History VideoGame / CrimsonSkies

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..
18th Mar '16 4:31:36 AM Marzhin93
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* AdaptationInspiration: While the original board game and the first video game had a relatively consistent [[TechnologyLevels technology level]], the Xbox game, ''High Road to Revenge'', takes the DieselPunk vibe UpToEleven with [[SpiderTank Spider Mechs]], [[CoolAirship giant flying fortresses]] capable of eating entire zeppelins and [[ShockAndAwe Tesla weapons]]. By comparison, in the board game, UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla is said to be working on a new type of engine, but he doesn't have a working prototype yet.

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* AdaptationInspiration: While the original board game and the first video game had a relatively consistent [[TechnologyLevels technology level]], the Xbox game, ''High Road to Revenge'', takes the DieselPunk vibe UpToEleven with [[SpiderTank Spider Mechs]], [[CoolAirship giant flying fortresses]] capable of [[MegaMawManeuver eating entire zeppelins zeppelins]] and [[ShockAndAwe Tesla weapons]]. By comparison, in the board game, UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla is said to be working on a new type of engine, but he doesn't have a working prototype yet.



* {{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]].



* MegaMawManeuver: One level of ''Highroad to Revenge'' has a giant zep designed to eat other zeps.



* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Subverted in the PC game. In the last mission, [[spoiler: Lucas Miles]] intends to kill [[spoiler: Hollywood star Lana Cooper]] as revenge against Zachary. It fails, because his victim proves to be [[DamselOutOfDistress more than able to defend herself]].



* WarForFunAndProfit: One of the first acts of the Red Skull Legion involved escorting a zeppelin supposedly full of Mormon refugees from the Industrial States of America. It wasn't, but the ruse allowed the zeppelin-loaded with a small army of pirates-to slip past Utah's air defense network. Once inside, the Red Skulls seized control of an airport and stole the zeppelin carrier ''Moroni'' (later renamed ''Machiavelli''). Then the Red Skulls repainted their planes in the colors of the Utah Air Militia and launched a series of raids into the People's Collective. Utah got blamed and the People's Collective launched a series of punitive expeditions. While the Collective and Utah were at each others throats the Red Skulls slipped away scot-free with a brand new carrier zeppelin and a cargo hold of loot. Ladies and Gentleman, there is a reason that Red Skull founder and leader Jonathan "Genghis" Kahn is considered a MagnificentBastard.
18th Mar '16 3:36:43 AM Marzhin93
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* BettyAndVeronica: In ''High Road to Revenge'', Zachary is attracted both to [[PirateGirl Betty Charles]] and [[FemmeFatale Maria Sanchez]].
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