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Flanker 2.0 is the second major release of SSI's realistic air combat simulator based on the Russian Su-27 & Su-33 Flanker. Like its predecessor, the game features a comprehensive simulation of the jets' avionics and weapons systems, with a focus on beyond-visual-range air-to-air combat. Mastery of the Flanker's various radar and weapon systems is essential to the player's survival, a task made all the more difficult by the fact that the instrumentation is entirely labeled in Russian.

Improvements for this second release include 3D accelerated texture-mapped graphics and the addition of the Su-33 naval variant of the Flanker. The main difference would be that the Su-27 is a pure air superiority fighter while the Su-33 retains a ground attack role. Beyond that, however, there is little difference between the two planes.

The game underwent several updates, culminating in version 2.51. Incremental improvements included flight model and weapons model revisions, graphic and stability enhancements, the addition of wingman commands, and the ability to fly the MiG-29 jet fighter.

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Flanker 2.0 Windows Normal cockpit view
Flanker 2.0 Windows Ground attack mode
Flanker 2.0 Windows Uh oh!
Flanker 2.0 Windows Glancing down at the instruments.

Alternate Titles

  • "Фланкер 2.5" -- Russian spelling (Flanker 2.5 release)
  • "Flanker 2.5" -- Updated re-release title
  • "Flanker 2.0 - The Combat Flight Simulator" -- UK tag-lined title
  • "Flanker 2.0: La simulation de combat aérien" -- French tag-lined title

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Absolute Games (AG.ru) Nov 11, 1999 90 out of 100 90
GameSpy Apr 14, 2002 90 out of 100 90
GameSpot Nov 19, 1999 8.7 out of 10 87
Jeuxvideo.com Mar 08, 2000 16 out of 20 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Aug, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Imperium Gier Mar 12, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Eurogamer.net (UK) Nov 18, 1999 7 out of 10 70
PC Joker Dec, 1999 59 out of 100 59
GameStar (Germany) Dec, 1999 47 out of 100 47
PC Player (Germany) Dec, 1999 37 out of 100 37

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William Shawn McDonie (1088) added Flanker 2.0 (Windows) on Jul 20, 2001