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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 Again, the menu, with a Gotha bomber
Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe Windows Menu
Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe Windows The bombing sight
Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe Windows Return to formation

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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Gameplay (Benelux) Dec, 2002 89 out of 100 89
Gamesmania.de Oct 30, 2002 84 out of 100 84
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 21, 2002 16 out of 20 80
Fragland.net Mar 03, 2003 79 out of 100 79
4Players.de Dec 05, 2002 78 out of 100 78
GameZone Nov 07, 2002 7.5 out of 10 75
PC Action Nov 28, 2002 74 out of 100 74
Deaf Gamers 2002 7.2 out of 10 72
JeuxVideoPC.com Feb 09, 2003 14 out of 20 70
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Nov 20, 2002 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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simhead (168) added Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe (Windows) on Jan 04, 2003