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This is the sequel to Core's Sega CD game, AH-3 Thunderstrike. Like the previous game in the series, this is a helicopter simulator/shooter. It features realistic features like multiple weapons selection, full freedom of movement, and a mission-based structure. On the other hand, it also throws lots and lots of enemy tanks and helicopters at you to blow up.

The graphics in Thunderstrike 2 are drawn completely with 3D polygons, including the helicopter's cockpit. As you track an enemy, the view changes so that it is always in your sights. There are 8 campaigns to complete, each with multiple missions.


Thunderstrike 2 PlayStation Briefing map showing the position of targets.
Thunderstrike 2 DOS Cockpit
Thunderstrike 2 PlayStation Choosing the weapons.
Thunderstrike 2 SEGA Saturn Protecting Ship Traffic on the Panama Canal

Promo Images

Thunderstrike 2 Magazine Advertisement


Alternate Titles

  • "Thunderhawk 2: Firestorm" -- European title
  • "サンダーホーク II" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Firestorm: Thunderhawk II" -- Alternate spelling
  • "AH-3: ThunderStrike - Air Assault" -- US DOS title

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Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus PlayStation Jan, 1996 94 out of 100 94
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA Saturn Mar, 1996 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SEGA Saturn Jan, 1996 90 out of 100 90
Joystick (French) DOS Feb, 1996 90 out of 100 90
Game Players SEGA Saturn Feb, 1996 87 out of 100 87
Super Power (Sweden) SEGA Saturn Feb, 1996 86 out of 100 86
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Mar 14, 1996 85 out of 100 85
PC Games (Germany) DOS Feb, 1996 84 out of 100 84
Mega Fun PlayStation Jan, 1996 83 out of 100 83
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA Saturn Apr, 1996 32 out of 40 80


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The "Select operation" map in Thunderstrike is identical to the "Next race" map in Core's earlier game, Jaguar XJ220.


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