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      18.05.2011 17:10

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      very good, very challenging yet very bad

      I bought this in the sales ages ago when nintendo 64 was the best thing you could get. It looked interesting but when I first started it, I was very dissapointed. I turned it off and thought at least it was cheap and I hadn´t wasted to much money. A couple of days later I decided to give it another go and then I ended up playing it for almost an hour.

      Despite the crap graphics, the annoying music and the sometimes stupid missions - it´s very more-ish. You want to clear the next level, you want to get good marks and you want to find out what the next challenge is - why I have no idea, as it´s not a particulary brilliant game.

      The different characters you can play are quite funny and the sounds the make sometimes makes me laough out loud.

      You can paraglide, drive a gyrokopter, be a human cannonball and a few other things.

      Like I said, I really don´t know why I like it, as there are so many things not to like - yet you sit there hour after hour trying to make the perfect landing with your paraglide.

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      05.03.2010 00:05
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      "Pilotwings 64" is a simulation video game. It was first released for the Nintendo 64 in 1997 by Nintendo. In the United States, the game received a guidance rating of "K-A" which deemed it appropriate for all ages.

      In this video game, the player assumes the role of one of six trainee pilots. It is his or her objective to complete assigned mission tasks, such as flying through rings, taking photographs, or using missiles to destroy hostile enemies, using different vehicles. Initially, the player has access to three different vehicles which include a hang glider, jet pack, and a small engine helicopter known as the gyrocopter. Each mode of transportation features a very unique handling system which is difficult to master in the early stages of the game. The gyrocopter, for example, is very easy to control but requires a considerably long time to decelerate which makes landing difficult. This is in sharp contrast to the hang glider which is very responsive to turning commands but may willingly crash into nearby objects despite its low flying speed. As players successfully complete missions they will gain pilot badges based on the number of points which they have received in the mission, and accumulating these badges grants access to more difficult levels of play which include more rigid piloting standards and mission objectives. These badges also unlock hidden vehicles in the game such as the more comical "human cannonball" mode of play.

      While the gameplay experience is fun and engaging, I found the controls to be very sensitive. This is particularly useful for vehicles such as the hang glider which require quick and active responses to catch an updraft for additional speed, however I find the high level of sensitivity is most noticeable when using the jet pack. Even when using the heaviest characters who suggest better handling at the cost of excessive fuel consumption, my jet pack would willingly careen and slide all over the place when turning. Many jet pack missions require that the player stay elevated after starting and any collisions with buildings or the ground will incur a point penalty. Because the sudden turns led to immediate yet jerky movement, I needlessly found myself slamming into objects which did not allow me to progress to the next stage of play due to several penalties.

      The graphics are presented from a trailing view of the player's character. Throughout my playing experience, I did not note any obvious areas of slowdown which is paramount to flight related simulations. Control commands executed themselves simultaneously with my issuance and I was able to see where my vehicle was traveling as it tilted and swayed through the air. The land below, based on regions in the United States, appears dazzling though is not fully experienced due to the high altitudes at which the player will travel. The soundtrack is somewhat minimalistic in comparison to the visuals. Short, repetitive rock-like instrumentals follow the player but are often drowned out behind the much louder hiss of a jetpack or rumble of a gyrocopter's engine.

      Pilotwings 64 provided me with an exceptional gameplay experience. The simple yet quirky mission requirements are an excellent break from the perceived norm of the genre, and I had a great time playing my way through what the video game had to offer. I would happily recommend this title to prospective buyers.

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      13.05.2009 12:03
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      A great game that every N64 owner should play through at least once.

      Pilot Wings.

      This was one of the first games I got on the N64. At first I thought it was a little dull, but that was before I became engrosed with its tight and addictive gameplay.

      There are three modes in which you travel differently to get points. Unlocking extras through achieving a set amount of points via medal's (Bronze, Silver, and Gold) is something more games should be using. And I don't just mean sport games.

