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Nations: Fighter Command

Nations: Fighter Command
2

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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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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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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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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Flanker 2.0

Flanker 2.0
3.5

A scripted campaign flames out Flanker’s potential. Flanker 2.0 is an updated version to the original SU-27 Flanker, a hardcore flight sim with a Russian bent. The original designers have evaluated tons of feedback regarding the first offering and have implemented many fixes and improvements. The end result is a great flight sim, but one […]

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Pacific Fighters

Pacific Fighters
4

The guys behind the original IL-2 Sturmovik, Oleg Maddox and his team, gave us a wonderful focus of the war over the snowy expanses of the Eastern Front, where German planes tangled with obscure but lively Russian planes. Since then, it’s gradually migrated closer to a setting more palatable to American gamers, working its way […]

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Air Power: Battle in the Skies

Air Power: Battle in the Skies
4

Air Power is set in an alternate reality where a country has fallen into civil war and a power struggle has broken out between several different warlords who want to claim power. When first firing the game up, the player can choose between starting a full campaign or playing a single scenario. Single scenarios allow […]

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Comanche: Maximum Overkill

Comanche: Maximum Overkill
4

While some have complained of the arcade-ish aspects of Comanche: Maximum Overkill (a trend that would be both a blessing and a curse in Novalogic flight sims), the game itself does score high where it most counts – it’s fun. Comanche strikes a good balance between approachable action and simulation, and thus proves persistently inviting. […]

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Air Havoc Controller

Air Havoc Controller
3

There are few air traffic controller simulations out there. It’s a sub-genre that will suit only a subsection of flight sim players, after all. Air Havoc Controller wasn’t the first ATC simulation for the PC, and it’s pretty simple at its core. You’re in charge of a 30-mile wide chunk of Arizona airspace that includes […]

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Jane’s F/A-18 Simulator

Jane’s F/A-18 Simulator
4.5

Hands down the second best way to fly an F/A-18E. Jane’s F/A-18 is not only the foremost naval aviation simulator to ever grace a hard drive, it’s also one of the finest jet combat sims around. It should be made clear right up front, however, that F/A-18 is not a product for casual flyers. This […]

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