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

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Description

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 P-51D Mustang cockpit
Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe Windows Oops
Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe Windows Mosquito over Paris
Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe Windows Dornier Do 335 B-2

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

Joystick (French) Dec, 2002 8 out of 10 80
PC Action Nov 28, 2002 74 out of 100 74
IGN Oct 28, 2002 7.3 out of 10 73
Deaf Gamers 2002 7.2 out of 10 72
PC Games (Germany) Nov 17, 2002 70 out of 100 70
Play.tm Nov 21, 2002 70 out of 100 70
Rebell.at Games Apr 04, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 2003 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameSpot Oct 25, 2002 7 out of 10 70
Gameplanet Nov 26, 2002 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

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