      This game has you flying all over the place, my favourite form being the jetpack. The gaming world and its locations are beautiful and a job to explore. As is using the camera in some of the levels.

      It really is a simple game but offers so much enjoyment and it is a game that keeps you coming back for more trying to achieve that perfect score.

      The graphics for its time are superb, the music score too as well as the game play. It is one of those N64 titles that will be remembered as a classic and real fans will long for a "next generation" sequel.

      I think it offers fun for all ages and people who don't usually play games would also enjoy it too. It offers a certain charm and really is alone in a genre of its own. I've never played anything like it.

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      10.05.2006 13:16
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      good game

      i thikn pilot wings 64 (nintendo64) is good game because with friend you can kill the time especially in the summer and to have fun during the adventure of the game because you have to complete some mission which they become difficult and hard to achieve and that what make the game more interesting is the ability to carry on all the mission so this game is good game to forget the time and not to be bored without doing anything.

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        29.10.2004 21:50
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        Introduction
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        Pilot Wings64 first made itself onto the scene's in 1997 here in the U.K. Pilot Wings was one of the launch titles on the Nintendo 64, but was never really noticed much due to Super Mario 64 stealing all of the headlines. I first played Pilot-wings on the SNES, I wasn't really a big fan of this game then, but would this game make any impact on me?

        How to play
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        The idea behind this game is easy enough, you choose from one of three wind-propelled vehicles. Then you have set tasks, some tasks will be getting you to fly then land on a certain target, others will be taking pictures of a certain land mark or buildings in a set time limit.

        Characters
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        There are six available characters First there is Lark and Kiwi who are the lightest characters, they are easy and have good acceleration.
        Secondly there is Goose and Ibis These the medium weight characters; they can travel faster then Lark and Kiwi. Third there is Hawk and robin the Heaviest but they take a while to build are the speed and controlling them is a bit harder because of this.



        Vehicles
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        There are three vehicles available to choose from, each with their own control settings and levels.

        The first vehicle is the Hang Glider. This is probably the easiest one to control, Judging the speed is quite a simple process, the wind conditions play a major part while controlling this vehicle. The movement is quite realistic. You use this vehicle in the missions where you have to take photos of Buildings or artifacts or something in the scenery.

        The Second vehicle is the Rocket Belt; I found this the hardest one to control out of the three, the speed seemed really hard to judge, but saying that the handling is realistic. This vehicle reminds me of some of the vehicles I used in the game called Blast Corps. These were really hard to use but once you got the hang of them they were really rewarding. You use this vehicle to land on certain buildings in a certain time limit.

        The Third Vehicle is the Gyrocopter this is probably the most fun vehicle to use, especially if you like blowing stuff up because you get to use missiles with this little baby to shoot down certain buildings and objects. This is easy to control and the speed is easy to maintain. You use this vehicle to destroy buildings and artifacts.

        Controls
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        Now I will tell you a little about the controls, the vehicles each have slightly different controls, but are similar on the whole. You use the Control stick to control all of the vehicles, you press up and down to make you vehicles Descend this will make them speed up or ascend this will reduce the speed of the vehicles, You press right and left to move around. The A Button Is use to increase Speed and the b Button is used to decrease speed on the Gyrocopter, On the Rocket belt the A and B button gives you to different speed levels for the Rocket belt, On The Hang Glider the A and b buttons are used to Air brake or for when you are landing. The Z button does a different command with each vehicle, it, either Takes Photo’s or Activates the Air brake hover or it activates the Missiles. The c Button’s allow you to look up down left or right, pressing the R button will change the camera angle.

        The Courses
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        You play your mission’s on one of four Islands’ (Holiday Island, Ever-Frost Island, Crescent Island, Little States) these are each Varied in style and the graphical appearance, The best graphically is Ever-frost Island The ice effects are brilliant and It looks very realistic, I found Crescent Island the easiest to navigate myself around, Little states is a small version of the united states.

