Dawn Patrol presents WWI air combat in the form of a history book. As you browse through the pages, you will see a brief history of some aspect of WWI air combat, and have the option of actually flying in the situation you have read about. This unique approach brings a little something to the game that stands out above the usual menu system.
Dawn Patrol lacks a campaign system, but makes up for it with a wide variety of single missions. Depending on the mission, you can choose options such as number and type of enemy, and the type of your aircraft. Some missions can be flown for either side of the war.
Dawn Patrol allows a range of visual detail depending on how powerful your computer is. On the medium to high settings, the terrain and aircraft are texture mapped, which make the world really come alive. It also provides a basic set of realism options that let you become invulnerable and have unlimited amunition.
The flight model in Dawn Patrol is a let down. The different planes that are available all handle similarly to each other. There are minor differences between planes, but they come no where close of being realistic. Even though you don't get a good feel of each individual aircraft, flying has a nice smooth feel to it. Especially with the texture mapped terrain, you get a real sense of flying a canvas clad machine a few thousand feet above the trenches.
This sim has has a good combination of graphics, playability, and variety mixed in with a bit of realism. This is definitely one to try if you enjoy a combat flight sim with good gameplay and a great atmosphere.
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