|Combat Flight Simulator 2
As a fan of PC flight simulators
and an avid researcher of the Second World War, especially in the Pacific,
I had to buy Microsoft's Combat Flight Simulator 2. At first I was kind
of disappointed with the 'pop art' style introduction video and menu
system, but once I took my A6M2 to the skies, I was hooked.
You can choose to fly for either the Japanese or the Americans, in
any of seven flyable fighters:
* Lockheed P-38F Lightning
* Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat
* Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat
* Vought F4U-1A Corsair
* Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero
* Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero
* N1K2 George
Each of these has its own strengths and weaknesses, for example, the Zero can outmaneuver anything
else in the sky, but get hit and it becomes extremely difficult to control.
Other non-flyable, computer controlled aircraft include the B-24 Liberator,
C-47 Skytrain, P-39 Airacobra, TBF Avenger, Ki-43 Oscar, B5N2 Kate
and G4M2 Betty to name just a few. The damage
works similar to the way it works in real life, for example, if you get shot in the wing, the aircraft will handle
just like that. You see an aircraft going down, with it's engine
on fire, then an explosion (with shrapnel that can damage your own
aircraft) as the engine blows up.
The game starts off soon after Pearl Harbor throwing you straight
into the Second World War. Most of the missions you fly are carrier-based
(landing on one is definately a challenge) and include objectives such
as interception, ground/sea attack and escort duties.
Like most games being released these days, CFS2 allows room for expansion. By this I mean,
you can literally download hundreds of extra aircraft, sceneries, missions and so on. My
favourite of which would be In Defence of Australia 1942.
In this campaign you join the RAAF No. 75 Squadron at Port Moresby and
take on the Japanese in one of two P-40E Kittyhawks. This starts off the day the squadron arrived at Moresby and sticks
to the squadron history perfectly. It also includes a computer controlled G4M3 Nell. Version
2 (available to download HERE)
includes a more accurate Kittyhawk model and the ability to fly against
the Australians as the Japanese. If there are any RAAF fans
out there, this is the one to get!
One of the best things about CFS2 is that it doesn't need a super-fast
PC to run on. A Pentium
II, running at 266MHz with 32MB RAM and a 4MB video card is all that is required. Although,
it looks a treat running on something like a Pentium 4, 1.6GHz machine. To borrow the Microsoft Flight Simulator catch phrase, this game would have to be As Real As
Review by Daniel
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March 21, 2021