Microsoft Xbox 360 (PC, PS3)
ESRB rating: Teen
Review rating: 3.0 stars
Video games have evolved very quickly over the last 30 years to look better, control better, and offer complex scenarios. However, sometimes I just want some quick mindless entertainment. For times like these, "Thunder Wolves" is a fun alternative to slaying hordes of zombies.
Speaking of mindless entertainment, this game's story line is as bare-bones as possible. Players take on the role of a rookie helicopter pilot who's just joined the infamous Team-Wolf One. After a surprise attack, Team-Wolf One goes on the hunt for the nefarious terrorist known as "The Serpent." Apparently, it's going to take a plethora of ammunition and even more cheesy one-liners to take this bad guy down!
Just like most games in the '80s, the story becomes little more than an annoying delay between blowing stuff to smithereens. "Thunder Wolves" is a hyper-intense game where the explosions never let up and neither does the awful rock soundtrack. Promising pilots must undertake a variety of missions that range from destroying ammo dumps and fuel supplies to rescuing hostages to defending fellow troops, all while ... err ... raining hell on the enemy!
Fortunately, the game play has enough variety to keep players interested through the short four-hour campaign. Every helicopter sports powerful machine guns that never overheat as well as three different types of missiles. In addition, there are several copters to earn that each sport slightly different missile loadouts. When you add the ability to eject flares and use a quick speed burst to dodge missiles, the result is a high-octane experience that keeps players glued to the edge of their seat!
That is, until boring mini-games like on-rails shooting sections and sniping with horribly inaccurate controls bring the action to a screeching halt. At least the ability to control a tank is mildly interesting.
"Thunder Wolves" is over-the-top and nostalgic, but sadly, also forgettable.