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Helicopter Simulator 2014: Search and Rescue

If you are like me, you tune in to holiday sales with a bit of cynicism and hope that you’ll be surprised by some game that either you never knew about, or one that you had been waiting to come down in price. So it was late November when Helicopter Simulator 2014: Search & Rescue came across my Amazon deals list for the whopping price of $2.49. Two-fiddy and another fiver buys you breakfast at McDonald’s and a flight simulator?! Sign me up!

Now, before we get started, let’s take a look at some of the comments on Steam for this gem, because it is worth knowing what the public perception of this game is prior to plunking down your hard earned not quite three bucks.

No, just no. Another one of these damn horrible “simulators”. – Carrythxd

This game is quite honestly not worth the money… this is NOT a simulation game… not even remotely. Helicopter is nearly impossible to fly and controls don’t make any sense. My worst buy ever!! – Paladriaan

Terrible controls, bad graphics and boring gameplay. Avoid at all costs. Not even worth it during a Steam sale, just stay far away from this trainwreck.- [LEU] Serin

Well, you get the gist. Nearly all of the “reviews” list control problems with the helo, poor graphics, and boring gameplay. But did they give it a fair shake? Let’s explore….

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  • Helicopter Simulator 2014: Search and Rescue

    Become an emergency pilot and test your skills to their limits, as you sit in the cockpit of an emergency helicopter, across more than 40 challenging missions.
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    Developer: VipaGames Publisher: Ultimate Games S.A.
    Genre: Simulation
    Languages: English, French, Italian, German, Czech, Dutch, Hungarian, Polish
    Tags: Simulation (87), Flight (16), Singleplayer (12), Great Soundtrack (12), Casual (11), Action (11), Indie (11), Atmospheric (9), Realistic (9), Relaxing (8), Strategy (7), Adventure (7), Action-Adventure (6), Exploration (5), Open World (5)
    Category: Single-player, Steam Achievements, Partial Controller Support
    Release date: Feb 28, 2014
    Price: .69 90%
    Old userscore: 30% Owners: 20,000 .. 50,000
    Followers: 496
    Peak concurrent players yesterday: 1
    Playtime total: 00:30 (average) 00:30 (median)

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    Helicopter Simulator 2014: Search and Rescue

    Become an emergency pilot and test your skills to their limits, as you sit in the cockpit of an emergency helicopter, across more than 40 challenging missions. Choose from 8 models of ‘copter, each varying in size, ability and specs.
    Fighting forest fires, communication failures, and conducting perilous search & rescue missions are just the start. you’ll face many more natural disasters throughout your missions.

    Features:

    • 8 different helicopters
    • 45 various missions
    • over 200km2 of terrain
    • changing weather conditions
    • well-balanced filight controls

    System Requirements:

    Steam account required for game activation and installation

    Minimum:
    OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    Processor: Core 2 Duo 1.8GHz or AMD equivalent
    Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    Graphics: 1024 MB GeForce 9600GT or Radeon equivalent
    DirectX: Version 9.0c
    Hard Drive: 2700 MB available space
    Sound Card: OpenAL compatible

    Recommended:
    OS: Windows XP SP3 / Vista / 7 / 8
    Processor: Core i5 or AMD equivalent
    Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    Graphics: 1024 MB GeForce GTS 450 or Radeon equivalent
    DirectX: Version 9.0c
    Hard Drive: 2700 MB available space
    Sound Card: OpenAL compatible

    Language Support:
    Interface: English, French, Italian, German, Czech, Dutch, Hungarian, Polish

    Full Audio: English

    Subtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Czech, Dutch, Hungarian, Polish Show more Show less

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    First impressions

    There are at least three initial problems that set the pitchfork wielding masses into a frenzy upon starting this game. The first is that the controller setup process can be incredibly frustrating – usually for one simple reason: if your controllers are not centered, and all of the buttons are not showing a neutral state, you’re going to have a bad time of it. My Thrustmaster Warthog HOTAS has a couple dozen buttons and switches that have various resting states. Depending on where the switch is, it might be reporting to Windows an action. So in Search and Rescue (SAR henceforth), while you are in the controller configuration screen, both buttons and axes can screw around with your attempts to map if they are unknowingly sending inputs. Additionally, it seems the game was really made with a pad type controller in mind since assignments are generically labeled “button” and even the description of the controller when you use a joystick is “pad”. If your controller axis is even reporting the slightest movement, difficulty will ensue. For me, I had to ensure my Warthog throttle was in the mid-range and my CH Pro Pedals were not reporting any inputs. Provided everything is neutral, you can go ahead and map to your heart’s content. I feel this is the area where most gamers had the biggest problems and their patience level was near zero. Incorrect mapping of the controls means that the helos will either fight you as it responds to another axis you aren’t even using, or it will just go berserk as collective and cyclic get switched or reversed or any number of problems. A few minutes of patience and thoughtful assignment of buttons and you are good to go.

    The second obvious problem is the menu system itself looks pretty low rent. The options and pages are not capitalized or formatted very nicely.

    The third obvious problem (to me) is the title of the game. Helicopter Simulator. The word “simulator” has grown to encompass fairly liberal usage. Personally, I don’t care. Is it a simulator? Probably not as much as it is a game, but there are simulator type moments in it. The flight model is simplistic, the cockpits are nearly non-existent, and other than a few items such as auto-hover, winch activation, and a spotlight, there is no systems simulation. So immediately you have a group of people that probably bought the simulator and expected something akin to DCS Huey or the Aerosoft Huey X for FSX. Anyone who has been around the genre for a while would have probably had a more realistic expectation of something more along the lines of the old Search and Rescue 1 through 4 series. So essentially, one needs to go into the purchase with expectations of a $2.49 game that has helicopters in it. Attain that moment of Zen before double clicking the icon on your desktop and you will be in a much better place mentally to accept what is about to happen.

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  • Helicopter Simulator 2014: Search and Rescue

    Become an emergency pilot and test your skills to their limits, as you sit in the cockpit of an emergency helicopter, across more than 40 challenging missions.
    Store | Hub | SteamDB | Site
    Developer: VipaGames Publisher: Ultimate Games S.A.
    Genre: Simulation
    Languages: English, French, Italian, German, Czech, Dutch, Hungarian, Polish
    Tags: Simulation (87), Flight (16), Singleplayer (12), Great Soundtrack (12), Casual (11), Action (11), Indie (11), Atmospheric (9), Realistic (9), Relaxing (8), Strategy (7), Adventure (7), Action-Adventure (6), Open World (5), Exploration (5)
    Category: Single-player, Steam Achievements, Partial Controller Support
    Release date: Feb 28, 2014
    Price: .69 90%
    Old userscore: 30% Owners: 20,000 .. 50,000
    Followers: 496
    Peak concurrent players yesterday: 1
    Playtime total: 00:30 (average) 00:30 (median)

    Steam Spy is still in beta, so expect major bugs.

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