        The Classes and Badges
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        There are four level classes Beginner Class, A Class, B Class, and Pilot Class each level gets progressively harder.. You Have to complete the mission in a level to be able to do the mission within a higher level, To start with the missions do come across quite easy, but once you get to B class and Pilot class they become a lot harder. You get a Badge (Bronze, Silver, Gold) Depending on what Score you get Gold beginning the highest you can achieve, once you complete all the classes you will be given Extra game Modes.

        Extra
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        Birdman
        You can earn yourself Birdman by getting a silver badge or better with using all three vehicles in each class. Birdman is a great fun to use and is a great little extra this extends the lifespan of the game.

        Cannon Ball
        This is where you fire one of the 6 characters out of a cannon ball at a target, there are three levels in this mode to complete them you must get a maximum of 25 points each round, This is another fun extra to play and is really funny watching one of the character smack in to a target.

        Sky Diving
        Now to my favourite extra, this is where you sky dive with 3 other computer aided characters, you have to do formations with them, the more formations you do before landing the better your score will be, but you have to release your parachute and land on a target this can be very hard to master. This is really good fun and I was doing this for ages but kept messing up I’m not to bad now though.

        Graphics
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        The thing you have to remember now is that this game was made 8 years ago, so how does it compare to games nowadays in this department, Well not badly the graphics still match a lot of games on today’s next generation machine’s and look super realistic I love the level where you get to see the whale and the mountainous views are breathe taking.

        Sound
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        The music in this game is suitable for this type of game nothing to surprising but does it job well enough. On the other hand I think the sound effects are brilliant the vehicles themselves sound realistic, and the noises in the background are good also.

        Playability
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        This is a very playable game adjusting to each vehicles settings, will take a while to get use to but because they all use the same basic control settings this will make it easier to get use them. Taking the photos and firing the missiles can get a bit frustrating if you mistimed it. The movement feels very realistic but at the same time they haven’t over done the realism so it is still easy to play.

        Overall
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        This game will linger in my mind for a long time, only the second game to be released on the Nintendo64 and what a great game it is, the graphics are flawless and will leave you amazed and you will wonder why the nintendo64 was never so successful in comparison to the Playstation. The music in the game isn’t the greatest but where this is lacking the sound effects make up for this. The playability is quite is easy to get use to but it will take time getting used to each vehicles own settings. With the missions and the extra modes available you will be playing this game for a long time. If you are looking for something a little different from the run of the mill games pick up this great title, if you have blast corps, you will love this game.
        I give this game 5 out of 5 stars you can probably get this game for about £5 second hand well worth it.
        I first wrote this in CIao under the same name ;)

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          10.01.2001 19:53

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          Pilot wings 64 is the sequel to Pilot Wings on the SNES, which was in it`s turn an excellent game. The idea of the game is that you get given a selection of missions to complete with a variety of flying craft, and depending on how well you do you can get access to some extra levels. The extra levels include things like firing yourself out of a cannon trying to hit a target and wearing special bouncey boots. The flying machines you use to complete missions include parachutes, jet packs and hang-cliders. You also get to fly a microlite armed with rockets, and you get to fly around and shoot at a huge nasty robot doing damage. The graphics aren`t too hot in the game - it came out a long time ago and the graphics and sound are both looking very dated these days. Even with this drawback the gameplay is still good fun.

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          01.12.2000 08:37

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          This is quite a groovy little game, even though it is getting on in years to say the very least. The graphics look so out of date it is rediculous, but the gamepla is still there, and that is the most important thing by far in my not-so-humble opinion. The game itself takes the form of a series of different tasks you need to perform, anything from flying a hang-glider to a certain height to flying a microlight through a series of rings. All good fun, although they can get more than a bit tricky towards the end of the game. Considering how old this game is, you should be able to pick it up for next to nothing. DO IT! You won`t regret buying this game.

