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8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 30 out of 33
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 33
  3. Negative: 3 out of 33

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  1. Aug 18, 2012
    10
    The most polished flight sim I've played, this game executes everything very well, it's almost too large of a game to put into one review. Rest assured that this has a huge community, looks great, is terrifically optimized, all while maintaining a very realistic experience. The one thing that can really hurt a sim experience is wonky communication, having to repeat commands, or them notThe most polished flight sim I've played, this game executes everything very well, it's almost too large of a game to put into one review. Rest assured that this has a huge community, looks great, is terrifically optimized, all while maintaining a very realistic experience. The one thing that can really hurt a sim experience is wonky communication, having to repeat commands, or them not working well. The command system is wonderful, asking for a taxi puts you in line and it's very organized, if you are a flight lead your wingmen will follow you on the runway, and you are seamlessly transferred from taxing to takeoff by doing one command. Another problem with flight sims is that a lot of the game is just learning the plane, and not much is put into mission design and AI, well AF does both beautifully. Though randomly generated, there are a nice variety of mission types and scenarios will mix things up. There's also a custom mission editor which has a relatively small learning curve compared to most custom mission editors out there. The AI is done well, the AI makes mistakes, but at about the right frequency. Stick support is great, while most will work for any game, some sticks comes with trimming wheels etc. and they may not be supported, my CH 568(a bit older) works well with all the wheels on it as well, which didn't work in IL-2 1946. I can honestly say this is the best flight sim on the market along with DCS a-10, however this is much more optimized and doesn't require a high-end graphics card to run. All around the game is incredibly consistent, looks great, realistic, runs great, lasts a long time, huge community, and modding support. Expand
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90

Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. It is cheap, about as complete as a game of this nature can be, and thanks to the plethora of missions, the inclusion of a mission editor, and especially the several dynamic campaigns, the sim offers limitless replayability.
  2. One of the most welcome and significant new flight-sim releases in years. [Sept 2005, p.71]
  3. Easily the best flight and fight sim ever created. And I don't say that lightly. It's not easy but at least if you make the effort you won't be plagued by buggy programming.