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Darklight Conflict

Darklight Conflict
3.5

Space is a shallow thing to fight over in Darklight Conflict. Darklight Conflict could have been a great game, but was somehow botched along the way. It’s a graphically stunning space combat game (for DOS), with a difficulty level to test any space war veteran and decidedly arcade-style gameplay. Like Privateer 2: The Darkening, Darklight […]

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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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F/A-18 Korea

F/A-18 Korea
4

A heavily pimped out Hornet, with a canned campaign mode. Originally released on the Mac, F/A-18 Hornet 3.0 offered a great flying simulation experience by delivering one of the most accurate and detailed avionics around. Hornet has slowly gained a loyal following among PC users, and then F/A-18 Korea has arrived to parlay that loyalty […]

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Team Apache

Team Apache
4

The flight modelling in Team Apache, an AH-64D sim from developer Simis Limited, falls at the high mid-range of the realism scale, while the avionics modeling is in the lower mid-range, however neither is the real focal point of this military simulation. As the name suggests, the focus falls on team tactics. Let’s get into […]

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Fleet Defender

Fleet Defender
4

The F-14 Tomcat first came into service in the 1970s, but the fighter jet was most popularized in the movie Top Gun (1986). In fact, the movie was so popular that people that signed up for the US Navy rose by 500 percent in the years following that movie’s release. Many PC games that plastered […]

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CyberStrike 2

CyberStrike 2
2.5

CyberStrike 2 is the sequel to one of the earliest online action games. The original CyberStrike offered crude graphics but decent robo combat via the online service known as GEnie. Like the first game, CyberStrike 2 is old-school battle-mech, in which you steer an armored, two-legged robot fitted with various weapons against other mechs. The […]

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Across the Rhine

Across the Rhine
3

Across the Rhine is an oddball mix of tank simulation and strategy set during World War 2. It’s also a monster of complexity that will rightfully scare off most people, requiring almost as much time to master as Harpoon or Falcon 3.0. As a combat game, it’s weak. Upon entering battle, I found it impossible […]

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Black Knight: Marine Strike Fighter

Black Knight: Marine Strike Fighter
3.5

Black Knight: Marine Strike Fighter is a simulation of the F/A-18 Hornet, which is currently being used by both the U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy. At first glance, this game reminds me of F/A-18 Hornet add-on for Falcon 3.0 from Spectrum Holobyte and Apache from I-Magic, mainly due to the similarity in quality of the […]

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