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Nations: Fighter Command

Nations: Fighter Command
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There’s some initial hope with Nations. When you first power it up, you’re greeted with a very sleek interface and several singleplayer and multiplayer options. Developer Psygnosis, unfortunately, isn’t exactly famous for providing realistic flight sims, and while they did shamelessly plaster the game’s presumed adherence to realism, the end result begs to differ. Nations […]

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Singles 2: Triple Trouble

Singles 2: Triple Trouble
2.5

The Sims, but with none of the charm. As a cheapo knockoff of The Sims, the core gameplay found in Singles 2: Triple Trouble is the story mode, where you get to experience the sitcom lives of 20-something nobodies Josh and Anna. Josh is Anna’s ex-boyfriend who has just moved in the same household with […]

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F/A-18 Operation Desert Storm

F/A-18 Operation Desert Storm
3

By the time F/A-18 Operation Desert Storm came out, the engine was already some six-year-old. The sim is a sequel to F/A-18 Korea, which was by no means a bad game. The same can be said of Desert Storm, though the product is held back somewhat by the dated tech powering it, which the developer […]

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The Last Dynasty

The Last Dynasty
3

One of Sierra’s lesser known titles, The Last Dynasty blends action and storytelling into an odd retro experience. You play as Mel Raauq, a space pilot who received the mission of destroying Lord Iron, an inter-galactic bad guy up to no good. The mix here is between traditional Sierra storytelling and Wing Commander style space […]

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Aces of World War I

Aces of World War I
1.5

Aces of World War 1 is an arcade oriented and completely uninteresting flight game set during the First World War. Aces allows you to fly a good deal of both German and Allied fighters and bombers (such as the Fokker DR1, Sopwifth Camel or Nieuport 28). The flight model has a great deal of issues. […]

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911 Paramedic

911 Paramedic
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Stepping into the high-pressure environment of emergency response is the premise behind 911 Paramedic, a game that puts you at the sharp end of 35 different calls, including a gangbanger being stabbed, a pregnant woman in pain, and an old fella suffering from a diabetic seizure. After completing each call, you receive a score based […]

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Age of Pirates: Caribbean Tales

Age of Pirates: Caribbean Tales
3.5

Like Sea Dogs, with more role-playing. Pirates are cool. Crafted by Akella, the developer who worked on the sea-faring adventure Sea Dogs, Age of Pirates: Caribbean Tales blends Sid Meier’s classic Pirates! with a heavy dash of realism and depth. Imagine if Bethesda took Oblivion out onto the high seas. Of course, that’s not quite […]

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Forced Alliance: The Glarious Mandate

Forced Alliance: The Glarious Mandate
2

Ripcord’s Forced Alliance: The Glarious Mandate attempts to capture the drama and excitement of space combat sims. It is set in a future where humanity is battling two alien foes, the Voraptoid and the Marauders. You start the game as a cadet pilot in the Stellar Aviation Combat School and must work your way up […]

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Sabre Ace: Conflict Over Korea

Sabre Ace: Conflict Over Korea
3

Sabre Ace is a combat flight sim that covers the air war in the Korean conflict. Although touted as a realistic game, players who want a hardcore flight model should leave this one out. On the other hand, folks looking for a decent game involving air combat during the Korean war, and most importantly who […]

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Lander

Lander
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Some of you might remember playing a certain arcade game in the 1980s called Lunar Lander. Psygnosis’ 3D update from 1999 isn’t so much a struggle against fiendish enemy robots as it is a struggle to control your craft in a zero gravity environment. The box touts Lander’s “intuitive craft handling via a mouse-controlled ‘thruster […]

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