GamePro checked out the Xbox 360 version of MySims SkyHeroes a month ago at EA Redwood Shores Studio and has posted their preview online, sharing with us a few new tidbits of information. Here are a few fun facts about the game:
Players take the role of an amnesiac ace pilot recruited by a rebel group set on taking back the skies from the nefarious Morcubus and his evil corporation. As you progress through the story and complete certain challenges in levels, you find out more about your character’s backstory and bring the plot closer to a resolution that probably involves a boss sky battle with lasers.
The game forgoes puzzles in favor of races, speed challenges, and customization of planes. The customization options haven’t been finalized yet (e.g. custom decals, etc.), but an upgrade system is in place that has a significant impact on gameplay in the story mode.
The story mode missions take place on maps that range anywhere from tropical locations with volcanoes you can fly through to cityscapes with giant skyscrapers you need to avoid. There are eight kinds of power-ups and pickups that increase your speed, change what kind of projectile you fire, or inflict status ailments on your plane like flipping it upside down. You gain health by shooting down opponents.
The cityscape map we saw turned out to be a boss fight against a giant statue with laser eyes. The fight contained an optional mission objective to rescue a Sim from a force field to help you out with the boss fight; EA says that many levels will present these “branching story potentials.”
This is the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 debut for the MySims series. The game is also coming to Wii, and there’s a DS version with an alternate story perspective. EA partnered with developer Artificial Mind and Movement for the 360 and PS3 versions and is considering post-launch downloadable content for them.
EA sees the game as a “stepping stone for kids to explore online play” in that hazy age group between 9 and 13. To that end, they’re aiming for a 10-12 person online multiplayer cap and are set up for local cooperative play. All players are stuck with default planes in multiplayer instead of having access to their upgraded planes from the single-player.
EA is not sure whether or not the 360 or PS3 versions will use Natal or Move, yet. The Wii version allows you to use the Wii Remote as a joystick.
Take to the sky to lead the resistance against Morcubus and his drone army and to stop his plans to take over the skyways! MySims SkyHeroes is an all new adventure that brings the thrill and high-speed action of flying to the creative, immersive world of MySims.
Go from unknown pilot to celebrated hero as you defeat dangerous enemies in aerial dogfights, test your reflexes in fast-paced speed challenges, and take on massive enemy bosses that demand all your skill as a pilot to survive. As you progress, you build, customize and tune your aircraft to give you an edge in combat – upgrade your wings for swifter maneuvers, switch out your engine for a speed boost, or change the paint job to camouflage your plane and avoid enemy fire.
Face Morcubus’ drones with an ally in split-screen cooperative gameplay, or take the game online to challenge your friends in fun, competitive 12-player high speed action.
Morcubus and his drones must be stopped; will you rise to the challenge?
Key Features of Console Versions
Action-Packed Air Combat – Take on dangerous enemies in high speed air battles that range from dogfights to air raids to rescue missions
Intense Boss Battles – Take on Morcubus and his evil drones in epic boss battles
Full Plane Customization – Build & tune your aircraft to optimize it for battle
Local & Online multiplayer – Fly with or against up to 12 friends in split-screen co-op and online PvP gameplay
Thrilling Adventure Story—Become the Hero who defeats Morcubus and saves the skies from tyranny
Publisher: Electronic Arts Inc. Developer: The Sims Studio Ship Date: September 2010 Category: Action/Adventure Game Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS
Okay, my interest is rising. I’m not one for flight games but I may have to consider this one… These are from the Wii version by the way – which may or may not look the same for the other consoles (except the DS of course):