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          25.11.2000 10:02

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          I love this game! It is a sequel to PilotWings on the SNES, and just takes the game to the next level - 3D! In the game you fly micro-lights, parachutes, jet packs ad more. You shoot yourself out of cannons and put on springy boots! You do all kinds of weird stuff that just adds to the variety. The game itself gives you missions to perform using different vehicles, like flying the jetpack through a number of hoops, and gives you points based on your performance. The better you do the more points you get and the more extra bonus levels you get access to. Because this game is so old you`ll probably be able to get it very cheap. If you like weird games that are just plain fun then try and pick it up - I doubt you`ll regret your decision. Just remember it is old and the grapics won`t be brilliant!

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          07.09.2000 08:06

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          This is a supremely original game. The basic premise revolves around performing a number of diverse tasks relating to the use of a variety of flying machines. All sorts of oddities allow you to take to the air, from a biplane to jumping boots, and the tasks range from flying through hoops to photographing fires. Based around a central island, Pilotwings shows off the capabilites of the N64 to present an explorable, beautiful world. Supremely chilled out in feel, there really isn't a game like Pilotwings, and as such it will be hated by some people. Give it a while, however, and this unique game really wins you over.

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          06.08.2000 06:18
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          How come the N64 launch games, Mario 64 and Pilotwings, didn’t need loads of fogging like other N64 games??? Anyway, the graphics on this game are very good, and in general this is a very original and very entertaining game. I always thought that this game sounded boring, manoeuvring various air-borne vehicles between hoops and such, but in practice this is fantastic fun, mostly because it’s quite a challenge! Also, added replay value comes in Birdman mode. I never thought that a competition with my mates to create the most artistic photograph would be such fun! It is! This game is! You must try this!

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          20.07.2000 17:14
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          And it’s called Pilotwings 64. The original game was pretty good the controls were crisp, the graphics (for it day) were clear and its playability was second to none. Now for the update, with improved graphics, bigger arenas, more missions, more difficulty levels, and even speech. This game should have been as big as the SNES classic, but it wasn't for one reason, its not as playable. The way it is controlled, you never really feel as though you actually directly controlling the pilot. The response just doesn't feel right. It’s hard to pin point it but there’s something not quite right. Maybe it’s the analogue control, I don't know. Lets not dwell on the only real bad point of an otherwise good quality and well-produced game. It has all the fun of the original. There are many options and different game to play. My favourite is Parachuting, although the human cannon and landing the light aircraft is fun. To be honest sequels or newer versions are never as good, some would argue against that, fair enough, but it’s true. Look at Mario Kart on the SNES and N64, the SNES had a fresh appeal, and although the N64 had 4 players (something I always wanted on the SNES) it again didn't feel right. Overall it’s a very good game that let down by the fact it’s a sequel and an iffy control system. Worth buying if it’s on sale or renting.

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            28.06.2000 05:49

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            I reccommended this to a friend and he hated it but I think its alright, well its original anyway. During the game you get to fly a few diffent vehicles such as a handgluider. The objective is to try and complete the different tasks to gain medals. You get percentage for your performance and this gives you the different medels e.g 75% and over will give you a gold medal. One of the missions for example is to fly a gluider going through all the rings and landing directly in the middle of the landing pad. Another is to fire yourself out of a cannon and get as near as possible to hitting the centre of the target. You also have the chance to explore the well created landscapes to take photos which you also get marked on. The game is like nothing else and contains good graphics and is easy enough to pick up although it doesn't really offer anything great, so doesn't make you feel you have to come back for more. Maybe worth renting.

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            24.06.2000 00:58
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            I feel priviledged to do the first review on Pilotwings. This was one of the first game to be released with this console, yet it is a classic flying game. It is a cross between a simulator and a mission game. You get to choose from a range of aircraft- the rocket one is the best. You have to complete the brilliant missions in the quickest possible time and with the least possible mistakes in order to get a medal. There are a range of medals- Bronze, Silver and Gold with other awards for a particularly good mission. This is an excellent game and you could probably find it 2nd hand quite cheaply!

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