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Combat Flight Simulator 3 & strategy guide bundle

by Microsoft
Windows 95 / 98 / NT / 2000
 Ages 16 and Over
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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  • Ground-breaking graphics engine that allows players to lead exciting high-speed, low-altitude strafing runs to bomb strategic enemy targets.
  • Fly WWII's finest, fastest and edgiest aircraft. Each of them are realistically rendered in the tradition of the Combat Flight Simulator franchise.
  • Live the life of an authentic WWII pilot - Pilots manage new character role-playing attributes including G-force tolerance, vision and physical health.
  • Experience aerial action that never ends - With enhanced online cooperative multiplayer action, players coordinate with friends to influence how battles are fought.
  • Soar alongside friends - Players can create "campaign servers" allowing people from across the globe to play in an ongoing war theatre over the Internet.
  • Form squadrons and battle in a myriad of missions against other users online or coordinate to man a medium bomber, playing the role of either bombardier or gunner.
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98 / NT / 2000
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 15 years and over Suitable for 15 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 15. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 15 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B000067NYS
  • Release Date: 15 Nov 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,269 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

With stunning graphics and accurate flight models, Combat Flight Simulator 3 lets you revisit the Western Front during World War II as a pilot in a variety of period aircraft. Significant improvements have been made over the earlier versions in the series, such as the addition of a dynamic campaign and cooperative multiplayer. Plus, there is an incredible attention to detail, with a new graphics engine that combines the ability to render planes in flight with highly detailed terrain that looks great even at low level, adding a new dimension to low level bombing runs.

There is a price to pay for this attention to detail in performance and you are going to need a well specified processor and graphics card to get the most from this game. It is recommend a Pentium 4 and GeForce 4 combination, or equivalent to get full satisfaction from this game. Anything less and you have to start compromising on the in game detail settings, or accept stuttering frame rates. There are 18 aircraft that you can fly in the game, plus many variant models, though there are some notable omissions. While you can happily take control of a Spitfire, Me-109, P51 Mustang, or Junkers 88, you won't come across a Flying Fortress anywhere in the game, which considering the theatre of operations seems strange. Criticisms aside, there is still plenty to enjoy. The flight models are excellent, especially when you switch on the realism settings, with each aircraft having distinct characteristics.

The missions are well thought out, as is the campaign system, which enables you to gain access to more aircraft as you progress and acquire skills, which can improve your tolerance to G-forces for example. Combat Flight Simulator 3 is a worthy addition to the genre. It has enough to keep long time flight-sim fans entertained and is also accessible enough for novices to pick up and play.--Jason Weston

Product Description

Anti-aircraft fire blankets you. Blast debris hurls toward your propeller. And you wonder why you didn't join the Navy. This ain't no free-flight, cloud-gunner, glory ride. This is ground assault: the real, gritty combat that can make or break a battle, and take your life in one massive explosion. Bombs shatter enemy airfields, trains, tank columns and more as you streak across the European countryside in WWII's greatest planes, dodging small-arms fire, gripping your joystick with sweaty palms and white-knuckles, pumped with adrenaline, living history.

As a US Army Air Force, Royal Air Force, or Luftwaffe pilot in Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3 you fly in the historical framework of the tactical air war in northwest Europe starting in mid-1943, but there's a significant difference. The skill and perseverance you and your squadron or Staffel bring to each battle can alter the tactical situation and the timeline of the campaign. This open-ended and flexible campaign means you can influence events, alter history, and extend the timeline to add new technology to your arsenal. How you handle these tactical and technological advantages will determine the outcome.

New features include: enhanced campaign play sends you on involved tactical missions in a campaign where success or failure can move the front line, influence the quality of equipment available, and even change the outcome of the war. New collection of 18 aircraft featuring crewable bombers (fly medium bombers and take control of the bombardier or gunner position), stunning 3-D cockpit detail, accurate performance and damage modelling, medium bomber operations, WWII state of the art aircraft (including the first jet fighters). Custom graphics engine powers super high detail ground attack targets and improved scenery with enhanced 3-D modelling and texturing Cooperative multiplayer missions and free-for-all dogfights via the Internet and LAN. Reactive world: areas of the campaign world will trigger events, spawn aircraft, generate flak and so on, in response to your presence. Role playing elements: pilots have qualities such as Bombing Skill, Vision, and Health. Strategy: you make decisions that influence how the war is fought, where to put the pressure on the enemy, and what aircraft improvements are crucial to the war effort.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CFS 3 - A Good Start... 17 May 2004
By A Customer
Format:Video Game
I've read a lot of reviews from flight simmers who are somewhat disgruntled with the jerky graphics and frequent 'freezes', so the the first thing I'd say is that to get the best from this sim you need to have a fairly high spec mahcine - I'm running a 3.06ghz P4 with a 256mb graphics card and a gig of RAM, and so far have had no problems. The graphics and detail are good and I've yet to experience any stuttering graphics or freezes. The second thing I would say is that while CFS3, in it's off the shelf format is good, you can make it so much better yourself. There are a number of excellent websites which cater for the CFS3 gamer, offering scenery add-ons, extra aircraft, missions and upgrades for the stock CFS3 aircraft. A few hours browsing sites like Avhistory and Ground Crew Design Team and you ca build yourself the daddy of all flight sims. My wife hates, which I reckon is a pretty good endorsement.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a Complete Disaster. 15 Jan 2003
By A Customer
Format:Video Game
OK first off.. I can personally verify that most you've ever read about Microsofts Combat Flight Simulator 3 (CFS3) is true: The graphics engine has an annoying tendancy to stutter (regardless of graphics settings or system specs it seems), the cockpit grapics are oddly poor and the choices of aircraft odd.
Its not all bad though: for starters the graphics are generally very nice, especially the planes, weather and clouds. The engine includes dynamic lighting effects too (I suspect this is a prime suspect for the 'stuttering' effect though). Sound is OK.. not exactly mind blowing, but it occasionally surprises with some nice, immersive sounds (prime example is the creaking of you planes airframe as you pull excessive G). Flight modelling also seems generally hard to fault, with things like torque and gyro effects present, and the ability to change fuel mixtures on the ground.
Given that the core of CFS3 is a good flight sim, the developers then seem to have gone out of their way to make it 'seem' like an arcade game. Gunnery seems too easy and dogfights seem to take place at much too long a range, also there are a variety of unrealistic 'radar' type devices and 2002 style jet-plane HUD overlays active by default (although it is possible to turn them off). Locked in a knife-fight with a German BF-109, I was in a Spit taking pot shots at the enemy from about 550 meters range. The only confirmation I had that my bullets were hitting at that distance was a text alert on screen. After taking a few hits he dissapeared from view (I lost him) and I was informed sometime later that he'd 'Bought the Farm' (in the words of Chuck Yeager).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Good is the enemy of the Best. 6 Nov 2006
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Microsoft seem to be stuck in the decision to bring out a new flight sim and combat flight sim every 2 years. This time the previous version (CFS2) was better! What has changed (not necessarily improved) is that we are back at the end game of WW2 in western Europe (probably because of the success of main competitor Il-2) and focussing on the ground attack rather than air to air combat. All the planes are new, with some strange prototypes from all 3 nations forming the novelty basis. Seems the historical accuracy of the whole thging is blown apart by doing that, in a way that "Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe" did a long long time ago.

