According to the ESRB, this game contains: Mild Language, Violence

Parents have a few things to look out for. First of all, the control scheme and difficulty level are too much for younger kids, so aim this at the older ones. Secondly, the creatures die in small, bloody explosions that rain body parts, so that might put off people with an aversion to gore. Also, some of the voiceovers say things like "youre psychotic" or "youre such a murderer! I like that!", which might be of concern to some.

Gamers in general might be put off by the games rough technical edges and significant challenge on the Hard or Savage difficulties (which are two-thirds of the games length.) Otherwise, its a great dogfighting game with some excellent multiplayer options and good variety in the singleplayer events.

Fans of aerial combat definitely need to check out Savage Skies. The monster angle is pretty unique, but the control is tight and theres lots to do, so youll definitely get your moneys worth whether you like winged rats and flying eyeballs or not.

Guitar rock fans are in for a treat. The game was originally going to be called "Ozzys Black Skies", so that will probably give you a good idea of what kind of music to expect. Theres not as many tracks as I would have liked, but whats there is pretty decent headbanging stuff, along with a minor Zeppelin influence or two. Some may complain, but lets face it flight combat games just DONT sound right unless theres some squealing guitar in the background.

Deaf and hard of hearing gamers should be aware that there is no text for the intro or ending cutscenes, nor is there any text for the various pieces of information which pop up in the middle of the levels. Text is provided in the cutscenes between levels, however.

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