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When it comes to flight sims you've got two main camps to contend with. The first are happy to sit in a cockpit on a scheduled flight from Manchester to London, dreaming of the days when they used to have a woman in every port. Yeah right. Then there are the ones who prefer their planes to spit out bullets; the ones who seek out sport by travelling back in time to the glory days of World War II. And after witnessing the first demonstration of the game at the recent Gamestock event in the US we don't envisage much opposition.
Realism is the key. There are also improved 3D objects and effects such as explosions and splashes, plus new weather effects, including cloud, haze and rain. Each plane including the Corsair, Zero, Hell Cat and Wild Cat is going to be four times more detailed than those in the previous version and there's also visual damage, so get close enough and you can see the pock marks left by your bullets and the broken wings on the craft you've just taken out.
If you look at some of the screenshots closely you'll see that this claim about detail isn't an exaggerated one, and don't forget that we've seen the planes flying around in an early build, so we know that these aren't faked-up stills. Having the aircraft and the level of graphical detail is one thing, but you can have the snazziest engine in the world and still feel like you're playing a simple computer game.
Daryl Saunders, product manager for simulation titles, points out that the developer's investment in the game goes further than simple design. What we want you to do is feel what it was like to be a combat pilot in the Pacific Theatre in World War II, and for the real pilot what it was all about was consequences. So, in CF2, your wingmen have enhanced AI, which means that you can give and take orders from wingmen and get instant feedback on their status. Lose a good wingman and you might be faced with him being replaced by a rookie, which is going to seriously hamper your campaign.
Because CFS2 is built on Flight Simulator's foundation, many details have been built into the game that otherwise wouldn't have been. Most gamers don't want to worry about performing a full pre-flight checklist, but for gamers interested in absolute realism the ability to change your fuel mixture sounds made to order.
Gamers that crave realism will find plenty to keep them occupied. The real test of a combat simulation boils down to how the airplane handles in flight. Hard-core players will be pleased with the attention to micro-details and action-oriented gamers will appreciate the macro-view of air combat.
Action-oriented simmers can circumvent practically every realism setting in the game. With ammunition and fuel set to "unlimited", damaged turned to "invulnerable", and an easy flight model, beginners will find a smooth learning curve for the game.
Advanced simmers will obsess over the full realism found in the flight model and adequate flying prowess of the computer-controlled pilots. With every imaginable option available for tweaking, gamers of every level will find something here to their liking. With the flight model set to full realism, the aircraft handle precisely as expected. Pilots will need to manage their energy and angle of attack to avoid stalls and situational awareness becomes much more elusive.
Torque effects are less noticeable than in other "realistic" simulations, yet this doesn't detract from the experience. The modeling of stalls seems accurate but these rarely lead to deadly spins. When played with an easy flight model, stalls are much less frequent though they never fully disappear as with say, Crimson Skies. If full-realism isn't enough to challenge the hard-core pilots, consider that most combat sorties begin and end on an aircraft carrier.
Taking off isn't much of a challenge as long as flaps are set and the throttle is set to full. Landing, on the other hand, presents an entirely new challenge. Landing with low fuel on a small carrier with damaged flight controls presents one of the most memorable challenges.
Unlike strip landings, a carrier landing feels wrong every bit of the way down to the deck. The angle feels too steep and the speed too high.
Casual gamers already sweating this detail will be glad to know that the entire procedure can be skipped with the press of a single key. On the downside, players can choose from only seven flyable aircraft. Though this is historically accurate it is a bit frustrating to have so few choices.
The handling and performance of each aircraft feels distinct with full-realism turned on, yet these differences largely disappear with the easy flight model. Though many bombers and attack aircraft make an appearance in the game, these remain unflyable.
Fear not. With Microsoft's semi-open architecture, gamers can expect to see the Avenger, Warhawk and other aircraft available for download or sold as add-ons any day now. Most hard-core gamers feel comfortable demanding that every simulation include a dynamic campaign. Alas, this is one feature missing from the game. The game instead features a branching campaign that offers flexibility, variety and above all, historical accuracy.
How realistic would it have been to have a dynamic campaign that enables the Japanese to win the war? Still, the results of each mission can negatively impact the remainder of the campaign.
A capable wingman lost in combat may be replaced with an inexperienced greenhorn. Pilots that fail to complete their missions satisfactorily will face early retirement. One realistic element has been left out: relocation to stateside.
If a pilot finds himself in the enviable position of shooting down 50 aircraft he will remain on duty and finish out the war. In real life these outstanding aces were brought back intact so the nation could praise a war hero rather than mourn him. With possible missions, the campaign can be replayed several times without that deja-vu experience. Furthermore, players can jump right into the campaign at one of several points of the war. More immediate gratification can be found by in single missions or "build your own" style missions.
The instant-action style missions allow players to build a scenario by picking the location, aircraft and type of mission. This style of action has been found in practically every simulation of the past five years and offers nothing especially new. Still, this is an essential ingredient for replay. After even this gets boring one final frontier remains: online play. Pilots can fly deathmatch with up to 8 players but team and cooperative play are best left to more dedicated games.
