A horribly disappointing bug jar
Well... the concept is good.
Nothing about this game works properly. Game balance and AI are bad in every respect; there is literally nothing that works well. The damage model doesn't work at all, the flight models aren't right, the missions are boring and largely stupid. The time acceleration mode doesn't work well and doesn't come out of acceleration all the time when enemies attack, which is REALLY unfortunate because unlike the original you have to do an enormous (I mean enormous) amount of meaningless level flying just to get to where battles are. Friendly and enemy AI is pitifully bad and rife with horrible, mission-losing bugs.
The graphics are terrible relative to their competitors; for a 1997 game to not be using at least some 3D technology is just absurd (a 3D patch was later released that doesn't really work.)
I was really looking forward to this game because the original was a masterpeice, but this game really sucks. You spend 80% of your time taking off and flying over friendly territory, doing nothing, and when you finally get into a battle it's buggy and unrealistic. What a peice of junk.
The Bottom Line
This game will set you back a few bucks and leave you with nothing but a shiny coaster. Stay away.