Following up our recent interview with Thunder Wolves’ lead designer József Borsics; Game Muse was invited to take an exclusive sneak peak at one of the earlier missions in what is shaping up to be the explosive, action-packed arcade shooter of the summer! Sit down, strap in and prepare to take off as we fly through the frenzied war zones of Thunder Wolves in our very special preview.
Tasked with the objective of destroying an enemy chemical factory, our first duty was to choose one of the nine helicopters, categorised into three distinct classes, best suited for the purpose. Forgoing the heavy armour of the support class and the rapid speed of the recon, we figured the more firepower the better and settled on a chopper of the attack variety, especially as it came with an incredibly fun remote guided missile that could decimate entire battlefields on a whim. In addition to our heavy machine guns, high explosive and heat-seeking rockets, we felt overpowered for all of a brief handful of seconds before enemies filled the screen thick and fast.
Amid the booming sounds of gunfire and radio chatter we took out an enemy outpost filled with ground troops, guard towers, artillery and battle trucks. The whole spectacle looked fantastic with large, colourful explosions and destructible scenery that fell apart from bombardments of bullets, missiles and rockets. With the outpost turned to dust we then experienced one of Thunder Wolves exciting on-rail sections as our co-pilot swerved us through a construction yard, narrowly missing pipes and walkways, while we manned the machine guns to take out the enemies below. Once more the action was wonderfully frantic and, after cutting back to give us full control of our aircraft, leapt right into what could be considered a mini-boss battle against two vicious enemy helicopters.
It was here, during the dogfight, that the smooth and rapid controls became apparent. Having the ability to strife and race through the battlefield made Thunder Wolves feel more akin to the Burnout series than a combat flight simulator, ideal for an arcade title like this one. Not long after the copter bros. were sent crashing to the ground we were then sent to retrieve a package buried deep within an underground cave network. As you can imagine, large helicopters aren’t the ideal mode of transport so we switched to a smaller, recon class chopper and carefully navigated the confining cave walls as tanks, troops, gun emplacements and a very surprising boss encounter all set out to prevent us from reaching our goal.
We dare not spoil any more other than to say that the first mission was a wonderfully frantic introduction to a release that possesses all the makings of an excellent arcade blockbuster. Thunder Wolves is scheduled for a summer 2013 debut on Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and PC. Game Muse will keep you updated with all the latest developments but until then, check out Most Wanted Entertainment’s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Thunder.Wolves.Game and get ready to hum the Airwolf theme.