WWII History

There are those who will never understand the fascination with World War II games. They will say “why in the world do people spend so much time trying to blow each other up online?” In truth that’s not the reason for the steadfast loyalty of combat simulator players. If one were to interview most of these “hard core” simulation game players you would find out that they are first and foremost avid students of World War II, that they in fact find military strategy and the cause and effect of battles and wars to be fascinating and not the actually killing and destruction.

The creators of Aces High, HiTech Creations, were and are avid students of World War II and it shows in the game they created.   Ask them about any of the major battles and they will be able to discuss in length about that battle. One such battle was the Battle of Stalingrad, fought from August 23, 1942 until February 2, 1943, probably the largest and most costly battle along the Eastern Front.

Germany and its allies were feeling invincible as they began their summer offensive against Stalingrad in southern Russia, hoping to cripple Russia before the full might of the United States entered the war. In the end the resolve of the Russian people, the German inability to re-supply by air, and the brutal Russian winter conspired to defeat Germany and push them back to Western Europe.

The losses were staggering and even today, almost seventy years later, the sheer numbers of losses are hard to believe. During the Battle of Stalingrad over a million troops were killed, wounded, or declared missing in battle. 91,000 Germans were captured during the battle and most historians agree that the Battle of Stalingrad was a crippling defeat for Germany, Romania, and Italy, one they never fully recovered from.

Through the knowledge of history and the determination to simulate World War II as closely as possible, the creators of Aces High have produced an outstanding World War 2 Flight Simulation game, one that will appeal to any gamer and/or student of warfare. If you don’t believe us try the free two-week download and then be prepared to admit that Aces High is the leader in flight simulation games.

Combat simulators should, well, simulate combat. That may seem like a very obvious statement but in truth it is the main difference between the truly excellent simulation games and the mediocre ones.

The creators of Aces High, the World War 2 flight simulator, are not only high tech gurus but also students of World War Two. Only a true student and admirer of that war could design a flight simulation game so life-like, so detailed, so devoted to every aspect of combat in that war.

Studying major battles in World War II was a part of their preparation in designing Aces High. Battles like the Battle of Dunkirk, fought from May 26-June4, 1940. The battle involved some 800,000 German troops and 400,000 Allied troops and was one of the major confrontations early in the war.

The Battle of Dunkirk in effect was the defense and evacuation of British and other Allied Forces on the Western Front as the seemingly unstoppable German forces advanced. It led to the surrender of Belgium and the eventual surrender of France, but some 338,000 British and Allied troops were able to evacuate and in doing so were able to fight another day when the outcome would be much different.

Because of the evacuation, huge numbers of vehicles were left behind. Some 50,000 Allied vehicles, including tanks, 9 destroyers, 200 marine vessels and 177 aircraft were left as the evacuation happened, leaving a very rich bounty for the German high command. It was only because of a decision made by the German high command to re-group, the so called “Halt Order”, that the evacuation was as successful as it was. If not for this German decision the loss of life might have been considerably higher and the outcome of World War II may have been much different.

We invite you to give Aces High a try, and if you are a World War 2 student you will instantly see the attention to detail that was taken when Aces High was created back in 2000. Without that attention to detail, and the dedication to detail by the WWII students who created it, Aces High would just be another one of the average combat simulators. However, once you try it you will realize that Aces High is simply the best flight sim game on the market.

World War 2 flight simulators need to be authentic or they are just another run-of-the-mill flight sim. The good ones go the extra mile to provide aircraft, ground vehicles, and ships that come as close to reality as is possible with an online game.

Aces High recently featured their version of the B-29 Superfortress, the number one workhorse in World War II. The B-29 had a pretty interesting history in aviation, one worth mentioning here.

Boeing believed so strongly in their pressurized long-range bomber design that they developed the prototype for the B-29 using their own funds before an order was even placed by the military. This bomber was capable of delivering 20,000 lbs of bombs to a target 4,290 km away and could fly at a speed of 400 mph, unheard of figures for 1938-1939 when development was taking place.

Eventually the Air Corps placed their orders for this “Super Bomber” and by 1942, 500 of these bombers had been ordered. It became the largest aircraft to see action in World War II. Originally it was planned as a high-altitude daytime bomber but in reality it ended up doing more low-altitude nighttime incendiary bombing missions, especially against Japan towards the end of the war. It was also one of the few aircraft to continue in service after World War 2, seeing considerable action in the Korean War. By the time it was retired from service, in 1960, there had been 3,970 aircraft built.

The B-29 was a four-engine propeller-driven bomber that was flown by the United States as well as Great Britain; a slight variation of it was also flown by Russia under the name Tupolev Tu-4. It is probably best known as the bomber that carried the atomic bombs against Hiroshima and Nagasaki that ultimately ended the war in the Pacific Theater.

Attention to that kind of detail has set Aces High at the front of the pack in combat simulators. If flight simulation games don’t give you that kind of detail and authenticity then they simply are not worth your time and effort.

Still have some doubts about Aces High? Then we suggest you sign on for the free two-week download and find out what a real flight simulator is all about. We guarantee that once you fly the Aces High skies you won’t want to try any other World War 2 flight simulator.

So, have you checked out the Community tab on our website lately? If you do, then hit the special events link, you will notice that there is always something exciting going on.

Upcoming special events include a Sunday European Campaign (SEO) on the 17th, a Snapshots event on the 20th, and a Friday Squad Ops (FSO) on the 22nd. All are designed to add to the excitement of this combat simulator and test your skill against others who love flight simulation games as much as you do.

Check them out, sign up, and we’ll see you over the Aces High skies soon.

What makes a great World War 2 flight simulator? Now there’s a question that has a whole bunch of answers. I guess we need to break it down into two separate questions: first, what makes a great flight simulator and second, what makes a great World War 2 simulator, because both facets are in play when discussing the competition on the market in flight sim games.

When HiTech Creations started Aces High in 2000 they were determined to make one game and one game only, and that game was going to be the best on the market. Period! They weren’t going to water down their efforts by making several games, like some of the competition, and they weren’t going to jeopardize their stated goal by hiring anyone but the best among the experts in this field.

So the experts behind Aces High were first and foremost students of World War II. It was very important to the creators of Aces High that their staff have a love affair with World War 2 and flying, just as they did, thus ensuring that every possible detail of that war was simulated in Aces High. You can see this love of detail in the aircraft, ground vehicles, and ships that can be found in Aces High, and you can also see it in the dedication of volunteers who run special events aimed at honoring World War 2 events and simulating the details as closely as possible.

Secondly, it was important to the creators of Aces High to produce the best in flight simulators. The controls in the 3D cockpit are filled with painstaking detail and the response to controls makes it seem as though you truly are in the skies over Midway as Zeros shoot at you from every possible angle.

If you plan on trying out several flight simulators, or flight sims as they are often called, then pay attention to those aforementioned criteria and see for yourself that Aces High leads the way. Heck, the creators of Aces High are so sure that you will agree that they give you a free two-week download to try it out. That, my friends, is confidence at its very best. HiTech Creations makes one World War 2 flight simulator, and it is the best on the market. Games like Total Simulation Series come and go over the years but since 2000 only Aces High has stood atop the competition and that’s because of their one and only goal: to make one game, one game only, and have that game be the very best.