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Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator: WWII Europe Series - PC

by Microsoft
Windows NT / 98 / 2000 / Me / 95
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B00001LCDP
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: July 1, 1999
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,509 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Playing Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator is the closest you can get to being a World War II fighter pilot. Experience the same level of realism as the award-winning Microsoft Flight Simulator, with the rush and excitement of World War II air combat over Europe. Enlist with the Royal Air Force, the Luftwaffe, or the U.S. Army Air Force, and choose from eight modeled aircraft, each with its own realistic flight models and accurately detailed cockpits. Then experience the real flight performance of each aircraft as well as the effects damage has specific aircraft systems on each plane.

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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for Flying Enthusiasts and WWII Buffs November 16, 1999
If you just want to shoot planes out of the sky this is not the game for you (but then again maybe flight simulation is not your thing anyway). However, if you want to experience what real fighter combat is like, this game is as real as it gets without leaving the ground. I would have given this game 5 stars, but since it will undoubtedly be purchased by non-flying enthusiasts I gave it 4. Test your flying and combat skills by playing the game online at Microsoft's Gaming Zone against other human players. It's probably not as intense as other action games, but it is definately more challenging. Shooting down an experienced pilot can be a real rush. But be warned. Getting mercilessly shot out of the sky can be extremely frustrating as well. The game also offers several challenging missions and campaigns which can be flown as a fighter with the USAF, RAF, or Luftwaffe. If you just want to play a game, try Quake or HalfLife. If you want to experience Fighter Combat, this is the game you've been waiting for.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It earns its wings, but it isn't an ace. March 8, 2000
Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator is a combat including variant of the Flight Simulator line. The product plays on the strengths of Microsoft's flight simulation experience but falls down in the attempt to simulate air warfare in which games like Red Baron and companies like Dynamix are far ahead of Microsoft.
The graphics are far in advance of Flight Simulator 98. Although still bitmapped, the photorealistic terrain resolves into hedgerows, farms, and fields. The effect is especially stunning at high altitude. The flying models are just like ones in the civilian flight sim versions. However, since the models are "accurate", you'll find they don't bank and roll in combat like other games' aircraft which can be frustrating.
Unfortunatley, Combat Flight Simulator falls down in the actual mechanics of its combat area. Campaigns are simply collections of about 16 missions which are otherwise totally unrelated. They're simply linked so your pilot garners promotions and medals but there is no continuity. It is wildly simplistic, nowhere near the campaign mode in games such as Red Baron II.
AI combat skills are definatley lacking and the enemy resorts to the tried and true method of ramming into you (obvious when they aren't even firing their guns) to bring you down. Your wingmen aren't much better and will wander around the area of battle, and more often out of it, taking the occasional half-hearted potshot at the enemy. Usually, your wingmen just crash or get shot down, you can't rely on them. Don't worry about having a greedy wingman fly in front of you to steal a kill from you, it doesn't happen in this game. Another huge problem is that the AI seems to love ramming its planes into the ground.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great graphics, not so great campaigns June 22, 2000
By Jeff
A good WW II flight sim should contain 4 key elements: Great graphics, great campaigns, realistic flight modeling, and good flight damage modeling. Combat flight simulator gets 2 out of 4. The game has some of the best graphics I have ever seen in a flight sim. The texture mapping on the landscapes is so detailed and sharp that sometimes you'll swear its real. In fact, it looks so realistic that at times the CGI planes look out of place against the more true to life terrain. The cockpits are nicely rendered and the planes look fantastic. When a plane takes damage and begins to stream smoke the effect looks very good.
The flight modeling seems to be pretty accurate. You have three different levels of difficulty with the `Ace' setting giving you the most realistic experience of flying these planes. The planes never seem too difficult to handle but don't fly themselves by any means. I have found myself in several spins that were either difficult to get out of or ended in me ejecting from the plane. Good stuff. But don't let the graphics convince you this is a good game. There are some faults, damage modeling being the biggest problem. While in combat, I have blasted hundreds of rounds at enemy planes and witnessed bursts of debris come off the plane but nothing in terms of the degree of damage is seen - no bullet holes, no charred/burnt sections, no parts of the plane missing. In the intro you can see a couple of planes lose their wings in a blaze of destruction but I have yet to create this same effect in actual gameplay. And, surprisingly, when your own craft is destroyed you get the same stock explosion with obviously simple polygons representing the debris of your plane giving your demise a kind of "canned" feel.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone. But very fun in it's own way. November 23, 1999
By A Customer
I remember back in the days of "Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe" when I just couldn't shoot anything down. Controls were atrocious and the planes handled like a flying elephant. Of course compared to Microsoft Flight Combat Simulator, those old 386 games handled like hummingbirds and I think that is the whole point. If you want precision target shooting then this game may not be for you. However, anyone who has actually flown can tell you it's not a video game. There is no parallel parking and the laws of physics do prevail. For every action there is a reaction and being able to power turn after gaining speed from a short dive surprises many who scratch their heads wondering how did the plane get so slow and sluggish after an Immelmann. Granted it's harder to rack up the 100+ kills found in many other games. But remember, it was even harder for the real guys who tried to do this so it's not THAT realistic. Just enjoy the scenery and have a little fun learning a new way to play a game.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but has issues...
Does not run as well under more modern operating systems and will not run with a joystick out of the box. Once you get it working, it is still enjoyable.
Published 24 days ago by James E O Hearn
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a bad product, no function withs the LOGITEC EXTREME 3D ...
This is a bad product, no function withs the LOGITEC EXTREME 3D PRO, I do not have money tu burn.
Published 25 days ago by LUIS O. MATHIEU
5.0 out of 5 stars Comparison and contrast of CFS1, CFS3, IL-2, Jane's WWII Fighter, and...
I was getting tired of Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3, (CFS3) I had already done just about everything you could do on it, and I was ready for a better flight sim. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tim Cashman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent program
It arrived in good condition. I had owned this program before but lost the CD. So I was quite pleased.
Published 8 months ago by Barrows 643
2.0 out of 5 stars Game doesn't take comands from joystick
There is no problem with the game. The game arrived in very good condition and was easy to install. However,when I play the game,lt doesn't take orders from me joystick. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Oceanman
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic
I have been playing this game since I was a kid and still play it today. Its an amazing game and would highly recommend it to any pilot.
Published 10 months ago by Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars From rabbit to tiger in one simulator.
Fully configurable from easy settings with light weather and couples rudder/aileron to fully realistic flying of several types of aircraft in various sorties. Hours of fun(? Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dr. Sq Murray-smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get joystick to work with it, XP or 7
I lost my original, got this one, works fine except that 2 different joysticks, 2 different computers, can't get joystick to work. Read more
Published 14 months ago by W. L. Wardle
5.0 out of 5 stars Microsoft Flight Simulator
Game arrived in excellent condition. One of the harder combat sims. Makes you just try harder and longer. Play daily.
Published 20 months ago by David Altizer
4.0 out of 5 stars Combat for old school
Great game, missed this one. Even though the graphics are not as good as today's, the game play and ease of use for players is what's lacking in today's simulated games.
Published 22 months ago by John lyles
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