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Bomber Crew review or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Bomber Crew

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I still remember my first crash landing in Bomber Crew. My mission was fairly simple. Escort an Allied boat to an Axis port. It was a ‘critical mission’ and came with a high risk but I was confident.

Enemy fighters had been repelled fairly easily and as I blew up the last of the guarding submarines, I turned back towards home, having completed my part in the infamous St. Nazaire raid. Home. The waiting sanctuary of London and my runway.

That was when the shit well and truly hit the fan.

It started with a big increase in the number of enemy fighters. I’d taken a few flak hits completing the main objective but I figured I’d be okay. As we battled, an optional objective appeared. I turned to it, hoping I’d be able to sneak it in before I escaped. That was when the enemy fighter ace appeared.

Before I knew it I’d lost an engine. I lost my engineer, Flight Sergeant Oscar Wingrove, who bravely traversed the wing to keep the right side of the plane attached. My pilot went down and the electrics failed. A squad wipe was inevitable.

I’d learned the first and most important lesson of Bomber Crew. Don’t be greedy.

Bomber Crew mission

A frantic, chaotic WW2 rogue-lite

Bomber Crew is a strategy game based around piloting a Lancaster bomber. You start off with a basic plane, green crew and no equipment. As you fly missions, you begin to advance.

Your gunners might level up and get skills which improve their accuracy. You might decide to buy an extra gun turret for pesky low-flying planes. Worried about losing crew more than the plane? Deck them out in survival gear so that when you crash land, they stand a better chance at making it back.

Standard missions are fairly basic, designed to help you raise the money and exp you need to attempt the main story/critical missions. Each critical mission is historically accurate and much harder, offering a nice change of pace from the basic standard operations.

Controlling the plane is slick and moving your crew around is fairly intuitive, a good thing considering Bomber Crew is closer to a simulation than you might initially think. You’re required to control the hydraulics, landing gear and turret ammo. Oxygen levels and temperature can climb and plummet, making micromanagement necessary.

It looks excellent as well. The bold, cartoon graphics make for a great art-style that is accessible without compromising depth. Everything is clearly indicated and the stripped-back style helps in the middle of a storm, with flak exploding on every side while you try to set up for the next bombing run.

“Bomber Crew is closer to a simulation than you might initially think”

Bomber Crew puts a lot of effort into letting you create the narrative. You become attached to certain crew members and each choice you make, no matter how small, will determine their eventual fate. I quickly got attached to the crew of my first plane ‘Jolly Good Show’ and losing them along with the plane in one swift blow was gut-wrenching.

This aspect of player-made narratives makes up for the fairly basic standard missions. They lack variety and are mostly used to farm for the main missions, which have much better and more unique feeling objectives.

Bomber Crew is at its best when all of this comes together, when one of your crew makes a heroic play during a critical mission. When your plane limps out of a huge dogfight, you feel invincible. It’s a shame that sometimes these basic missions feel like a necessary grind to reach these moments.

If you read our initial impression, you’ll remember that we found Bomber Crew to be a manic love-letter to games like B-17 Flying Fortress  and Cannon Fodder. Playing the full game confirms that. At its core, Bomber Crew is excellent.

There’s a lot of thought and a lot of heart on display from developers Runner Duck. If you’re a fan of frantic strategy, rogue-lites or WW2 bombers, Bomber Crew has a wide range on offer for those looking to tag along for the ride.

 

UK based gaming writer, raised on a diet of Street Fighter and Isometric RPG's. I enjoy playing every game I can get my grubby little hands on.

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Forges of Corruption DLC adds an explosive twist to the action-packed shooter Warhammer 40000: Boltgun

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Warhammer 40000: Boltgun proved to be an impressively well-crafted shooter, immersing players in the bleak and foreboding world of Game Workshop’s captivating universe. Now, fans can look forward to an extensive expansion with the Forges of Corruption DLC. Get ready to unleash the Emperor’s justice starting on June 18th on both PS5 and PS4.

Auroch Digital’s latest first-person shooter takes players on an exciting new campaign across five distinct environments. Undoubtedly, these pits will be teeming with heretics, including the treacherous Black Legion, who have recently received reinforcements in the form of Terminators armed with Lightning Claws and imposing Helbrutes. The Multi-Melta and Missile Launcher are now available for requisition, providing an effective means of eliminating enemy forces.

In addition, all players can enjoy the new Horde Mode, which offers four levels of difficulty and a unique set of in-game achievements to pursue. An upcoming navigation guide will provide players with a more forgiving experience when navigating through the game’s levels.

Have you acquired Warhammer 40000: Boltgun? Are you interested in experiencing additional content with the Forges of Corruption DLC? Engage in fierce battles against the adversaries of the Imperium in the comments section below.

 

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Sushi Ben Seems Like a Fantastic PSVR2-Based Manga Experience

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Immersing oneself in realistic worlds using the impressive capabilities of Sony’s PSVR2 headset is undeniably fantastic. However, there are instances where stylized visuals can prove to be more effective. Sushi Ben seems to have a good grasp on the concept of delivering a manga-inspired world, which will be available starting on May 28th. This lively release from Big Brane offers a delightful collection of mini-games, allowing players to immerse themselves in the charming atmosphere of a coastal town.

In order to prevent the local sushi bar from going out of business, you’ll have to lend a hand to the local townsfolk and engage in a range of activities to boost trade. As one would anticipate, fishing is the main focus as you embark on angling adventures to catch various types of fish in order to satisfy your customers’ desires.

And that’s not all! There is a wide array of activities to immerse yourself in, such as table tennis, bug-catching, dog walking, archery, and more. Each of these experiences fully utilizes the innovative motion-controlled gameplay that is exclusive to PSVR2. The manga art style in this game is truly impressive, featuring dynamic pop-up comic book panels and other visually stunning elements.

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Online previews of the upcoming Call of Duty game have been released in anticipation of its official announcement next month

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Activision has recently started teasing the upcoming Call of Duty game, captivating fans with a mysterious website and a tantalizing short clip. In this intriguing snippet, the slogan “The Truth Lies” is cleverly superimposed over the eyes of the iconic former USA presidents at Mount Rushmore. The website showcases a vintage television set where users can indulge in a variety of clips across six different channels. Below, you’ll discover the website link and an intriguing video showcasing Mount Rushmore.

Treyarch is the company behind the most recent game, which is likely to be another entry in the Call of Duty Black Ops subseries. The newest rumors indicate that the upcoming release is titled Black Ops 6 and is set to hit the shelves in October. Following the Xbox Games Showcase on June 9, 2024, a full reveal will be unveiled.

Billbil-Kun, a former PS Plus leaker, joined in by sharing what they believe to be a blurred image of the game’s key art. The scene reveals a discernible figure amidst a vibrant orange hue. Allow me to present the picture:

With Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Activision, it seems that the company is poised to fulfill its promise of including the upcoming Call of Duty game in the Xbox Game Pass bundle. Nevertheless, adjustments will be necessary for the membership service to accommodate it, potentially resulting in a price increase. The title will be released as per usual on both the PS5 and PS4. Are you eagerly anticipating this year’s release? Feel free to leave your initial thoughts on the teaser- theme in the comments section.

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