Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator: WWII Europe Series
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Microsoft's flight simulators aimed realistically portray life as a commercial pilot for over a decade before combat was added. In this offshoot (pardon the pun) of the series, you are a combat pilot during World War II, for either the RAF, USAAF or Luftwaffe.
Eight different planes and the battered cities of Berlin, Paris and London are incorporated. Full cockpit designs and damage models are featured - watch for engine smoke and explosion debris.
There is a full campaign mode, which takes in the Battle of Britain, defending London during the Blitz, and finishing the job started on D-Day by pummeling ground targets.You can also play individual missions or fly freely. Online multiplayer options allow you to take this worldwide fight around the real world.
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Average score: 80% (based on 18 ratings)
Average score: 4.2 out of 5 (based on 6 ratings with 1 reviews)
Combat Flight Sim (CFS) set the standard for Combat Flight Sims when it was launched. The story line for single players is highly immersive with the option to fight for either the RAF, Luftwaffe or USAAF. Fight the Battle of Britain, defend London from massed bombers raids, ground attack over Europe after D-Day - all areas are covered. Strong multiplayer elements via the MSN Gaming Zone, although the attention has moved on these days to more modern sims.
The key strength of this title now that it is available cheaply, is there are thousands of add ons - missions, aircraft and entire mods which convert the place and time of the sim. Commercial and web based free downloads are abundant. For example there is a Korean war and cold war mod, a flying tigers pre WWII mod and a first World War mod.
Easy to fly without being completely unrealistic CFS gets you into dogfights and ground attack fast. An ideal introduction to this genre.
Graphics are rather dated by 2002 standards, but this is OK if your PC is not the latest model.
Some of the flight models (the behaviour of the aircraft when flying) can be a little odd. Nothing too unreasonable though!
Adding many different aircraft can be difficult for the beginner.
The Bottom Line
Great introduction to seat of the pants WWII flight sims. Good value for money, still worth a go! Strong community support still available from the websites devoted to CFS and CFS2.
Windows · by Felix (129) · 2001
Microsoft relied on WWII pilots to verify that the aircraft in the game performed just as the actual aircraft did.
A giant parachuting pink pig is located in England, just East of Bristol.
Information also contributed by Felix.
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Game added June 19, 2000. Last modified January 29, 2024.