Chopper Envy: Take On Helicopters

Some kind of story is happening to the helicopter!
If there is something I’d really like to be simulated, it would be a giant digging machine that could bore through to the deepest parts of the Earth and then shoot upward, bursting out of the ground and eating the entire Eiffel tower in its spinning jaws. One day that will be simulated. But not today. Today we wait for Take On Helicopters, a simulation of one of the helicopters that will no doubt buzz around the giant Earth drill-ship like flies, perhaps bravely allowing the heroes of the movie to leap onto the armoured drill deck and fight their way inside, before finally duelling the evil and insane drill-ship controller on the bridge, as a nuclear bomb’s timer ticks down to zero. Amazing stuff.

The Take On Helicopters trailer, which features impossibly handsome helicopters, some knees, and more dials than I know how to look at (but zero colossal rock-boring mole-craft) is below.


  1. ZIGS says:

    Get to da choppa!

  2. PleasingFungus says:


    Ed.: For pun only.

  3. ZIGS says:

    “May contain content inappropriate for children”

    I think we’re being a little over-protective of our children, if we deem helicopters to be inappropriate for them. I’m now picturing a mother walking on the street with her child, then a news helicopter flies by and the mother rushes to cover the child’s eyes like the helicopter was some old man streaking

    • jay35 says:

      Key word “may”. If that helo is flying around towing a big floppy dong, why, who knows what sort of of rating the sky would receive.

    • royaltyinexile says:

      You don’t mess with the ESRB. Fact.

    • Shadowcat says:

      They attached that warning to the wrong video. They meant to put it on “Take On Helicopters community preview: Watching the Arma2 AI Fly”: link to

    • Bedeage says:

      Concorde used to make me cry as a child when it flew over, I think it’s only right that no one else should have to endure the same suffering I did.

  4. Nighthood says:

    Gratuitous dubstep makes me sad.

    • loshon says:

      That’s some sort of slow electro-house, not dubstep.

      It doesn’t have the step kick or the layered synths or the tempo.

    • Moni says:

      It’s a new genre, Dubcopter.

      Phutphutphut, wwwoob, woobwoobwoob, wooooob, phutphutphut.

    • Nighthood says:


      It has wub wub wub in it, it’s dubstep enough for me to dislike it and find it heavily generic and overused.

    • DrGonzo says:

      That noise you associate with dubstep isn’t dubstep. It can be used in dubstep but not neccessarily. It doesn’t matter what you think about it I’m afraid.

    • westyfield says:

      Yeah, it’s not dubstep. I can tell because I wasn’t incandescent with rage whilst listening to it.

      Hopefully there will be a full radio in the game – that could keep me amused for hours, as long as the chat was varied and the music was good.

    • royaltyinexile says:

      Gratuitous here or gratuitous in general? gratuitous?

      GRAAAA TUUUU ITTT US. gratuitous. :)

      words appear to have lost their meaning

    • Buttless Boy says:

      Is there some kind of primer to electronic music genres? Because I have no fucking clue what the difference between this and dubstep is. Actually, I don’t even know what house is, except that I thought I hated house but I don’t mind this.

    • Malawi Frontier Guard says:

      link to

      It doesn’t have dubstep in it, but at least it’s entertaining!

    • Buttless Boy says:

      Man, that is seriously useful. Now I know what these songs I keep making are called, sort of. I mean, other than “bad”.

      Of course, I still can’t differentiate between 90% of this stuff, but I wasn’t expecting miracles.

    • Shih Tzu says:

      I think I’ve seen that site before and it was thoroughly informative. Someone needs to make similar guides to the 250 microgenres within every other broad category of music, like jazz, and metal, and trad folk.

    • Grygus says:

      There are only two kinds of music: tracks you like, and then there’s the rest. Trying to label music isn’t really all that useful, in my opinion; even within a given genre you enjoy, you won’t like ALL of them, and in a genre you dislike there are probably tracks you’d like but you won’t give them a listen because you’ve already labeled them.

    • Shih Tzu says:

      I’ve seen Neil Gaiman make pretty much the same point about genre classifications in bookstores. But I still think it’s useful in that it helps point you toward options for which you’re likely to have a particular affinity. That and you get to make direct comparisons with an artist with which you’re already familiar, exploring how their work is similar, yet (hopefully) different in subtle and satisfying ways.

      Also, talking about genre gives you a better framework for understanding the stuff you already do like. The study of music history is essentially one large discussion of genres: how, say, classical music evolved from the baroque era, and then what happened when Beethoven shepherded it into the romantic period. It’s less a case of “Oh, you’re into Debussy? Check out Ravel, that shit is tight,” than the idea that it’s informative to consider musical (and other) artworks in terms of their commonalities with (and differences from) the work of other artists.

    • rayne117 says:


      I liked every single song on the New Wave and Synthpop section. Even if I find ONE song I like because they were labelled, then that is enough for me.

      Everything has a label. Things can have multiple labels.

      I’m a human, brother, runner, gamer, reader, watcher, listener.

