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Though the Microsoft Flight Simulator series has been hugely successful, sometimes I just want to blow stuff up in a plane and not feel guilty about it as a result. Combat Flight Simulator is just such a game; an exciting, fast-paced game that's got plenty of picturesque sights AND hard-nosed combat, while boasting some online features that were rather impressive for their time indeed.
The game has a great variety of modes; there is a single player campaign that takes place during WW2 and has you trying to take down the German and Japanese planes in several scenarios. However, what is most satisfying to me is the online offering that was hugely popular on release and in many ways still hasn't been bettered or matched.
Visually, this is a very arresting game, or at least was at the time of its release, and has held up pretty well since. The lush vistas you get sight of through the wind-screen are very well realised, but most impressive is the particle effects during a dogfight; smoke will billow out of your plane, fire will rage behind you, and parts of your plane will break apart as you make a descent to the ground. The sound also adds a cinematic element, as the machine-gun fire is very intense if you're playing through headphones like a real pilot would.
This game is a solid medium between the technical nuance of the Flight Sim games and being out-right entertaining and not faithful at all; it isn't as hard as the Flight Sim games and a lot more casual player friendly, meaning you can get to grips with the controls in a matter of minutes. This is a very entertaining game through and through that's an absolute blast online with a few mates with headsets and microphones, but nobody plays it anymore, sadly.
Thers a lot to like about this game, but a lot to hate as well, so ill try and cover it all breifly as i could point-counterpoint all day...
Firstly this game (unlike the 'Flight Simulator' series) is all about fun, dive bombings, strafing runs and high G-Force dogfights are all brought to life in an entertaining manner and all this takes place above (what for the time was) some very nice landscapes and cities.
It falls down on a few crucial points though, firstly, for a game focused entirely on planes there are only 7 of them availible as standard (more can be downloaded, but thats not really the point) and it would have been nice to see some more variety on offer out of the box. Secondly (and i know im not the first to say this), it is barely worth playing at all without a decent joystick as the keyboard controls are complex and sluggish compared to other games in the genre.
Its a little old now, but still well worth a blast!
Great Game for people who like dogfights,dive bombing,etc.
Gameplay:9/10 (5/10 if you don't have a joystick)
The game itself lacks aircraft you can only fly 7 planes.
But it has a large community with All the ww2 planes you need so that problem is fixed.
Graphics ain't great because this is 2007!
But why need good graphics if it's about flying and dogfighting?
To play the game i would seriously recommend a joystick
otherwise it think it ain't fun.
If you want good graphics you should go and buy cfs3
or fs2002 and the other fs games,but if you are going to buy a cfs game for fun you should buy cfs2 and don't waste your money at a newer and more exspensive combat flight sim
I have bought many a flightsim in my pc owning years but rarely have i seen one which encompases such reality and fun in oneeasy to use package. The WW2 flightsim market is a fairly crowded one and these days its difficult for a producer to release one without it being critisised about the fact that its just another flightsim. True, most sims are very similar. You know the story, take off, fly somewere, bomb it, shoot a few gerrys, come home. But despite what reviewers say, every flight sim has its own unique quality and none more so than CFS 2. Theres just somthing about the game that encapsulates you. Maybe its the very different WW2 comic book style menus that give it a sense of atmosphere. For some reason the comic book style menus were critisised by quite a few mags as looking uninteresting and rushed, but this in my opinion is wrong. Once you have navigated (get it) your way through the menus and are ready to begin your flight, whatever it may be, for example, a free flight, quick combat or campaign, the minute you arrive in that cockpit of eny one of the 7 fighters including the Hellcat, Corsair, Lightning, zero, george, you will be instantly amazed at the quality and realism of the instuments and when you have finished fiddling with every one of the little buttons you could take a look outside and once again be amazed at the quality of the flight model and also the sort of realistic terrain. The next thing you,ll probaly want to do is turn on the engine. This is the cool bit. When you press E to turn on the engine you actually see the puffs of smoke come out of the exhausts of the engine its fantastic to watch and you,ll probaly find yourself doing it over and over again. Its the little details that make this such a good game. So many flightsims just simply plonk smoke effects enywere with no obvious origin, but not CFS 2 ohhhh no, you can actually pinpoint the origin of the smoke on the flight models. Just bear in mind this is not even the beginin
g of the fun. When you get into combat it actually feels as though your in combat, you would swear you were in a real battle. In some later missions the action gets so heavy you actually feel quite frightened. One instance in a game of mine i was approaching a fleet of japenese destroyers and i was about a eight miles out and i presumed the ships hadent noticed me yet so i ordered my squad to stay tight in with me and i could see a small flash and i thought it was just the ship firing a few potshot rounds but i was wrong a few moments later a dirty great explosion of flak right on my nose destroying my engine casing and my engine, i thought i was okay for a minute until i paused it and looked outside. The whole front of my aircraft was gone exposing jagged metal and structure details, even the wooden back of my instruments were exposed. This is the amount of detail within the game and that was just one event in thousands. The lenth of the game is another good feature, there are hundreds of missons to undertake on both American and Japenese forces, not to mention the single missions and the editor. This is definatly another triumph for Microsoft. Its worth every penny and probaly more. A huge improvement upon the last one. I highly recommend this but if your not a fan of WW2 sims then you may find it a tad daunting to begin with. Exellent. Chocks away.
