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Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.0
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.8
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Overall User Score (9 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

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GameSpy (Feb 23, 2000)
This sim is so realistic that the jet you get straight out of the box includes the scuffmarks, oil streaks , and patches of hydraulic fluid stains you'd expect on a 5-year-old aircraft. A lovely, beautiful sim you'd be proud to fly!
Jane’s latest hardcore simulation, featuring the U.S. Navy’s brand-new F/A-18 Super Hornet, carries on the tine tradition established by the LONGBOW series and F-15E flight sims. As with its predecessors, F/A-18 combines an authentic flight environment and highly-detailed avionics modeling to create a superb sense of flight.
Gamezilla (Jun 20, 2000)
Jane’s F/A-18 is another strong offering from Jane’s Combat Simulations. It is of the hardcore simulation variety and is a must have for any serious flight sim enthusiast. You will need a fast processor in order to run it smoothly with all of the eye candy turned on. If you don’t, you can still turn down some of the graphic options to get acceptable frame rate but be prepared to make some compromises. Serious hardcore military flight sims are a dying breed and I think this will be one of the last ones for a while. Fortunately, it is a good one overall so I highly recommend it!
Power Unlimited (May, 2000)
F/A18 Simulator is ideaal voor de combat flightsim fans die Falcon 4.0 inmiddels uit hebben gespeeld. Dit spel van Jane's kan de vergelijking met deze topper namelijk prima doorstaan.
GameSpot (Jan 25, 2000)
It's astonishing how three recent hard-core simulations, all of which model modern jets accurately, can have such different personalities. Falcon 4.0 put you in the middle of an all-out war with the most ambitious dynamic campaign ever seen in a flight simulation; Flanker 2.0 concentrated on re-creating the Su-27 Flanker aircraft in painstaking detail. And now there's Jane's F/A-18, which is immensely satisfying because the design team created a whole game rather than a specific set of parts. It may take a little while to get used to, but Jane's F/A-18 will hook you soon enough, and once it does there's no turning back. The year is off to a promising start for flight-sim pilots.
ActionTrip (Apr 12, 2000)
This is altogether a very good simulation, which appeared just in time to satisfy the players disappointed by Flanker 2.0. The game also has a strategic aspect, so you can count on spending whole days in front of your computer trying out the most convenient moments for attack or defense. The hardware requirements are far from being irrational. The configuration and multiplayer options could hardly be better. Besides these good sides the game does have flaws. The dark gamma will obstruct your targeting ground/sea targets, the details in cockpit are barely legible in higher resolutions, the command response is not too realistic even though the energy has been calculated precisely, and it does require long acclimation because of very complex and unintuitive commands.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Mar 30, 2000)
Het zijn soms kleine dingen die het doen en deze sim barst van die kleine onopvallende trekjes. Een aanrader van formaat binnen het genre, gebracht door mensen die weten dat een flightsim zoveel meer moet inhouden dan enkel vliegen...!
Ondanks enkele technische tekortkomingen en een vrij vastomlijnd scenario scoort deze bijzonder complete combat-flightsim zeer sterk. Onderdompeling is hier het sleutelwoord.
GameStar (Germany) (Feb, 2000)
Man merkt F/A-18 deutlich an, daß es vom F-15-Team stammt. Das beginnt bei der etwas eintönigen Landschaftsgrafik und endet bei der exakten Simulation des Flugverhaltens. Einen wesentlichen Punkt haben die Jungs aus Baltimore allerdings verbessert: Die Kampagne ist bei weitem nicht mehr so vorhersehbar wie die des Vorgängers. Ich mag an F/A-18 besonders den in weiten Grenzen variablen Schwierigkeitsgrad. Dadurch kann ich mal eben zwischendurch unbeschwert auf Feindflug gehen - oder aber bei vollem Realismus stundenlang über neue Taktiken brüten. Schade nur, daß die Missionen nichts neues bieten. Dennoch, F/A-18 ist ein sehr schöner Abschluß der edlen Jane's-Reihe.
incite PC Gaming (Mar, 2000)
You really get a feel for what it's like to fly this bird. Veteran sim fans will be in heaven. Newbies? Maybe not.
80 (May 22, 2000)
EA/Jane’s leads the industry in developing high-fidelity, accurate simulations of modern-day fighter aircraft. Their current offering, based on the F/A-18E Super Hornet now undergoing acceptance trials for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, is another triumph for the developer, and a worthy title for the new century, just as is the bird it portrays.
Trotz unserer Einstufung für Fortgeschrittene und Profis werden sich Flugsimulations-Freunde mit etwas Erfahrung bald zurechtfinden: Hauptziele werden auch ohne Radar gleich als solche gekennzeichnet, der Autopilot hilft ebenfalls in (fast) jeder Flug-Lage. Grafisch kann sich das Programm ebenfalls sehen lassen. Zudem fliegen immer Maschinen in der Gegen herum, die nichts mit dem aktuellen Auftrag zu tun haben, etwa Airliner. Allerdings fehlt - wie bei so vielen anderen Genre-Kollegen - der Esprit, der zum Weiterspielen motiviert. Zumindest passiert in der Kampagne dank der Semi-Dynamik ab und zu mal etwas Unerwartetes. Die meisten Missionen spielen allerdings auf Flugzeugträgern, weswegen Sie auch viel Wasser zu sehen bekommen - nicht gerade sehr spannend.
PC Joker (Feb, 2000)
Fazit: Wer die entsprechende Rechenpower mitbringt, erhält mit dieser F/A-18 auch digital das, was der Vogel in der Realität darstellt - ein ausgereiftes Kampfflugzeug ohne Anspruch auf Innovationskraft.

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