Reviews and Problems with Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe
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Good, but could be better - great with expansions
Josiah D. Orr, Amazon
19 December 2010
Summary: Combat Flight Simulator 3. My first real flight sim. I used to love it - it was all that I knew. Then I found that it was EXPANDABLE! I got the PTO Expansion, the ETO Expansion, the MAW Expansion, the Korean Theater Construction Set - all the freebies. Everything but OFF, Firepower, and D-Day. And I loved it. Now out of the box, it isn't quite worth it.
Summary: I wanted to compliment the company for sending the game so quickly. The only reason I am frustrated with the game is because of the graphics. They seem to be worst than Flight Simulator 2. That is not your fault though that lies with microsoft and the game creators. Thanks again for the speedy service it is much appreciated.
Summary: They should have created more of these games, but unfortunately this is the latest one. It's old, and it's something to pick up for less than $[...] but it's still a little fun. Very advanced gameplay and ok simulation.
Summary: CFS3 is dated, compared to today's games, but is certainly no slouch when it comes to realism and challenge. Not for the casual gamer, CFS3 appeals to the same crowd that picks up the regular Flight Simulator series: virtual vicarious adventurers! CFS3 has a dynamic campaign that takes some getting used to but is a real gem.
Summary: Very real, very good directions and support. Plan on spending a lot of time reading and studying directions and tactics. Just like being there. But it will not play correctly on Windows Vista, even set to XP compatability.
Summary: This software will usually result in "Screen Lock" and is unusable with Windows Vista. The problem occurs only occasionally with Windows XP. Disappointing in the limited selection of Bomber Aircraft included (no "heavy" B-17, B-24, Lancaster, etc). The flight character of various aircraft modeled do not represent those of the actual aircraft very accurately in terms of firepower, energy manueverability, and vulnerability (Typhoon particularly).
Summary: This is a pretty good combat flight simulator, but it lacks the dimension of a really good campaign mode. There is no story to follow and the missions you accomplish don't really seem to have an affect on the movement of the battlefield front. If you are looking for hours of fun flying this is a good game for you, but not if you are looking for a campaign type game.
Summary: This is a technically great game if you are not just into dog fighting like most combat flight simulators and would like some action on the surface (bombing and strafing). There are a variety of missions offered by this flight simulator which greatly adds to the realism of the European Theater of Operations in World War II. Microsoft's CFS3 offers single mission mode where you can tailor a mission to suit your preferences or you may choose a campaign style game.
Summary: I think CFS3 has some truly innovative ideas but I think that it was lacking in other areas. I've had no software or hardware related problems with this game and personally I do not believe that those problems are a basis for a poor review. Those problems can be corrected with a little time and effort and people have to expect that with software capabilities outstripping hardware for the last 15 years, the trend is likely to continue.