Here’s an excellent little program for all you flight sim lovers out there! You can learn how to fly the various planes or you can just jump into quick action missions. Even the campaigns allow you to just get in the air, get to the action & then get shot down! This time MS’s Combat Flight Simulator is set during the war in the Pacific. You can choose between being a Japanese pilot or an American pilot & fly some of the famous planes of the time. Another good point in the game is the ability to bomb & strafe land & sea targets as well as having a bird hunt with the enemy’s planes! Nothing like taking a mad charge at a load of bombers from behind! Again the dive bombing is something else & takes quite a while to perfect, but watching the target explode into flames & then sink ins a great feeling which you will soon become hooked on! What planes can you fly? You get to fly two of the Japanese’s most famous fighter planes, namely the Mitsubishi A6M2/A6M5 commonly know to all as the Zero & the Nakajima N1K2-J Shinden Kai. Both planes handle quite well & you’ll enjoy flying them. On the American side you get to fly a bigger range of planes, namely the..Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat, Grummun F6F-3 Hellcat, Lockhead P-38F Lightning & the Vought F4U-1A Corsair. All these planes have their advantages & disadvantages & you should decide which suits your mission needs the most. Other than that the game lets you build your own custom missions, play on multiplayer servers, fly training missions & generally have a very enjoyable time throughout the game. Then again there’s always the choice of adding mission packs onto the game & there’s always plenty of them on the go at any one time for this game. The various missions are based on real life missions undertaken by real pilots of the time. Gameplay is quite fast…as long as you have a middle of the range spec PC. The bigger your PC specs, the better the game will be. I get goo
d gameplay on my PC, which is only: CPU - Celeron 466 overclocked to 525 Ram - 192 MB PC 133 Graphics - Elsa Erazor Pro III with 32 MB RAM Sound - SoundBlaster Live! Player 1024 & Cambridge Sound Works Four Point Surround speaker system. Monitor - 17” Taxan Ergovision Joystick - Logitech Wingman Force force feedback (this also adds to the feel of the game!) That’s the main specs of my PC & the game runs brilliantly on it without any interruptions in the gameplay at all. In all, MS Combat Flight Simulator 2 - WWII Pacific Theatre is a very good & well thought out game with good sounds & graphics. The manual is very clear, concise & easy to both use & understand. It also contains a lot of facts & figures about each of the planes & the many potential targets!
This has to be the best flight sim I have had the fortune to play. The graphics are gorgeous, with wonderfully realistic planes, with chipped paint, the graphics are better than games like, Flanker 2.0, Falcon 4.0, and all other combat flight sims. Powered by the MSFlight 2000 engine, you know its going to be realistic, and that it is. You plane stall's, gives off G's and will explode on impact with anything solid. You will want to start the game on the easiest settings, but with practice you will be a fighting ace using the most realistic flight model. The campaign are well thought out, with historical battles taking place when they did in history. You can take to the wing of either the American or Japanese Navys, competing in missions and eventually winning medals. There are 6 flyable planes in the game, with variation, and realistic cockpits (so the box says, I've never flown in a real Corsair). Overall this is a brilliant and longlasting game, with the variation and graphics to keep ametuers at bay, with the realism setting to keep the hardcore fans alive. An excellent game.
This was my first WW2 flight sim, and now will certainly not be my last. I've played many modern day aircraft sims and I thought I'd try a WW2 sim for a bit of variety from the automaed warfare of modern fighters. I am yet to try this game online but am satisfied with the campaign mode. The war is set in the Pacific, and you have the choice of fighting for the Americans or the Japanese. Aircraft are limited at the beginning to the A6M2 Zero, P38F lightning and the F4U-1A Wildcat. But as the war progresses more aircraft are produced, this in keeping with reality. Unfortunately as the Japanese, your radio calls are littered with Japanese talk with subtitles, an English language with maybe a Japanese accent would have been better. While playing this game you really do feel like you're in the action, and flak bursts (anti-aircraft fire) are incredibly realistic as they zing past your canopy. Damage done to your aircraft really does look realistic, with paint simply scratched if bullets hit at such an angle. My PC is of reasonably high spec but the graphics card isn't great (AGP), and I have found the external views, aside from being impractical and useless, make your aircraft appear as if it has been painted by a small child, with coloured dots moving all over the body, and it is the same with buildings and other aircraft. My specs are all far higher than those required, and I have tried changing all of the settings, so if you can get a hold of a demo or a mates copy before buying, I advise you do, as you may get the same problems as I have had even on a high spec PC. One other thing, this game NEEDS a joystick, I have been meaning to get one for a while, but trying this game really forced me to get one. With simply the keyboard the game is unplayable, you would think that if you bank left by pressing left and letting go your aircraft would stop banking, well it just keeps on going. This means you must bank
right a certain distance to level it out. Getting a joystick (even a cheap one as I did) will completely counteract this unplayable effect, as well as making the game more enjoyable. The game does seem very addictive, but only worth getting if you really know you can run it. Do try a demo before you shell out £30, as no matter how high a spec your PC you may have problems. The game does take a fair bit of memory which is another factor you must consider. A good addition to any flight sim collection, and not too time consuming to learn, though the manual is not great.