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It’s hard to start an objective review of Airline Ticoon 2 and remain unbiased, considering that it’s a well-known fact that this game is one of the lowest rated on Steam. Ignoring the thousands of dissatisfied players and finding the good parts in this game sounded like a challenging task that I was reluctant to take but I still gave it a try. Most of the hate that this game took was because of the inevitable comparison with its predecessor, Airline Tycoon 1, which was a classic of the genre, widely-appreciated and highly-acclaimed. By comparison, Airline Tycoon 2 got right on the opposing end.
Unfortunately, I could see why this happened right from the first minutes. The tutorial is slow-paced and creates no excitement. Having to move the character around between different offices and locations to access various features of the game was rather tedious and annoying. That’s not exactly how a tycoon-like type of game is expected to be. Furthermore, though Airline Tycoon 2 is a business simulation / economy management game, it comes with cartoonish graphics that aren’t exactly what one would expect. It also attempts to provide funny dialogs, but many of them end up being just awkward or plain annoying.
The gameplay also left me hanging. Any action takes quite a while to complete, and an overall feeling of slowness dominates this game aspect.
To make a long story short, now I know why this game has the low ratings. I like playing a “tycoon-like” business simulation game every now and then, but I won’t spend any more minutes trying to have fun with Airline Tycoon 2, as it’s, simply put, mission impossible.
- Some of the dialogs are remotely funny
- The cartoonish graphics might be liked by some players
- Might take long to load
- No windowed mode (can be played only in full-screen mode)
- Unintuitive UI
- Slow-paced gameplay