Comanche (PC) Preview

By Eric Ace 10.04.2020

Review for Comanche on PC

Comanche is a - very - Early Access helicopter piloting game with a focus on multiplayer and a good single player campaign. Focusing on a future where the ill-fated actual 'Comanche' helicopter plays a vital role the world over in military operations. By piloting this advanced helicopter along with a drone assistant, players fight their way through a campaign or battle online.

The Comanche program was a program by the United States Army to develop a new helicopter that possessed superior technology. It produced a sleek looking helicopter, and unlike any of the old designs, it looked far more futuristic and cool. The program was unfortunately scrapped and the helicopter lives on only in sci-fi or video games. Comanche the game, feels like any modern-day Call of Duty or Ace Combat, with its heavy military plot of being in the middle of some emerging conflict.

Given the close air support of helicopters, missions focus on being near the ground fighting enemies. Ace Combat tried this, but the series was mainly all about bombing a few targets and that was that. In comparison this game is a lot cooler with flying near the enemy targets. The first level opens up with flying through a canyon and finding a special operations boat that had been attacked and trying to find the crew. Flying through the spires, following across the rivers, and dodging the twists and turns was a solid opening impression.

Screenshot for Comanche on PC

For the state of the game (at the time of review the version was 0.1) it played well and showed clear potential. The graphics were more than good enough, and the story and gameplay felt comparable to high-end titles. There was only one level to play at this time, but it was still a surprising experience. Before going over to the major problem, it should be noted that there are still glitchy aspects that need addressing. One that comes to mind is how early on the player has to access a black box from a boat, and it can take a few minutes flying near it before the tooltip finally triggers to move onto the next part.

One of the only major problems was that the controls felt a little wonky. There are three different selections from beginner to pro, and having played a lot of helicopters in games before, the 'pro' felt more natural. There are a lot of options to adjust, and unfortunately, the tooltips are not active for most of them. Spending a lot of time in the options to adjust everything would likely fix the problem, but for the preview there were still times where the helicopter behaved in ways unexpected. So even though this is still early, the package overall was surprisingly competent. There are definitely beta games and outright fully released titles that are less polished than this. For shooter fans that want something new, fans of flying sims, or just plain helicopter fans, this is one to keep an eye on.

Screenshot for Comanche on PC

Final Thoughts

It is a little surprising that an idea like this has not been tried before. With so many multiplayer shooters out there, a perfect way to stand out would be to use something totally different - in this case: helicopters. Comanche is still very early in production and there are some issues with controlling, but for what it is, it's remarkably solid. Helicopter fans will definitely want to check this one out.

Developer

NUKKLEAR

Publisher

THQ Nordic

Genre

Simulation

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  n/a

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

European release date None   North America release date None   Japan release date None   Australian release date None   

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