Airforce Delta Strike

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Airforce Delta Strike
Airforce Delta Strike.jpg
Developer(s) Konami Computer Entertainment Studios
Publisher(s) Konami
Artist(s) Jun Tsukasa
Series Airforce Delta series
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Release date(s)
  • NA February 3, 2004
  • JP February 5, 2004
  • EU May 14, 2004
Genre(s) Flight simulator
Mode(s) Single-player

Airforce Delta Strike, known as Airforce Delta: Blue Wing Knights in Japan and Deadly Skies III in Europe, is the third installment in the Konami Airforce Delta series. It was released in 2004 exclusively on the PlayStation 2. It plays very similarly to the previous Airforce Delta games.

Story[edit]

The game plot occurs in a not specified time, but has futuristic, sci-fi weapons, planes and environments. When O.C.C. (Orbital Citizen Community), a space colony set on Earth's orbit, starts to attack the Earth to control it, EDAF (Earth Defense Allied Forces) launches a defensive campaign. After some time, EDAF sees itself almost with no forces to fight and decides to enlist any militia forces to help, including the bad-famed Delta Squadron. After that, the tide starts to turn and as the Earth forces advance, they find out that O.C.C. is not the major threat - an organization from Mars is planning to destroy Earth with the help of the orbital colony.

It is possible that EDAF is the same alliance that was born in the previous Airforce Delta series' title, AirForce Delta Storm (Xbox, 2001), so the story must happen after the year 20X7, when the Xbox version is situated.

Gameplay[edit]

AFDS features a large selection of planes to choose from and a series of missions to play through. However, unlike the previous installments, AFDS features an all new cast of anime-style characters illustrated by Jun Tsukasa. Some can be played as and others are just for support. Each character has a unique selection of planes to fly and has a different branch of missions to complete. Completion of some missions unlocks secret missions and hidden planes for replays.

After the game is once completed, a secret hangar becomes available. It contains the ships of other Konami aerial/space action series' Twin Bee (with the ship carrying the same name) and Gradius (with the Vic Viper ship). As the game is completed and medals are earned, more secret planes become available, such as the Manbou-J and Jerry Mouse.

Characters[edit]

Ken Thomas Sex: Male Age: 25 Position: The 3rd element 3rd position.

Ruth Valentine Sex: Female Age: 22 Position: The 3rd element leader.

John Rundal Sex: Male Age: 25 Position: The 3rd element 2nd position.

Jamie Jones Sex: Male Age: 52 Position: The 1st element leader.

Rick Campbell Sex: Male Age: 30 Position: The 1st element 2nd position.

Alex Levine Sex: Male Age: 27 Position: The 1st element 3rd position.

Holst Prendre Sex: Male Age: 38 Position: The 2nd element leader.

Pedro Glankert Sex: Male Age: 30 Position: The 2nd element 2nd position.

Brian Douglas Sex: Male Age: 22 Position: The 2nd element 3rd position.

Robert Williams Sex: Male Age: 45 Position: Delta Squadron captain.

Lilia Mihajlovna Sex: Female Age: 14 Position: Aviation staff officer.

Amelia Johnson Sex: Female Age: 20 Position: Operator.

Harry Garrett Sex: Male Age: 40 Position: Equipment supply charge.

Bob Takayanagi Sex: Male Age: 60 Position: Maintenance group leader.

David Smith Sex: Male Age: 27 Position: The 1st element leader of Team Bravo.

Collette Le Clerc Sex: Female Age: 26 Position: The 1st element 2nd position of Team Bravo.

Constance Le Clerc Sex: Female Age: 26 Position: The 1st element 3rd position of Team Bravo.

Albert Ungar Sex: Male Age: 28 Position: The 1st squadron and 1st element leader of Merv Alliance.

Pierre Gallo Sex: Male Age: 18 Position: The 6th section of the 8th experiment division's aviation unit.

Ellen McNichol Sex: Female Age: 24 Position: The 1st section of the 8th experiment division's aviation unit.

Sergei Kinski Sex: Male Age: 44 Position: The 1st captain of Merv Alliance.

Giuseppe Ferretti Sex: Male Age: 32 Position: The 2nd captain of Merv Alliance.

Francine Davout Sex: Female Age: 29 Position: The 1st captain of Ecbatana Air Force.

Leon Kleiser Sex: Male Age: 27 Position: The 2nd squadron and 1st element leader of Merv Alliance.

Donald Chan Sex: Male Age: 28 Position: The 1st captain of Ganos Flying Division.

Jake Emerson Sex: Male Age: 28 Position: The 2nd captain of Ecbatana Air Force.

Ellen McNichol (E.D.A.F.) Sex: Female Age: 24 Position: The new 1st element 1st position.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 65.40%[1]
Metacritic 66/100[2]
Review scores
Publication Score
EGM 4.33/10[3]
Famitsu 29/40[4]
Game Informer 7/10[5]
GamePro 3.5/5 stars[6]
GameSpot 6.5/10[7]
GameSpy 3/5 stars[8]
GameZone 6.5/10[9]
IGN 6.4/10[10]
OPM (US) 3/5 stars[11]
X-Play 3/5 stars[12]

The game was met with average reception upon release; GameRankings gave it a score of 65.40%,[1] while Metacritic gave it 66 out of 100.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "AirForce Delta Strike for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "AirForce Delta Strike for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ EGM staff (March 2004). "AirForce Delta Strike". Electronic Gaming Monthly (177): 115. 
  4. ^ "Airforce Delta: Blue Wing Knights". Famitsu 791. February 13, 2004. 
  5. ^ Reiner, Andrew (February 2004). "Air Force Delta Strike". Game Informer (130): 97. Archived from the original on February 8, 2005. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ Atomic Dawg (February 3, 2004). "AirForce Delta Strike Review for PS2 on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 4, 2005. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ Davis, Ryan (February 4, 2004). "AirForce Delta Strike Review". GameSpot. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ Schiaparelli, Frank (February 16, 2004). "GameSpy: AirForce Delta Strike". GameSpy. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ The Bearer (February 13, 2004). "Airforce Delta Strike - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on December 30, 2008. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ Dunham, Jeremy (February 2, 2004). "AirForce Delta Strike". IGN. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ "AirForce Delta Strike". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 98. March 2004. 
  12. ^ Speer, Justin (January 28, 2004). "'AirForce Delta Strike' (PS2) Review". X-Play. Archived from the original on February 11, 2004. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 

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