Take on Helicopters

Take on Helicopters lifts-off today

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It may not be Longbow 3, but rotary-wing aircraft enthusiasts should be interested in Bohemia Interactive's Take on Helicopters, a civil aviation flight sim that tells the story of the Larkins, a down-on-their luck family of pilots who have just one more chance to keep their business alive. It's available to day via Steam, Gamersgate, and many other distributors.

The trailer might hint at corniness, but it's an interesting idea. The narrative structure seems to provide an arc for a campaign that moves from helicopter basics to far more challenging missions, like rescues at sea and tactical insertions. And if you think it's just window-dressing, go check out the backstory available at Take on Helicopters' website. There is a surprising amount of forethought that has gone into this campaign.

The backstory also hints at combat missions in South Asia, one of the game's two environments. Whether pilot-protagonist Tom Larkin will wind up in South Asia is anyone's guess, but the site certainly indicates that a military component will feature heavily in Take on Helicopters. I just really hope that means I got a rocket-equipped aircraft at some point.

But really, helicopter sims have ranked always among my favorites, a constant challenge and thrillingly perilous at low-altitude. Hellfire missiles and chainguns are just gravy.