WW2 Aircraft Games for Mac

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WW2 Aircraft Games for Mac
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The Mac offers World War II games featuring fully developed air combat that are designed to appeal to both fans of realistic flight simulators and of strategy gaming. War gamers can select from games that let them fight in both the Pacific and European theatres, selecting planes programmed to replicate the performance of actual World War II bombers and fighter planes. Gamers can choose from single-player games that pit them against the program's AI or massively multiplayer online games where their opponents are actual gamers controlling the anti-aircraft batteries and fighter planes amassed against them.

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Battlestations Midway

Feral Interactive's "Battlestations Midway" place players into the role of Henry Walker, stationed at Pearl Harbor as a gunner during the 1941 surprise attack. Over the course of the game, players fight their way across the Pacific, taking control of warships and gun batteries in addition to American fighter aircraft, switching units during the course of a mission as specific objectives are achieved. The game combines first-person action with real-time tactical strategy, and the developers endeavoured to give the game's simulated aircraft the same strengths and drawbacks that their real-life counterparts had. "Battlestations Midway" supports online play, allowing up to eight players to engage in battle via GameRanger, the Mac's online gaming service.

Warbirds Series

Entertainment Network's "Warbirds III" is a massively multiplayer simulation of air, sea and ground unit combat in World War II. Players will be alongside up to 1,000 other players, waging aerial combat or joining forces by creating or joining a squadron within the game. Entertainment's first expansion, "Fighter Pilot Academy," provides an extensive tutorial behind the controls of a P38-L, further helping players hone their basic flying skills before they engage in multiplayer combat.

The single-player missions include dogfights, bombing runs and flying missions from an aircraft carrier. "Fighter Pilot Academy" also contains a mission editor that allows players to design their own single player scenarios. "Warbirds: Dogfights," another expansion, is a single-player game that provides a selection of more than 100 World War II aircraft for players to fly during the game's missions. Purchasers of "Dogfights" also receive a free 30-day trial of "Warbirds III."

WWII Online

Strategy First's "World War II Online" is a massively multiplayer online game that allows players to join a campaign fighting for either the Axis or Allies. Players can play as ground troops, tank commanders and ship captains in addition to playing as pilots. The action takes place from a first-person perspective and Strategy First provides an offline tutorial so that you can hone your piloting skills before you enter the online campaign. A campaign covers the entire course of the war and has historically lasted from two weeks to 69 days, and players determine when and where major battles take place as well as the war's ultimate victor. Aerial missions include providing close combat support for bombers, transporting paratroopers to a drop zone and bombing strategically valuable targets.

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