With so few new combat simulations appearing on the market these days, evaluating a new product presents a difficult challenge. Let's face it - Microsoft's Combat Flight Simulator 2 doesn't compete with any other sims this year, so by default, it is the best WWII fighter sim thus far and may remain the best simulation when December 31 rolls by.
Even if there were some competition, however, the game still represents an incredible technical achievement in visuals, depth and realism. CFS2 is a technically excellent game, though somewhat lacking in heart. Simulation fans should eat this one up. QDS 0 point. Halfway through the install it asks to insert disc 2, how do i do this using the disc 2 file?
AKS 9 points. I was able to get CFS2 working on Windows Paleotramp -7 points. Since I upgraded from sp2, the force 3d pro joystick hasn't worked I'm on w10 now. Any ideas? Scorpion21 0 point. Shadow Wolf 07 1 point. A great sim! The mission builder allows you to build missions and campaigns anywhere in the world. There are tons of planes, ships, scenery etc, for download for free! Game works ok. I installed cfs2 on Windows7 32bits.
Vespirah 1 point. Thanks alot for the Upload abandonware and this game is beautiful still!
If not please feel free to drop a comment below and I'll be glad to help. Please do NOT ask me about joystick issues - I have never played the game with a joystick and I know nothing about joysticks. You can find interesting stuff for Combat Flight Simulator 2 such as user-made patches, graphic enhancements and game extras on the Free Flight Site. Hello, When I get about half way through installing the game it tells me to insert disc 2, what should I do?
Hi, I tried to used in Flight Simulator 98, which is kind of similar arquitecture software, but wasn't successful. Do you know why it can be?. Post a Comment. September 19, First, install the game. Choose a full installation. This file is available for download on many websites such as My abandonware , GameBurnWorld and Mega Games Just extract the compressed archive and copy the cfs2. Navigate to the folder where the game was installed where the game's cfs2.
Paste the cfs2. You will get a dialog box saying that a file by this name already exists - click on replace. Go to your desktop and right-click on the Combat Flight Simulator 2 shortcut. Also, select the checkbox which says Run this program as an administrator. At this stage CFS2 should be working flawlessly on your Windows 10 computer.
If yes, you may choose to ignore the rest of the steps below. I would get a dialog saying Loading scenery I solved this by the following steps. Launch the game. Click on Single Missions. Do NOT select any other option as of now. Keep clicking next until you see an option Fly now. Click on it. After this, the game should never crash while loading scenery again.
BabbyBark 27 January at Unow22 6 September at Anonymous 28 January at Popular posts from this blog Running old games on Windows 10 September 24, If you don't see that option in Control Panel, type Windows Program Compatibility Troubleshooter in your Search box on Desktop: this should take you there. Details required : characters remaining Cancel Submit 1 person found this reply helpful.
I also have a brief explanation of why some downloads get flagged by Firefox. I have used the noCD fix for. DRM Blocking is not restricted to 64bit Windows. Well, this the first I've heard of it, and if it is I guess 'retro' gamers will have a viable alternative for their games. There are a few Win10 specific driver updates for your Z77 Pro4 that you. Hi "Boss" Thanks for the input. I'm going to copy your content and send it to my Son-in-Law.
He's a geek for a computer maintenance company and will know what to do with your helpful info. Thank you for taking the time to write me. PS as for the 32 bit that was left over for some reason way back when Win 7 was installed. That's all I can tell because I really don't know what I'm talking about. Choose where you want to search below Search Search the Community. Search the community and support articles Windows Windows 10 Search Community member.
Because of the crash I purchased a copy of Win 10 instead of doing an on line upgrade. Comparability mode does not work and seems to be pretty useless. I dearly love this little game for a quick mental escape. I don't understand why Microsoft will not allow it to be played. There are probably "fixes" out there that I don't know about and probably wouldn't understand.
Plus, how would I tell if a site is trust worthy? Does any body have a solution? Thanks, RS. This thread is locked. You can follow the question or vote as helpful, but you cannot reply to this thread.
I have the same question Report abuse. Details required :. Cancel Submit. Hi, I realize the inconvenience you are facing. What exactly happens when you try to install the game on your device? How exactly are you trying to install the game on your device? How satisfied are you with this reply? Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site. In reply to A. User's post on June 20, My computer meets much more than the minimum requirements: Operating System. Thanks, R. Well, this the first I've heard of it, and if it is I guess 'retro' gamers will have a viable alternative for their games in 32bit Win10 - assuming they don't need more than about 3.
There are a few Win10 specific driver updates for your Z77 Pro4 that you should get I have the same motherboard with an i5 In reply to Chriso's post on June 23, I tried this "trouble shooter" as you said and every which way you can think of and it doesn't resolve the problem I read something on the internet a while back that said Microsoft blocked CFS2 and CFS3 from running because it won't recognize a file Offered to go to a third party website to download a fix but I'm always leary of doing that.
Appreciate your help.