Sky Odyssey Preview
With Activision's Orphen already released in many stores, the company is getting ready to ship their first attempt at an airplane game sometime before the end of the year. With the recent fame of Tony Hawk 2 and pretty much every other game with Activision's logo on it, Activision hopes to keep their streak of success running smoothly on the Playstation 2, with titles like Orphen and Sky Odyssey. Sky Odyssey is in a way what PilotWings 64 was for Nintendo 64 back in 1996, except Sky Odyssey won't be making it on October 26th. It is also different from Pilotwings because the title involves single engine airplanes instead of a humans attached to wings, other than that the premise seems similar. Here the first look at Sky Odyssey.
Honestly the visuals aren't what they are supposed to look like on a Playstation 2. I would guess that the visuals are first generation Dreamcast material, but the fact is that the gameplay looks truly promising. The planes are structured nicely, but lack a nice looking chrome or some sort of polish effect to bring out the organic look. The environments are huge, and since I haven't been able to get a chance to play the game, I can't really say if the game suffers from any pop-up. But what I wish to see in the final version is some reflections of the aircraft in the water that would really be a sweet feature that I know many game critics will enjoy. Also the water at the level seems stale and maybe some transparency effect for the water can be done so the gamer would be able to maybe view the fish life. Don't be mistaken though, the game doesn't consists of areas build around water, you will be able to fly across deserts, caves and many more attractions. As of this moment, Sky Odyssey is one of those games that we will look back at and use as an example towards a poorly created game on the most powerful system ever, let's hope that the developer fixes things up before the game ships.
Sky Odyssey will revolve around completing missions in order to continue into the next phase. There will be 19 total mission based levels to do anything from fly your plane in a desert or fly it through a thunderstorm. Activision and Cross hope to make SO an arcade/simulation game that will challenge gamers from both fields of play. The arcade feel is said to be because of the gameplay, but the simulation feel comes from aerodynamic physics and the tight controls, either way flight fans will enjoy the game. To complete missions you need your aircruisers to accompany you, thankfully there are 11 of them to choose, that is including the secret ones. You won't be left only flying with "T winged" World War I planes, you can even fly a UFO or even those sleek looking Stealth Bombers that are so many times believed to be UFOs. If you enjoy airplanes then this game is really for you, with all of the info I have listed so far, there even comes a mode where you can customize your airplane's tires, wings, and even engines for the ultimate aircraft. Wait I'm not through yet, there's even a two-player mode that gamers can engage to, no word on how it plays it but, Capture The Flag and Co-Op mode are my two guesses. We will bring you guys more info as Activision sends us more of it and then finally a review later this year. For now enjoy the screenshots.