History VideoGame / CrimsonSkies

6th Aug '17 3:10:41 PM YT45
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* BiggerStick: In the PC game, completing missions gave you money which you could use to upgrade your existing plane or buy a new one custom-built to your specifications, choosing what engines and armament to bolt onto each airframe. Bigger engines offer greater top speed at the cost of increased weight, reducing maneuverability and rate of climb, while smaller ones keep you nimble but won't win any races. .30-cal machine guns have [[MoreDakka lots of ammo and a high rate of fire]], which makes it easier to land a hit on a rolling, jinking target--but it takes a lot of hits to make a dent. [[{{BFG}}.60- and .70-cals]] will handily deconstruct whatever they connect with, but are heavy as concrete and aren't exactly user-friendly. [[JackOfAllStats Regular old Browning .50s]] split the difference pretty well, but you can easily find yourself wishing for a more specialized arsenal. The end result is that you can build a plane that is capable of killing anything in the skies, provided you know how to fly it effectively.
* BlandNameProduct: Generally averted. Boeing, Ford, and other real-life companies involved in aeronautics in the 1930s are mentioned by name in the game itself and reference material.

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* BiggerStick: In the PC game, completing missions gave you money which you could use to upgrade your existing plane or buy a new one custom-built to your specifications, choosing what engines and armament to bolt onto each airframe. Bigger engines offer greater top speed at the cost of increased weight, reducing maneuverability and rate of climb, while smaller ones keep you nimble but won't win any races. .30-cal machine guns have [[MoreDakka lots of ammo and a high rate of fire]], which makes it easier to land a hit on a rolling, jinking target--but it takes a lot of hits to make a dent. [[{{BFG}}.[[{{BFG}} .60- and .70-cals]] will handily deconstruct whatever they connect with, but are heavy as concrete and aren't exactly user-friendly. [[JackOfAllStats Regular old Browning .50s]] split the difference pretty well, but you can easily find yourself wishing for a more specialized arsenal. The end result is that you can build a plane that is capable of killing anything in the skies, provided you know how to fly it effectively.
* BlandNameProduct: Generally averted. Boeing, Ford, and other real-life companies involved in aeronautics in the 1930s are mentioned by name in the game itself and reference material.
6th Aug '17 3:10:20 PM YT45
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* BiggerStick: In the PC game, completing missions gave you money which you could use to upgrade your existing plane or buy a new one custom-built to your specifications. The end result is that you can build a plane that is capable of killing anything in the skies.

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* BiggerStick: In the PC game, completing missions gave you money which you could use to upgrade your existing plane or buy a new one custom-built to your specifications. specifications, choosing what engines and armament to bolt onto each airframe. Bigger engines offer greater top speed at the cost of increased weight, reducing maneuverability and rate of climb, while smaller ones keep you nimble but won't win any races. .30-cal machine guns have [[MoreDakka lots of ammo and a high rate of fire]], which makes it easier to land a hit on a rolling, jinking target--but it takes a lot of hits to make a dent. [[{{BFG}}.60- and .70-cals]] will handily deconstruct whatever they connect with, but are heavy as concrete and aren't exactly user-friendly. [[JackOfAllStats Regular old Browning .50s]] split the difference pretty well, but you can easily find yourself wishing for a more specialized arsenal. The end result is that you can build a plane that is capable of killing anything in the skies.skies, provided you know how to fly it effectively.
* BlandNameProduct: Generally averted. Boeing, Ford, and other real-life companies involved in aeronautics in the 1930s are mentioned by name in the game itself and reference material.



* FemmeFatale: Justine of the Medusas and the Black Swan in the PC game. [[spoiler: Maria Sanchez in the Xbox game.]]

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* FemmeFatale: Justine of the Medusas and the Black Swan (who assists Zachary in later missions after having fought him early on) in the PC game. [[spoiler: Maria Sanchez in the Xbox game.]]



** Said airplanes are deployed and retrieved on a [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/74/F9C-2_Sparrowhawk_fighter.jpg trapeze hook]], [[AluminumChristmasTrees a very real technique]] for operating aircraft from zeppelins.

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** Said airplanes are deployed and retrieved on a [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/74/F9C-2_Sparrowhawk_fighter.jpg trapeze hook]], [[AluminumChristmasTrees a very real technique]] used by the US Navy for operating fighter aircraft from zeppelins.zeppelins in the 1930s.



* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Including, but not at all limited to, Howard Hughes and Nikola Tesla. Zachary [[AllThereInTheManual apparently]] was taught to fly by Captain Eddie Rickenbacker. Though he never appears, Hitler pops up in several cutscene conversations.



* [[LethalJokeCharacter Lethal Joke Plane]]: The Balmoral Bomber from the PC game is slow, clumsy and generally the absolute last choice for a multiplayer dogfight (see MightyGlacier below). However, there's a couple of ways to customize it into a shockingly lethal gun platform.

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* [[LethalJokeCharacter Lethal Joke Plane]]: The RAF Balmoral Bomber from the PC game is slow, clumsy and generally the absolute last choice for a multiplayer dogfight (see MightyGlacier below). However, there's a couple of ways to customize it into a shockingly lethal gun platform.
22nd May '17 7:43:19 PM clockworkred
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* CriticalExistenceFailure: Your plane will [[ShowsDamage start smoking and sputtering]] as it takes hits, but you're only forced to bail out when all sections of your plane are destroyed.


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* HighSpeedHijack: The second PC mission has you stealing a [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal British Balmoral Bomber]], in mid-air, by having Zachary jump out of his airplane, climb into the bomber, and punch out its pilot and crewmen.


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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The PC game names its missions in the vein of "Nathan Zachary and X", where "X" is whatever you're fighting or doing for that mission, e.g. "The Lost Treasure," "The Pirate's Duel," or "The Nefarious Trap." These give the game a sort of radio-drama feel.
22nd May '17 7:17:24 PM clockworkred
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* HeKnowsTooMuch: The PC game has you protecting [[spoiler:a Sacred Trust accountant]] so he can testify against his corrupt employer.



* JustBetweenYouAndMe: When the Black Hats capture the Fortune Hunter and Black Swan pilots, they decide to brag about their latest secret plan to the prisoners. [[LampshadeHanging Zachary is incredulous that the Black Hats would even do something like that.]]



* RunForTheBorder: In the PC game, the Fortune Hunters manage to expose [[spoiler: Sacred Trust's corrupt dealings.]] Some of the members decide to load up zeppelins with whatever they can grab and run for international waters, while the Fortune Hunters try to foil their escape.



* StoryBreadcrumbs: Your progress in the PC game is tracked by use of a scrapbook/ledger, which documents your kills and earned money. It also picks up newspaper clippings, telegrams, and other mementos of your feats of derring-do, giving context to your actions. If you scroll the scrapbook all the way to the beginning, you can even find a page [[AllThereInTheManual describing events that happened before the game.]] These include a newspaper clipping describing [[RichesToRags Nathan Zachary lighting a cigar with his last dollar during the Stock Market Crash]] and [[ScoundrelCode the Code of the Fortune Hunters]].

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* StoryBreadcrumbs: Your progress in the PC game is tracked by use of a scrapbook/ledger, which documents your kills and earned money. It also picks up newspaper clippings, telegrams, and other mementos of your feats of derring-do, giving context to your actions. If you scroll the scrapbook all the way to the beginning, you can even find a page [[AllThereInTheManual describing events that happened before the game.]] These include a newspaper clipping describing [[RichesToRags Nathan Zachary lighting a cigar with his last dollar during the Stock Market Crash]] and [[ScoundrelCode [[HonorAmongThieves the Code of the Fortune Hunters]].


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* SubsystemDamage: Zeppelins in the PC game can have their turrets shot out to reduce their defenses, or their engines destroyed to reduce their speed. Most zeppelin attack missions involve you crippling the target zep's engines.
22nd May '17 7:06:17 PM clockworkred
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* GentlemanThief: Nathan Zachary, the Gentleman Pirate.



* [[GoodWeaponEvilWeapon Good Planes, Evil Planes]]: Downplayed. There's a fair bit o mixing going on, but you'll be more likely to see Peacemakers in the hands of "good guys" and Brigands and Kestrels in the hands of pirates.

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* [[GoodWeaponEvilWeapon Good Planes, Evil Planes]]: Downplayed. There's a fair bit o of mixing going on, but you'll be more likely to see Peacemakers in the hands of "good guys" and Brigands and Kestrels in the hands of pirates.pirates.
** [[spoiler: The German forces and the corrupt Sacred Trust forces fly Hellhounds]]


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* JackOfAllStats: The Devastator in both the PC and Xbox games remains a good all-rounder aircraft throughout the game.


