A combat flight simulator is a type of video game that simulates the operations of a military aircraft. They are different from normal flight simulators because these video games are used for military training, so they are more complex. Also, they often include shooting at enemies. Here are some simulators from Microsoft.
CFS WWII Europe Series (1998)
This is the first combat flight simulator that the Microsoft Game Studios created, and it was released on November 1, 1998. The setting of this video game is in the European Theater of WWII. It requires a minimum of Windows 95 to run. At the time, it had very good graphics, which preceded 2000. In this game, the ground was not very detailed, but it was programmed in open architecture, so it is possible to add extra software without breaking copyright laws.
This simulator includes many upgrades, such as a world flight mode, hundreds of aircraft to choose from, and much more. It can even be played online if you have an internet connection. Now, this game is out of print, but it can still be downloaded online. Currently, there is still an online multiplayer community for this game. It can be set up to play using your direct IP address.
Simulator 2: WWII Pacific Theatre (2000)
The next combat flight simulator Microsoft made was released in 2000. The setting of this video game is in the Pacific Theater of WWII, and it is loosely based on historic WWII battles. It was very popular at the time, and it requires a minimum of Windows 95 to run. This game was also programmed in open architecture, so many third parties created their own software to add on without breaking copyright laws.
This simulator includes seven kinds of fighter aircraft that the player can fly, some from the United States and some Japanese. It also includes eleven non-flyable aircraft, also from the United States and Japan. These eleven aircraft can be used as enemies or helpers to the flyable ones. The flyable aircraft can be launch rockets, bombs, or be fighter aircraft. In this game, the player can change the weather, but the scenery stays the same. There are also some moving objects that the player can target and destroy.
Simulator 3: Battle for Europe (2002)
The final simulator that Microsoft developed came out in 2002. It requires a minimum of Windows 98 to play. This is an updated version of the first combat flight simulator. It still takes place in the European Theater of WWII, but it includes more options. There is a campaign mode, and based on how well the player does, the player controls how long and who wins in the war. This means that it is possible for the Germans to win against England, or the Allies to win before D-day.
This simulator is in a much more complex format than its predecessor. This makes additional software for it much harder to make. However, there are still add-ons and expansion packs currently being made. It also has improved graphics and sounds. Some expansion kits can add extra nationalities, a Mediterranean Theater, new planes, the Tunisian Campaign, or the Korean War. However, this one is still criticized because one player cannot affect the campaign much.
Microsoft Game Studios created some of the most popular combat flight simulators. They made a total of three, each one adding extra content and complexity, and each taking place in European or Pacific Theater of World War II.