Glory Days 2
Secret Stash Games' Glory Days 2, the sequel to Atlus' Super Army War, thrusts you into multiple conflicts in which you must fly a chopper or a fighter plane into enemy territory and destroy the evil doers. In a sense, it plays very much like the old school game Choplifter, with you swooping in to rescue civilians and rain hell upon your foes. At the same time, developer ODENIS Studio added some strategy to the mix, by having to transport civvies to home base to earn cash and then deploy more units. Things get crazy, with the artificial intelligence annihilating you with just a few well-aimed shots, but the game isn't impossible to beat. That works against it, as you'll plow through the campaign in only a few hours, but Battle Mode (where you create your own skirmishes) and the eight-person multiplayer mode (AdHoc only, and everyone needs a copy of the game) should extend Glory Days' life a bit more. The two control schemes work well, though we're partial to using the stylus to control the aircraft and the d-pad to fire its weapons. We also dig the presentation, which includes an impressive soundtrack and convincing letters from the main characters as they struggle with the spoils and successes of warfare. It doesn't break new ground, but Glory Days 2 offers a different and fun experience.
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