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      KGB says:

      @Shih Tzu:
      Check out for Metal subgenres and some related bastard offsprings.

  5. shoptroll says:

    If this is closer to SimCopter than a full-blown simulation game, I’m definitely interested.

    Speaking of which, why the hell hasn’t EA commissioned a new SimCity game (and I don’t mean a facebook or mobile iteration)? My quad-core beast of a rig needs to crunch some virtual people to terrorize with acts of nature. Badly.

    • feda says:

      Because most modern gamers are too stupid to play old style city sims.

    • Tom De Roeck says:

      No Cities XL love then? even though you can create wonderfully beautiful cities?

      (although I have to admit, it seems to be more of a cross between SimCity Societies and SimCity 4 than an actualy SimCity, but its still pretty fun. and theres a new one coming out soonish)

  6. Wolfox says:

    Looking forward to it. I love me a good sim.

    Am I the only one that listens to A-Ha singing in my head everytime I see the game’s title?

    “Take… on… he… (-licopters)
    Take… me… on (helicopters)
    I’ll be gone… in a day (or two)”

    • ABearWithAGun says:

      Hahaha, came here to post this.

    • Harlander says:

      I think a better question is, what heathens read this game’s title without thinking that?

    • terry says:

      Exactly what I thought. They really missed a trick not licensing the dulcet tones of A-ha for this trailer.

  7. Warduke says:

    Is this what’s delaying Carrier Command??? Give me Carrier Command !!!!!

  8. Leo says:

    This BETTER be just like SimCopter. That game was BOSS.

  9. The Sombrero Kid says:

    That was beautiful Jim, I have no interest in this game, but I had to make it known that your words were appreciated.

  10. westyfield says:

    Hold on Jim, are you saying that the person in charge of the drill is the bad guy? Madness!

    • Heliocentric says:

      No, he said you attack france, that makes you the goodguy.

  11. Turbinator says:

    Oh, so this game -is- for real, being that they announced it on April the 1st and all.

  12. Shadow Aspect says:

    Bored, I logged on to RPS at 20 past 11.
    Did. not. disappoint.
    That subscription is definitely going to a good cause. Speaking of, I would be prepared to pay a subscription to see the earth bore machine become reality…

  13. thecat17 says:

    Hey, this is in Seattle. I wonder if I could land near my house?

    And if I can’t because it’s past some point where the city stops being simulated, what would happen when I try to fly past said point?

  14. NooklearToaster says:

    Aww, I wish this could have been posted before august ended. They were having a preorder sale for 25% off, but september/october it’s only 10% off :(

  15. CaptainVolcanoes says:

    Interesting, though it doesn’t seem that fun for me, I’ve never been a big fan of simulations. BUT.. What would be awesome, is.. Y’know when you’re playing an FPS, and you always get the badass in the helicopter, dropping in additional troops and gunning down ape-brained CPU allies with twin miniguns, and eventually becomes part of an interesting (mostly) cliché boss battle where the guy in the helicopter shouts down through a speaker stuff like “Now it’s my turn!” and “Dodge this!”

    ..Well I wanna be that guy. Simulate that. :P

    • pepper says:

      Well, In ARMA 2 in the group I play with I often fly the UH-1Y, so once I insert them in enemy territory I become the eyes in the sky and CAS when needed.

      Cant say I scream a lot. Maybe something like AVE IT YOU PLONKERS!!. But other then that no, not really.

  16. Apocalypse 31 says:

    Made by Bohemia Interactive. Expect AI choppers to slam into the earth just like they do in the ArmA series.

  17. moltobenny says:

    So, what’s your take on helicopters?

    • soldant says:

      I take off helicopters.

      …wait. Does this one work or not?

    • pepper says:

      Yeah works for me.

      Let’s hope we can port the content to ARMA II, that could be interesting.

  18. jimjames says:

    A connoisseur of dub step in a comments thread for a helicopter simulator.

    I love you RPS.

  19. Chaz says:

    Will there be an option to change your trousers? Just not liking those blue jeans. How about some brown cargo pants?

    • Heliocentric says:

      I can confirm that “take on helicopters” will let you brown your pants.

  20. Navagon says:

    Ah yes, a Tiberian Sun Nod APC simulator. Now there’s a simulator that needs to be made!

  21. metalangel says:

    edit: Dammit, this wasn’t I clicked on to ‘Log on to reply’, my comment is in the wrong place.

    Ummm. I am like helicopters, yes.

  22. RogB says:

    quite possibly the dullest trailer i’ve ever seen. Even without any guns or combat, it could still have attempted some interesting acrobatics or something

  23. AngryBadger says:

    I am unusually excited for this game. Hopefully it brings a fresh spin on the sim genre and helps make it popular again.

  24. Shadowcat says:

    I’m guessing that they’re focussing on a single high-detail region, which makes me think of the Flight Unlimited 2/3 approach. A helicopter is the perfect aircraft in which to appreciate low-level detail, so if they can nail that, they could be onto a real winner.

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  26. blainestereo says:

    So basically Jim’s dream simulator is a cross between Death Worm and Motherload?


    I can subscribe to that!