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* StoryBreadcrumbs: Your progress in the PC game is tracked by use of a scrapbook/ledger, which documents your kills and earned money. It also picks up newspaper clippings, telegrams, and other mementos of your feats of derring-do, giving context to your actions. If you scroll the scrapbook all the way to the beginning, you can even find a page [[AllThereInTheManual describing events that happened before the game.]] These include a newspaper clipping describing [[RichesToRags Nathan Zachary lighting a cigar with his last dollar during the Stock Market Crash]] and [[ScoundrelCode the Code of the Fortune Hunters]].
22nd May '17 6:53:17 PM clockworkred
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*ArbitraryMissionRestriction: Sometimes, you're forced to fly a particular craft for a mission.
** The PC version forces you to fly a stock Fury for an air race, and to fly a stock Hoplite to look for an enemy ace.
** The Xbox game has one mission where you have to bait an enemy zeppelin in an unarmed fighter, and sometimes throws you cargo collection missions, which only the Gyro can do.



* BigApplesauce: the final showdown between Nathan Zachary and BigBad Lucas Miles in the PC game takes place over New York City.

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* BigApplesauce: the The final showdown between Nathan Zachary and BigBad Lucas Miles in the PC game takes place over New York City.


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* FragileSpeedster: The Peacemaker and Bloodhawk fighters, along with the Hoplite autogyro, are on the lighter end of the spectrum, relying on their speed and agility in dogfights.


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* GrandTheftPrototype: One mission has the Fortune Hunters steal a prototype fighter (fitted with a NitroBoost engine) right from Boeing Field.
* [[GoodWeaponEvilWeapon Good Planes, Evil Planes]]: Downplayed. There's a fair bit o mixing going on, but you'll be more likely to see Peacemakers in the hands of "good guys" and Brigands and Kestrels in the hands of pirates.


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* NitroBoost: The PC has you stealing a [[FragileSpeedster Bloodhawk]] equipped with one of these. Eventually you can make airplanes with one of these fitted.


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** Some aircraft, like the [[MightyGlacier Balmoral]], Kestrel, Brigand, and Hellhound, have rear turrets that can scratch up your fighter if you're not careful.


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* StormingTheCastle: Zachary and the Fortune Hunters blitz the Black Hat's mountain base to rescue the Black Swan. They end up leveling the place, pinching a stock of Aerial Torpedoes, and Zachary nicks a Black Hat Warhawk to boot.
16th May '17 4:34:46 AM HouseLyrander
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* LuckBasedMission: One level forces you to search different locations to find [[spoiler:[[HistoricalDomainCharacter John Wilkes Boothe]]]] and if you check the wrong spot you have to fight off some enemy planes before resuming the search. Which of the 4 possible hiding spots he's using is random but that's not the real problem. The real problem is that you're forced to fly a [[JokeCharacter Ford Hoplite Autogyro]] armed with [[ScrappyWeapon .30-cal machine guns]] and very few rockets and you don't get any backup until you find the right hiding spot. The game wants you to use your superior handling and small size to weave through tight areas and get behind enemy planes but everyone except for [[spoiler: Boothe]] has rear mounted guns that can tear you to shreds so if you don't guess right the first time you're screwed. Thankfully, you can [[AntiFrustrationFeatures skip the level if you lose enough times.]]
30th Oct '16 4:35:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* BadAss: Nathan Zachary
18th Mar '16 1:46:49 PM Marzhin93
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the PC game, after stealing the "Spruce Goose" plane, the Fortune Hunters arrange to sell it through a fence. While the transaction happens off screen, the player can read a message from the fence warning the plane was bought by some very shady men who paid with [[spoiler:German]] gold. Guess who's [[spoiler: doing business with the Reich]]? Yep, [[spoiler: the game's BigBad]].

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the PC game, after stealing the "Spruce Goose" plane, the Fortune Hunters arrange to sell it through a fence. While the transaction happens off screen, the player can read a message from the fence warning the plane was bought by some very shady men who paid with [[spoiler:German]] [[spoiler:[[ForeignMoneyIsProofOfGuilt German]]]] gold. Guess who's [[spoiler: doing business with the Reich]]? Yep, [[spoiler: the game's BigBad]].
18th Mar '16 4:34:53 AM Marzhin93
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* EnemyChatter: enemy pirates, militia planes, zeppelins, ground forces and naval forces will taunt you over the radio, talk to each other, etc..
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