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Jane's Combat Simulations: WWII Fighters (Windows)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.6
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Not bad, but not playtested very well Maury Markowitz (226) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.6
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Overall MobyScore (8 votes) 3.6


The Press Says

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100
GameGenie
What I would have liked to see coming from Jane's is details on each avionics instrument and how it is to be employed. Energy management (E-M) tables for a/c comparison would have been useful. Granted, much of the historical and pictorial details are embedded in the Museum GUI, so that detail was not left out. I did notice that the cockpit instrumentation from the museum did not match those in the cockpit art while flying (specifically the placement of the gas temp and pressure gauges are swapped). The good news is, WW2 Fighters is the most graphically and sound pleasing (engines, weapons, explosions and that wonderful big band music) sim ever crafted to date. The enemy AI is splendid. The damage modeling is unparalleled. The attention to detail on both the cockpit interior and exterior accuracy and flight control surfaces is very good. The multi-player support continues to be an area of strength for most all of Jane's Sims.
92
Gamezilla
I don’t know how MS Combat Flight Simulator stacks up, but this is the best WWII simulation I’ve ever seen since Sierra’s Aces series. If you are a lover of the no-radar, no-smart-bombs, close-engagement-dogfighting action, you may want to seriously think about buying this game. WWII Fighters has really kept me busy for a few weeks. Just to show you how intense this game is, I’ve included some of my own screenshots from the game, rather than the company-made ones. Happy flyin’!
90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
This could have been — this should have been — the definitive WWII simulation of all time. It’s not. With only seven aircraft to fly, the lack of a dynamic campaign, and a somewhat fallible flight model WWII Fighters misses the mark. Initially after finishing the game I found myself a little disappointed with the overall experience. With a little time, a lot more playing (especially multiplayer), I found that my initial feelings were, for the most part, rushed. This is a really good game, with more substance than one initially sees. The graphics and sound are so superior to any other product of this type that the expectations for gameplay often become subject to these same expectations. Combine the engine, graphics, sound, and individual AI of this product with European Air Wars’ total realism and authenticity and you’d have the perfect game. As is, the best solution? Get them both.
90
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
WWII FIGHTERS has technology legs to carry it into the future - screen size options run up to 1600x1200 in 32-bit color, and the sim supports D3D, Glide, and OpenGL. There’s plenty of room for the sim to grow into faster PCs as they become available. Given the visual artistry, flight modeling, and Al, only the thin documentation and the lack of immersion in the campaigns emerge as significant gripes against this otherwise topnotch simulation.
90
Attack Games
Grafiken är kusligt realistisk och ljudeffekterna är hisnande verklighetstrogna. Jane's är känt för att göra riktigt tunga simulatorer och det är WW2 Fighters också. De har dock gjort denna simulator lite mer spelbar. Du behöver inte vara ett gammalt flygaräss för att kunna spela. Däremot behöver du minst en Pentium 300 och 3DFX-stöd för att kunna njuta av den här pärlan.
90
GameSpot
Although graphics aren't the most important part of a simulation, they're definitely the standout feature of Jane's WWII Fighters. The cockpits are exacting, 3D recreations of the real things, including not only a full suite of working instruments, but even warning placards on the instrument panel. Aircraft exteriors are similarly detailed, down to the rivet lines on the skin.
89
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
De troeven van WWII Figters zitten vooral in een originele campagne en in de adembenemende visuele effecten tijdens het vliegen. Neem daar ook nog eens de gedetailleerde afwerking van de (vele) grondobjecten bij en je komt al snel tot het besluit dat ook deze flightsim unieke factoren heeft die bepalend kunnen zijn bij een aankoop.
