Vertices Games have brought their first game to PS4 and Vita in the form of air combat shooter Last Wings. But does it soar triumphantly – or crash and burn? Flight attendants, please prepare for take off..
In Last Wings, the controls in the cockpit are pretty simple – your aim, while flying your aircraft, is to destroy other aircrafts. The game can be enjoyed as a multiplayer experience, or you can fly solo. And there is a lot of game modes on offer. There’s Score Attack, where the first pilot to destroy 20 aircrafts wins. Or Team Fight, where you team up with others, and getting 30 kills will give you the win. There’s also Hardcore, which is the same, but you only have one life. Yikes. Next up is Base Attack, where you have to attack your enemies base but defend yours as well. Or you can just simply select Random and see what you get.
You’ll want to make sure you don’t just fly into Multiplayer straight away. The best thing to do is to use the single player mode as a training exercise for when you face your friends and others online. You want to be prepared. Plus, you can choose the phases and difficulty in the single player mode so you can set your own learning curve. There are also 3 planes on offer; The Silver Bullet, The Hawk and War Jumbo. All have positives and negatives. Take for example The Silver Bullet, which while being fast and easy to manoeuvre, has pretty average firepower. It’s something to thing about before you head into battle.
One thing that Last Wings nails is that it’s a surprisingly good feeling when you destroy other planes. It’s actually quite difficult to line it up at times though, especially as you have loads of bullets raining down on you. So you’ll end up doing a lot of loop the loops to get your bullets firing on all the cylinders and taking out the opposition. And like a long haul flight, you’re actually going to be in for the long haul – as taking out 20 opponents can actually take a surprisingly long time – so you’ll want to make sure you have some gaming snacks at the ready.
Last Wings may not soar the highest heights, but it is a decent, fun shooter that is worth booking a flight for.
Punk rating: 7/10