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Jane's Combat Simulations: Longbow 2 (Windows)

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Advertising Blurbs

Print advertisement - PC Player 11/1997:
    HOFFNUNG

    RETTUNG

    ZERSTÖRUNG

    Kommandieren Sie den Longbow-Kampfhubschrauber oder einen ganzen Helikopter-Verband inklusive der Botschafter- und Transport-Hubschrauber Klowe und Blackhawk. Steigen Sie mit den interaktiven Trainings- und Action-Missionen in die Lüfte. Fliegen Sie in zwei dynamischen Kampagnen jede beliebige Position und erleben Sie immer neue, packende Kämpfe. Keine Angst - Sie werden nicht allein am Himmel sein, denn die komplette Bandbreite an Mehrspieler-Möglichkeiten auch im Kamapgnen-Modus sorgt für spannende Action mit Freund und Feind: Die fotorealistischen Grafiken, achtmal detaillierter als im ersten Teil, das Fachwissen von Jane's Information Systems und die Mitarbeit echter Apache-Piloten machen Longbow 2 zu einer unglaublich authentischen Hubschrauber-Simulation.

    air.

    force.

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (107466) on Apr 16, 2010.

Press Release:

    Electronic Arts Ships Longbow 2

    Latest Product from Jane's Combat Simulations Brand Offers Cutting-Edge Graphics Engine and Multi-Player Support for the Ultimate Combat Sim Experience



    Austin, TX, November 13, 1997 -- Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS), a leading global interactive entertainment software company, today began shipping Longbow 2, the cutting-edge sequel to AH-64D Longbow, 1996's undisputed flight sim of the year. Longbow 2 is published under Electronic Arts' Jane's Combat Simulations brand, which delivers authenticity and realism to the simulation experience. Jane's is a leading provider of defense-related information to the world's militaries, governments and businesses.

    Longbow 2 features an all-new, cutting-edge graphics engine that's second to none. The revolutionary graphics offer photorealistic flight visuals with eight times the detail of the original Longbow, plus dynamic lighting effects that bring night mission realism to unprecedented levels. The game supports 3Dfx accelerator cards, which along with 3-D virtual cockpits and explosive battlefield sounds, provide an incredibly immersive combat experience.

    Longbow 2 brings the multi-player simulation experience to new levels. It supports cooperative (pilot/copilot-gunner or separate aircraft), team and head-to-head play via a Local Area Network (four players), Internet, modem or serial cable (two players). For increased mission variety players also have the option to fly multiple helicopters including the Kiowa scout (for reconnaissance missions), the Black Hawk (for troop transport) and of course, the Longbow attack gunship itself. Longbow 2 has limitless replayability as players can fly Longbow 2's dynamic campaign engine that generates a new war every time the player begins a battle in either solo or multi-player flight modes. Campaign missions take place at two locations: Azerbaijan in the Middle East and the Army's National Training Center at Ft. Irwin, California.

    "Longbow 2 gives players the ultimate combat sim experience," says Executive Producer Andy Hollis. "The awesome new graphics engine is a visual feast for the player, while the dynamic campaign, multiple helicopter types and the comprehensive multi-player support gives an endless variety of gameplay experiences. In short, Longbow 2 has it all."

    Of course players get the staples that made the original Longbow a classic: advanced physics and avionics modeling, realistic artificial intelligence (AI) systems and an interactive Jane's reference guide. Hollis and his Austin-based Jane's development team have also included an updated version of the highly informative and user-friendly tutorials from the first Longbow. Players of all skill levels can fly step-by-step missions with an interactive instructor. The tutorial missions provide all the skills the player needs to survive in combat-from basic flight to advanced combat tactics.

    Longbow 2 is available now with an expected retail price of US$50-$60. More information on Longbow 2 can be found on the Internet at the Jane's Combat Simulations Web Site.

    Also shipping is The Official Guide to Longbow 2, a 304-page book that includes a full-color campaign map, intelligence files on enemy equipment and vehicles, playtester tips, multi-player combat strategies and detailed briefings and maps for single and special missions. Expected retail price of the guide book is US$16-$20.

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    Electronic Arts, headquartered in San Mateo, California, is a leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, EA posted revenues of $625 million for fiscal 1997. The company develops, publishes and distributes software worldwide for personal computers and advanced entertainment systems such as the PlayStation, Nintendo 64 and Sega Saturn. Electronic Arts markets its products worldwide under six brand names: Electronic Arts, EA SPORTS, Maxis, Inc., ORIGIN Systems Inc., Bullfrog Productions Ltd. and Jane's Combat Simulations. EA has international subsidiaries in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The Company has North American development operations in San Mateo and Walnut Creek, Calif.; Baltimore, Maryland; Austin, Texas; Seattle, Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

    Contributed by Jeanne (75624) on Apr 28, 2004.

Box back cover:
    Nocturnal by design the Longbow blends into the background, striking from the shadows. An amazing new graphics engine, innovative multi-player features, multiple aircraft types and dynamic campaigns, make Longbow 2 simply the most authentic simulation of helicopter warfare ever realised.

    Cutting Edge Graphics

    All-new graphics engine provides photorealistic detail - dynamic lighting effects, accurate night vision effects, 3-D virtual cockpits, particle based explosions, smoke trails and even dust clouds from ground vehicles.

    Multiple Choppers

    Command & fly a fleet of lethally armed helicopters, including the Kiowa scout, Black Hawk transport and Apache Longbow gunship.

    Multi-player combat

    4 players can fly any position in any helicopter even in campaign mode. The comprehensive support includes co-operative, head-to-head and team play via internet, modem, serial or local area network.

    Instant action

    Enhanced instant action mode provides easy and unlimited access to explosive arcade-style missions.

    Dynamic campaigns

    Longbow 2's campaign engine can generate a new war every time you play, for nearly infinite solo and multiplayer flight action. Campaign environments include Azerbaijan and Ft.Irwin, USA.

    Interactive training

    Take off quickly with step-by-step training mission providing all the skills you need to survive in combat - from basic flight to advanced combat tactics.

    Maximum realism

    Advanced physics and avionics modelling, play tested by actual Longbow pilots, realistic AI systems, Jane's interactive battlefield reference guide.

    Contributed by Toni Oinas (814) on Jul 05, 2002.

1997 EA catalog:
    Don't blink. It can sense movement

    Jane's Combat Simulations is proud to bring you Longbow 2, The cutting-edge sequel to 1996's Flight Sim of the Year. An all ne graphics engine combined with a host of innovative new multiplayer features, multiple chopper types and dynamic campaigns deliver the ultimate chopper combat experience.

    Developed by the AH-64D Longbow team.

    All new graphics engine with dynamic lighting and eight times the detail of its predecessor.

    Comprehensive multiplayer support including cooperative (pilot/ co-pilot or separate aircraft) and head-to-head play.

    Fly multiple combat choppers including the Kiowa scout, Blackhawk transport, and Longbow attack gunship.

    Instant Action and two dynamic campaigns provide unlimited replay value.

    Contributed by Zovni (9366) on Jun 30, 2001.