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Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe (Windows)

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Combat Flight Simulator 3 is the 3rd version of the popular WW2 simulators from Microsoft. This version is focused specifically on the European theater of operations with mission areas like Germany, UK, and France.

This version has major enhancements over previous ones mainly in detailed graphics and improved dynamic missions. Graphics features include realistic cloud banks you can fly in and out of, losing yourself or an enemy aircraft and incredibly detailed ground detail and scenery visible at normal flight altitudes. Explosions, plane damage and smoke effects are also greatly improved over previous versions.

Playing the game allows for dynamic missions that vary as you progress through the game. Based on the outcome of your mission - S&D, reconnaissance, air superiority, etc. you earn prestige points and change the outcome of the war. Eighteen different planes (P-51, P-47, Spits, Me 109, Fw 190, Ju 88, Typhoon IB, etc.) with multiple variants each allows for some specialized playing. Online and multiplayer options are available with specific multiplayer missions included as well.

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Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe Windows The bombing sight
Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe Windows The P-38J Lightning in flight
Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe Windows Ju88 touched!
Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe Windows Flying a night mission with a B-26G Marauder.

Alternate Titles

  • "Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3: Kampf um Europa" -- German title
  • "Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3: Batalha pela Europa" -- Brazilian title
  • "Combat Flight Simulator 3: Bataille pour l'Europe" -- French title
  • "CFS3" -- Common abbreviation

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The Press Says

Gamesmania Oct 30, 2002 84 out of 100 84
GamingExcellence Jul 15, 2005 8.4 out of 10 84
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 21, 2002 16 out of 20 80
Gamers.at Nov 16, 2002 79 out of 100 79
IGN Oct 28, 2002 7.3 out of 10 73
Rebell.at Games Apr 04, 2003 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Oct 25, 2002 7 out of 10 70
Play.tm Nov 21, 2002 70 out of 100 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 2003 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Zone Benelux Jan, 2003 62 out of 100 62

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simhead (167) added Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe (Windows) on Jan 04, 2003