WWII History

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.

It’s funny about descriptions and labels; so many of them mean the same thing, but because they are worded differently they confuse people. Take for instance the phrase “online flight sim games.” At various times that has been described as flight sim, flight simulator, simulation games, flight simulation games, and of course online flight sim games. Whatever you want to call it, Aces High is hands down the best in the field.

So what does that label mean? Let’s break it down and find out. Online obviously means that it is meant to play on a computer. Flight means the game has something to do with flying an airplane. Sim is an abbreviation for simulation, which simply means to imitate some real thing, in this case to imitate flying. And finally games means that while playing this simulation you will be competing against other players.

HiTech Creations began this business with the simple philosophy to create one game, a combat flight simulator, and one game only, and to make it the best online flight sim game on the market. They have never changed that philosophy since Aces High first came on the market in 2000. All of their efforts, all of their creative talents, all of their brain power have gone into Aces High, and the public has responded by making this dynamite game the best year after year.

Most of the action on Aces High is centered on World War 2; thus, it is sometimes referred to as a World War 2 flight simulator. The aircraft, ships, and land support vehicles are all replicas of those found in World War 2. The 3D cockpit is a replica of an actual cockpit found in World War 2. There is nothing cheesy about Aces High and any World War II student will appreciate the attention to detail that is found in this great combat simulator.

So what makes Aces High the best? Well, we suggest you try Aces High and then try to leading competitors, like Total Simulation Series. We think you will find, once you actually try the two, that in every category possible it is apparent that when HiTech Creations decided to make only one game instead of a series of games that they made the right decision. We are that confident and so we invite you to try out Battleground Europe or World of Tanks, or any of the other simulation games out there. We know that once you do you will come back to Aces High, the leader in online flight sim games.

Flight simulators have been used as far back as World War I. Designed to re-create aircraft flight and the flying environment, they have proven invaluable in training pilots how to navigate an aircraft.

During World War II the main pilot trainer was the Link Trainer, many of which were used in the United States and Canada in preparing young men for combat. Ironically some of the Link Trainers were even purchased by the Imperial Japanese Naval Air Arm prior to Pearl Harbor.  Another simulator used was the Silloth Trainer, which used an analogue system that allowed the pilot to “feel” resistance when moving the controls. Later there was a simulator designed to simulate flight at night called the Celestial Navigation Trainer and it could accommodate an entire flight crew.

No matter which simulator was used, the express purpose was to come as close as possible to actual flight realities. The environment (turbulence, clouds, precipitation) could be altered as well as outside stimuli like anti-aircraft shells, incoming attack planes, and malfunctioning controls.

As the years progressed computer hardware made it possible to simulate flying on a personal computer, and that brings us to online flight simulator games. World War II games like Aces High have reached a level of sophistication that leaves a player with a serious adrenalin rush while playing. Different terrains can be used, combat missions flown against other gamers from around the world, atmospheric conditions constantly changing, these and other alterations make these online 3d multiplayer games just about as realistic as you can get without actually flying at 20,000 feet.

3D cockpits are now simulated in the better online flight simulators to add to the sense of realism. About the only thing missing are actual wounds sustained during the flight mission, although you may pull some muscles as you rapidly maneuver your flight controls.

If you have never tried Aces High do so today; try the free two-week download and get a feel for the game, then sign on for endless challenges against the best online pilots in the world.

Each month Aces High, the exciting World War II game, holds a special event called “This Day in WWII.”   It is a themed event held on the anniversary of a famous battle in that war. June 6th commemorated D-Day, also known as the Normandy Invasion or if you prefer Operation Neptune, when Allied forces invaded a 50-mile stretch of coastline at Normandy, France.

All players are welcome for these special events and there is no preparation needed. If you are into war games, and why wouldn’t you be, then show up, read the Arena Message, and have a blast.

It has been said in countless articles that World War II computer games are only as good as their graphics. There is another school of thought, however, that says yes, graphics are import, but of equal importance is the capability of players to coordinate with other players, the degree of control a player has in staging forces in a combat structure to better insure success in battle.

Aces High, and other quality flight simulation games, give a great deal of freedom to players so that they experience what it is like to coordinate their troops, planes, ships, and ground vehicles in a sustained engagement.

In the actual Air Force hierarchy, the breakdown of forces looks something like this:

  • Wing/Group 45-100 aircraft
  • Group/Wing 17-45 aircraft
  • Squadron 7-16 aircraft
  • Flight 4-6 aircraft
  • Section or Detail 2-4 aircraft

A similar hierarchy exists in the Navy and Army, a complex structure if individual units, under individual commands, all coordinated by a central command. Communication is obviously crucial, as is a detailed and yet concise battle plan for any engagement.

But what happens if communication should break down during battle? What happens if individual pieces lose contact with the central command? Well, that’s what all the training is for and it then becomes the job of the individual unit commander to keep the battle plan in mind while adjusting to the events that are happening immediately. Civil War enthusiasts still marvel to this day about the ability of commanders to move their troops in territory in which they were virtually blind regarding troop movement and enemy movement. It is no simple task moving battalions consisting of thousands of men through forests in some sort of formation and coordinating wings so that the entire battle line remains protected.

All of this is to say that some of the greatest moments while playing an online combat game happen while working in tandem with other squadrons, all coordinated for a central purpose. Aces High offers similar opportunities when they hold special scenarios, and in no small way each time you log on and climb into your cockpit you have the choice to sign up with a squadron and work together towards a common goal, all while traveling 300 mph over unfamiliar terrain.

If you are looking for the ultimate in gaming experience, and have the desire to live vicariously the way WWII pilots must have lived, then download Aces High, strap on your helmet, and fly our challenging skies.