88
Power Play
Selten konnte ich eine so vor Details strotzende Simulation installieren. Auch wenn es mich sonst weniger interessiert hat, ob irgendein Tier unter mir gerade das Feld düngt oder feindliche Soldaten meinen Angriff überlebt haben und nun das Weite suchen, so gefallen diese Einzelheiten, wenn ich sie einmal entdeckt habe. Etwas makaber finde ich jedoch die Tatsache, daß diese Menschen dann auch noch gezielt ins Visier genommen werden können. Doch wie auch immer: Auch spielerisch hat WWII Fighters mehr als die Konkurrenz zu bieten. Ausgefeiltes Missionsdesign, die grandiose Grafik- und Soundkulisse sowie herausfordernde KI machen es zu einem besonderen Erlebnis. Hätten es die Programmierer noch geschafft, die Kampagne dynamisch zu gestalten und mehr als nur eine spendiert, hätte ich mich sogar zu ein paar Prozentpunkten mehr bewegen lassen.
86
GameStar (Germany)
Mich haben die flotte Aufmachung und der hollywoodtaugliche Soundtrack sofort angesprochen. Besonders die gut aufgemachten Informationen zur Ardennenoffensive haben mir sehr gut gefallen. In World War 2 Fighters stimmt aber nicht nur das ganze Drumherum, sondern auch der spielerische Gehalt. Die gut durchdesignten Missionen spielt man gern ein zweites Mal – nicht zuletzt wegen der herausfordernden Gegnern. Was mir fehlt, sind einzig die Riesengefechte mit Dutzenden Feinden gleichzeitig, wie sie European Air War bietet. Dennoch: Die Luftschlacht um die Ardennen sollten Sie sich nicht ohne guten Grund entgehen lassen.
86
PC Player (Germany)
Von allen historischen Flugsimulationen besitzt World War 2 Fighters die mit Abstand beste Cockpit-Atmosphäre. Die sich der Spielsituation anpassende Orchestermusik, die englischen und deutschen Funksprüche samt der mit der Maus steuerbaren virtuellen Steuerkanzlei sorgen für ein Erlebnis ohnegleichen. Dazu kommt die ausgesprochen hübsche Grafik, die vor Details nur so strotzt. Leider simulieren die Programmierer mit der Ardennenoffensive nur einen Konflikt. Auch eine volldynamische Kampagne wäre nicht schlecht gewesen, doch angesichts des im übrigen guten Missionsdesigns stört das Fehlen weitaus weniger als erwartet.
84
PC Gamer
Still, its user-friendly approach, high production values, and wide array of missions make it an entertaining game. It misses the mark it aims for (an all-encompassing sim to satisfy both novice and hardcore gamers); nevertheless, it's fun.
80
Electric Games
With WWII Fighters, Jane's has another excellent simulation on their hands. I expect the flight model and combat to be as realistic as possible from Jane's, and this is no disappointment. In addition, you also get some very nice multimedia information and plane description detail as a nice bonus. Bottom Line: Extremely well done accelerated graphics, with a cloud model that is unparalleled. Flight models are excellent and gameplay is configurable for use by almost anyone. Joystick configuration is nowhere near as adjustable as it should be.
80
IGN
Appearing on store shelves after Microsoft's Combat Flight Simulator and Microprose's European Air War, Jane's World War II Fighters completes the triumvirate known as this holiday season's "Big Three." WW2F is another classic example of the "survey" type of simulation for which producer Paul Grace is well known (as opposed to the more hardcore "study" simulation so often found coming from Jane's other sim figurehead, Andy Hollis). While survey sims can have some appeal for the most purist of computer combat pilots, it's obvious the moment you padlock your first enemy plane that this game is targeting a much broader audience. But whatever concessions WW2F may make in areas of realism, it more than makes up for when it comes to the visuals and atmosphere. You've never seem a sim like this before, and you're not likely to see anything as pretty again for quite sometime to come -- at least, not until next time this year.
79
Power Unlimited
De vliegtuigen zijn bijzonder gedetailleerd en scherp en als je een kist neerknalt, zie je mooie vuurballetjes uit het vliegtuig komen. De explosie die volgt op een crash is helemaal een plaatje. De kisten vliegen lekker maar helaas duurde het soms lang voor ik een vijand binnen bereik had. En als ik er dan eentje in mijn vizier kreeg, was het bijzonder lastig om 'm neer te halen. Vermoedelijk gaat het beter als je veel speelt en de sim echt goed leert kennen.