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Currently browsing:   Flight - Military  Simulation titles

Well, here's an introduction to flight simulations: these are games that simulate aircraft. Many, many people (including myself - Tiago) enjoy sitting in front of a screen with a piece of plastic in one hand (or, if one has enough money, a piece of plastic in every hand & foot), pretending to be flying something that can range from a few pieces of wood, wire and fabric to 50 tons of winged metal! Now that I'm done with this pointless rumbling, lets put this matter clearly: there are only 2 kinds of flight sim, the In-Yer-Face-Game survey sims and the Hard-To-Get-To-Grips-Unless-You're-A-Propeller-Head(tm) hardcore sims. Actually it's a bit more complex, but not by much.

Survey sims are games first and simulations second. The goal here is to have the player having fun while pretending to be flying an aircraft. Recent games that come to mind are, well, every Novalogic flight sim.

Hardcore sims are a different breed. They aim at making the player feel he is inside the real thing, and therefore forcing him to do all the little tasks needed to make something far, far heavier than air soar up there in the skies.

However, in the old days, you didn't really have this distinction, as the processing power was too limited to have accurate physics and avionics modelling. Long time aficionados may remember that Falcon 3.0 required a math coprocessor (something really expensive and rare back in the early 90s) to run with the advanced flight model.



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Name
Publisher
Year
Avg. Rating
Fifty Mission Crush
Strategic Simulations Inc. (SSI)
1984
7.66
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeSpitfire Ace
MicroProse
1984
7.83
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeHellcat Ace
MicroProse
1984
8.66
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeDambusters, The
Accolade
1985
8.16
Top Gun
Thunder Mountain
1986
5.53
B-24 Combat Simulator
Strategic Simulations Inc. (SSI)
1987
8.36
ACE 2
Cascade
1987
8.12
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeGunship
MicroProse
1987
9
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeACE
Cascade
1987
8.22
Tomahawk
Datasoft
1987
7.27
Thud Ridge
Three-Sixty Pacific
1987
5.18
Ace of Aces
Accolade
1987
8.14
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeF-19 Stealth Fighter
MicroProse
1988
8.5
Super Huey
COSMI
1988
6.33
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeFalcon AT
Spectrum Holobyte
1988
8.58
Super Huey II
COSMI
1988
7.94
Battlehawks 1942
LucasFilm Games
1988
8.87
Harrier Combat Simulator
Mindscape
1988
5.05
Strike Force Harrier
Domark
1988
7.09
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeDive Bomber
Epyx
1988
7.72
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeTheir Finest Hour: Battle of Britain
LucasFilm Games
1989
9.27
War Eagles
COSMI
1989
7.36
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeF-15 Strike Eagle II
MicroProse
1989
8.87
F-16: Combat Pilot
Electronic Arts
1989
8.94
Thunder Chopper
SubLogic
1989
7.85
Snow Strike
Epyx
1989
5.62
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeA-10 Tank Killer
Dynamix
1989
7.51
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeGunship 2000
MicroProse
1989
9.03
First Over Germany
Strategic Simulations Inc. (SSI)
1989
8.88
Airstrike USA
Digital Integration
1990
8.14
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeRed Baron
Freeware
1990
8.97
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeFlight of The Intruder
Spectrum Holobyte
1990
8.5
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeF-14 Tomcat
Activision
1990
8.09
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeOperation Harrier
US Gold
1990
9
LHX Attack Chopper
Electronic Arts
1990
8.83
MiG-29 Fulcrum
Domark
1990
8.31
Megafortress
Three-Sixty Pacific
1990
9.04
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeMiG-29M Super Fulcrum
Domark
1991
8.98
Nighthawk: F117-A Stealth Fighter 2.0
MicroProse
1991
8.5
Hall of Belated Fame InducteeThunderHawk
Core Design
1991
8.68
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