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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 Title screen
Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe Windows Performing a strafing run on a bridge.
Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe Windows Where are the enemies?
Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe Windows Preparing to take off during a snowstorm.

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

Jeuxvideo.com Nov 21, 2002 16 out of 20 80
ActionTrip Nov 15, 2002 8 out of 10 80
4Players.de Dec 05, 2002 78 out of 100 78
PC Action Nov 28, 2002 74 out of 100 74
Deaf Gamers 2002 7.2 out of 10 72
GameSpot Oct 25, 2002 7 out of 10 70
JeuxVideoPC.com Feb 09, 2003 14 out of 20 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 2003 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameSpy Nov 29, 2002 65 out of 100 65
Clubic Jan 07, 2003 6 out of 10 60

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