Sega AM2 has announced that the latest installment in the Aero Dancing series will make its debut on the Playstation 2 console at this years Game Jam. This aerobatic flight sim was previously released on the Sega Dreamcast, but will now showcase the power of the PS2, promising to deliver enhancements in both graphics and gameplay.
While basically a flight sim, Aero Dancing 4 will also have quasi combat simulations which include seeking out enemy targets or recon sites, as well as the standard choreographed flight that is the series trademark. The game will employ a wide array of planes, including the standard F-15E, F-14B, F-16C, as well as the Russian Made SU-27, among others. On top of that, the game will also feature the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, the first chopper to appear in the series. The full list of available planes has not yet been made available, but expect many more options to be made available in the completed game.
Gameplay in Aero Dancing 4 will retain much of what made the series successful on the Dreamcast while building upon those elements. The Training mode will involve everything from the basics of takeoff/landing to more complex lessons such as combat maneuvers. Players will hone these skills to compete in Aero Meet 2002, a competition designed to test your skills by putting you up against the best the CPU has to offer. There will also be a Scramble mode, which will include the more combat oriented gameplay, such as search and rescue, recon, and aerial combat. The missions vary quite a bit, but players can keep in touch with their objectives via communication with the control tower.
To further enhance the gameplay in Aero Dancing 4, AM2 will make the game compatible with the same flight stick designed for Ace Combat 4 as well as Logicool's/Logitech's Flight Force joystick. However, the game can still be enjoyed with a simple Dual Shock controller for those not die hard enough to purchase peripherals for their games.
At this time, there is quite a bit that is not yet known about the game, such as Sega's plans to incorporate the PS2 Hard Drive into the game. While they have announced it will be compatible, no details have been released on how, or if this peripheral will be necessary in order to play the game. Also, there is no official release date for the game, as the company has stated that it has not been decided at this time.
4/2/2002 Ryan Hartmann