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Jane's F/A-18 Simulator

by Electronic Arts See the Amazon Page for this brand
Windows 98 / Me / 95
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B00002CF81
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,189 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Jane's F/A-18 is a stunningly realistic PC simulator for the U.S. Navy's newest frontline carrier strike fighter, the cutting-edge F-18E Super Hornet. The Super Hornet is a carrier-based, multi-role attack fighter capable of striking almost anywhere in the world, thanks to the global range of the U.S. Navy's carrier strike forces and the increased combat radius of the new Super Hornet. Earlier versions of the F-18, launching from carriers in the Red Sea and Persian Gulf, decimated Iraqi positions in operation Desert Storm and have been immortalized in countless Hollywood productions. Featuring a bigger weapons load, faster top speeds, a stealthier radar signature, and countless technological advancements over its predecessors, the F/A-18 Super Hornet will lead U.S. carrier-launched air assaults well into the new millennium.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEATS USAF, FALCON 4.0, AND ALL OTHERS HANDS DOWN! March 25, 2000
By A Customer
Falcon is a great game, but way too many crashes and bugs...my copy finally found the trash. And USAF is fun, if you don't mind sacrificing realism and detail for ease of play. Jane's F/A-18 has stability, blazing graphics and gameplay, and realism with detail beyond compare. It does everything other flight sims try to do, and puts it all in a finished, well rounded package. The manual is well written, although the use of a few of the weapons could have been expanded on. Online training missions have filled that need. FA/18's graphics equal and sometimes surpass Falcon's. The 3-D cloud, weather, and lighting effects are groundbreaking. Try dropping out of a 7000 foot stormcloud ceiling, watching the mist dissipate around you and lightning flash in all directions...see the glow of your afterburners from behind and watch your left side light up as you fire an AIM-120 to pierce through the darkness, winding it's way to an unsuspecting MIG-27. After the orange fireball plunges into the cold water, turn and head towards your carrier group. As you break through a low layer of spotty clouds, you see your carrier cutting through the shimmering moon-lit sea. You know your biggest challenge is yet to come...catching the tailhook of your 45,000 pound fighter on one of four wires, while your flight deck rocks and sways in the choppy waters. Communications realism is incredible, including dozens of commands that can be given to your wingman, section, division, or entire flight. Direct a few squadron members out front to take out enemy SAM sites or AAA, clearing the way for you and your wingman to deliver the strike while another section provides air cover. Contact AWACS to request information on enemy group locations and bearings. Read more ›
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome avionics - at a price. January 19, 2000
By A Customer
This "game" features incredible avionics and weapons modeling of the U.S. Navy/Marines newest attack aircraft, the F/A-18 E Hornet.
If you've got the hardware - and I mean a SERIOUS system such as a 600+ mHz PIII or Athalon, go for it. Otherwise, hold off until Jane's either optimizes the code or you get a faster machine. Even on my Coppermine with a GeForce DDR, this thing can CRAWL during a campaign.
The graphics are nothing to write home about (not as good as Hornet Korea, a 3-year-old Hornet sim, IMO), but if you can get past that, there's some serious fun to be had delving into the many weapons systems and comms. To be fair the game does have good weather and lighting effects, although nothing that hasn't already been done on non-flightsims for a few years.
The manual is sparse. At only 200 pages, it doesn't begin to cover the avionics systems in depth. You'll have to find your own way or resort to reading newsgroups.
There are also LOTS of complaints about freezing on the newsgroups, so expect to have to wait for a patch before it's truly playable for the long-haul.