Starting with rthe "sensible" planes, every nation gets their best fighters ereprsented. P-51's are in the "B" version and pleasantly rendered too, which is refreshing. Colours can also be somewhat adjusted. The usuall "D" version is also there, and the P-47 is probably the type that fits the scenario's best. The British are given Spitfire MkIX's, and a Typhoon and Tempest, with the strength of the outstanding "wooden wonder" Mosquito amply represented. Perhaps this is a mossie simulator after all? The Germans are givern the good old 109 and 190 combination, with Me-262's being the stars along with the Ju-88 in 2 versions, including the important fighter version wihich up until nowe has never been properly represented iun a flkight sim. Perhhaps for that alo0ne this is all wotrth it. Then come the bombers.

This latest thing is to be able to jump between the gunner/ bomb aimer position (in FS2002 you could literally slide into co-pilots seat!). Thius feature is under-used in CFS3 as their are only 3 planes (though each with different versions) that can use this.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Crushing, crushing disappointment 10 May 2003
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Combat Flight Simulator 3 is, frankly, a crushing disappointment. Microsoft's promise of dramatic dogfighting and exciting air-to-ground combat has utterly failed to materialise, and to top it all, this game has so many technical problems that even getting it running reasonably well takes tremendous effort.
The faults with this game have already been covered in other reviews. Personally, I found performance (on my high-spec machine) jerky and difficult, and after many hours of tinkering was still not really any further forward. Microsoft have issued a patch which fails to address any of these particular issues. The main problem lies in the terrain engine, which seems to be woefully ineffective, and when so much time is spent at low-level it makes gameplay and graphics very disappointing.
The aircraft models are generally superb, as are the damage effects. The clouds are the best I've ever seen, and the terrain from 10,000 feet and above is convincing enough. But low down it is rubbish, with low resolution fields, etc. and buildings sporadically grouped together as towns. Not good. The ground war is represented by small groups of German and Allied vehicles that are miles apart. There is little or no sense of any kind of ground battle that you are supporting.
The idea behind the campaign is that your mission success or failure affects the frontline of battle. This is on shaky ground from the start as the Americans and British just don't really co-operate, with either nation launching an invasion of Europe all by itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 4 days ago by mark head
1.0 out of 5 stars Dont Bother
This Product is rubbish, very very very poor Graphics, I wouldn't bother wasting your money on this product, its just not worth it.
Published 2 months ago by Chalky4
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice one
Nice flight simulation, one could wish for a larger variety in planes, but over all good. Nice graphics that will run on older pcs.
Published 4 months ago by kim jensen
2.0 out of 5 stars Game has too many bugs
Game has to many bugs.. Saved 3 - 5 days of a campaign and it failed to reload the 5 the 3rd 4 th and 5 th day. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bob McKinnon
5.0 out of 5 stars great
10 year olds christmas present. the graphocs are good enough to keep him happily shooting down the enemy all day... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kat K
3.0 out of 5 stars Compared to FSX the scenery is not good - flight model ok
Compared to FSX the scenery is not good - flight model ok. Product is out dated.
Microsoft should never have sold off its Flight Sim Franchise ...it was excellent
Published 6 months ago by Sean Dowd
5.0 out of 5 stars Flight Sim
Worked fine Does what it says on the packet.
Still using it to this day now on a win 7 system
Published 13 months ago by Robert J Fuller
5.0 out of 5 stars Good product, well priced.
Thoroughly enjoyable game for a wet afternoon. Nothing better than blasting the Hun out of the sky to raise morale.
Published on 13 Aug 2011 by James Mann
3.0 out of 5 stars combat flight simulator 3 battle for europe
it turned out that the item supplied under this heading was xplosiv version from a european supplier under microsoft license and was not compatible with windows vista however the... Read more
Published on 3 May 2011 by B. Slade
4.0 out of 5 stars Combat FS 3
This is a really good game - especially for aviation/military aviation lovers.

I purchased second-hand in 'as new' condition and the product was as described and arrived... Read more
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