AirForce Delta is an air combat game that emphasizes action over a detailed flight model, meaning the focus is on dogfights rather than precision flying with real-world physics. Players start the game on their choice of difficulty setting: very easy, easy, hard, or very hard. The first mission involves a preemptive strike against numerous fighter planes that are planning to bomb the Laconian city of Naxos.
The defenseless Republic of Laconia is in dire need of military support. Rebels from the former Federated Republic of Zabayral have decided to reunitea territory long divided by ethnic conflict. After years of civil war, Laconia is the only republic left standing and has asked a mercenary defense organization to help keep it from falling to the dreaded unification movement.
As a commissioned lieutenant assigned to the Delta Squadron, you are about to embark on a series of over 20 missions in very hostile territories. You have been brought on board because you are the best in the business: a crack pilot who can take out multiple bogeys without batting an eyelash. It is your aerial experience that Laconia is banking on, since you will be alone throughout the campaign.
After seeing your objectives on a 3D map of the surrounding territory, you will be able to take to the skies inside the cockpit of an F-5E Tiger II. The goal is neutralize the invading B1 bombers to save the city from destruction while keeping your plane in one piece. Once you complete the mission, you will be awarded cash and a record of your statistics, such as time of completion, number of kills, and ratio of hits with both your machine guns and missiles. The more fighters you down, the more cash you will receive to purchase planes such as the F-117A Nighthawk, A-10 Thunderbolt II, F-22 Raptor, MiG-29 Fulcrum, and the Russian prototype S-37 Berkut.
Each plane is rated in speed, power, defense, and mobility, and there are over 30 aircraft available to purchase with your hard-earned cash. There is one catch, however: Once you lose a plane, it is gone for good! You will then have to purchase a new plane to continue your mission unless there is one waiting for you in the hangar. Subsequent missions involve flying over the deadly sea trying to sink as many ships as you can, disabling military factories and tanker trucks to cripple the enemy's supply base, and seeking out an SR-71 spy plane to keep it from making contact with the unification forces.
A number of options are available to would-be pilots, including two control configurations (novice and expert), an option to assign button functions, and the ability to customize the heads-up display settings. Missions will end if one of the following occurs: Your plane's damage meter falls to zero, you crash into the land or sea, you move too far away from the target area, or you exceed the allotted time to complete an objective. If you manage to avoid these dangers and complete a mission, a replay will let you see all of the action from a number of perspectives. In order to save data, a VMU is required with at least 14 blocks of free space. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide
|AirForce Delta [Japanese Release]||Dreamcast|
|Deadly Skies [European Release]||Dreamcast|
|AirForce Delta||Game Boy Color|