Day one in our weeklong look at Fires of Liberation begins with an all-encompassing overview of the game's new features. Everything you've come to expect from the series is intact - a huge roster of planes, a creepily huge flying fortress and mission after mission of intense dogfighting action. But this has been the case since the series' debut more than a decade ago. What's new for the 360 version? A whole hell of a lot, actually.
The isolated skirmishes of the PS2 games are replaced by sweeping wars that stretch across the entire battlefield. Instead of flying into one area and wiping out small pockets of enemies, you're forced to pick and choose your battles, for each minor victory can affect the rest of the mission in noticeable ways.