This is a really fun simcade. If you are looking for a hardcore f-16 sim then this is not for you, try Falcon 4.0 instead. If you are looking to shoot down 20 to 30 enemies in one mission then this is not for you, try Ace Combat or HAWX. If you are looking for something in between those two ends of the spectrum then this is for you. There is a learning curve to the game, but it would not take more than a few training missions for most to jump into the campign. There are a few bugs to the game, but nothing major that detracks from the fun.
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful 1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 14, 2015
Very immersive, it blends simulation and arcade in a tasty mix, making it one of the best flying combat sims out there, a game that seems just as fresh as it was when I first played it as a demo in 1998. Heat seeking Sidewinders, Radar-seeking Amraams, bombs, and other air to ground rockets, the game offers you a large arsenal to complete a variety of missions that have a gradual incline in difficulty. The AI makes the game pretty challenging, often forcing you to make tactical decisions rather than locking your enemies and firing away. Since you have a small plane with limited rockets, you need to decide if you're going to use the long range rockets on those helos or try to take them out with the gun after you splash those menacing su-27's. Bombing missions are pretty hairy as well, as you have better accuracy at hitting the targets while flying low under flak rather than dropping them from the stratosphere. Dodging enemy missiles is always a difficult thing to do, for me, that's when the butt-clenching begins. Radar missiles can be dodged if you lower the plane beneath 100 meters, but heat seeking missiles are another business... Usually either you find a hill to hide behind, making the rocket to lose your track, either try to maneuver in a long arc to miss you. This is just a taste of the thrill that this game can give you.
This game is by far the best F-16 simulator for PCs. Graphics are quite old given that it came out in 1998 but aesthetics aside, the controls, navigation, and responsiveness of the aircraft are unmatched! Only challenge is that in campaign mode, you have a limited inventory of long-range missiles which forces you to short shorter-ranger Sidewinders.
Like most Novalogic flight sims. Brillaint and underated. If your into jet fighter sims, get it! Always Loved Novalogics fighter games. It does seem a shame that games like this are not being made anymore. The worst example is as a Star Wars fan I loved the X-Wing series, XWA was made over a decade ago now and no signs of another fighter sim to come. Seems the same with novalogic and jet fighter games too :(
Another addition to the simulator genre, this one lets you pilot the F-16 Multirole Fighter I'm unsure what made NovaLogic stop developing these types of games but they should have made more. This is a worthy addition to anyone who enjoys simulators.