firing everything asunder.

  14. Shadowcat says:

    Does anyone know if this is related to the “Apache Air Assault” from several years back?

    link to pc.mobygames.com

    I’m pretty sure it had a sequel, too.

  15. Kelduum Revaan says:

    I played the demo on the console toy, and was actually pretty impressed.

    Theres two “control styles”, a arcade mode (which looks like it was being used in the vids) and a realistic mode, which had me falling out of the sky a few seconds after trying to take off in true sim fashion.

    I was planning to pick it up cheap sometime on the 360, but I may well pick up the PC version instead.

    • Springy says:

      I agree, the 360 demo impressed me quite a bit. It struck that balance I always long for where it’s not too shallow, yet not too much of a sim for me. The gaming Goldilocks that I am.

    • Skurmedel says:

      That’s quite interesting, was just going to ask if there was a more realistic flight model to turn on.

  16. frymaster says:

    “It only looks marginally less arcade than H.A.W.X”

    and it seems to have done the trick.

    This very much looks to me to be juuust that little bit deeper so that you can rampage about fragging tanks without the nagging feeling of having the deck stacked in your favour (see: HAWX and planes that carry a billion missiles)

  17. clive dunn says:

    I was out walking on the moors the other day and one of these bastards comes purring over the horizon. I swear he spotted me because he altered his course and homed in right towards me. Apart from the sheep i was the only living thing for miles and miles. I was shouting ‘stop locking on to me you bastard, i know you’re doing it’
    I think he heard because after a couple of minutes he fucked off.

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      phuzz says:

      Too much operation flashpoint in my formative years has lead to an almost uncontrollable urge to hide when I spot attack helicopters in the sky.
      Good thing there’s no Mi-24’s flying over bristol.

      Also, could someone please explain to the guy making the trail the importance of leading a moving target.

    • Tommo says:

      @phuzz – I lived in Prague for a year and there was daily fly overs of MI24’s. I was always having OpFlash flashbacks.

    • stahlwerk says:

      A year ago I took a train ride through the czech republic and somewhere between Praha and Usti there was a depot for (old?) military equipment next to the train tracks. And lo and behold there were a couple of Hinds just standing there, in spitting range of the train’s window. Impressive metal beasts, these birds are. In my mind there was a prompt flashing up “Enter Mi-24 as Pilot” and I was furiously hitting return.

  18. ldemon says:

    You too can now recreate your favourite Wikileaks moments and vaporise journalists and children.

    Too soon?

    • DigitalSignalX says:

      First thing I thought of when I saw the gun camera.

      There should be a bonus mission past the credits where you spend ten minutes circling a city block then shoot a van full of kids and reporters accidentally because real life doesn’t have a “RPG LAUNCH” flashing light and television cameras look like weapons at altitude.

  19. poop says:

    looked interesting until it went into gunnercam

    I dont wanna recreate a wikileaks warcrime videos :(

    • Optimaximal says:

      You do know that the actual thermal image view on the cannon looks like that? It’s less about recreational war-crimes and more a veiled attempt at realism.

    • Subject 706 says:

      So don’t shoot civilians then?

    • Dances to Podcasts says:

      You’d have to avoid all games with military hardware to avoid that sort of thing.

  20. megaman says:

    How come that those “Flight Tutorial” videos are mostly about shooting things?
    I really like piloting helicopters with a bit of action, I loved the BF2 chopper rounds with my friend, evading other choppers and planes, choosing attack angles against tanks or AA.
    This looks to be all about shooting and not about flying, I’ll pass.

  21. Lucas says:

    Troops with AKs will shoot you from farther than you can aim a rocket strike (a couple km), and pounding the front of a vehicle column does nothing to slow them down (they’ll drive right through the wreck like it wasn’t there). You can ripple launch Hellfires provided you select and lock each target beforehand, but it’s fairly worthless since you can manually select and launch them faster (no target priorities for radar).

    I played the PS3 demo of Apache Air Assault and read reviews and user feedback, and the design of this game just turns me off. AAA has a very good flight model and ridiculous attention to helicopter modeling, but the missions are essentially a fly+shoot arcade gallery. There is essentially zero realistic helicopter combat doctrine in the gameplay. I won’t buy AAA until it drops to $30 or less.

    I would rather play a smart action game with completely unrealistic flight that does have good heli combat doctrine. It’s about the little things like stealthy approaches, popup attacks, and knowing not to overfly “dead” targets.

    This summer I played Thunderstrike Operation Phoenix (fast arcade sim) and Fireblade (smart stealthy action), both of which are PS2 heli games. TOP was lackluster, but Fireblade was very good, aside from the final “boss” level, and I would enjoy playing it again.

  22. apa says:

    I played the demo on PS3 and they’ve got a number of things right, especially the flight model. No, it’s not Jane’s Longbow 2 but easy enough to crash if you don’t know what you’re doing.

    Enemy Engaged: Comanche Hokum with the mod from SimHQ forums beats Gunship2k, Longbow 2 and this.

    • dotslash says:

      please can you elaborate on this simhq mod?

      I’ve managed to get my beloved longbow 2 working ok on my win 7 pc, but it’s not perfect.

    • Lucas says:

      It’s all here: eechcentral.com