Would I recommend it? Yes. It's not the best flightsim I've ever seen, but it's close. If you're new to hardcore flightsims (anything non-Novalogic should qualify), and are looking for an entry level sim into the genre, start with Hornet Korea and then move up to Jane's F/A-18 after you understand what it's all about. Just keep in mind, his thing WILL bring your system to its knees, and if you don't have the hardware, stay well away.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Great For Novices December 16, 2000
Okay, I know that title isn't very fitting for a Jane's game. However, previous to this the most detailed flight sim I had ever played was Freespace 2, and yes, I know that's not even a flight sim. I'm just making an example. However, as a novice to the genre, I bought F/A-18 and was immediately intimidated by the extent of detail in the game. Moreover, as thin as the tutorial actually is, it at least provides you with some sort of a basis to work with. If you search the web long enough, you will find that there are a plethora of customized training missions that will teach you every important nuance of flying the F/A-18, so that you will at least be a functional pilot.
Second, other than the controls and learning time needed, F/A-18 is a wonderful looking game. I have a mere Celeron 400 with a ATI Rage card, and the game still played at a fine speed with minimal slowdown once I toned down the level of detail. For that matter, the game still looked wonderful, the explosions were great, fire and sunlight reflecting inside of my cockpit.
If you want to get into flying REAL flight sims, like me, take a shot at F/A-18 and be prepared to spend some time learning. It'll take a while, but figuring out how to play these kind of games is a more than worthwhile reward. F/A-18 is a great example of Flight Sims at the top of their game. Buy it, learn it, revel in it's quality, reap the rewards of knowledge.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Step Backwards? January 20, 2000
After playing FA/18, I expected to see an awesome addition to the excellence achieved by USAF. FA/18 doesn't come close. The graphics seem to be equal to some shareware products, compared to USAF, and the game doesn't capture the feeling of realism that USAF did. I guess if it had come out before USAF, it probably would have impressed me more. It appears to be F15 reincarnated, staged in a different theatre. The carrier take offs and landings are ok, but even the older Microprose F14 Fleet defenders' carrier activity appeared more exciting. It's definately not what I expected to take the stage after USAF. I was somewhat of a disappointed to me. If you're just dying to catapult from a carrier, at least wait several months, this way you can pick it up in a clearance bin for $19.99.
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5.0 out of 5 stars thank you
working fine, no issues.
Published 1 month ago by Louis Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Shame they don't make them like this anymore
This game has been out for over a decade and the Mod community has latched on so well that it's still a pretty popular combat sim among enthusiasts. Read more
Published on April 2, 2013 by Ernest Manning
1.0 out of 5 stars Not compatable with Window's 7
I was excited to get this game until I loaded it and it wouldn't run properly with my Window's 7 oper system
Published on March 28, 2010 by Christopher Marsh
4.0 out of 5 stars Though somewhat over and under rated, it should be more widely owned
First off, it's a little bit glitchy in XP depending on your system. However, if you have a Win98SE or later partition on your hard drive it will likely work fine. Read more
Published on July 3, 2005 by Reticuli
5.0 out of 5 stars verry exelence sim
very good service verry good aircraft sim ill buy more in the future this store i recomented to any one five star to the store
Published on August 12, 2003 by oscar colon
5.0 out of 5 stars verry exelence sim
very good service verry good aircraft sim ill buy more in the future this store i recomented to any one five star to the store
Published on August 12, 2003 by oscar colon
5.0 out of 5 stars BUCKLE YOUR SEAT BELTS
Published on March 9, 2003 by Vince Mills
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely demanding sim - needs training module!!
"Jane's F/A-18" is one of the most challenging and complex military flight-sims around these days - rivaling "Falcon 4.0" and "Flanker 2" in that respect. Read more
Published on February 24, 2003 by Rottenberg's rotten book review
4.0 out of 5 stars Looks like the real thing... and I know about it!
Word of warning before starting: THIS AINT AN EASY SIMULATOR. Heck, flying an airplane was never easy in the first place. Read more
Published on September 2, 2000 by Minh Doan
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT GET IT
Do not get f/A-18. The views are all stupid. The grapics Are very Bad. IF you want to get a High quality game Get U.S. Air Force better known as USAF
Published on August 29, 2000
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