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Flanker 2.0 (Windows)

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Flanker 2.0 is the second major release of SSI's realistic air combat simulator based on the Russian Su-27 & Su-33 Flanker. Like its predecessor, the game features a comprehensive simulation of the jets' avionics and weapons systems, with a focus on beyond-visual-range air-to-air combat. Mastery of the Flanker's various radar and weapon systems is essential to the player's survival, a task made all the more difficult by the fact that the instrumentation is entirely labeled in Russian.

Improvements for this second release include 3D accelerated texture-mapped graphics and the addition of the Su-33 naval variant of the Flanker. The main difference would be that the Su-27 is a pure air superiority fighter while the Su-33 retains a ground attack role. Beyond that, however, there is little difference between the two planes.

The game underwent several updates, culminating in version 2.51. Incremental improvements included flight model and weapons model revisions, graphic and stability enhancements, the addition of wingman commands, and the ability to fly the MiG-29 jet fighter.

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Flanker 2.0 Windows Vehicle encyclopedia
Flanker 2.0 Windows Normal cockpit view
Flanker 2.0 Windows Ready for take-off
Flanker 2.0 Windows Taking out a KC-10 with the cannon.

Alternate Titles

  • "Фланкер 2.5" -- Russian spelling (Flanker 2.5 release)
  • "Flanker 2.5" -- Updated re-release title
  • "Flanker 2.0 - The Combat Flight Simulator" -- UK tag-lined title
  • "Flanker 2.0: La simulation de combat aérien" -- French tag-lined title

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The Press Says

Absolute Games (AG.ru) Nov 11, 1999 90 out of 100 90
Power Unlimited Jan, 2000 8.5 out of 10 85
FiringSquad Feb 12, 2000 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Jan 17, 2000 84 out of 100 84
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Aug, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Jeuxvideo.com Mar 08, 2000 16 out of 20 80
WomenGamers.com Jul 12, 2000 8 out of 10 80
PC Games (Germany) Mar 07, 2001 70 out of 100 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) Nov 18, 1999 7 out of 10 70
PC Player (Germany) Dec, 1999 37 out of 100 37

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William Shawn McDonie (1152) added Flanker 2.0 (Windows) on Jul 20, 2001