Anyone else notice that, apart from commuting, planes are almost always useless in open world games? I ask because I really don't see it be addressed in game discussions. Everyone loves the G9 Eclipse in Just Cause 2 or the P-996 Lazer in GTA V, but why? They look cool, but you're never gonna use it for anything that isn't flying from A to B, then jumping out from the max height for a larf. Fun, yes, but my problem is that these planes have some of the coolest weapons in the game. And yet you can't really use them for anything. To use the example of the G9 Eclipse, which for those who haven't played Just Cause 2.... open Steam, buy Just Cause 2 and play through it. Like, now. But in all seriousness it's a fighter jet with 2 machine guns that fire the same shots that come out of a tank, with 4 rocket pods. This is all well and good, but the plane's high speed and stupidly big turning radius makes it almost impossible to use reliably when attacking a military base or something. And since the military never sends planes after you it can't be used in a dogfight either, it's just a huge tease. Give the players these insanely powerful and cool weapons and then make it nearly impossible to use them. WHY?! Now, there are some exceptions to this, for example the VTOL from Saints Row III had the ability to hover but still had weapons that made it cooler than the average helicopter, there was also a VTOL in GTA SA which was also pretty cool once you figured out that games backward-*** flying controls, but those are really the only ones I could think of. And there are so many more plane types that could (and in fact, SHOULD) be used but simply aren't. You could use planes with tomahawk missiles that can actually be aimed from the air without pointing your nose down, you could have planes that could turn on a dime and alright enough beating around the freaking bush here. WHY AREN'T THERE EVER BOMBERS IN OPEN WORLD GAMES?! Especially in Just Cause 2, with all that destructible environment the opportunity to implement a bomber was just right there and it wasn't taken. And don't even get me started on the missed opportunity for boats in open world games... TL;DR Planes suck but have no reason to. Anyhow, thus ends my rant.