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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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Task Force 1942

Task Force 1942
4

Task Force 1942 recreates the naval conflicts between American and Japanese forces in Guadalcanal from August to December 1942. There are three game modes to play in this naval simulation. Historical scenarios allow players to try their hand at one of several battles around Guadalcanal. The campaign mode recreates five months of the conflict. Also, […]

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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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