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F.A.S.T.

For: iPhone

Fantastic, awesome, stupendous, terrific

Product: F.A.S.T. - Fleet Air Superiority Tactics | Developer: Revo Solutions | Publisher: SGN | Format: iPhone | Genre: Shooter, Simulation | Players: 1-4 | Networking: wireless (network), Bluetooth | Version: Europe | App version: 1.5
 
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In the western world, fighter pilots epitomise just one thing: Top Gun.

In an age that offers a celluloid reference point for everything from running a barbershop to working as a mall security officer, the filmic consensus, ill-informed though it may be, is that being a fighter pilot is all about cocky remarks, synth-led power ballads and simmering homoerotic tension.

F.A.S.T., which stands for Fleet Air Superiority Training, leaves these entertaining dramatisations of the profession on the cutting room floor. Though it achieves genuinely exhilarating aeronautics, F.A.S.T. could probably benefit from some hammy acting, a rollicking 'Go USA!' rock and roll theme tune, and some cheesy pictures of a pilot looking moody in a pair of aviator shades.

But already we're being too harsh. The slightly austere front-end presentation does little to diminish F.A.S.T.'s stunning in-game graphics, exciting dogfights and full complement of aircraft, modes, and features.

The controls are handled via responsive, smooth accelerometer input, with onscreen buttons taking care of firing missiles, accelerating, braking and changing the viewing angle.

The layout is uncluttered and the transparent, line-drawn buttons cede almost all of the screen's real estate to the jaw-dropping action.

Seldom has an iPhone game looked quite so impressive. There's lens flare, 3D clouds, a convincing feeling of scale and speed, oceans that reflect sunlight, explosions, vapour trails that linger in the air, and detailed, real-life aircraft models.

The locations are varied, too, ranging from windswept tundra plains to verdant, volcanic island seascapes. The combined effect is a bar setter on the platform.

The single player mode, Exercises, is mostly a training pen for the multiplayer Competitions. To this end, dogfights are the order of the day and the mission structure doesn't really vary much beyond locating the targets and blasting them out of the sky.

Repetitive though it sounds, choosing the right aircraft to pit against your foes and mastering the weapons - which include radar guided missiles, heat seeking missiles and 20mm cannon - is a consistently satisfying challenge.

Each craft handles very differently, and outmaneuvering the opposition takes tactics patience and practice. This is what keeps the challenge alive, with each freshly unlocked aircraft redefining your place in the skies. Even so, it's hard not to wish for some air to ground combat single player missions to arrive via an update at some point.

The multiplayer modes are in many ways the main event. There are 1v1 and 2v2 wi-fi dogfight options and you can even create you're own room to hold private online matches between you and your friends. For face-to-face matches, there's Bluetooth support.

A global online rankings board and Facebook Connect integration round off an already comprehensive set of online options, placing F.A.S.T. among the friendliest online games out there.

The tone might be a little too serious and the single player campaign could do with a tiny drop more variation, but F.A.S.T. is so gorgeous, so much fun to play and so packed with brilliant online modes that it can't be mistaken for anything other than the best of the best in its genre.
 
F.A.S.T.
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Fraser MacInnes | 25 June 2009
F.A.S.T. looks great and plays like a dream, whether you're flying solo or with a wing man. Dog fights have arrived on the iPhone
 
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Anonymous | 07:11 - 26 January 2010
I played another game"i-quest", but I cannot operate it very well. I want to learn from you. Who has tried it ?(http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/i-quest/id350521184?mt=8). ^ ^
Anonymous | 23:17 - 25 January 2010
How is this game scored? win get 2 loose, loose 30
Anonymous | 01:20 - 31 December 2009
Brilliant!
Anonymous | 22:31 - 21 November 2009
cant get past level 16
Anonymous | 17:05 - 25 June 2009
There seems to be a lot of chatter that the much anticipated and advertised update for this game will add purchaseable upgrades (instead of more interesting missions) that will slant the versus modes toward those willing to pay the most money. I assume this is because this is the same developer who brought us agency wars and mafia and such. Anyone here worried?
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Fraser | 11:33 - 25 June 2009
It can be a bit quiet at times, but if enough people buy the game, hopefully that will become less of an issue over time.
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adi_pie | 09:41 - 25 June 2009
This sounds quite fun, will definitely have to try this one, when or if I can ever get my iPod back T_T
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Damien McFerran | 08:32 - 25 June 2009
Wow. Just wow. Big fan of the Ace Combat series so might have to check this one out.
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