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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 Where are the enemies?
Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe Windows Return to formation
Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe Windows P-80A Shooting Star
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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Gameplay (Benelux) Dec, 2002 89 out of 100 89
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 21, 2002 16 out of 20 80
Joystick (French) Dec, 2002 8 out of 10 80
UOL Jogos Dec 06, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
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
FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network Dec 09, 2002 71 out of 100 71
PC Games (Germany) Nov 17, 2002 70 out of 100 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 2003 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